Top Values at the LCBO (May 2017)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Many deep discounts and a new delist make this a great month for value at LCBO, with twelve wines joining my Top 50 Best Values List. You have just under four weeks to take advantage of these prices. Don’t hesitate, since some of the delisted wines will sell out, no doubt, in the next couple of weeks.

This month’s featured wines include:

  • Seven wines heavily discounted; one by over $4
  • All 12 wines score 88 or more points
  • One VINTAGES Essential
  • Nine wines for less than $12
  • Three VQA wines from Ontario and
  • One wine, new to LCBO from South Africa, that jumps straight on to the Top 50.

The current promotional period runs until June 18th, so don’t hesitate. Thanks to WineAlign’s inventory tracking, I can assure you that there were stocks available, when we published, of every wine that I highlight. However there is one delisted wine that will soon be gone.

Top Value Reds

Dan Aykroyd Cabernet Merlot 2014, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario ($11.75 was $15.95) New to Top50, Delisted – This is a clean juicy well balanced red blend with a good depth of flavour and a fine structure. Expect aromas of red and black cherry fruit with some earthy and herbal notes. The fruit is ripe but not overripe with fine balancing acidity and dry fruity tannic finish. Try with a steak. Over 1800 bottles remain.


There are 11 other top values available to premium members. This month’s Top Value Guide is currently only available to Premium WineAlign members. The article will be visible to all members 30 days after publication. We have implemented changes around our LCBO and VINTAGES content, including a reduction in our annual Premium Membership rate. We would ask you to take a moment to understand why we are making these changes and invite you to subscribe today to unlock our top value picks.

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How does a wine get selected for the Top Value Report:

Steve's Top 50 Value WinesToday’s report pulls best buys from Steve’s Top 50 which is a standing WineAlign list based on quality/price ratio of the 1600 or so wines in LCBO Wines and the VINTAGES Essentials Collection. 

There are three ways that a wine gets into this monthly report of wines that are always in the stores either on the LCBO “General List” or the VINTAGES Essential Collection. (You can access these lists under the Wine tab on WineAlign.)

• On Sale (LTO’s or Limited Time Offers): Every four weeks the LCBO discounts around 200 wines I have looked through the current batch and have highlighted some of my favourites that offer better value at present…. so stock up now.

Bonus Air Miles (BAM’s): If you collect Air Miles then you will be getting Bonus Air Miles on another 150 or so wines…a few of these have a special appeal for a while.

• Steve’s Top 50: Wines that have moved onto my Top 50 Best Values this month. This is on an-on going WineAlign selection that mathematically calculates value by comparing the price and rating of all the wines on the LCBO General List. The Top 50 changes all the time, so remember to check before shopping.

I will be back next month with more news on value arrivals to Essentials and the LCBO.

Cheers!

Steve Thurlow

Top 50 Value Wines
Wines on Limited Time Offer
Wines with Bonus Air Miles

Editors Note: You can find our complete critic reviews by clicking on any of the wine names, bottle images or links highlighted. Paid subscribers to WineAlign see all critic reviews immediately. Non-paid users wait 30 days to see new reviews. Membership has its privileges; like first access to great value wines!


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