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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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 High
(132)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
(1000+)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 High
(1000+)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
(1000+)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
(1000+)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
(1000+)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
(1000+)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
(1000+)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
(191)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
(1000+)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
(1000+)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
(1000+)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
(1000+)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
(603)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
(694)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
(1000+)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
(929)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
(1000+)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
(1000+)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 High
(848)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
(328)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
(608)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
(1000+)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
(925)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
(1000+)V
Cimal Garnacha 2015, Do La Mancha Bottle Cimal Garnacha 2015, Do La Mancha
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
646836
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)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
(499)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
(1000+)V
Ka Tahi Merlot/Malbec 2015, Hawke's Bay, North Island Bottle Ka Tahi Merlot/Malbec 2015, Hawke's Bay, North Island
Unknown, World
645192
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$23.95 High
(298)V
Norman Hardie County Chardonnay Unfiltered 2016, VQA Prince Edward County Bottle 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
Sergio Zenato Riserva Lugana 2016, Doc Bottle Sergio Zenato Riserva Lugana 2016, Doc
Veneto, Italy
928218
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$39.95 High
(401)V
Argyros Assyrtiko 2017, Pdo Santorini Bottle Argyros Assyrtiko 2017, Pdo Santorini
Santorini, Greece
387365
Review added: July 18, 2019
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$29.95 High
(348)V
Dagaz Tierras De Pumanque 2016, Do Colchagua   Costa Bottle Dagaz Tierras De Pumanque 2016, Do Colchagua Costa
Chile
Agent
Review added: July 16, 2019
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$59.99 Shopping_bag
Tom Gore Chardonnay 2017, California Bottle Tom Gore Chardonnay 2017, California
California, Usa
458810
Review added: July 15, 2019
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$19.95 Medium
(12)V
Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California Bottle Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California
California, Usa
451336
Review added: July 15, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Tom Gore Field Blend 2014, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County Bottle Tom Gore Field Blend 2014, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
California, Usa
639724
Review added: July 15, 2019
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$29.95 None
(0)V
Sutro Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Sonoma County Bottle Sutro Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Sonoma County
California, Usa

Review added: July 11, 2019
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$0.00 None
(0)
Rhône To The Bone 2017, Côtes Du Rhône Bottle Rhône To The Bone 2017, Côtes Du Rhône
Rhône, France
Agent
Review added: July 09, 2019
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$15.95 Shopping_bag
Labouré Roi Le Beaunois Chablis 2018 Bottle Labouré Roi Le Beaunois Chablis 2018
Burgundy, France
Agent
Review added: July 09, 2019
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$26.95 Shopping_bag
CedarCreek Platinum Block 1 Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle CedarCreek Platinum Block 1 Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: July 08, 2019
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$29.99 Shopping_bag
CedarCreek Platinum Block 9 Ehrenfelser 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle CedarCreek Platinum Block 9 Ehrenfelser 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada

Review added: July 07, 2019
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$29.99 Shopping_bag
Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay 2017, Twenty Mile Bench Bottle
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Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay 2017, Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
286278
Review added: July 07, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)W
Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2017, Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2017, Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
68817
Review added: June 27, 2019
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Domaine Queylus Chardonnay Reserve Du Domaine 2017, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Domaine Queylus Chardonnay Reserve Du Domaine 2017, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
Agent
Review added: June 27, 2019
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$34.95 Shopping_bag
CedarCreek Platinum Sauvignon Blanc Border Vista 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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CedarCreek Platinum Sauvignon Blanc Border Vista 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$33.70 Shopping_bag
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