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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CedarCreek Platinum Sauvignon Blanc Border Vista 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle CedarCreek Platinum Sauvignon Blanc Border Vista 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
13403
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$33.70 Shopping_bag
M Minuty Rosé 2018, Ap Côtes De Provence Bottle M Minuty Rosé 2018, Ap Côtes De Provence
Provence, France
575316
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$26.95 None
(0)V
Gérard Bertrand Hampton Water Rosé 2018, Ap Languedoc Bottle Gérard Bertrand Hampton Water Rosé 2018, Ap Languedoc
Languedoc, France
667337
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$29.95 None
(0)V
Southbrook Poetica Chardonnay 2016, VQA Four Mile Creek Bottle Southbrook Poetica Chardonnay 2016, VQA Four Mile Creek
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$70.00 Shopping_bag
Stratus Chardonnay   Unfiltered Bottled With Lees 2017, VQA Niagara On The Lake Bottle Stratus Chardonnay Unfiltered Bottled With Lees 2017, VQA Niagara On The Lake
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$48.00 Shopping_bag
The Farm Unmarked Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Peninsula Bottle The Farm Unmarked Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$22.00 Shopping_bag
Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
578864
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$21.95 Medium
(15)V
Trius Showcase Blanc De Blanc Bottle Trius Showcase Blanc De Blanc
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$55.20 None
(0)
Aromas4u Vinho Verde Alvarinho 2017, Vinho Regional Minho Bottle Aromas4u Vinho Verde Alvarinho 2017, Vinho Regional Minho
Vinho Verde, Portugal
821207
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$28.55 Medium
(17)G
Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2016, Igt Toscana Bottle Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2016, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
727636
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$34.95 High
(1000+)V
Feudo Maccari Noto Nero D'avola 2016, Igp Terre Siciliane Bottle Feudo Maccari Noto Nero D'avola 2016, Igp Terre Siciliane
Sicily, Italy
339101
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$17.95 None
(0)V
Fattoria Dei Barbi Brusco Dei Barbi 2016, Igt Toscana Bottle Fattoria Dei Barbi Brusco Dei Barbi 2016, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
673160
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape Syrah/Carignan/Mourvèdre 2016, Ap Bottle Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape Syrah/Carignan/Mourvèdre 2016, Ap
Languedoc, France
370262
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Covela Edição Nacional Avesso 2016, Vinho Verde Bottle Covela Edição Nacional Avesso 2016, Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde, Portugal
524868
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$18.95 High
(454)V
Quinta Da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2017 Bottle Quinta Da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2017
Vinho Verde, Portugal
89995
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$10.95 High
(1000+)G
Hidden Bench Locust Lane Rosé 2018, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Hidden Bench Locust Lane Rosé 2018, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
68833
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$23.95 High
(1000+)V
Curvos Loureiro 2018, Doc Vinho Verde Bottle Curvos Loureiro 2018, Doc Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde, Portugal
471284
Review added: June 26, 2019
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$12.95 Low
(1)V
Mission Hill Reserve Merlot 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle Mission Hill Reserve Merlot 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 22, 2019
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$24.49 Shopping_bag
Joie Farm Chic Fille Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 Bottle Joie Farm Chic Fille Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 22, 2019
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$30.35 Shopping_bag
Joie Farm Chic Fille Pinot Gris 2018 Bottle Joie Farm Chic Fille Pinot Gris 2018
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 22, 2019
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$30.35 Shopping_bag
Joiefarm Re Think Pink Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley Bottle Joiefarm Re Think Pink Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Winery
Review added: June 22, 2019
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$24.00 Shopping_bag
Queenston Mile Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, VQA St. David's Bench Bottle Queenston Mile Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, VQA St. David's Bench
Ontario, Canada
11600
Review added: June 22, 2019
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$35.00 Shopping_bag
Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Monterey County And Napa County Bottle Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Monterey County And Napa County
California, Usa
646174
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Adega Do Monte Reserva 2015, Vinho Regional Alentejano Bottle Adega Do Monte Reserva 2015, Vinho Regional Alentejano
Alentejo, Portugal
646109
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Roquefeuille Léa Rocks Rosé 2018, Igp Var Bottle Roquefeuille Léa Rocks Rosé 2018, Igp Var
Provence, France
667436
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)V
L'ostal Rosé 2018, Igp Pays D'oc Bottle L'ostal Rosé 2018, Igp Pays D'oc
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
450809
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)V
Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2017, Qualitätswein Bottle Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2017, Qualitätswein
Mosel, Germany
599274
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$14.95 High
(1000+)V
Cape Barren Native Goose Shiraz 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle Cape Barren Native Goose Shiraz 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
668590
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$22.95 High
(1000+)V
Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
920967
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$20.95 High
(1000+)V
Zonte's Footstep Love Symbol Grenache 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle Zonte's Footstep Love Symbol Grenache 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
668582
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$18.95 High
(765)V
Redstone Rosé 2018, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Redstone Rosé 2018, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
650655
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$17.95 High
(996)V
Collavini T Friulano 2017, Doc Collio Bottle Collavini T Friulano 2017, Doc Collio
Friuli, Italy
631622
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Garamvári Balatonlellei Muscat 2017, Pdo Balatonboglar Bottle Garamvári Balatonlellei Muscat 2017, Pdo Balatonboglar
Hungary
647420
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$11.95 High
(1000+)V
Alberto Nani Organic Extra Dry Prosecco, Doc Bottle Alberto Nani Organic Extra Dry Prosecco, Doc
Italy
632224
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Kaesler Reach For The Sky Shiraz 2016, Barossa Valley, South Australia Bottle Kaesler Reach For The Sky Shiraz 2016, Barossa Valley, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
688317
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$32.95 Low
(8)V
Enrico Serafino Barbaresco 2015 Bottle Enrico Serafino Barbaresco 2015
Piedmont, Italy
157347
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Mcmichael Collection Tom Thomson Cabernet Franc 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Mcmichael Collection Tom Thomson Cabernet Franc 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
650044
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$24.95 High
(836)V
Mcmichael Collection Tom Thomson Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Mcmichael Collection Tom Thomson Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
649970
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$22.95 High
(488)V
Secreto Patagónico Malbec 2017, Patagonia Bottle Secreto Patagónico Malbec 2017, Patagonia
Patagonia, Argentina
635961
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Los Haroldos Reserva De Familia Malbec 2015, Mendoza Bottle Los Haroldos Reserva De Familia Malbec 2015, Mendoza
Mendoza, Argentina
646612
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$17.00 High
(1000+)V
Domaine De L'idylle Jacquère Savoie 2017, Ac Bottle Domaine De L'idylle Jacquère Savoie 2017, Ac
Savoie, France
645333
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Bibliotheque Travel Writing Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia Bottle Bibliotheque Travel Writing Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
668608
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Château Laffitte Carcasset 2015, Ac St éstephe Bottle Château Laffitte Carcasset 2015, Ac St éstephe
Bordeaux, France
636191
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$46.95 High
(906)V
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Coonawarra, South Australia Bottle Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Coonawarra, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
639575
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
La Vigne Des Sablons Vouvray 2017, Ac Bottle La Vigne Des Sablons Vouvray 2017, Ac
Loire, France
635813
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Rymill Coonawarra Mc2 2015, Coonawarra, South Australia Bottle Rymill Coonawarra Mc2 2015, Coonawarra, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
919324
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Pagos Del Galir Godello 2017, Doc Valdeorras  Bottle Pagos Del Galir Godello 2017, Doc Valdeorras
Spain
645390
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Jean Max Roger Sancerre Cuvée Les Caillottes 2017, Sancerre Bottle Jean Max Roger Sancerre Cuvée Les Caillottes 2017, Sancerre
Loire, France
65573
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$30.95 High
(531)V
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Single Vineyard, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Single Vineyard, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, South Island
Marlborough, New Zealand
483065
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$28.95 High
(866)V
Domaine Langlois Château Saumur Champigny 2016 Bottle Domaine Langlois Château Saumur Champigny 2016
Loire, France
7179
Review added: June 18, 2019
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$21.95 High
(1000+)V
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