Top Values at the LCBO (November 2018)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
So many discounts at the LCBO; Updates to Top 50

by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

November will be remembered as one the best months in a long time for value shopping at the LCBO! There are many wines discounted this month on the Top 50 Best Values List, most by $3 to $4, with one over $7 off, so I had little trouble finding 12 wines to write about. In all, 17 wines have joined the list since I last wrote to you. So check them all out here.

I have selected 11 wines that joined the list because of discounts; several of these are delisted items so they will soon all be gone. Curiously two celebrity VQA labels, from Kevin O’Leary and Debbie Travis, have massive price drops but are not shown as being delisted. Maybe that’s coming soon?

I have chosen twelve wines to highlight from the list for you.

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

  • Six wines discounted for next 4 weeks at the LCBO
  • Some major discounts, the biggest is $7.25
  • Three delisted wines
  • Some new vintages recently tasted
  • All 12 wines scored 87 points or more
  • Two VQA wines

The current promotional period runs until Decmber 2nd  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 (and a sparkling rosé)

Cono Sur Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose, Bio Bio Valley, Chile ($10.95 was $13.95) New to Top 50 – This is a rose gold sparkling rosé made from pinot noir with aromas of red berries and apple with a delicate creamy dry palate of bruised apple and a sweet core and delicate berry flavours. Very good length with everlasting fine bubbles. Chill well and try with roast chicken or enjoy on its own as an aperitif.…

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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.


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!