John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS
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John is Canada's first Master Sommelier. He's a partner and principal critic for WineAlign and authors the bi-monthly Vintages Preview Report, also published on John is wine editor for Toronto’s CityBites Magazine and writes restaurant wine list reviews for His freelance work has been seen in Wine & Spirits Magazine, En Route, the Globe and Mail, and Grapevine Magazine among others, and his views are heard regularly on Classical 96.3FM. He is author of Sommelier Management used by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, and of Pairing Food and Wine For Dummies.
 John also designs wine programs, with the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto, OTG management at Pearson International Airport, and Cafe-Bar-Pasta among current clients, and is head buyer for the Sommelier Service Wine Club. He teaches, speaks, judges and travels around the world, and to round out his experience and get closer to the land, he also owns a small vineyard in Eger, Hungary, the J&J Eger Wine Co. And as a holder of a 3rd degree black belt in Goju-Karate-do, his grapes are well protected, too.

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