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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Cave Des Vignerons De Buxy Buissonnier Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017, Ac Bottle Cave Des Vignerons De Buxy Buissonnier Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017, Ac
Burgundy, France
10349
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Queenston Mile Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Queenston Mile Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
10138
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$40.00 High
(320)W
Cloudsley Cellars Twenty Mile Bench Pinot Noir 2015, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Cloudsley Cellars Twenty Mile Bench Pinot Noir 2015, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
11665
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$35.00 High
(289)V
Henry Of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir 2017, VQA Ontario Bottle Henry Of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir 2017, VQA Ontario
Ontario, Canada
461699
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$24.95 High
(1000+)V
The Roost Bunch'a Trouble Sparkling Brut Rosé 2017, Charmat Method, VQA Ontario Bottle The Roost Bunch'a Trouble Sparkling Brut Rosé 2017, Charmat Method, VQA Ontario
Ontario, Canada
644682
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$24.95 High
(354)V
Tawse Riesling Quarry Road, Vinemount Ridge Bottle Tawse Riesling Quarry Road, Vinemount Ridge
Ontario, Canada
198853
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$24.95 None
(0)V
Château Haut Lalande 2015, Ac Côtes De Bordeaux   Blaye Bottle Château Haut Lalande 2015, Ac Côtes De Bordeaux Blaye
Bordeaux, France
546069
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Marchand Tawse Viré Clessé 2016, Ac Bottle Marchand Tawse Viré Clessé 2016, Ac
Burgundy, France
648576
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$31.95 High
(746)V
Redstone Pinot Noir Sparkling Rosé 2016, Traditional Method, VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario Bottle Redstone Pinot Noir Sparkling Rosé 2016, Traditional Method, VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Ontario, Canada
644781
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$29.95 High
(452)W
Vieni Classic Method Private Reserve Appassimento 2013, VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Vieni Classic Method Private Reserve Appassimento 2013, VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
646752
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$54.95 High
(126)V
Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016, Dundee Hills Bottle Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016, Dundee Hills
Oregon, Usa
11263
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$37.95 High
(527)V
Icellars Estate Cabernet Franc 2016, Wismer Foxcroft Vineyard, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Icellars Estate Cabernet Franc 2016, Wismer Foxcroft Vineyard, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
11681
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$29.95 High
(253)V
Château La Haye 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Ac Saint Estèphe Bottle Château La Haye 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Ac Saint Estèphe
Bordeaux, France
647875
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$56.95 High
(1000+)V
Château Carignan Prima 2015, Ac Côtes De Bordeaux   Cadillac Bottle Château Carignan Prima 2015, Ac Côtes De Bordeaux Cadillac
Bordeaux, France
648931
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$33.95 High
(1000+)V
Trius Red (The Icon) 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Trius Red (The Icon) 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
303800
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$22.95 None
(0)V
Faustino I Gran Reserva 2009, Doca Rioja Bottle Faustino I Gran Reserva 2009, Doca Rioja
Rioja, Spain
570267
Review added: September 06, 2019
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$34.95 None
(0)V
Freemark Abbey Merlot 2014, Napa Valley Bottle Freemark Abbey Merlot 2014, Napa Valley
California, Usa
1602
Review added: August 29, 2019
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$44.95 High
(1000+)V
Villacreces Pruno 2016, Do Ribera Del Duero Bottle Villacreces Pruno 2016, Do Ribera Del Duero
Ribera Del Duero, Spain
312140
Review added: August 29, 2019
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$22.95 High
(1000+)V
Fess Parker The Big Easy Syrah 2016, Santa Barbara County Bottle Fess Parker The Big Easy Syrah 2016, Santa Barbara County
California, Usa
83212
Review added: August 29, 2019
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$49.95 High
(283)V
Domain Mega Spileo Grand Cave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Achaia Bottle Domain Mega Spileo Grand Cave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Achaia
Peloponnese, Greece
539924
Review added: August 29, 2019
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$27.95 None
(0)V
Santa Ema Amplus One Carmenère 2017, Peumo, Cachapoal Valley Bottle Santa Ema Amplus One Carmenère 2017, Peumo, Cachapoal Valley
Cachapoal Valley, Chile
10592
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$21.95 High
(1000+)V
Thornbury Chardonnay 2017, Gisborne, North Island Bottle Thornbury Chardonnay 2017, Gisborne, North Island
Gisborne, New Zealand
149336
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Featherstone Cabernet Franc 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Featherstone Cabernet Franc 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
64618
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)E
Henry Fessy Gamay Noir 2017, France Bottle Henry Fessy Gamay Noir 2017, France
Beaujolais, France
648550
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Duca Di Saragnano Sir Passo 2017, Igt Toscano Rosso Bottle Duca Di Saragnano Sir Passo 2017, Igt Toscano Rosso
Tuscany, Italy
10121
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$16.95 High
(329)V
Periquita Reserva 2016, Vinho Regional Península De Setúbal Bottle Periquita Reserva 2016, Vinho Regional Península De Setúbal
Setubal, Portugal
488007
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Les Vignerons Du Castelas Côtes Du Rhône 2017, Ac Bottle Les Vignerons Du Castelas Côtes Du Rhône 2017, Ac
Rhône, France
142125
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)V
Blason De Bourgogne Hautes Côtes De Beaune Rouge 2017, Ac Bottle Blason De Bourgogne Hautes Côtes De Beaune Rouge 2017, Ac
Burgundy, France
648444
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$22.95 High
(1000+)V
Clos Henri Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Clos Henri Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island
Marlborough, New Zealand
927186
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$21.95 High
(1000+)V
Pérez Cruz Limited Edition Cabernet Franc 2016, Fundo Liguai De Huelquén, Do Maipo Valley Bottle Pérez Cruz Limited Edition Cabernet Franc 2016, Fundo Liguai De Huelquén, Do Maipo Valley
Maipo Valley, Chile
10591
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses White 2018, Ap Bottle Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses White 2018, Ap
Languedoc, France
10621
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$18.95 High
(738)V
Featherstone Phoenix 2018, VQA Twenty Mile Bench Bottle Featherstone Phoenix 2018, VQA Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
519025
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$18.95 High
(484)V
Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2017, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2017, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
80234
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$17.95 None
(0)V
Thorn Clarke Sandpiper Shiraz 2017, Barossa, South Australia Bottle Thorn Clarke Sandpiper Shiraz 2017, Barossa, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
10436
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$17.00 High
(1000+)V
Delas Frères Saint Esprit Côtes Du Rhône Rosé 2018, Ac Bottle Delas Frères Saint Esprit Côtes Du Rhône Rosé 2018, Ac
Rhône, France
224964
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Tenshen Red 2017, Santa Barbara County Bottle Tenshen Red 2017, Santa Barbara County
California, Usa
10318
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Lundy Manor Riesling 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Lundy Manor Riesling 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
644724
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$24.95 High
(442)W
Château La Pirouette 2016, Ac Médoc Bottle Château La Pirouette 2016, Ac Médoc
Bordeaux, France
644799
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$23.95 High
(1000+)V
Robert Oatley Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle Robert Oatley Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Margaret River, Western Australia
Western Australia, Australia
323741
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$19.95 High
(638)V
Château Tanesse 2015, Ac Côtes De Bordeaux   Cadillac Bottle Château Tanesse 2015, Ac Côtes De Bordeaux Cadillac
Bordeaux, France
666628
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Puelles Reserva 2009, Doca Rioja Bottle Puelles Reserva 2009, Doca Rioja
Rioja, Spain
10720
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
H J. Fabre Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Mendoza Bottle H J. Fabre Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Mendoza
Mendoza, Argentina
646844
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$18.95 High
(516)V
Rhonea Roaix Côtes Du Rhône Villages 2016, Ac Bottle Rhonea Roaix Côtes Du Rhône Villages 2016, Ac
Rhône, France
699025
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2018, Wo Stellenbosch Bottle Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2018, Wo Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, South Africa
610907
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$13.95 High
(1000+)V
Duluc De Branaire Ducru 2015, 4e Cru, Ac Saint Julien Bottle Duluc De Branaire Ducru 2015, 4e Cru, Ac Saint Julien
Bordeaux, France
10143
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$55.95 High
(1000+)V
Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Coletto Malbec 2014, Single Vineyard, El Peral, Mendoza Bottle Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Coletto Malbec 2014, Single Vineyard, El Peral, Mendoza
Mendoza, Argentina
482968
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$42.95 High
(760)V
Château Saint Roch Roubials 2016, Igp Côtes Catalanes Bottle Château Saint Roch Roubials 2016, Igp Côtes Catalanes
Roussillon, France
644567
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$24.95 High
(1000+)V
Waterkloof Circle Of Life Red 2015, Wo Stellenbosch Bottle Waterkloof Circle Of Life Red 2015, Wo Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, South Africa
698175
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$19.95 High
(825)V
Gabriel Meffre Laurus Châteauneuf Du Pape 2015, Ac Bottle Gabriel Meffre Laurus Châteauneuf Du Pape 2015, Ac
Rhône, France
699074
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$55.95 High
(805)V
Château La Fleur Peyrabon 2014, Ac Pauillac Bottle Château La Fleur Peyrabon 2014, Ac Pauillac
Bordeaux, France
648063
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$49.95 High
(801)V
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