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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Château Thébaud Melon De Bourgogne 2014, Ac Muscadet De Sèvre Et Maine Bottle Château Thébaud Melon De Bourgogne 2014, Ac Muscadet De Sèvre Et Maine
Loire, France
Agent
Review added: September 18, 2019
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Thirty Bench Small Lot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench Bottle Thirty Bench Small Lot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$50.00 Shopping_bag
Thirty Bench Small Lot Cabernet Franc 2012, VQA Beamsville Bench Bottle Thirty Bench Small Lot Cabernet Franc 2012, VQA Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
5981
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$45.00 Shopping_bag
Thirty Bench Small Lot Cabernet Franc 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench Bottle Thirty Bench Small Lot Cabernet Franc 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$75.00 Shopping_bag
Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Red 2017, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Red 2017, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
320986
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$24.95 High
(1000+)V
Thirty Bench Small Lot Pinot Noir 2017, VQA Beamsville Bench Bottle Thirty Bench Small Lot Pinot Noir 2017, VQA Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$36.95 Shopping_bag
Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
547877
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$19.95 High
(134)V
Thirty Bench Small Lot Chardonnay 2017, Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Thirty Bench Small Lot Chardonnay 2017, Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
13882
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$34.75 Shopping_bag
Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Wood Post Vineyard 2006, Beamsville Bench Bottle Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Wood Post Vineyard 2006, Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: September 16, 2019
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Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Steel Post Vineyard 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Steel Post Vineyard 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
11427
Review added: September 16, 2019
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Thirty Bench Small Lot Pinot Gris 2018, VQA Beamsville Bench Bottle Thirty Bench Small Lot Pinot Gris 2018, VQA Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: September 16, 2019
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Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Riesling 2017, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Riesling 2017, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
24133
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$22.95 High
(1000+)G
Salcheto Rosso Di Montepulciano 2018, Doc Bottle Salcheto Rosso Di Montepulciano 2018, Doc
Tuscany, Italy
Agent
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$25.20 Shopping_bag
Arterra Epoca 2016, Niagara Escarpment Bottle
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Arterra Epoca 2016, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
Agent
Review added: September 16, 2019
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$34.95 Shopping_bag
Arterra Pinot Noir 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Arterra Pinot Noir 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
Agent
Review added: September 16, 2019
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Arterra Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Arterra Chardonnay 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: September 16, 2019
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Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, South Island
Marlborough, New Zealand
441394
Review added: September 14, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley Bottle Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley
California, Usa
708842
Review added: September 11, 2019
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$49.95 High
(1000+)V
Poliziano Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2015, Docg Bottle Poliziano Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2015, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
988055
Review added: September 11, 2019
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$31.95 High
(1000+)V
Gérard Bertrand Saint Chinian Syrah/Mourvèdre 2016, Ap Bottle Gérard Bertrand Saint Chinian Syrah/Mourvèdre 2016, Ap
Midi, France
370247
Review added: September 11, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Palliser Estate Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Martinborough Bottle Palliser Estate Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Martinborough
Martinborough, New Zealand
708602
Review added: September 11, 2019
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$20.95 None
(0)V
Closson Chase Mosaic 2018 Bottle Closson Chase Mosaic 2018
Ontario, Canada
Winery
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$29.95 Shopping_bag
Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir 2016, Twenty Mile Bench Bottle
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Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir 2016, Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
1560
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$34.95 Medium
(44)V
Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir 2018, Twenty Mile Bench Bottle Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir 2018, Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
1545
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$21.95 High
(1000+)E
Flat Rock Cellars The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2017, Twenty Mile Bench Bottle
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Flat Rock Cellars The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2017, Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
14412
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$26.95 Shopping_bag
Flat Rock Cellars Good Kharma Chardonnay 2018, Twenty Mile Bench Bottle Flat Rock Cellars Good Kharma Chardonnay 2018, Twenty Mile Bench
Ontario, Canada
356873
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$16.95 High
(149)V
Flat Rock Twisted White 2017, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Flat Rock Twisted White 2017, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
1578
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)E
Flat Rock Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2018, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Flat Rock Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2018, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
578625
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$20.25 High
(49)V
Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel Del Monte 2013, Docg Bottle Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel Del Monte 2013, Docg
Puglia, Italy
177295
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$24.95 High
(1000+)V
Georgian Hills L'acadie Blanc 2017, Ontario Bottle Georgian Hills L'acadie Blanc 2017, Ontario
Ontario, Canada
11231
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$18.95 High
(538)W
Marisco Vineyards Leefield Station Pinot Gris 2017, Marlborough, South Island Bottle Marisco Vineyards Leefield Station Pinot Gris 2017, Marlborough, South Island
Marlborough, New Zealand
148437
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Red Tractor Cabernet Merlot 2017, Niagara Peninsula Bottle Red Tractor Cabernet Merlot 2017, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
11851
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$17.95 High
(1000+)V
Château De La Pierre Levée Révélations D'hubert De Boüard 2016, Ac Côtes De Bordeaux   Castillon Bottle Château De La Pierre Levée Révélations D'hubert De Boüard 2016, Ac Côtes De Bordeaux Castillon
Bordeaux, France
667147
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$16.95 High
(1000+)V
Weingut Hammel Liebfraumilch Pfalz 2017, Qualitätswein Bottle Weingut Hammel Liebfraumilch Pfalz 2017, Qualitätswein
Pfalz, Germany
698100
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)V
Calamus Ball's Falls Red 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Calamus Ball's Falls Red 2017, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
10527
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$15.95 High
(338)V
Irida Agiorgitiko/Syrah Rosé 2018, Greece Bottle Irida Agiorgitiko/Syrah Rosé 2018, Greece
Peloponnese, Greece
10480
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$14.95 High
(1000+)V
Fiuza Eminente Reserva Tinto 2015, Vinho Regional Tejo Bottle Fiuza Eminente Reserva Tinto 2015, Vinho Regional Tejo
Tejo, Portugal
646042
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$14.95 High
(1000+)V
Casa Do Homem Rosé 2018, Doc Bottle Casa Do Homem Rosé 2018, Doc
Vinho Verde, Portugal
695825
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$13.95 High
(1000+)V
Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay Musqué, Cave Spring Vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment Bottle Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay Musqué, Cave Spring Vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Ontario, Canada
246579
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$17.95 None
(0)V
Uggiano Roccialta Chianti Riserva 2015, Docg Bottle Uggiano Roccialta Chianti Riserva 2015, Docg
Tuscany, Italy
10605
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$15.95 High
(1000+)V
Magnotta Venture Series Pinot2 Rosé 2018, Niagara Peninsula Bottle
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Magnotta Venture Series Pinot2 Rosé 2018, Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada
652834
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$14.95 High
(1000+)W
Apocalypse Now Final Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County Bottle Apocalypse Now Final Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
California, Usa
11422
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$44.95 High
(1000+)V
Bonfadini Carpe Diem Satén Franciacorta, Traditional Method, Docg, Lombardy, Italy Bottle Bonfadini Carpe Diem Satén Franciacorta, Traditional Method, Docg, Lombardy, Italy
Lombardy, Italy
667204
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$41.95 High
(788)V
Luis Cañas Crianza 2016, Doca Rioja Bottle Luis Cañas Crianza 2016, Doca Rioja
Rioja, Spain
336719
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Cave De Tain King In The North 2017, Rhône Bottle Cave De Tain King In The North 2017, Rhône
Rhône, France
10657
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
Coffin Ridge Back From The Dead Red, VQA Ontario Bottle Coffin Ridge Back From The Dead Red, VQA Ontario
Ontario, Canada
260463
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$19.95 None
(0)V
Château De La Vieille Tour Bordeaux Blanc 2017, Ac Bottle Château De La Vieille Tour Bordeaux Blanc 2017, Ac
Bordeaux, France
688440
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$18.95 High
(1000+)V
Starmont Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Napa Valley Bottle Starmont Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Napa Valley
California, Usa
10848
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Colchester Ridge Crew Meritage 2016, VQA Lake Erie North Shore Bottle Colchester Ridge Crew Meritage 2016, VQA Lake Erie North Shore
Ontario, Canada
426833
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$21.95 High
(1000+)V
Château Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes 2016, Saint Chinian Bottle Château Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes 2016, Saint Chinian
Languedoc, France
698985
Review added: September 09, 2019
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$19.95 High
(1000+)V
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