Top Values at the LCBO (June 2021)

Portugal’s Amazing Wine Values

by Steve Thurlow

Portugal is now making many great wines at amazing prices. This month’s Top50 Best Values at LCBO has nine wines from there and they are not all from the famed Douro region. Most come from the basin of the Tagus river that flows into sea at Lisbon in central Portugal.

Portugal has made inexpensive wine for centuries in this region but it is the quality that has risen remarkably in the last decade.

I have chosen 12 wines off the list to highlight all of which joined the list this month that was updated to include new wines that I have tasted and to account for the LCBO discounts applicable for the upcoming period.

So I assure you that you will drink great wine and will save money by reading on and by paying special attention to the four wines that are from Portugal.


Though I have only chosen below 12 wines, 2 whites plus 10 reds, I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List which includes 6 great value Vintages Essentials and also these five from Portugal:

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

  • 7 wines less than $14.
  • Eight discounted wines; several by $3.
  • One Vintages Essential
  • All wines below scored 87 or more.

The current promotional period runs until June 20th 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.

Stay safe and healthy.


Bicycle Thief Red 2018 (1500ml), Portugal ($15.75)
New to Top50
Great value in a convenient 1.5L package for a picnic or BBQ. This almost opaque deep red has a fragrant nose of blackberry and red cherry fruit with some mild spice tones and a hint of thyme. It is midweight and dense with a fine balance and decent length. Very drinkable with lots of flavour and structure for such an inexpensive wine.

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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 two 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 wines under the Wine tab on WineAlign.)

  • On Sale (LTO’s or Limited Time Offers): Every four weeks the LCBO discounts around 130 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.
  • Steve’s Top 50: Wines that have moved onto my Top 50 Best Values this month. This is an on-going WineAlign selection that mathematically calculates value by comparing the price and rating of all the wines. 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 and self-isolated for just a little while longer.

Steve Thurlow

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