Top Values at the LCBO (March 2019)

Big Discounts and Delists at the LCBO; updated Top 50
Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
– by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Sixteen wines joined the Top50 Best Values List this month; some with big discounts due to delisting by LCBO.

I have chosen twelve wines to highlight from the list for you. Check out the entire list here.

I leave in a few hours on a trip to Chile and Argentina. Twenty-one wine lovers will join me as we explore the wines, cuisine and culture there. It was only after I finished writing this piece, that I saw coincidentally that I had selected 5 Chilean wines, so you will also have the opportunity to enjoy some great value Chilean wine over the next 3 weeks.

Among the 12 wines in today’s report are :

  • Nine wines discounted for next 4 weeks at the LCBO
  • Discounts up to $6.00!
  • Six wines under $12 for an economical March 2019
  • All 12 wines score 87 or more points.
  • A lovely VQA cabernet franc
  • A Vintages Essential

The current promotional period runs until March 30th. Thanks to WineAlign’s inventory tracking, I can assure you that there were stocks available, when we published, of every wine that I highlight. The delisted wines will disappear quickly so don’t hesitate.

Editor’s Note: You can find our complete critic reviews and inventory by clicking on any of the bottle images or links. 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!

Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Top Value Reds

Mezzomondo Negroamaro 2016, Salento, Puglia, Italy ($7.95 was $9.95) New to Top 50
This is a flavourful, fragrant red from Puglia made from the indigenous negroamaro grape. Blackberry fruit with smoke and spicy notes can be expected. It is midweight with the fruit well supported by some ripe finely divide tannin. It finished dry with very good length. Try with BBQ meats or pizza. …

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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 1,600 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

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!