Top Values at the LCBO (August 2017)

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

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Lots of new vintages are arriving on the shelves from the Italy’s southern regions. As expected they are all great value and I have enjoyed tasting them. This is a great time for value shopping at LCBO since there are many wines on the Top 50 that are discounted and many more have Bonus Air Miles (BAMs) for the next 4 weeks or so.  Since I last wrote thirteen wines joined my Top 50 Best Values List .

I have updated my Top 50 list and have selected twelve wines to highlight for you off the new list, all of which joined the list this month.

Among the wines in today’s report are:

  • 12 wines scoring 87 or more points
  • Six great value Southern Italian reds
  • Seven wines that are less than $11
  • One VINTAGES Essentials
  • One VQA Ontario wine

The current promotional period runs until September 10th, 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.

Top Value Reds

Farnese Fantini Sangiovese 2016, Abruzzo, Italy ($8.45) – For under $9, this is a very drinkable, fruity red with an appealing nose  It is medium to full bodied fairly simple on the palate with the balanced ripe fruit flowing though to the finish. Very good length with a dry finish.…

There are eleven 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.


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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