Top Values at the LCBO (July 2020)

by Steve Thurlow

I have been tasting some new listings and new vintages of some of my favourites;  some of which are better than the last vintage and so joined the list. Also there are many big discounts this month at the LCBO for me to tell you about. As a result, there are 14 new wines on the Top50 list since I last wrote to you.

So venture out to visit an LCBO store and pick up some of the twelve wines below that are on my current Top50 Best Value List  and most are on offer for the next few weeks.

I have chosen 4 whites plus 8 reds, so below there are 12 to read about. Of those, 10 joined the list. One delist was also on last month’s list plus another favourite at $2 off.

However I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and BAMs for the next few weeks.

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

  • Ten wines that joined the Top50 this month.
  • All for less than $12.
  • Some big discounts; one almost $3 off
  • All wines below scored 87 or more

The current promotional period runs until July 19th 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.

Reds:

Casa Todelano Tempranillo 2018, Spain ($8.15) New to Top50, New to LCBO This is a soft fruity almost dry Spanish red that is youthful and quite exuberant. The fragrant nose shows red and black cherry fruit with floral and spice notes and hints of raspberry jam. The midweight palate is smooth and well balanced with soft acidity and mild tannin. Decent length. Enjoy on its own or with pizza or burgers.…


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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.

Stay safe and healthy.

Steve

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

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