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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Herència Altés Garnatxa Blanca 2017, Terra Alta Bottle Herència Altés Garnatxa Blanca 2017, Terra Alta
Catalunya, Spain
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Review added: February 13, 2019
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$20.99 Shopping_bag
Hermanos Peciña Señorío De P. Peciña Tinto Crianza 2013 Bottle Hermanos Peciña Señorío De P. Peciña Tinto Crianza 2013
Rioja, Spain
Agent
Review added: February 12, 2019
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$24.95 Shopping_bag
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2015, Wo Western Cape Bottle Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2015, Wo Western Cape
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Agent
Review added: February 12, 2019
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$23.95 Shopping_bag
Domaine Dozon Clos Du Saut Au Loup 2017, Chinon Bottle Domaine Dozon Clos Du Saut Au Loup 2017, Chinon
Loire, France
Agent
Review added: February 12, 2019
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$24.95 Shopping_bag
Monasterio De Las Viñas Special Selection Old Vine Cariñena 2016 Bottle Monasterio De Las Viñas Special Selection Old Vine Cariñena 2016
Cariñena, Spain
Agent
Review added: February 12, 2019
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$19.99 Shopping_bag
Hin Areni Vineyards Voskehat 2016, Armenia Bottle Hin Areni Vineyards Voskehat 2016, Armenia
Armenia, World
Agent
Review added: February 12, 2019
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$25.00 Shopping_bag
Tardieu Laurent Les Becs Fins 2017, Côtes Du Rhône Villages Bottle Tardieu Laurent Les Becs Fins 2017, Côtes Du Rhône Villages
Rhone, France
Agent
Review added: February 12, 2019
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$23.95 Shopping_bag
Buil & Giné Giné Giné 2016 Bottle Buil & Giné Giné Giné 2016
Priorat, Spain
Agent
Review added: February 11, 2019
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$27.95 Shopping_bag
Château Corbin 2015, Ac Montagne Saint émilion Bottle Château Corbin 2015, Ac Montagne Saint émilion
Bordeaux, France
630020
Review added: February 07, 2019
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$26.95 Medium
(47)V
Middle Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Nelson, South Island Bottle Middle Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Nelson, South Island
Nelson, New Zealand
391987
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Santa Alicia Gran Reserva De Los Andes Chardonnay 2017, Maipo Valley Bottle Santa Alicia Gran Reserva De Los Andes Chardonnay 2017, Maipo Valley
Maipo Valley, Chile
406991
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Norman Hardie Sauvignon Blanc 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Norman Hardie Sauvignon Blanc 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
579920
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$25.20 High
(645)V
Les Croix Rouge Juliénas 2017, Ap Bottle Les Croix Rouge Juliénas 2017, Ap
Beaujolais, France
634691
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Cliffhanger Pinot Grigio 2017, Doc Trentino Bottle Cliffhanger Pinot Grigio 2017, Doc Trentino
Alto Adige, Italy
528687
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)V
Dürnberg L & T Falkenstein Grüner Veltliner 2017, Niederösterreich Bottle Dürnberg L & T Falkenstein Grüner Veltliner 2017, Niederösterreich
Austria
464537
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)V
Château De La Grange Vieilles Vignes Côtes De Grand Lieu Muscadet 2016, Sur Lie, Ac Bottle Château De La Grange Vieilles Vignes Côtes De Grand Lieu Muscadet 2016, Sur Lie, Ac
Loire, France
637868
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$13.95 High
(1000+)V
Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Adelaide Hills Bottle Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Adelaide Hills
South Australia, Australia
518357
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Moulin De Gassac Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Igp Pays D'oc Bottle Moulin De Gassac Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Igp Pays D'oc
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
644476
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$13.95 High
(1000+)V
Au Contraire Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County Bottle Au Contraire Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County
California, Usa
639864
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$39.95 High
(1000+)V
Domaine Baron De L'écluse 2017, Ap Côte De Brouilly Bottle Domaine Baron De L'écluse 2017, Ap Côte De Brouilly
Beaujolais, France
637306
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$20.95 High
(1000+)V
First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Wo Cape Of Good Hope Bottle First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Wo Cape Of Good Hope
South Africa
18705
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$13.95 High
(1000+)V
Château Blaignan 2014,  Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bottle Château Blaignan 2014, Cru Bourgeois Médoc
Bordeaux, France
633032
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$23.95 High
(1000+)V
La Guardiense Janare Del Sannio Greco 2017, Doc Bottle La Guardiense Janare Del Sannio Greco 2017, Doc
Campania, Italy
631085
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Tarapacá Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Leyda Valley Bottle Tarapacá Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Leyda Valley
Chile
632349
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Presqu'ile Winery Chardonnay 2014, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County Bottle Presqu'ile Winery Chardonnay 2014, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County
California, Usa
632851
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$32.95 High
(1000+)V
Domaine Bersan Irancy Pinot Noir 2015, Ac Bottle Domaine Bersan Irancy Pinot Noir 2015, Ac
Burgundy, France
637827
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$26.95 None
(0)V
Monte Del Frà Lugana 2017, Doc Bottle Monte Del Frà Lugana 2017, Doc
Unknown, World
631051
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$21.95 High
(1000+)V
Chavet & Fils La Dame De Jacques Coeur Menetou Salon Blanc 2017, Ac Bottle Chavet & Fils La Dame De Jacques Coeur Menetou Salon Blanc 2017, Ac
Loire, France
525048
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$20.95 High
(1000+)V
Camille Cayran La Réserve Plan De Dieu 2017, Ap Côtes Du Rhône Villages Bottle Camille Cayran La Réserve Plan De Dieu 2017, Ap Côtes Du Rhône Villages
Rhone, France
644286
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Beringer Luminus Chardonnay 2016, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley Bottle Beringer Luminus Chardonnay 2016, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
California, Usa
395699
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$44.95 High
(715)V
Post Scriptum De Chryseia 2016, Do Douro Bottle Post Scriptum De Chryseia 2016, Do Douro
Portugal
67538
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$38.95 High
(255)V
Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2015, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2015, Margaret River, Western Australia
Western Australia, Australia
609339
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$33.95 High
(492)V
Port Phillip Quartier Pinot Noir 2016, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria Bottle Port Phillip Quartier Pinot Noir 2016, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Victoria, Australia
632554
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$28.95 High
(1000+)V
Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Syrah 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Syrah 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia
Western Australia, Australia
632596
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$24.95 High
(1000+)V
Domaine Sangouard Guyot Quintessence Pouilly Fuissé 2016, Ap Bottle Domaine Sangouard Guyot Quintessence Pouilly Fuissé 2016, Ap
Burgundy, France
637850
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$34.95 High
(1000+)V
Domaine Naturaliste Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle Domaine Naturaliste Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Margaret River, Western Australia
Western Australia, Australia
632604
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$33.95 High
(1000+)V
Jean Max Roger Cuvée Genèse 2017, Sancerre Bottle Jean Max Roger Cuvée Genèse 2017, Sancerre
Loire, France
189126
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Stella Bella Chardonnay 2016, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle Stella Bella Chardonnay 2016, Margaret River, Western Australia
Australia
102061
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$28.95 High
(611)V
Domaine Alary La Jean De Verde Cairanne 2015, Ac Côtes Du Rhône Villages Bottle Domaine Alary La Jean De Verde Cairanne 2015, Ac Côtes Du Rhône Villages
Rhone, France
639914
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$28.95 High
(1000+)V
Piano Dei Daini 2015, Doc Etna Rosso Bottle Piano Dei Daini 2015, Doc Etna Rosso
Sicily, Italy
589242
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$26.95 High
(1000+)V
Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2016, VQA Ontario Bottle Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2016, VQA Ontario
Ontario, Canada
578864
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$22.95 High
(403)V
Awatere River By Louis Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Awatere River By Louis Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island
Marlborough, New Zealand
492272
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$21.95 High
(1000+)V
Viña Leyda Single Vineyard Canelo Syrah 2015, Leyda Valley Bottle Viña Leyda Single Vineyard Canelo Syrah 2015, Leyda Valley
Chile
632703
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Attilio Ghisolfi Bussia Barolo 2013, Docg Bottle Attilio Ghisolfi Bussia Barolo 2013, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
382796
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$54.95 High
(737)V
Il Palazzino Stagi 2012, Igt Toscana Bottle Il Palazzino Stagi 2012, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
629212
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$37.95 High
(149)V
Ama Chianti Classico 2015, Docg Bottle Ama Chianti Classico 2015, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
515759
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$34.95 High
(1000+)V
The Lane Vineyard Block 14 Basket Press Shiraz 2016, Adelaide Hills, South Australia Bottle The Lane Vineyard Block 14 Basket Press Shiraz 2016, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
South Australia, Australia
470591
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils Les Clous Meursault 2016, Ac Bottle Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils Les Clous Meursault 2016, Ac
Burgundy, France
661322
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$68.95 High
(281)V
La Spinona Sorì Gepin Barolo 2011, Docg Bottle La Spinona Sorì Gepin Barolo 2011, Docg
Piedmont, Italy
577874
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$68.95 High
(879)V
Pintas Character 2015, Doc Douro Bottle Pintas Character 2015, Doc Douro
Douro, Portugal
292599
Review added: February 05, 2019
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$49.95 High
(73)V
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