john Szabo

john Szabo
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Master Sommelier John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the “MS” after his name in 2004. He’s seen the hospitality business from all sides including cooking and washing dishes, serving and sommellerie, importing, teaching, writing, speaking, consulting and judging wine internationally. He was listed as “Canada’s best-known sommelier” in Meininger’s Wine Business International. John is a partner and principal critic for WineAlign.com, Canada’s largest wine publication, and contributes occasionally for US-based Wine & Spirits Magazine as well as numerous trade and consumer publications and newspapers. Listen for John’s top LCBO picks regularly on 680 News Radio across Ontario. His books include Pairing Food and Wine For Dummies (Wiley, December 2012), and Sommelier Management (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, Revised Edition 2013). But volcanoes are John’s current fatal attraction; his multi award-winning book, Volcanic Wines, Salt, Grit and Power, was released to critical acclaim in October 2016.

John teaches regularly for the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and he consults on restaurant beverage programs, from small neighborhood operations to national chains. He counts Toronto's Pearson International Airport, the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto and the National Arts Centre among many past clients. And to get closer to the land, he is a partner in the small J&J Eger vineyard in Hungary.

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The Lane Vineyard Block 14 Basket Press Shiraz 2015, Adelaide Hills, South Australia Bottle The Lane Vineyard Block 14 Basket Press Shiraz 2015, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
470591
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Martin Ray Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma County Bottle Martin Ray Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma County
California, Usa
57067
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$28.95 High
(1000+)V
Charles Baker Riesling Ivan Vineyard 2016, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Charles Baker Riesling Ivan Vineyard 2016, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
395921
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$27.20 High
(209)V
Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Red 2015, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Red 2015, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
320986
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$24.20 High
(393)V
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Nagambie Lakes, Central Victoria Bottle Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Nagambie Lakes, Central Victoria
Victoria, Australia
138818
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$22.95 High
(1000+)V
Maison Roche De Bellene Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015 Bottle Maison Roche De Bellene Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015
Burgundy, France
299867
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$22.95 High
(996)V
Speri Pigaro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015, Doc Bottle Speri Pigaro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015, Doc
Veneto, Italy
205286
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$22.95 High
(1000+)V
Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero D'avola 2014, Doc Sicilia Bottle Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero D'avola 2014, Doc Sicilia
Sicily, Italy
523738
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$22.95 High
(508)V
Valtea Albariño 2016, Do Rías Baixas Bottle Valtea Albariño 2016, Do Rías Baixas
Rias Baixas, Spain
518019
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$22.95 High
(1000+)V
Château Teyssier 2014, Ac Montagne Saint émilion (1500ml) Bottle Château Teyssier 2014, Ac Montagne Saint émilion (1500ml)
Bordeaux, France
512590
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$51.95 High
(850)V
Urbina Reserva Especial 2001, Doca Rioja Bottle Urbina Reserva Especial 2001, Doca Rioja
Rioja, Spain
511568
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$36.95 High
(843)V
Château De Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Blanc 2015, Ac Côtes De Rhône Bottle Château De Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Blanc 2015, Ac Côtes De Rhône
Hungary
48892
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$34.95 High
(430)V
Nals Margreid Punggl Pinot Grigio 2015, Doc Südtirol   Alto Adige Bottle Nals Margreid Punggl Pinot Grigio 2015, Doc Südtirol Alto Adige
Alto Adige, Italy
395756
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$27.95 High
(596)V
Two Hands Brave Faces Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro 2015, Barossa Valley, South Australia Bottle Two Hands Brave Faces Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro 2015, Barossa Valley, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
660035
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$24.95 High
(1000+)V
A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2014, Oregon Bottle A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2014, Oregon
Oregon, Usa
229781
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$24.95 High
(887)V
Frescobaldi Alíe Rosé 2016, Igt Toscana Bottle Frescobaldi Alíe Rosé 2016, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
527788
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$23.95 High
(1000+)V
Famille Perrin Les Christins Vacqueyras 2014, Ac Bottle Famille Perrin Les Christins Vacqueyras 2014, Ac
Rhone, France
973453
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$24.95 High
(1000+)V
Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2015, BC VQA Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2015, BC VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
377770
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$23.95 High
(1000+)V
Clos Troteligotte K Or Malbec 2015, Ac Cahors Bottle Clos Troteligotte K Or Malbec 2015, Ac Cahors
Southwest, France
299982
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Sister's Run Calvary Hill Shiraz 2015, Lyndoch, Barossa Bottle Sister's Run Calvary Hill Shiraz 2015, Lyndoch, Barossa
South Australia, Australia
222018
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$17.95 High
(262)V
Quinta Da Pellada D A C Tinto 2014, Do Dão Bottle Quinta Da Pellada D A C Tinto 2014, Do Dão
Dão, Portugal
523589
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$16.95 High
(818)V
Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino 2012, Docg Bottle Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino 2012, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
378257
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$56.95 High
(1000+)V
Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2014, Napa Valley Bottle Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2014, Napa Valley
California, Usa
655399
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$44.95 High
(467)V
Calera Chardonnay 2015, Central Coast Bottle Calera Chardonnay 2015, Central Coast
California, Usa
713313
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$36.95 High
(1000+)V
Decoy Zinfandel 2015, Sonoma County Bottle Decoy Zinfandel 2015, Sonoma County
California, Usa
327502
Review added: November 29, 2017
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$32.95 High
(513)V
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