Top Values at the LCBO (September 2018)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
Many new wines join the Top 50 List
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

I am in Agrigento, Sicily leading a group of wine lovers, exploring this isle of wine and fine food. I was hoping that a Sicilian wine might join the list this month, since I have tasted so many great value wines over the last week. However, when I ran the program that creates the new Top 50 list, the new wines were all from elsewhere in the world.

Twelve wines joined the Top 50 list this month. Some are new vintages of current LCBO listings, others are on discount or the next month and two are new listings at LCBO that jumped straight onto the list.

I have selected twelve wines to highlight from my Top50 Best Values List.

Among the wines in today’s report are:

  • All 12 wines joined the Top 50 this month.
  • One lovely, very inexpensive white blend from the south of France that is brand new to the LCBO.
  • An organic juicy red blend from Chile that is brand new to the LCBO.
  • All 12 wines score 87 or more points.
  • A VINTAGES Essential
  • One VQA white

The current promotional period runs until October 14th 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

Aliança Bairrada Reserva 2016, Bairrada, Portugal $8.95 New to Top 50 – This is a ruby red wine that’s a bit like a GSM. It is from the Bairrada region in Portugal and made from the grape baga. The nose is quite fragrant with a fruity, vibrant midweight palate with soft lemony acidity and fine tannin giving some grip to the finish. Try with BBQ meats. Very good length.…

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

Steve's Top 50 Value Wines

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.


Steve Thurlow

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

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