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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Wits End Free Settler & The Convict Chardonnay/Viognier 2007, South Australia Bottle Wits End Free Settler & The Convict Chardonnay/Viognier 2007, South Australia
Australia
90928
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$13.95 None
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Cave De Cleebourg Pinot Gris 2006, Alsace, France Bottle Cave De Cleebourg Pinot Gris 2006, Alsace, France
Alsace, France
108530
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$17.95 None
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Torre Varano Taburno Falanghina 2007, Doc Bottle Torre Varano Taburno Falanghina 2007, Doc
Italy
106351
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$14.95 None
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Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2007, Western Cape Bottle Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2007, Western Cape
South Africa
626333
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$13.95 None
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Samos Vin Doux 2007, Aoc Bottle Samos Vin Doux 2007, Aoc
Greece
106658
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$9.95 None
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Acacia Chardonnay 2007, Carneros Bottle Acacia Chardonnay 2007, Carneros
California, Usa
80556
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$27.95 None
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Rutherford Hill Merlot 2004, Napa Valley Bottle Rutherford Hill Merlot 2004, Napa Valley
California, Usa
959338
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$34.95 None
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Manga Del Brujo 2006, Do Calatayud Bottle Manga Del Brujo 2006, Do Calatayud
Spain
15073
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Rivera Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva 2004, Doc Castel Del Monte Bottle Rivera Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva 2004, Doc Castel Del Monte
Puglia, Italy
984120
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Cennatoio Chianti Classico 2006, Docg Bottle Cennatoio Chianti Classico 2006, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
121210
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Fattoria Di Magliano Heba Morellino Di Scansano 2006 Bottle Fattoria Di Magliano Heba Morellino Di Scansano 2006
Tuscany, Italy
123596
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Borgogno Francesco Brunate Barolo 2004, Docg Bottle Borgogno Francesco Brunate Barolo 2004, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
117200
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Domaine Latour Giraud Les Narvaux Meursault 2006, Ac Bottle Domaine Latour Giraud Les Narvaux Meursault 2006, Ac
Burgundy, France
12369
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$45.95 None
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La Parde De Haut Bailly 2006, Ac Pessac Léognan, 2nd Wine Of Château Haut Bailly Bottle La Parde De Haut Bailly 2006, Ac Pessac Léognan, 2nd Wine Of Château Haut Bailly
Bordeaux, France
115428
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Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay 2006, VQA Niagara On The Lake Bottle Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay 2006, VQA Niagara On The Lake
Ontario, Canada
117572
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$21.95 None
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Ridgeline Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County Bottle Ridgeline Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
California, Usa
54072
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Duas Quintas White 2007, Doc Douro Bottle Duas Quintas White 2007, Doc Douro
Portugal
114272
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Ngatarawa Stables Merlot 2007, Hawkes Bay, North Island Bottle Ngatarawa Stables Merlot 2007, Hawkes Bay, North Island
New Zealand
120832
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Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2006, Martinborough, North Island Bottle Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2006, Martinborough, North Island
New Zealand
120766
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$29.95 None
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Carrick Pinot Noir 2006, Central Otago, South Island Bottle Carrick Pinot Noir 2006, Central Otago, South Island
New Zealand
919837
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$39.95 None
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Enzo Mecella I Lavi Rosso Cònero 2005, Doc Bottle Enzo Mecella I Lavi Rosso Cònero 2005, Doc
Italy
983965
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$17.95 None
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Masi Brolo Di Campofiorin 2005, Igt Rosso Del Veronese Bottle Masi Brolo Di Campofiorin 2005, Igt Rosso Del Veronese
Veneto, Italy
976092
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$26.95 None
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Château Vignol Blanc 2007, Ac Entre Deux Mers Bottle Château Vignol Blanc 2007, Ac Entre Deux Mers
Bordeaux, France
108522
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Domaine Alary La Chèvre D'or Côtes Du Rhône 2007, Ac Bottle Domaine Alary La Chèvre D'or Côtes Du Rhône 2007, Ac
Rhône, France
103630
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$14.90 None
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Pierre Sparr Réserve Gewurztraminer 2007, Ac Alsace Bottle Pierre Sparr Réserve Gewurztraminer 2007, Ac Alsace
Alsace, France
747600
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$18.95 None
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Comte A. De Dampierre Grand Cuvée Brut Champagne 2008, Ac Bottle Comte A. De Dampierre Grand Cuvée Brut Champagne 2008, Ac
Champagne, France
93146
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$43.80 None
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Château Verdignan 1999, Ac Haut Médoc Bottle Château Verdignan 1999, Ac Haut Médoc
Bordeaux, France
125286
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$29.95 None
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Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2006, VQA Okanagan Valley Bottle Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2006, VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
377770
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$22.95 None
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Reilly's Dry Land Shiraz 2003, Clare Valley, South Australia Bottle Reilly's Dry Land Shiraz 2003, Clare Valley, South Australia
Australia
104067
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$27.75 None
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Illuminati Riparosso Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2006, Doc Bottle Illuminati Riparosso Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2006, Doc
Abruzzo, Italy
328997
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Quinta Dos Roques Vinho Tinto 2005, Doc Dão Bottle Quinta Dos Roques Vinho Tinto 2005, Doc Dão
Portugal
986075
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Santa Duc Les Vieilles Vignes Côtes Du Rhône 2006, Ac Bottle Santa Duc Les Vieilles Vignes Côtes Du Rhône 2006, Ac
Rhône, France
101543
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$15.00 None
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Delas Frères Côtes Du Rhône Saint Esprit 2006, Ac Bottle Delas Frères Côtes Du Rhône Saint Esprit 2006, Ac
Rhône, France
729962
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$16.95 None
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Malivoire Gamay 2006, VQA Niagara Escarpment Bottle Malivoire Gamay 2006, VQA Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
591313
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Kilikanoon The Lackey Shiraz 2006, South Australia Bottle Kilikanoon The Lackey Shiraz 2006, South Australia
Australia
5199
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Anselmann Riesling Spätlese 2007, Qmp, Edesheimer Rosengarten, Estate Btld. Bottle Anselmann Riesling Spätlese 2007, Qmp, Edesheimer Rosengarten, Estate Btld.
Pfalz, Germany
87494
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Gran Toc Hill Reserva 2002, Do Penedès Bottle Gran Toc Hill Reserva 2002, Do Penedès
Spain
673608
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Henri De Villamont Bourgogne Chardonnay 2006, Ac Bottle Henri De Villamont Bourgogne Chardonnay 2006, Ac
Burgundy, France
525121
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$19.95 None
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Leone De Castris Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva 2004, Doc, 50th Vintage Bottle Leone De Castris Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva 2004, Doc, 50th Vintage
Puglia, Italy
597534
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$18.95 None
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Torbreck Old Vines Grenache/Shiraz 2005, Barossa Valley, South Australia Bottle Torbreck Old Vines Grenache/Shiraz 2005, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australia
80721
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$20.95 None
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Château L'escart Cuvée Prestige 2001, Ac Bordeaux Supérieur Bottle Château L'escart Cuvée Prestige 2001, Ac Bordeaux Supérieur
Bordeaux, France
91363
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$22.95 None
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N Sentido 2005, Do Ribera Del Duero Bottle N Sentido 2005, Do Ribera Del Duero
Spain
82081
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$15.95 None
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Domaine Patrick Miolane Saint Aubin 2005, Ac Bottle Domaine Patrick Miolane Saint Aubin 2005, Ac
Burgundy, France
91215
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J & F Lurton Flor De Torrontés Reserva 2007, Uco Valley, Mendoza Bottle J & F Lurton Flor De Torrontés Reserva 2007, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Argentina
55475
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$13.95 None
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Domaine De La Croze Granier Cuvée Réserve 2006, Ac Côtes Du Rhône Bottle Domaine De La Croze Granier Cuvée Réserve 2006, Ac Côtes Du Rhône
Rhône, France
736371
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$13.95 None
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Salentein Reserve Malbec 2006, Uco Valley, Mendoza Bottle Salentein Reserve Malbec 2006, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Argentina
640854
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$17.95 None
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Bodegas Victoria Pardina 2005, Do Cariñena Bottle Bodegas Victoria Pardina 2005, Do Cariñena
Spain
82453
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$15.05 None
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Laurenz Und Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner 2007, Niederösterreich Bottle Laurenz Und Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner 2007, Niederösterreich
Austria
87627
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$16.95 None
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Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Mendocino County, Made With Organically Grown Grapes Bottle Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Mendocino County, Made With Organically Grown Grapes
California, Usa
46334
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$19.95 None
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La Stoppa Gutturnio 2006, Doc Colli Piacentini Bottle La Stoppa Gutturnio 2006, Doc Colli Piacentini
Italy
102822
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$14.95 None
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