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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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 Medium
(13)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
(851)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
(869)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
(738)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
(175)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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$16.95 High
(281)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
(416)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
(157)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
(341)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
(105)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
(912)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
(380)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
(877)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
(399)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
(584)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
(612)V
Domaine Ott By Ott 2018, Ac Bottle Domaine Ott By Ott 2018, Ac
Provence, France
490896
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$29.95 High
(784)V
Hacienda Araucano Clos De Lolol 2015 Bottle Hacienda Araucano Clos De Lolol 2015
Central Valley, Chile
464362
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Anzivino Gattinara 2012, Docg Bottle Anzivino Gattinara 2012, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
534909
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Rascallion 33 1/3 Rpm White Blend 2017, Wo Western Cape Bottle Rascallion 33 1/3 Rpm White Blend 2017, Wo Western Cape
Western Cape, South Africa
914390
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
René Geoffroy Empreinte Brut 1er Cru Champagne 2012, Ac Bottle René Geoffroy Empreinte Brut 1er Cru Champagne 2012, Ac
Champagne, France
665844
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$69.95 High
(388)V
Rizzi Barbaresco 2015, Docg Bottle Rizzi Barbaresco 2015, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
478958
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$42.95 High
(1000+)V
Domaine Du Grapillon D'or Gigondas 2016, Ac Bottle Domaine Du Grapillon D'or Gigondas 2016, Ac
Rhône, France
981787
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$34.95 High
(360)V
Domaine De Congy Pouilly Fumé 2017, Ac Bottle Domaine De Congy Pouilly Fumé 2017, Ac
Loire, France
667501
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$32.95 High
(681)V
Domaine Des Deux Roches Pouilly Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2016 Bottle Domaine Des Deux Roches Pouilly Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2016
Burgundy, France
488825
Review added: August 27, 2019
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$41.95 High
(412)V
Norman Hardie Winery County Pinot Noir Unfiltered 2017, Prince Edward County Bottle Norman Hardie Winery County Pinot Noir Unfiltered 2017, Prince Edward County
Ontario, Canada
125310
Review added: August 23, 2019
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$45.20 High
(106)W
Norman Hardie Winery County Chardonnay Unfiltered 2017, Prince Edward County Bottle Norman Hardie Winery County Chardonnay Unfiltered 2017, Prince Edward County
Ontario, Canada
381715
Review added: August 23, 2019
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$45.20 High
(564)V
Benjamin Bridge Pet Nat Artisanal Wine 2018 Bottle Benjamin Bridge Pet Nat Artisanal Wine 2018
Nova Scotia, Canada
0
Review added: August 23, 2019
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$8.95 None
(0)
Tawse Natural Wine Chardonnay Quarry Road Vineyard 2018, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Tawse Natural Wine Chardonnay Quarry Road Vineyard 2018, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: August 19, 2019
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$36.96 Shopping_bag
Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block 2017, Twenty Mile Bench Bottle
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Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block 2017, Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
13188
Review added: August 19, 2019
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$45.95 Shopping_bag
Tawse Chardonnay Quarry Road Vineyard 2014, VQA Vinemount Ridge Bottle
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Tawse Chardonnay Quarry Road Vineyard 2014, VQA Vinemount Ridge
Ontario, Canada
10505
Review added: August 19, 2019
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$36.95 Shopping_bag
Tawse Spark Quarry Road Vineyard Rose 2017, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Tawse Spark Quarry Road Vineyard Rose 2017, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: August 19, 2019
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$29.95 Shopping_bag
Tawse Gamay Noir Redfoot Vineyard 2017, Lincoln Lakeshore Bottle
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Tawse Gamay Noir Redfoot Vineyard 2017, Lincoln Lakeshore
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: August 18, 2019
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$28.95 Shopping_bag
Closerie Des Alisiers Bourgogne Aligoté 2017, Ac Bottle Closerie Des Alisiers Bourgogne Aligoté 2017, Ac
Burgundy, France
557728
Review added: August 18, 2019
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$18.95 High
(592)V
Closson Chase K.J. Watson Vineyard Pinot Gris 2018, VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara On The Lake Bottle Closson Chase K.J. Watson Vineyard Pinot Gris 2018, VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara On The Lake
Ontario, Canada
469445
Review added: August 18, 2019
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$22.95 Shopping_bag
Benjamin Bridge Riesling 2017 Bottle Benjamin Bridge Riesling 2017
Nova Scotia, Canada

Review added: August 18, 2019
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$0.00 Shopping_bag
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