New release: book on volcanic soil focusing on Hungary

Second generation Hungarian John Szabo Master Sommelier has just released his new book.

As The Drinks Business writes:

John Szabo

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“Entitled Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power, the book is thought to be the first to use volcanic soil as the overarching theme to introduce a wide range of grapes and wine regions.

As well as introducing the subject of how volcanoes are formed and providing a glossary of volcanic and geological terms, Szabo focuses on eight distinct geographic regions of the world, introducing specific wineries from each region.

The regions chosen are the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Chile, Macaronesia, Alsace and Germany, Italy, Santorini and Hungary.

The book launch comes as interest in volcanic wines as a discrete category continues to grow, not just among wine trade professionals but also among consumers.

In addition, volcanic wines are occupying an increasingly prominent position on trend-setting restaurant wine lists. As noted on Wine List Confidential, Yotam Ottolenghi’s London restaurant Nopi now has a small section devoted specifically to wines of volcanic origin.”

The whole article can be found here:

Intimate Tutored Tasting and Book Signing in Toronto, Canada

Volcanic Vineyard

               Volcanic Vineyard

On Sunday, November 6th, join Master Sommelier John Szabo, author of the recently published book: Volcanic Wines, Salt, Grit and Power for an intimate guided tasting of Italy’s finest volcanic wines selected from the Cavinona portfolio.

A slide show of beautiful photographs from the book will transport you to these special places as you sip and savour the magic of volcanic soils.

Your ticket includes a signed copy of John’s book – Volcanic Wines.

Date: Sunday, November 6th

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Place: Terroni 57 Adelaide St E A, Toronto, in the downstairs Cantina

Tickets: $85 plus hst, includes a signed copy of Volcanic Wines and tasting of 6 wines.

Space is limited to 25 participants.

Order tickets here:

After the tutored tasting, you are welcome to join the Cavinona annual portfolio tasting event and get a chance to meet over 30 winery principles from across Italy (volcanic and otherwise), sample 100+ wines, and purchase cases. Volcanic Wines will also be available for sale during the main event ($59).

About John Szabo 

He 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, photographing, speaking, emceeing, consulting and judging wine internationally. He was listed as “Canada’s best-known sommelier” in Meininger’s Wine Business International.

61dlnlpjz-lJohn is a partner and principal critic for, Canada’s largest wine publication, and wine columnist for Ricardo, ModaLina, and CityBites Magazines. He writes occasionally for US-based Wine & Spirits Magazine, and has published in dozens of other magazines and newspapers. 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 latest book, Volcanic Wines, Salt, Grit and Power, as been published recently.

John also 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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