Master Sommelier

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, and has been called “Canada’s best-known sommelier” in Meininger’s Wine Business International.  John is a partner and principal critic for WineAlign.com, and freelances internationally, jobs for which he has travelled to every important wine region around the world, many multiple times. His latest book, Volcanic Wines, Salt, Grit and Power (Jacquie Small, 2016, UK), won wide critical acclaim, but he already has several exciting new projects in the works.

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Volcanic Wines

You’ve heard of organic wine, and maybe even of biodynamic wine or ‘natural’ wine. But volcanic wine? With the wine industry evermore preoccupied with uniqueness, there’s a new, but very ancient fascination: wines grown on or near volcanoes. Although volcanic soils account for only about one percent of the world’s land surface, grapes occupy a […]

Rediscovering Chianti Classic

The late, great gastronome Waverly Root in his seminal 1971 work The Food of Italy, writes: “The one Italian wine every foreigner knows is Tuscan, Chianti. The pear-shaped, straw-covered bottle is familiar all over the world.” Indeed, it’s not hard to picture the scene in numerous trattorias around the world, a flagon of acidic, rough-hewn […]