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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Sportoletti Assisi Rosso 2006, Doc Bottle Sportoletti Assisi Rosso 2006, Doc
Umbria, Italy
926857
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$14.05 None
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Millton Riverpoint Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, Gisborne, North Island, Bio Dynamically Grown Grapes, Estate Btld. Bottle Millton Riverpoint Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, Gisborne, North Island, Bio Dynamically Grown Grapes, Estate Btld.
Gisborne, New Zealand
92486
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$17.95 None
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La Crema Chardonnay 2007, Sonoma Coast Bottle La Crema Chardonnay 2007, Sonoma Coast
California, Usa
962886
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$29.95 None
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Goretti Le Mura Saracene Montefalco Rosso 2006, Doc Bottle Goretti Le Mura Saracene Montefalco Rosso 2006, Doc
Umbria, Italy
101170
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$19.95 None
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Fassati Pasiteo Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2005, Docg Bottle Fassati Pasiteo Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2005, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
642009
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$22.95 None
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Leonardo Di Vinci Brunello Di Montalcino 2004, Docg Bottle Leonardo Di Vinci Brunello Di Montalcino 2004, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
97592
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$50.70 None
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Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Montesodi Chianti Rúfina Riserva 2005, Docg, Castello Di Nipozzano Bottle Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Montesodi Chianti Rúfina Riserva 2005, Docg, Castello Di Nipozzano
Tuscany, Italy
365536
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$59.95 None
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Domaine Des Aubuisières Cuvée De Silex Vouvray 2007, Ac Bottle Domaine Des Aubuisières Cuvée De Silex Vouvray 2007, Ac
Loire, France
57042
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Domaine Delorme Et Fils Vieilles Vignes Pouilly Fuissé 2006, Ac Bottle Domaine Delorme Et Fils Vieilles Vignes Pouilly Fuissé 2006, Ac
Burgundy, France
110262
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$27.35 None
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Domaine Bernard Defaix Côte De Lechet Reserve Chablis 1er Cru 2006, Ac Bottle Domaine Bernard Defaix Côte De Lechet Reserve Chablis 1er Cru 2006, Ac
Burgundy, France
17541
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$34.95 None
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The Colonial Estate Envoy Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2006, Barossa Valley, South Australia Bottle The Colonial Estate Envoy Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2006, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australia
47563
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$24.65 None
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Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2006, Carneros, Napa Valley Bottle Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2006, Carneros, Napa Valley
California, Usa
714519
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$34.95 None
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Shafer Vineyards Merlot 2006, Napa Valley Bottle Shafer Vineyards Merlot 2006, Napa Valley
California, Usa
346262
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$94.95 None
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Cj Pask Gimblett Road Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2006, Hawkes Bay, North Island Bottle Cj Pask Gimblett Road Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2006, Hawkes Bay, North Island
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
120816
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$19.95 None
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Elephant Hill Syrah 2008, Hawkes Bay, North Island Bottle Elephant Hill Syrah 2008, Hawkes Bay, North Island
New Zealand
121673
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Cantina Tramin Gewürztraminer 2007, Doc Süditrol   Alto Adige Bottle Cantina Tramin Gewürztraminer 2007, Doc Süditrol Alto Adige
Alto Adige/Trentino, Italy
117028
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$18.95 None
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Château Nairac 2005, Ac Barsac, 2er Cru (375ml) Bottle Château Nairac 2005, Ac Barsac, 2er Cru (375ml)
Bordeaux, France
500777
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$42.00 None
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Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Chardonnay 2007, Pirque, Maipo Valley Bottle Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Chardonnay 2007, Pirque, Maipo Valley
Chile
342857
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$19.95 None
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Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Merlot 2006, Peumo, Rapel Valley Bottle Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Merlot 2006, Peumo, Rapel Valley
Chile
939827
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$16.75 None
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Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2007, Barossa Valley, South Australia Bottle Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2007, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australia
660043
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$24.95 None
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Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz 2007, Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz 2007, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
Australia
9480
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$27.95 None
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Alta Vista Grande Reserve Terroir Selection Malbec 2006, Mendoza Bottle Alta Vista Grande Reserve Terroir Selection Malbec 2006, Mendoza
Argentina
686626
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$24.95 None
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Terranoble Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Colchagua Valley Bottle Terranoble Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Colchagua Valley
Chile
46268
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$16.95 None
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William Fèvre Chile Gran Cuvée Chardonnay 2007, Maipo Valley, Estate Btld. Bottle William Fèvre Chile Gran Cuvée Chardonnay 2007, Maipo Valley, Estate Btld.
Chile
45146
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$16.95 None
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Watershed Shiraz 2004, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle Watershed Shiraz 2004, Margaret River, Western Australia
Australia
73767
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$19.95 None
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Roquevale Tinto 2003, Doc Alentejo Bottle Roquevale Tinto 2003, Doc Alentejo
Portugal
80408
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$14.95 None
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Domaine Des Ouleb Thaleb Tandem Syrah Du Maroc 2006, Morocco Bottle Domaine Des Ouleb Thaleb Tandem Syrah Du Maroc 2006, Morocco
Morocco, World
92908
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$20.95 None
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Cline Ancient Vines Mourvèdre 2006, Contra Costa County Bottle Cline Ancient Vines Mourvèdre 2006, Contra Costa County
California, Usa
66084
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$20.95 None
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Dornier Donatus 2004, Wo Stellenbosch Bottle Dornier Donatus 2004, Wo Stellenbosch
South Africa
606020
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$16.95 None
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Due Torri Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2005, Doc Bottle Due Torri Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2005, Doc
Veneto, Italy
724740
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$38.95 None
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Fontanafredda Serralunga D’alba Barolo 2004 Bottle Fontanafredda Serralunga D’alba Barolo 2004
Piedmont, Italy
943290
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$44.95 None
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Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Syrah 2006, Maipo Valley Bottle Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Syrah 2006, Maipo Valley
Chile
34959
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$10.95 None
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Bergwater Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2005, Wo Prince Albert Valley Bottle Bergwater Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2005, Wo Prince Albert Valley
South Africa
79475
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$16.95 None
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Môreson Pinotage 2006, Wo Coastal Region Bottle Môreson Pinotage 2006, Wo Coastal Region
South Africa
9241
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$19.95 None
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Domaine Pardon Fleurie 2006, Ac Bottle Domaine Pardon Fleurie 2006, Ac
Beaujolais, France
85001
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Bailly Lapierre Crémant De Bourgogne Chardonnay 2005, Ac, Burgundy, France Bottle Bailly Lapierre Crémant De Bourgogne Chardonnay 2005, Ac, Burgundy, France
Burgundy, France
680686
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$21.95 None
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Castello Di Neive Barbaresco 2005, Docg Bottle Castello Di Neive Barbaresco 2005, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
674044
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$23.95 None
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Coto De Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2007, Do Campo De Borja Bottle Coto De Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2007, Do Campo De Borja
Spain
94805
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$12.75 None
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L'enclos Du Château Lezongars 2005, Ac Premières Côtes De Bordeaux Bottle L'enclos Du Château Lezongars 2005, Ac Premières Côtes De Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France
729145
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$17.95 None
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Château La Chandellière 2005, Ac Médoc Bottle Château La Chandellière 2005, Ac Médoc
Bordeaux, France
91314
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$22.05 None
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R. López De Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza 2002, Doca Rioja Bottle R. López De Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza 2002, Doca Rioja
Spain
692780
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$25.00 None
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Massandra Muscat 2004, Black Sea Coast, Crimea, Ukraine Bottle Massandra Muscat 2004, Black Sea Coast, Crimea, Ukraine
Ukraine, World
73155
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$14.95 None
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Gamba Gnirega Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Le Quare 2006, Doc, Estate Btld. Bottle Gamba Gnirega Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Le Quare 2006, Doc, Estate Btld.
Veneto, Italy
94979
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$14.95 None
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Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Bottle Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
96644
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$17.95 None
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Organic Vignerons Australia Ova Shiraz/Cabernet 2005, South Australia Bottle Organic Vignerons Australia Ova Shiraz/Cabernet 2005, South Australia
Australia
109090
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$19.95 None
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Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Syrah 2006, Peumo, Rapel Valley Bottle Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Syrah 2006, Peumo, Rapel Valley
Chile
19042
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$19.95 None
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Edmeades Zinfandel 2006, Mendocino County Bottle Edmeades Zinfandel 2006, Mendocino County
California, Usa
105924
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$22.95 None
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Turkey Flat Butcher's Block Red 2006, Barossa Valley, South Australia Bottle Turkey Flat Butcher's Block Red 2006, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australia
90241
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$19.95 None
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Kim Crawford Kim's Favourite Sp Chardonnay 2006, Gisborne, North Island Bottle Kim Crawford Kim's Favourite Sp Chardonnay 2006, Gisborne, North Island
New Zealand
90126
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$24.95 None
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Cosme Palacio Y Hermanos Reserva 2004 Bottle Cosme Palacio Y Hermanos Reserva 2004
Rioja, Spain
14662
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$22.95 None
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