Top Values at the LCBO (February 2018)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
Lots of delists and big discounts at LCBO
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

As I predicted last month there have been many delists since I last wrote. Among them there are five on the Top50. Sadly these were all favourites of mine that will soon all be gone. Though there is stock of all five at present, these should be pursued without delay.

This month there are also many wines heavily discounted, one by a whopping $7.00. So this is a great time for value shopping at LCBO. I write below about a dozen wines that I highlight from my Top50 Best Values List .

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

  • Ten wines joined the Top50 this month.
  • All 12 wines score 87 or more points
  • Many with major discounts, the biggest is $7.00
  • Four VINTAGES Essentials

The current promotional period runs until February 25th 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

Errazuriz Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Aconcagua Valley Chile ($8.45 was $13.95) Delist – Good varietal character with a nose that shows red cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruit with herbal and earthy tones with some lemon and tobacco notes. The midweight palate is dry and well structured with fine tannin on the firm finish. Very good to excellent length. Try with roast meats, creamy cheese or grilled lamb cutlets. Over 1100 bottles left.…

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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

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