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Zoltan Szabo


Zoltan Szabo is the quintessential North American success story: from non-English-speaking busboy to star sommelier in under a decade. He has done more to raise the profile of the sommelier profession than busloads of stiff, tastevin-toating wine stewards, bringing a fresh, appealing, wholly inclusive approach to sharing his enthusiasm for wine. Zoltan has been recognized repeatedly by his colleagues, winning Toronto Star sommelier of the year in 2003, top spot at Tony Aspler's Ontario Wine Awards blind tasting competition in 2005 and most recently was named "promoter of the year 2006" for the Ontario Wine Industry during their annual Cuvée gala in recognition of his significant support of local artisans of the grape. He has appeared in dozens of publications and interviews and has become the poster boy of the modern sommelier: fun, confident, highly knowledgeable and down to earth. He has been dubbed the Clive Owen and the 007 of wine as well as Toronto's sexiest sommelier.

Professionally, Zoltan has created and oversees many award winning wine programs for some of the finest restaurants in Toronto garnering him additional accolades from the local media and the Wine Spectator. He is drinks editor of Asian Gourmet and contributes tasting notes to a variety of prominent publications and organizations, such as, Vines Magazine and the Ontario Restaurant News.



8/29/2008 Red Wine with Oysters?
8/29/2008 A Wine Adventure in Shanghai
8/29/2008 Wine with Indian Cuisine
8/29/2008 The Ten Commandments of Wine Service
8/29/2008 Austria Uber Alles: A Wine Summit
8/29/2008 Zoltan in Oz
8/29/2008 Zoltan in Japan
1/7/2009 China's Grace Vineyard
1/19/2018 iOla Chile!

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6/18/2009 Globetrotter's diary
5/23/2009 Villa Westfalia, sausages galore and mititei ala Dracula
5/8/2009 Ravine
2/17/2009 Greetings from Transylvania
1/15/2009 A Day at Osteria

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