Top Values at the LCBO (March 2020)

Wines Join the Top 50 List 
Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO

by Steve Thurlow

I am in New Zealand as I write this report that is designed to alert you to changes to my Top 50 list. Fourteen of the wines on the current Top 50 are either discounted or come with Bonus Air Miles (BAMs) in March. I have chosen five whites and seven reds so there are 12 for you to discover.

I write about those joining the list and some that were on last month’s list that are now discounted this month, so even better value. However, I do encourage you to consult my entire Top 50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and BAMs for the next 4 weeks.

Among the wines in today’s report about the Top 50 :

  • Ten wines that joined the Top 50 this month.
  • Four for less than $12.
  • Some big discounts; two of $3.
  • One VQA red.
  • One Vintages Essential.
  • All wines scored 88 points or more.

The current promotional period runs until March 29th, 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

Luigi Bosca La Linda Malbec 2018, Mendoza, Argentina ($10.95 was $12.95) – New to Top50 and New to LCBO
This new LCBO listing is a fragrant rather elegant midweight red for a great price. It is dry and quite understated with a delicate nose of red cherry and plum fruit with mild oak spice plus some herbal tones. The palate is smooth and dry with a lingering fruity finish with fine structural tannin giving some grip. Best with food. Try with roast meats or creamy cheese like brie. Very good length.…

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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

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