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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Maison Des Princes Anjou 2007, Ac Bottle Maison Des Princes Anjou 2007, Ac
Loire, France
107094
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$13.95 None
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Konzelmann Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Konzelmann Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
112946
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$13.25 None
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Parducci Petite Sirah 2005, Mendocino County Bottle Parducci Petite Sirah 2005, Mendocino County
California, Usa
75598
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$14.95 None
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Boschendal Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2007 2007, Wo Coastal Region, Estate Btld. Bottle Boschendal Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2007 2007, Wo Coastal Region, Estate Btld.
South Africa
91249
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$15.95 None
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Sandalford Protégé Shiraz 2005, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle Sandalford Protégé Shiraz 2005, Margaret River, Western Australia
Australia
80671
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$19.95 None
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Distant Land Gewürztraminer 2007, Gisborne, North Island Bottle Distant Land Gewürztraminer 2007, Gisborne, North Island
New Zealand
75549
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$16.85 None
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Doudet Naudin Bourgogne Vicomte Pinot Noir 2006, Ac Bottle Doudet Naudin Bourgogne Vicomte Pinot Noir 2006, Ac
Burgundy, France
673038
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$18.95 None
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Vinecol Tempranillo 2007, Mendoza, Made With Organic Grapes Bottle Vinecol Tempranillo 2007, Mendoza, Made With Organic Grapes
Argentina
83261
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$16.95 None
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Bernhard Mehrlein Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2007, Qmp, Johannisberger Erntebringer, Estate Btld. Bottle Bernhard Mehrlein Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2007, Qmp, Johannisberger Erntebringer, Estate Btld.
Rheingau, Germany
89581
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$14.65 None
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Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay 2007, Mendoza Bottle Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay 2007, Mendoza
Argentina
93898
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$13.95 None
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Les Coteaux Tufiers Vouvray Demi Sec 2006, Ac Bottle Les Coteaux Tufiers Vouvray Demi Sec 2006, Ac
Loire, France
57018
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$15.95 None
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Tyrrell's Lost Block Pinot Noir 2007, South Eastern Australia Bottle Tyrrell's Lost Block Pinot Noir 2007, South Eastern Australia
Australia
77644
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$17.10 None
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Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2006, California Bottle Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2006, California
California, Usa
657940
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$17.90 None
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Il Cortile Del Castello Di Poppiano 2005, Docg Chianti Colli Fiorentini Bottle Il Cortile Del Castello Di Poppiano 2005, Docg Chianti Colli Fiorentini
Tuscany, Italy
87445
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$14.90 None
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Zig Zag Zin Zinfandel 2005, Mendocino County Bottle Zig Zag Zin Zinfandel 2005, Mendocino County
California, Usa
39982
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$21.95 None
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De Bortoli Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2007, Yarra Valley, Victoria Bottle De Bortoli Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2007, Yarra Valley, Victoria
Australia
15511
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$19.95 None
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Pitars Angelo Pittaro Pinot Grigio 2007, Doc Grave Del Friuli Bottle Pitars Angelo Pittaro Pinot Grigio 2007, Doc Grave Del Friuli
Friuli, Italy
104117
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$12.95 None
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Sebastiani Chardonnay 2006, Sonoma County Bottle Sebastiani Chardonnay 2006, Sonoma County
California, Usa
30791
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$19.95 None
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Coriole Vineyards Estate Grown Shiraz 2005, Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle Coriole Vineyards Estate Grown Shiraz 2005, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
Australia
931600
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$26.95 None
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Château Bellevue 2005, Ac Fronsac Bottle Château Bellevue 2005, Ac Fronsac
Bordeaux, France
45708
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$20.85 None
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Chakana Bonarda 2007, Mendoza Bottle Chakana Bonarda 2007, Mendoza
Argentina
3525
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$13.95 None
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Burchino Chianti Superiore 2004 Bottle Burchino Chianti Superiore 2004
Tuscany, Italy
68635
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$13.80 None
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Kuhlmann Platz Riesling 2006, Ac Alsace, Hunawihr Bottle Kuhlmann Platz Riesling 2006, Ac Alsace, Hunawihr
Alsace, France
106724
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$16.95 None
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Donna Giovanna Rosso Del Salento 2005, Igt Bottle Donna Giovanna Rosso Del Salento 2005, Igt
Puglia, Italy
106369
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$11.95 None
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Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Creek Shiraz 2005, Victoria Bottle Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Creek Shiraz 2005, Victoria
Australia
719575
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$16.95 None
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Travaglini Nebbiolo 2005, Doc Coste Della Sesia Bottle Travaglini Nebbiolo 2005, Doc Coste Della Sesia
Piedmont, Italy
30353
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$17.95 None
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L.A. Cetto Réserve Privée Nebbiolo 2003, Guadalupe Valley Mexico, Baja California Bottle L.A. Cetto Réserve Privée Nebbiolo 2003, Guadalupe Valley Mexico, Baja California
Mexico, World
590182
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$17.25 None
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Prunatelli Chianti Rufina Riserva 2005, Docg, Estate Btld. Bottle Prunatelli Chianti Rufina Riserva 2005, Docg, Estate Btld.
Tuscany, Italy
938258
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$19.95 None
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Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Green Label Syrah Shiraz 2006, California Bottle Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Green Label Syrah Shiraz 2006, California
California, Usa
90068
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$15.95 None
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Château De Bel Air 2005, Ac Lalande De Pomerol Bottle Château De Bel Air 2005, Ac Lalande De Pomerol
Bordeaux, France
61754
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$23.20 None
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Domaine Vincent Sauvestre Beaune Clos Des Rouards 2006, Ac Bottle Domaine Vincent Sauvestre Beaune Clos Des Rouards 2006, Ac
Burgundy, France
84525
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$24.95 None
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Tenimenti Conti Neri Nero D'avola 2006, Igt Sicilia Bottle Tenimenti Conti Neri Nero D'avola 2006, Igt Sicilia
Sicily, Italy
101436
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$12.95 None
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Hungerford Hill Fishcage Shiraz/Viognier 2006, South Eastern Australia Bottle Hungerford Hill Fishcage Shiraz/Viognier 2006, South Eastern Australia
Australia
77958
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$15.95 None
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Canepa Reserva Privada Carmenère 2006, Rapel Valley Bottle Canepa Reserva Privada Carmenère 2006, Rapel Valley
Chile
82586
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$14.95 None
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Château De Gaudou Cahors 2005, Ac, Tradition, Merlot/Malbec/Tannat Bottle Château De Gaudou Cahors 2005, Ac, Tradition, Merlot/Malbec/Tannat
Southwest, France
104935
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$13.95 None
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Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell 2007, Do Jumilla Bottle Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell 2007, Do Jumilla
Spain
94888
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$9.94 None
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Cave Kouroum 7 Cépages 2004, Bekaa Valley Lebanon Bottle Cave Kouroum 7 Cépages 2004, Bekaa Valley Lebanon
Lebanon, World
93427
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$13.60 None
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Eugenio Collavini Sauvignon Blanc Fumat 2006, Doc Collio Bottle Eugenio Collavini Sauvignon Blanc Fumat 2006, Doc Collio
Friuli, Italy
93575
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$11.95 None
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Inniskillin Winemaker's Series Two Vineyards Riesling 2007, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Inniskillin Winemaker's Series Two Vineyards Riesling 2007, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
105387
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$14.75 None
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Inniskillin Reserve Series Cabernet Franc 2006, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Inniskillin Reserve Series Cabernet Franc 2006, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
91140
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$16.95 None
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Eugenio Collavini Il Prosecco, Estate Btld., Italy Bottle Eugenio Collavini Il Prosecco, Estate Btld., Italy
Italy
92965
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$15.20 None
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Château Picard 2005, Ac Saint Estèphe Bottle Château Picard 2005, Ac Saint Estèphe
Bordeaux, France
591065
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$31.15 None
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Cooper Mountain 20th Anniversary Reserve Pinot Noir 2007, Willamette Valley, Made With Organically Grown Grapes Bottle Cooper Mountain 20th Anniversary Reserve Pinot Noir 2007, Willamette Valley, Made With Organically Grown Grapes
Oregon, Usa
127308
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$37.95 None
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Z 52 Agnes' Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2005, Lodi Bottle Z 52 Agnes' Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2005, Lodi
California, Usa
104174
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$28.95 None
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Domaine Des Fines Caillottes Pouilly Fumé 2007, Ac Bottle Domaine Des Fines Caillottes Pouilly Fumé 2007, Ac
Loire, France
695908
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$22.95 None
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Frei Brothers Reserve Pinot Noir 2007, Russian River Valley, Northern Sonoma Bottle Frei Brothers Reserve Pinot Noir 2007, Russian River Valley, Northern Sonoma
California, Usa
91025
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$26.95 None
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Lucien Albrecht Réserve Gewurztraminer 2007, Ac Alsace Bottle Lucien Albrecht Réserve Gewurztraminer 2007, Ac Alsace
Alsace, France
926931
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$18.95 None
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Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 2007, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 2007, Marlborough, South Island
New Zealand
991950
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$19.95 None
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X & Y Cabernet/Merlot 2004, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle X & Y Cabernet/Merlot 2004, Margaret River, Western Australia
Australia
107995
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$17.95 None
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Beauvignac Picpoul De Pinet 2008, Ac Coteaux De Languedoc, Sud De France Bottle Beauvignac Picpoul De Pinet 2008, Ac Coteaux De Languedoc, Sud De France
Languedoc, France
350124
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$14.95 None
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