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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Baltasar Gracián Reserva 2013 Bottle Baltasar Gracián Reserva 2013
Calatayud, Spain
547109
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$23.95 None
(0)V
Brezza Sarmassa Barolo 2013 Bottle Brezza Sarmassa Barolo 2013
Piedmont, Italy
999730
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$87.95 None
(0)V
Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2014, Prädikatswein Bottle Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2014, Prädikatswein
Mosel, Germany
298182
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$40.95 None
(0)V
Fess Parker Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County Bottle Fess Parker Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County
California, Usa
547158
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$44.95 None
(0)V
Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico 2015, Doc Bottle Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico 2015, Doc
Veneto, Italy
92437
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$39.95 None
(0)V
Roda Reserva 2012 Bottle Roda Reserva 2012
Rioja, Spain
664557
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$52.95 None
(0)V
Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir 2014, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir 2014, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
1560
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$34.95 None
(0)V
Álvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2016, Doq Priorat Bottle Álvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2016, Doq Priorat
Priorat, Spain
216291
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$30.95 None
(0)V
Domaine De L'oiselet Vacqueyras 2015, Ac Bottle Domaine De L'oiselet Vacqueyras 2015, Ac
Rhone, France
537951
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$27.95 None
(0)V
Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
183491
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$23.95 High
(258)V
Abbadia Ardenga Vigna Piaggia Brunello Di Montalcino 2012, Docg Bottle Abbadia Ardenga Vigna Piaggia Brunello Di Montalcino 2012, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
437525
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$75.95 None
(0)V
Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2014, BC VQA Okanagan Valley Bottle Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2014, BC VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
626325
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$47.95 High
(363)V
Miraval Rosé 2017, Ap Côtes De Provence Bottle Miraval Rosé 2017, Ap Côtes De Provence
Provence, France
342584
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$23.95 High
(167)V
Creekside Marianne Hill Riesling 2016, Marianne Hill Vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Creekside Marianne Hill Riesling 2016, Marianne Hill Vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
443572
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$21.95 None
(0)V
Casar De Burbia Mencía 2014, Do Bierzo Bottle Casar De Burbia Mencía 2014, Do Bierzo
Bierzo, Spain
392530
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$19.95 None
(0)V
Momo Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Momo Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island
Marlborough, New Zealand
9167
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$19.95 None
(0)V
Pierre Sparr Mambourg Gewurztraminer 2015, Ac Alsace Grand Cru Bottle Pierre Sparr Mambourg Gewurztraminer 2015, Ac Alsace Grand Cru
Alsace, France
915157
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$26.95 None
(0)V
Vignerons De Buxy Buissonnier Montagny 2016, Ac Bottle Vignerons De Buxy Buissonnier Montagny 2016, Ac
Burgundy, France
556084
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$23.95 None
(0)V
Tenuta Di Renieri Chianti Classico 2013, Docg Bottle Tenuta Di Renieri Chianti Classico 2013, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
540849
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$22.95 None
(0)V
Ramirez De La Piscina Crianza 2013, Doca Rioja Bottle Ramirez De La Piscina Crianza 2013, Doca Rioja
Rioja, Spain
383018
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$16.95 None
(0)V
Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes Syrah/Grenache 2015, Ap Côtes De Roussillon Bottle Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes Syrah/Grenache 2015, Ap Côtes De Roussillon
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
195107
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$16.95 None
(0)V
Domaine Bègue Mathiot Vaillons Chablis 1er Cru 2014, Ac Bottle Domaine Bègue Mathiot Vaillons Chablis 1er Cru 2014, Ac
Burgundy, France
524959
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$37.95 None
(0)V
Albert Bichot Pinot Noir Secret De Famille 2015, Bourgogne Bottle Albert Bichot Pinot Noir Secret De Famille 2015, Bourgogne
Burgundy, France
527952
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$27.95 None
(0)V
Château Thébaud Melon De Bourgogne 2012, Ac Muscadet De Sèvre Et Maine Bottle Château Thébaud Melon De Bourgogne 2012, Ac Muscadet De Sèvre Et Maine
Loire, France
541458
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$24.95 None
(0)V
Mönchhof Robert Eymael Riesling 2016 Bottle Mönchhof Robert Eymael Riesling 2016
Mosel, Germany
553776
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$20.95 None
(0)V
Soho White Collection Pinot Gris 2017 Bottle Soho White Collection Pinot Gris 2017
Marlborough, New Zealand
536169
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$19.95 None
(0)V
Viñas Elias Mora 2014, Do Toro Bottle Viñas Elias Mora 2014, Do Toro
Toro, Spain
209650
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$17.95 None
(0)V
Quinta Das Carvalhas Touriga Nacional 2013, Doc Douro Bottle Quinta Das Carvalhas Touriga Nacional 2013, Doc Douro
Douro, Portugal
523647
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$17.95 None
(0)V
Indomita Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Casablanca Valley Bottle Indomita Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Casablanca Valley
Casablanca Valley, Chile
544213
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$16.95 None
(0)V
Tbilvino Sachino 2016, Kakheti Bottle Tbilvino Sachino 2016, Kakheti
Georgia, World
546218
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$12.95 None
(0)V
Cave Spring Csv Chardonnay 2015, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Cave Spring Csv Chardonnay 2015, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
529941
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$29.95 None
(0)V
Mission Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015, BC VQA Okanagan Valley Bottle Mission Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015, BC VQA Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
57430
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$22.95 None
(0)V
Flat Rock Chardonnay 2016, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Flat Rock Chardonnay 2016, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
286278
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$19.95 None
(0)V
Weingut Tina Pfaffmann T No. 9 Riesling Trocken 2016, Qualitätswein Bottle Weingut Tina Pfaffmann T No. 9 Riesling Trocken 2016, Qualitätswein
Pfalz, Germany
549774
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$19.95 None
(0)V
Henry Of Pelham Family Tree Red 2015, VQA Ontario Bottle Henry Of Pelham Family Tree Red 2015, VQA Ontario
Ontario, Canada
247882
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$18.95 None
(0)V
Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
67587
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Cantina Di Venosa Verbo Aglianico Del Vulture 2015, Dop Basilicata Bottle Cantina Di Venosa Verbo Aglianico Del Vulture 2015, Dop Basilicata
Italy
538561
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$17.95 None
(0)V
Chivite Las Fieles Garnacha 2014, Do Navarra Bottle Chivite Las Fieles Garnacha 2014, Do Navarra
Navarra, Spain
543744
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$16.95 None
(0)V
Seméli Oreinos Helios Agiorgitiko/Syrah 2016, Pgi Peloponnese Bottle Seméli Oreinos Helios Agiorgitiko/Syrah 2016, Pgi Peloponnese
Peloponnese, Greece
546200
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$16.95 None
(0)V
Eugen Altschuh Pinot Noir 2015, Qualitätswein Bottle Eugen Altschuh Pinot Noir 2015, Qualitätswein
Pfalz, Germany
550350
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$15.95 None
(0)V
Tahora Medeiros Rosé 2017, Vinho Regional Alentejano Bottle Tahora Medeiros Rosé 2017, Vinho Regional Alentejano
Alentejo, Portugal
451385
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$12.95 None
(0)V
Fontanafredda Serralunga D'alba Barolo 2013, Barolo Bottle Fontanafredda Serralunga D'alba Barolo 2013, Barolo
Piedmont, Italy
943290
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$44.95 None
(0)V
Principessa Gavia Gavi 2017 Bottle Principessa Gavia Gavi 2017
Piedmont, Italy
250696
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$19.95 High
(70)V
Cecchi Storia Di Famiglia Chianti Classico 2015 Bottle Cecchi Storia Di Famiglia Chianti Classico 2015
Tuscany, Italy
540922
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$17.95 None
(0)V
Puklus Pincészet Tokaji Yellow Muscat 2016, Tokaj Hegyalja Bottle Puklus Pincészet Tokaji Yellow Muscat 2016, Tokaj Hegyalja
Hungary
46508
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$16.95 None
(0)V
Château Vignol Blanc 2016, Ac Entre Deux Mers Bottle Château Vignol Blanc 2016, Ac Entre Deux Mers
Bordeaux, France
108522
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$15.95 None
(0)V
Duca Catemario Di Quadri Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio Rosé 2017, Doc Friuli Bottle Duca Catemario Di Quadri Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio Rosé 2017, Doc Friuli
Friuli, Italy
451146
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$14.95 None
(0)V
Cotnari Grasa De Cotnari 2015, Doc Cotnari Bottle Cotnari Grasa De Cotnari 2015, Doc Cotnari
Moldova, World
73205
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$14.95 High
(166)V
Sander Pinot Blanc Trocken 2016, Qualitätswein Bottle Sander Pinot Blanc Trocken 2016, Qualitätswein
Unknown, World
413930
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$14.95 None
(0)V
Hogue Cellars Late Harvest Riesling 2016, Columbia Valley, Washington Bottle Hogue Cellars Late Harvest Riesling 2016, Columbia Valley, Washington
Washington, Usa
546390
Review added: April 19, 2018
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$14.95 None
(0)V
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