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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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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$24.95 Shopping_bag
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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$24.73 Shopping_bag
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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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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$18.69 Shopping_bag
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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$28.95 Shopping_bag
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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$14.90 Shopping_bag
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
Calamus Estate Winery Meritage 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Calamus Estate Winery Meritage 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
10530
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$19.95 Medium
(25)V
Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island
Marlborough, New Zealand
734798
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$18.95 High
(524)V
Família Oliveda Jove Brut Cava, Traditional Method, Do, Spain Bottle Família Oliveda Jove Brut Cava, Traditional Method, Do, Spain
Catalunya, Spain
647883
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$15.95 Low
(9)V
Bouchard Père & Fils Les Deux Loups Rouge 2015, Ac Côteaux Bourguignons Bottle Bouchard Père & Fils Les Deux Loups Rouge 2015, Ac Côteaux Bourguignons
Burgundy, France
648493
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$15.95 High
(284)V
Featherstone Rosé 2018, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Featherstone Rosé 2018, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
117861
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)V
Villa Puccini 2014, Igt Toscana Bottle Villa Puccini 2014, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
540930
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$14.95 High
(79)V
Heartland Stickleback Red 2015, Langhorne Creek, South Australia Bottle Heartland Stickleback Red 2015, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
116574
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$14.95 High
(425)V
Quinta Da Aveleda Colheita Selecionada Loureiro 2017, Doc Vinho Verde Bottle Quinta Da Aveleda Colheita Selecionada Loureiro 2017, Doc Vinho Verde
Douro, Portugal
646067
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$13.95 High
(49)V
Benziger Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sonoma County Bottle Benziger Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sonoma County
California, Usa
597237
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$27.95 High
(586)V
Bieler Born To Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Usa Bottle Bieler Born To Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Usa
California, Usa
137034
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$21.95 High
(1000+)V
Bricklayer's Reward Riesling 2017 Bottle
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Bricklayer's Reward Riesling 2017
Ontario, Canada
644765
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$18.95 High
(314)W
Marques De Caceres Rioja Crianza Red 2014 Bottle Marques De Caceres Rioja Crianza Red 2014
Rioja, Spain
638775
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(215)V
Thierry Delaunay Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Ap Bottle Thierry Delaunay Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Ap
Loire, France
391847
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Xavier Ventoux 2017, Ap Bottle Xavier Ventoux 2017, Ap
Rhône, France
413211
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(731)V
Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2018, Wo Stellenbosch Bottle Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2018, Wo Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, South Africa
698274
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$14.95 High
(73)V
Bouchard Père & Fils Les Deux Loups Blanc 2015, Ac Côteaux Bourguignons Bottle Bouchard Père & Fils Les Deux Loups Blanc 2015, Ac Côteaux Bourguignons
Burgundy, France
424911
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$17.95 High
(109)V
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Napa Valley Bottle Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Napa Valley
California, Usa
646182
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$26.95 High
(508)V
Foris Chardonnay 2017, Rogue Valley, Oregon Bottle Foris Chardonnay 2017, Rogue Valley, Oregon
Oregon, Usa
665943
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$23.95 High
(91)V
Simi Sonoma County Dry Rosé 2018, Sonoma County Bottle Simi Sonoma County Dry Rosé 2018, Sonoma County
California, Usa
668467
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$19.95 High
(896)V
For A Song Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Columbia Valley Bottle For A Song Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Columbia Valley
Washington, Usa
666057
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$19.95 High
(177)V
Gérard Bertrand Minervois Syrah/Carignan 2016, Ac Minervois Bottle Gérard Bertrand Minervois Syrah/Carignan 2016, Ac Minervois
Languedoc, France
952804
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$17.95 High
(380)V
Bisquertt Family Vineyards La Joya Gran Reserva Carmenère 2017, Do Colchagua Valley Bottle Bisquertt Family Vineyards La Joya Gran Reserva Carmenère 2017, Do Colchagua Valley
Colchagua Valley, Chile
149591
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(199)V
Ca' Rugate San Michele Soave Classico 2017, Doc Bottle Ca' Rugate San Michele Soave Classico 2017, Doc
Veneto, Italy
103259
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$15.95 Medium
(30)V
Flavs Amarone Della Valpolicella 2015, Docg Bottle Flavs Amarone Della Valpolicella 2015, Docg
Veneto, Italy
10204
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$39.95 High
(79)V
Max Ferd. Richter Elisenberger Kabinett Riesling 2016, Prädikatswein Bottle Max Ferd. Richter Elisenberger Kabinett Riesling 2016, Prädikatswein
Mosel, Germany
665984
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$24.95 High
(150)V
Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi, Docg Bottle Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
250696
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$19.95 None
(0)V
Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir Les Aspres Syrah/Mourvèdre/Grenache 2016, Ap Côtes Du Roussillon Bottle Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir Les Aspres Syrah/Mourvèdre/Grenache 2016, Ap Côtes Du Roussillon
Roussillon, France
413245
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$19.95 High
(564)V
Bellingham Homestead Shiraz 2017, Wo Paarl Bottle Bellingham Homestead Shiraz 2017, Wo Paarl
Paarl, South Africa
698290
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Terre Stregate Svelato Falanghina Del Sannio 2016, Dop Bottle Terre Stregate Svelato Falanghina Del Sannio 2016, Dop
Campania, Italy
486076
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$18.95 High
(227)V
Janare Fiano 2017, Dop Sannio Bottle Janare Fiano 2017, Dop Sannio
Campania, Italy
528786
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(461)V
Cimal Garnacha 2015, Do La Mancha Bottle Cimal Garnacha 2015, Do La Mancha
Languedoc, France
646836
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$15.95 High
(259)V
Decero The Owl & The Dust Devil 2015, Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo, Mendoza Bottle Decero The Owl & The Dust Devil 2015, Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo, Mendoza
Mendoza, Argentina
646695
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$29.95 High
(411)V
Citra Ferzo Abruzzo Superiore Pecorino 2017, Dop Bottle Citra Ferzo Abruzzo Superiore Pecorino 2017, Dop
Abruzzo, Italy
573683
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$17.95 High
(89)V
Ka Tahi Merlot/Malbec 2015, Hawke's Bay, North Island Bottle Ka Tahi Merlot/Malbec 2015, Hawke's Bay, North Island
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
645192
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$23.95 High
(222)V
Norman Hardie County Chardonnay Unfiltered 2016, VQA Prince Edward County Bottle
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Norman Hardie County Chardonnay Unfiltered 2016, VQA Prince Edward County
Ontario, Canada
381715
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$45.20 None
(0)V
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