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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Rosehall Run Jcr Chardonnay Rosehall Vineyard 2018, Prince Edward County Bottle Rosehall Run Jcr Chardonnay Rosehall Vineyard 2018, Prince Edward County
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 15, 2020
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Rosehall Run Hungry Point Pinot Gris 2018, Prince Edward County Bottle Rosehall Run Hungry Point Pinot Gris 2018, Prince Edward County
Ontario, Canada
13480
Review added: July 15, 2020
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$26.00 Shopping_bag
Ca' De'rocchi Lugana Dop 2019 Bottle Ca' De'rocchi Lugana Dop 2019
Veneto, Italy
Agent
Review added: July 15, 2020
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$16.95 Shopping_bag
Fitapreta Tinto 2018, Vinho Regional Alentejano Bottle Fitapreta Tinto 2018, Vinho Regional Alentejano
Alentejo, Portugal
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$22.74 None
(0)
Pan Riserva Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2015, Dop Bottle Pan Riserva Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2015, Dop
Abruzzo, Italy
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$23.87 Shopping_bag
West Cape Howe Shiraz 2018, Western Australia Bottle West Cape Howe Shiraz 2018, Western Australia
Western Australia, Australia
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$18.95 None
(0)
Dogridge Pup Shiraz 2017, Mclaren Vale Bottle Dogridge Pup Shiraz 2017, Mclaren Vale
South Australia, Australia
122196
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$22.74 None
(0)
Alpha Estate Hedgehog Xinomavro 2016 Bottle Alpha Estate Hedgehog Xinomavro 2016
Greece
Agent
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$22.95 None
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Cortonesi Lèonus 2018 Bottle Cortonesi Lèonus 2018
Tuscany, Italy
Agent
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$25.00 None
(0)
Donnafugata Sherazade 2017 Bottle Donnafugata Sherazade 2017
Sicily, Italy
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$20.79 None
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Bindi I Sergardi Achille 2018, Igt Toscana Rosso Bottle Bindi I Sergardi Achille 2018, Igt Toscana Rosso
Tuscany, Italy
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$23.87 None
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Assuli Ruggiero Syrah 2016 Bottle Assuli Ruggiero Syrah 2016
Sicily, Italy
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$22.74 None
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Gattavechhi Chianti Colli Senesi Docg 2018, Tuscany Bottle Gattavechhi Chianti Colli Senesi Docg 2018, Tuscany
Tuscany, Italy
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$17.09 Shopping_bag
Luigi Baudana Dragon Bianco 2018, Langhe Doc Bottle Luigi Baudana Dragon Bianco 2018, Langhe Doc
Piedmont, Italy
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$28.39 None
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Casa De Santar White 2018 Bottle Casa De Santar White 2018
Dão, Portugal
122180
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$21.66 None
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Tera Alta Pinot Grigio 2018 Bottle Tera Alta Pinot Grigio 2018
Veneto, Italy
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$21.50 None
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Bosco Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2019, Abruzzo Bottle Bosco Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2019, Abruzzo
Abruzzo, Italy
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$21.61 Shopping_bag
Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino 2018, Igt Terre Di Chieti Bottle Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino 2018, Igt Terre Di Chieti
Abruzzo, Italy
289553
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$16.95 Low
(1)V
Stonybank Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough Bottle Stonybank Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough
Marlborough, New Zealand
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$22.20 None
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Tollgate By Stratus Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018, Niagara On The Lake Bottle Tollgate By Stratus Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018, Niagara On The Lake
Ontario, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$23.03 None
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Loimer Grüner Veltliner 2019, Dac Kamptal Bottle Loimer Grüner Veltliner 2019, Dac Kamptal
Kamptal, Austria
142240
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$22.95 None
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Arnold Holzer Wagram Gruner Veltliner 2019, Wagram Bottle Arnold Holzer Wagram Gruner Veltliner 2019, Wagram
Austria
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$24.40 None
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Charles Baker Riesling 2019, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Charles Baker Riesling 2019, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 13, 2020
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Sorelle Bronca Modi Prosecco, Veneto Bottle Sorelle Bronca Modi Prosecco, Veneto
Veneto, Italy
Agent
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$20.20 None
(0)
Valdo Numero Uno Spumante Brut, Veneto Bottle Valdo Numero Uno Spumante Brut, Veneto
Veneto, Italy
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$17.09 Shopping_bag
Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California Bottle Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Usa
317891
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$26.95 High
(1000+)V
Edna Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Central Coast, Usa Bottle Edna Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Central Coast, Usa
California, Usa
369959
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$22.95 High
(1000+)V
Culmina Saignée 2019, Golden Mile Bench Bottle Culmina Saignée 2019, Golden Mile Bench
British Columbia, Canada

Review added: July 13, 2020
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$24.00 Shopping_bag
Tinhorn Creek The Creek 2015, Okanagan Valley Bottle Tinhorn Creek The Creek 2015, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$63.35 Shopping_bag
Black Hills Syrah 2017, Okanagan Valley Bottle Black Hills Syrah 2017, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$45.99 Shopping_bag
Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Signature Series Shiraz 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Signature Series Shiraz 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$28.84 Shopping_bag
Gray Monk Odyssey Meritage 2017, Okanagan Valley Bottle Gray Monk Odyssey Meritage 2017, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$40.35 Shopping_bag
Sandhill Syrah Terroir Driven Wine 2017 Bottle
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Sandhill Syrah Terroir Driven Wine 2017
British Columbia, Canada
13807
Review added: July 13, 2020
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Sandhill Small Lots One Vanessa Vineyard 2016, Similkameen Valley Bottle
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Sandhill Small Lots One Vanessa Vineyard 2016, Similkameen Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$46.10 Shopping_bag
Black Hills Addendum 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle Black Hills Addendum 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$57.49 Shopping_bag
Black Hills Cellar Hand Punch Down Red 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle Black Hills Cellar Hand Punch Down Red 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$28.74 Shopping_bag
Wayne Gretzky Founders Series Cabernet Syrah 2017, VQA Okanagan Valley  Bottle Wayne Gretzky Founders Series Cabernet Syrah 2017, VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Signature Series Cabernet Merlot 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Signature Series Cabernet Merlot 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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$28.84 None
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Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Reserve Merlot 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Reserve Merlot 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$34.59 None
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Red Rooster Merlot 2016, BC VQA Okanagan Valley  Bottle Red Rooster Merlot 2016, BC VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
11496
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$21.85 Shopping_bag
Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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$27.69 Shopping_bag
Sandhill Sangiovese Small Lots Program Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle Sandhill Sangiovese Small Lots Program Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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$40.35 Shopping_bag
Red Rooster Rare Bird Series Pinot Noir 2017, Okanagan Valley Bottle Red Rooster Rare Bird Series Pinot Noir 2017, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$40.25 Shopping_bag
Black Hills Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle Black Hills Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Wayne Gretzky Estates Founders Series Rose 2019, VQA Okanagan Valley  Bottle Wayne Gretzky Estates Founders Series Rose 2019, VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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Black Hills Chardonnay 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle Black Hills Chardonnay 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Review added: July 13, 2020
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Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay 2018, BC VQA Okanagan Valley Bottle Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay 2018, BC VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
378489
Review added: July 13, 2020
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$27.95 None
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Sandhill Single Vineyard Viognier Small Lots Program Osprey Ridge Vineyard 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Sandhill Single Vineyard Viognier Small Lots Program Osprey Ridge Vineyard 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Reserve 2bench White 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Reserve 2bench White 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 13, 2020
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Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Signature Series Riesling 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Signature Series Riesling 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
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$26.54 Shopping_bag
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