Top Values at the LCBO (November 2020)

Big discounts… some $3 and more.

by Steve Thurlow

12 wines joined the Top50 this month and all but one shows a discount. I also sadly report a delist of one of my favourites from Chile. Plus, I have been tasting new vintages of several wines; some of which are better than the last vintage, and so they have joined the Top50 Best Values List. A few wines were disappointing so they fell off the list.

Venture out and visit an LCBO store and pick up some of the twelve wines below that are on my current Top50 Best Value List.


I also encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and BAMs for the next 4 weeks.

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

  • Eleven wines that joined the Top50 this month
  • Ten discounted wines; most by $2 or more
  • One delist that is $3.25 off
  • Four wines for less than $10
  • All wines below scored 87 or more

The current promotional period runs until November 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.


Argento Seleccion Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Mendoza, Argentina ($9.50 was $11.50)
New to Top50
This cabernet has a nice authentic feel with a sensitive use of oak that allows the fresh pure fruit to be appreciated. Expect mild aromas of red cherry and black cherry fruit with delicate oak spice notes plus some dry herbal tones. It is midweight with a clean juicy palate and very good length. It finishes dry with fine tannin for closure and giving some grip. Try with bbq meats 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 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
Top 20 Under $20
Wines on Limited Time Offer
Wines with Bonus Air Miles

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