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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Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique Brut 2014 Bottle Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique Brut 2014
Nova Scotia, Canada
0
Review added: August 18, 2019
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Alejandro Fernandez Alejairén 2016, La Mancha Bottle Alejandro Fernandez Alejairén 2016, La Mancha
Spain
0
Review added: August 15, 2019
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Luna Estate Pinot Noir 2017, Martinborough Bottle Luna Estate Pinot Noir 2017, Martinborough
Martinborough, New Zealand
0
Review added: August 14, 2019
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Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada

Review added: August 11, 2019
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CedarCreek Platinum Chardonnay Block 5 2017, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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CedarCreek Platinum Chardonnay Block 5 2017, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: August 11, 2019
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Hidden Bench Chardonnay Tête De Cuvée 2016, Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Hidden Bench Chardonnay Tête De Cuvée 2016, Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
13908
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Skaha Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Skaha Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
14356
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Hidden Bench Chardonnay Felseck Vineyard 2016, Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Hidden Bench Chardonnay Felseck Vineyard 2016, Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
13907
Review added: July 21, 2019
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CedarCreek Platinum Riesling Block 3 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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CedarCreek Platinum Riesling Block 3 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
13663
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Corcelettes Meritage Estate Vineyard 2016, Similkameen Valley Bottle
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Corcelettes Meritage Estate Vineyard 2016, Similkameen Valley
British Columbia, Canada
12847
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Foreign Affair Temptress 2016, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Foreign Affair Temptress 2016, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
13706
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula (200ml) Bottle
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Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula (200ml)
Ontario, Canada
149963
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$41.25 None
(0)W
Orofino Orange   Skin Contact Muscat 2018, Similkameen Valley Bottle
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Orofino Orange Skin Contact Muscat 2018, Similkameen Valley
British Columbia, Canada
13462
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Mission Hill Quatrain 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Mission Hill Quatrain 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
13310
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Malivoire Bisous Brut, Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Malivoire Bisous Brut, Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$34.95 None
(0)
Oliver Twist Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Oliver Twist Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
14080
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Thirty Bench Small Lot Merlot 2016, Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Thirty Bench Small Lot Merlot 2016, Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
13886
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Leaning Post Rosé 2018, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Leaning Post Rosé 2018, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
14247
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Fielding Cabernet Syrah 2016, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Fielding Cabernet Syrah 2016, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
11161
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Peller Estates Andrew Peller Signature Series Cabernet Franc 2016, Four Mile Creek Bottle
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Peller Estates Andrew Peller Signature Series Cabernet Franc 2016, Four Mile Creek
Ontario, Canada
13867
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Stratus Syrah 2014, Niagara Lakeshore Bottle
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Stratus Syrah 2014, Niagara Lakeshore
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Quails' Gate Dry Riesling 2018, BC VQA Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Quails' Gate Dry Riesling 2018, BC VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
308312
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$19.95 High
(810)V
Lundy Manor Brut, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Lundy Manor Brut, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
14403
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$45.00 Shopping_bag
Flat Rock Cellars Riesling 2017, Twenty Mile Bench Bottle
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Flat Rock Cellars Riesling 2017, Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
43281
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)E
Backyard Cabernet Franc 2017 Bottle
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Backyard Cabernet Franc 2017
British Columbia, Canada
13061
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$25.95 Shopping_bag
Chain Yard Rhubee Cyser Bottle
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Chain Yard Rhubee Cyser
Nova Scotia, Canada
11257
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$15.00 Shopping_bag
La Cantina Vallee D'oka Rosé Du Calvaire 2018 Bottle
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La Cantina Vallee D'oka Rosé Du Calvaire 2018
Quebec, Canada
14475
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$19.95 Shopping_bag
Kew Heritage 2014, Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Kew Heritage 2014, Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
12873
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$39.95 Shopping_bag
Southbrook Organic Triomphe Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Southbrook Organic Triomphe Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
172338
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$24.95 High
(890)G
Burnt Timber Cabernet Sauvignon Monarch Vineyard 2013, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Burnt Timber Cabernet Sauvignon Monarch Vineyard 2013, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
11206
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$32.09 Shopping_bag
Harper's Trail Pinot Gris Thadd Springs Vineyard 2018 Bottle
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Harper's Trail Pinot Gris Thadd Springs Vineyard 2018
British Columbia, Canada
13089
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$16.99 Shopping_bag
Culmina Dilemma 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Culmina Dilemma 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
12336
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$34.00 Shopping_bag
Peller Estates Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Peller Estates Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$19.75 Shopping_bag
Lightfoot & Wolfville Tidal Bay 2018 Bottle
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Lightfoot & Wolfville Tidal Bay 2018
Nova Scotia, Canada
14397
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$22.00 Shopping_bag
Exultet Estates The Blessed Chardonnay 2016, Prince Edward County Bottle
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Exultet Estates The Blessed Chardonnay 2016, Prince Edward County
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$65.00 Shopping_bag
Jost Great Big Friggin Red Bottle
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Jost Great Big Friggin Red
Nova Scotia, Canada
10539
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc Icewine 2017, Niagara Peninsula (375ml) Bottle
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Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc Icewine 2017, Niagara Peninsula (375ml)
Ontario, Canada
13260
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$59.99 Shopping_bag
Malivoire Rose Moira 2018, VQA Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Malivoire Rose Moira 2018, VQA Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Terravista Vineyards Syrah 2016 Bottle
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Terravista Vineyards Syrah 2016
British Columbia, Canada
14517
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$35.00 Shopping_bag
Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2017, BC VQA Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2017, BC VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$22.99 Shopping_bag
Mission Hill Reserve Meritage White 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Mission Hill Reserve Meritage White 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
13355
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Creekside Syrah 2017, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Creekside Syrah 2017, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
13586
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Wild Goose Stoney Slope Riesling 2018, Okanagan Falls Bottle
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Wild Goose Stoney Slope Riesling 2018, Okanagan Falls
British Columbia, Canada
13716
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$23.00 Shopping_bag
Wayne Gretzky Founders Series Pinot Grigio 2018, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Wayne Gretzky Founders Series Pinot Grigio 2018, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
326256
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$14.95 High
(1000+)W
Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Blanc 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Blanc 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
14109
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Tawse Gamay Noir Cherry Avenue Vineyard 2017, Twenty Mile Bench Bottle
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Tawse Gamay Noir Cherry Avenue Vineyard 2017, Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Intrigue Wines Social White 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Intrigue Wines Social White 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
13728
Review added: July 21, 2019
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Indigenous World Red Fox Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Indigenous World Red Fox Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
13120
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$19.99 Shopping_bag
Niagara College Teaching Winery Balance Brut, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Niagara College Teaching Winery Balance Brut, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
8061
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$22.95 Shopping_bag
Bilodeau Cidre De Glace Cuvée Spéciale (200ml) Bottle
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Bilodeau Cidre De Glace Cuvée Spéciale (200ml)
Quebec, Canada
11116
Review added: July 21, 2019
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$26.95 Shopping_bag
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