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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Banfi Centine 2007, Igt Toscana Bottle Banfi Centine 2007, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
947440
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$15.95 None
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Tenuta Di Capraia Chianti Classico 2006, Docg Bottle Tenuta Di Capraia Chianti Classico 2006, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
135277
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$21.95 None
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Château De Valmer Vouvray 2008, Ac Bottle Château De Valmer Vouvray 2008, Ac
Loire, France
140624
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$16.95 None
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Château La Gorce 2003, Ac Médoc Bottle Château La Gorce 2003, Ac Médoc
Bordeaux, France
87668
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$19.95 None
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Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Carmenère 2007, Rapel Valley Bottle Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Carmenère 2007, Rapel Valley
Chile
640888
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$14.95 None
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Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Aconcagua Valley Bottle Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Aconcagua Valley
Chile
606764
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$19.95 None
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Flat Rock Cellars Unplugged Chardonnay 2007, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Flat Rock Cellars Unplugged Chardonnay 2007, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
68015
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$16.95 None
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Shingleback Shiraz 2006, Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle Shingleback Shiraz 2006, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
Australia
57844
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$23.95 None
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Miguel Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Do Penedès Bottle Miguel Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Do Penedès
Penedès, Spain
129676
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$59.00 None
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Sileni The Plateau Pinot Noir 2008, Hawkes Bay, North Island Bottle Sileni The Plateau Pinot Noir 2008, Hawkes Bay, North Island
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
132142
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$17.95 None
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La Salute Manzoni Bianco 2007, Igt Marca Trevigiana Bottle La Salute Manzoni Bianco 2007, Igt Marca Trevigiana
Veneto, Italy
134981
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$12.80 None
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Falchini Vigna A Solatio Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2008, Docg Bottle Falchini Vigna A Solatio Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2008, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
994012
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$15.95 None
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Collalto Pinot Grigio 2008, Igt Delle Venezie Bottle Collalto Pinot Grigio 2008, Igt Delle Venezie
Veneto, Italy
135590
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$15.55 None
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Fattoi Brunello Di Montalcino 2004 Bottle Fattoi Brunello Di Montalcino 2004
Tuscany, Italy
33498
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$34.95 None
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Château Tour St. Joseph 2005, Ac Haut Médoc Bottle Château Tour St. Joseph 2005, Ac Haut Médoc
Bordeaux, France
138701
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$23.95 None
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Finca El Origen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Uco Valley, Mendoza Bottle Finca El Origen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Argentina
128991
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$12.95 None
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Trapiche Broquel Bonarda 2007, Mendoza Bottle Trapiche Broquel Bonarda 2007, Mendoza
Argentina
55558
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$14.95 None
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Demarie Roero Arneis 2008, Docg Bottle Demarie Roero Arneis 2008, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
30866
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$15.45 None
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Cantina Terre Del Barolo Dogliani 2007, Docg Bottle Cantina Terre Del Barolo Dogliani 2007, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
134734
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$13.95 None
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Malgrà Fornace Di Cerreto Barbera D'asti Superiore 2006, Doc Bottle Malgrà Fornace Di Cerreto Barbera D'asti Superiore 2006, Doc
Piedmont, Italy
4275
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$17.95 None
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Zironda Amarone Della Valpolicella 2006, Doc Bottle Zironda Amarone Della Valpolicella 2006, Doc
Veneto, Italy
134601
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$36.95 None
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Inniskillin Winemaker's Series Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Inniskillin Winemaker's Series Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
586347
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$19.75 None
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Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2008, South Australia Bottle Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2008, South Australia
Australia
625129
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$15.95 None
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Tait Basket Pressed Shiraz 2005, Barossa Valley, South Australia Bottle Tait Basket Pressed Shiraz 2005, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australia
138339
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$38.40 None
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Candor Lot 1 Merlot, California Bottle Candor Lot 1 Merlot, California
California, Usa
135392
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$21.95 None
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Beringer Clear Lake Zinfandel 2006, Clear Lake, Lake County Bottle Beringer Clear Lake Zinfandel 2006, Clear Lake, Lake County
California, Usa
953596
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$19.95 None
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St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Napa Valley Bottle St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Napa Valley
California, Usa
43182
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$49.95 None
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Spy Valley Chardonnay 2007, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Spy Valley Chardonnay 2007, Marlborough, South Island
New Zealand
57737
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$12.95 None
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Basile Cartacanta 2007, Doc Montecucco Rosso Bottle Basile Cartacanta 2007, Doc Montecucco Rosso
Tuscany, Italy
135640
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$15.55 None
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La Spinona Bricco Faset Barbaresco 2004, Docg Bottle La Spinona Bricco Faset Barbaresco 2004, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
134726
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$38.95 None
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Castello Di Nipozzano Mormoreto 2006, Igt Toscana Bottle Castello Di Nipozzano Mormoreto 2006, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
951210
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$63.95 None
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Domaine Bonnard Sancerre 2008, Ac Bottle Domaine Bonnard Sancerre 2008, Ac
Loire, France
140525
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$21.95 None
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St. Hallett Blackwell Shiraz 2006, Barossa, South Australia Bottle St. Hallett Blackwell Shiraz 2006, Barossa, South Australia
Australia
535104
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$39.95 None
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D'arenberg Vintage Fortified Shiraz/Chambourcin 2005, Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle D'arenberg Vintage Fortified Shiraz/Chambourcin 2005, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
Australia
606244
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$33.95 None
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Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2006, Napa Valley Bottle Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2006, Napa Valley
California, Usa
346304
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$67.95 None
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Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Reserva 2005 Bottle Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Reserva 2005
Ribera Del Duero, Spain
323345
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$39.95 None
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Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2007, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County   Bottle Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2007, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County  
California, Usa
66159
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$25.00 None
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Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza 2006 Bottle Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza 2006
Ribera Del Duero, Spain
341461
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$26.95 None
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Fenocchio Bussia Barolo 2004, Docg, Estate Btld. Bottle Fenocchio Bussia Barolo 2004, Docg, Estate Btld.
Piedmont, Italy
712273
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$41.95 None
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Studert Prüm Riesling Spätlese 2004, Qmp, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Bottle Studert Prüm Riesling Spätlese 2004, Qmp, Wehlener Sonnenuhr
Mosel, Germany
140756
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$23.95 None
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Gardet Blanc De Noirs Premier Cru Champagne 2009, Ac Bottle Gardet Blanc De Noirs Premier Cru Champagne 2009, Ac
Champagne, France
129882
Review added: November 04, 2009
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$44.95 None
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Bishop By Ben Glaetzer Shiraz 2007, Barossa Valley, South Australia Bottle Bishop By Ben Glaetzer Shiraz 2007, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australia
627869
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$39.95 None
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Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors' Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2006, VQA Okanagan Valley Bottle Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors' Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2006, VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
643452
Review added: October 21, 2009
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$19.95 None
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Tawse Sketches Of Niagara Chardonnay 2007, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Tawse Sketches Of Niagara Chardonnay 2007, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
89037
Review added: October 21, 2009
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$19.95 None
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Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Napa Valley Bottle Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Napa Valley
California, Usa
135145
Review added: October 21, 2009
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$25.95 None
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Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006, Napa Valley, California Bottle Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006, Napa Valley, California
California, Usa
84988
Review added: October 21, 2009
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$22.95 None
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Simonnet Febvre Vaillons Chablis 1er Cru 2006, Ac Bottle Simonnet Febvre Vaillons Chablis 1er Cru 2006, Ac
Burgundy, France
41160
Review added: October 21, 2009
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$32.95 None
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Domaine Bernard Millot Les Petits Charrons Meursault 2006 Bottle Domaine Bernard Millot Les Petits Charrons Meursault 2006
Burgundy, France
130922
Review added: October 21, 2009
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$53.95 None
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Maipe Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Andean Culture   Bottle Maipe Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Andean Culture  
Argentina
93823
Review added: October 21, 2009
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$11.75 None
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Terra Andina Reserva Carmenère 2007, Rapel Valley Bottle Terra Andina Reserva Carmenère 2007, Rapel Valley
Chile
128637
Review added: October 21, 2009
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$9.94 None
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