All posts by Zoltan Szabo

About Zoltan Szabo

Zoltan Szabo is one of the most recognizable personalities of the Canadian Sommelier scene. For over twenty years in the industry and three continents – wide resume, he has garnered international recognition. Clients include the Tokaj Renaissance, Wine Council of Ontario, Skyline Boutique Hotels & Resorts and Trump International Hotel, just to mention a few. With TV, radio and video blog appearances by the dozen throughout the years, Szabo had become a mainstay character of the global wine trade. He consults, writes, educates and judges for some of the most elite organizations, competitions and media forums. Member of the Canadian Wine Writers’ Circle, Zoltan also voices his opinion about wine and the finer aspects of life over social media outlets @zoltanszabo
  • #WineWednesday – 2013 Rosé ‘Sketches’ Tawse

    Niagara Peninsula Light purple – pink; strawberry, red plum and watermelon – flavoured, full, succulent and thirst – quenching; tiny bit of residual sweetness adds to the fun of drinking it; hard not to like it, especially...

    • Posted June 25, 2014
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  • 2013 Pinot Blanc, JoieFarm

    Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Bartlett pear, honey and orchard blossoms notes; medium to full – bodied and viscous with wonderful freshness and great overall balance; 14% alcohol well integrated, adding to its weight and glycerous texture; just...

    • Posted June 11, 2014
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  • 2012 Chardonnay Musqué ‘Estate Bottled’ Château des Charmes

    Niagara – on – the – Lake Musqué is an aromatic clone of Chardonnay and this wine is a consistently great example of it; citrus, apples and floral nuances show on the bouquet; light to medium –...

    • Posted June 4, 2014
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  • 2012 Frisky White ‘Lot 2’ (by) Frisky Beaver

    Dover Vineyards, VQA Ontario Blend of Vidal, Riesling and Gewürztraminer; just off dry, light and fragrant with good freshness, stone fruit and mango notes, clean finish; fun to drink, especially under the sun and poolside; try with...

    • Posted May 28, 2014
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  • #WineWednesday – 2010 Merlot, Niagara Teaching College Winery

    Niagara – on – the – Lake Cherries and damson plum with wood toast; full, ripe and plush with a pleasantly warm finish; an enticing aroma reflex of leather adds a bit of funk and lift to its...

    • Posted May 21, 2014
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  • 2011 Pinot Noir ‘Village Reserve’ Le Clos Jordanne

    Niagara Peninsula Last week, I sampled many of this fine estate’s wines coming from the 2011 vintage, well – made Chardonnays and excellent Pinot Noirs; winemakers switch not that long ago seems not to have any effect...

    • Posted May 14, 2014
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  • #WineWednesday – Mother’s Day Edition

    2011 Gigondas ‘Domaine Grand Romane’ Pierre Amadieu Southern Rhone, France Blend of (mostly) Grenache and Syrah grown in vineyards with 400 meters altitude above sea; the estate’s ‘cuvée prestige’ made of grapes off 50 year old...

    • Posted May 7, 2014
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  • 2011 Pinot Noir & 2011 Hillier Blanc

    2011 Hillier Blanc, Keint – He Prince Edward County Blend of a red grape, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay; you get dried apricot, white lotus spice and moist limestone notes on the nose; medium to full – weight...

    • Posted April 30, 2014
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  • 2011 Riesling, Casa – Dea

    Prince Edward County Light to medium – weight, savoury and refreshing, this is a solid Riesling made from estate grapes grown in fractured limestone soil; bouquet of lime leaf and linden blossom; an unmistakable mineral trait underlying...

    • Posted April 23, 2014
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