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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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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Beauvignac Viognier 2008, Ac Vins De Pays D'oc, Sud De France Bottle Beauvignac Viognier 2008, Ac Vins De Pays D'oc, Sud De France
Languedoc, France
525295
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$12.95 None
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Albino Piona Custoza 2008, Doc Bottle Albino Piona Custoza 2008, Doc
Veneto, Italy
119446
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$12.70 None
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Terra Rosa Malbec 2004, Mendoza, Old Vine Malbec Bottle Terra Rosa Malbec 2004, Mendoza, Old Vine Malbec
Argentina
93872
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$19.95 None
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D'arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier 2007, Adelaide Hills/Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle D'arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier 2007, Adelaide Hills/Mclaren Vale, South Australia
Australia
25064
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$19.95 None
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Antonin Rodet Givry 2007, Ac Bottle Antonin Rodet Givry 2007, Ac
Burgundy, France
110395
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$22.95 None
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Wyndham Estate George Wyndham Founder's Reserve Shiraz/Cabernet 2006, Limestone Coast, South Australia Bottle Wyndham Estate George Wyndham Founder's Reserve Shiraz/Cabernet 2006, Limestone Coast, South Australia
Australia
107912
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$22.95 None
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Quinta De Ventozelo Reserva Douro Tinto 2003, Doc, Estate Btld. Bottle Quinta De Ventozelo Reserva Douro Tinto 2003, Doc, Estate Btld.
Portugal
21329
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$21.95 None
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Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2006, Napa Valley Bottle Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2006, Napa Valley
California, Usa
27292
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$26.70 None
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L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2007, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California Bottle L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2007, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California
Mexico, World
983742
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$12.25 None
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Tawse Sketches Of Niagara Rosé 2008, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Tawse Sketches Of Niagara Rosé 2008, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
130245
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$12.50 None
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Rosewood Estates Renaceau Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Rosewood Estates Renaceau Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
112151
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$18.00 None
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Domaine Du Château De Melin La Corvée Des Vignes Puligny Montrachet 2007, Ac Bottle Domaine Du Château De Melin La Corvée Des Vignes Puligny Montrachet 2007, Ac
Burgundy, France
42093
Review added: July 06, 2009
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$59.95 None
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Château Cahuzac Tradition Rosé 2008, Ac Fronton Bottle Château Cahuzac Tradition Rosé 2008, Ac Fronton
Southwest, France
117317
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$13.95 None
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Domaine De La Grange Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Sèvre & Maine 2007, Ac, Sur Lie Bottle Domaine De La Grange Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Sèvre & Maine 2007, Ac, Sur Lie
Loire, France
682625
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$13.95 None
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Rocca Delle Macìe Rubizzo Sangiovese Di Toscana 2006, Igt Toscana Bottle Rocca Delle Macìe Rubizzo Sangiovese Di Toscana 2006, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
913780
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$14.95 None
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Domaine Galévan Paroles De Femme Côtes Du Rhône 2007, Ac Bottle Domaine Galévan Paroles De Femme Côtes Du Rhône 2007, Ac
Rhône, France
125930
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$15.00 None
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Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico 2006, Igt Campania Bottle Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico 2006, Igt Campania
Campania, Italy
120907
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$14.95 None
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Tenuta Di Castiglioni Salta Grilli Rosato 2008, Igt Rosato Di Toscana Bottle Tenuta Di Castiglioni Salta Grilli Rosato 2008, Igt Rosato Di Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
33555
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$14.95 None
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Astoria Val De Brun Extra Dry Prosecco, Vsaq, Italy Bottle Astoria Val De Brun Extra Dry Prosecco, Vsaq, Italy
Italy
121020
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$16.95 None
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Henry Of Pelham Gewürztraminer 2007, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Henry Of Pelham Gewürztraminer 2007, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
268359
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$17.95 None
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Cockfighter's Ghost Verdelho 2007, Hunter Valley, New South Wales Bottle Cockfighter's Ghost Verdelho 2007, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Australia
90985
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$16.10 None
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Fattoria Dei Barbi Morellino Di Scansano 2006 Bottle Fattoria Dei Barbi Morellino Di Scansano 2006
Tuscany, Italy
720177
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$17.95 None
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Cave De La Côte Morges 2007, Aoc, Grand Vin De La Côte Vaudoise Bottle Cave De La Côte Morges 2007, Aoc, Grand Vin De La Côte Vaudoise
Switzerland, World
123414
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$18.95 None
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Pierre Sourdais Cuvée Tradition Chinon 2005, Ac Bottle Pierre Sourdais Cuvée Tradition Chinon 2005, Ac
Loire, France
108506
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$20.95 None
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Domaine Poulleau Père & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2006, Ac Bottle Domaine Poulleau Père & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2006, Ac
Burgundy, France
110270
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$21.95 None
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Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Napa Valley, Estate Btld. Bottle Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Napa Valley, Estate Btld.
California, Usa
96016
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$19.95 None
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Vrede En Lust Karien Chenin Blanc 2007, Wo Paarl Bottle Vrede En Lust Karien Chenin Blanc 2007, Wo Paarl
South Africa
101733
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$14.95 None
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