Top Values at the LCBO (September 2020)

by Steve Thurlow

There is a bumper batch of $8 and $9 whites and reds this month to tell you about. I have been tasting new vintages of my favourites;  some of which are better then the last vintage and so have joined the Top50 Best Values List. There are lots of interesting discounts this month at the LCBO and an unprecedented 16 wines joined the Top50 list. These include two lovely, inexpensive Italian wines, that are new at the LCBO, which jumped straight onto the Top50 List.

So venture out and visit an LCBO store and pick up some of the twelve wines below that are on my current Top50 Best Value List.

I have chosen below 12 wines, 3 whites plus 9 reds, for you to read about. Of those all but two joined the list this month.

However I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and BAMs for the next 4 weeks. You can also check out the Top 20 Under $20 at the LCBO list.

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Among the wines in today’s report about the Top50:

  • Ten wines that joined the Top50 this month.
  • All are less than $11.00 except for an LBV Port ($2.50 off)
  • Seven reds for less than $9.
  • Three whites for less than $10.
  • All wines scored 87 or more

The current promotional period runs until October 11th, 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.

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 60 days to see new reviews. Membership has its privileges; like first access to great value wines!

Reds

João Portugal Ramos Loios Red 2018, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal ($8.50 was $9.50) – Top50 September
The 2018 vintage of this classic Alentejo blend of aragonês (tempranillo), trincadeira and castelão is midweight and very juicy and, as always, is excellent value. It is a ripe, fleshy, clean, easy-drinking wine with soft tannins and fresh red berry fruit flavours. Think pinot noir. For a wine at this price there is, surprisingly, some complexity with herbal and spicy notes. Good depth of flavour and very good length. Try with BBQ meats or hard mature cheese.…


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

Today’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
Top 20 Under $20
Wines on Limited Time Offer
Wines with Bonus Air Miles

Editor’s Note: You can find our complete critic reviews by clicking on any of the wine 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!