Top Values at the LCBO (January 2022)

Values for an Economic Month

by Steve Thurlow

For those not participating in “Dry January“, I am guessing that some economy is, nevertheless, called for, so I have chosen 12 lovely wines, all but 2 are less than $14.

Nine of these wines joined the  Top50 Best Values List  this month, including a favourite that has been delisted. Four of those below are discounted, which goes to help relieve the January budget.

I have tasted many wines since I last wrote and found some great values. Plus, I re-tasted a few wines and have updated my tasting notes and scores.

So, venture out soon to visit an LCBO store and pick up some of the twelve wines below that are on my current Top50 Best Value List,  while they remain in stock.



Though I have only chosen below 12 wines, 5 whites and 7 reds, I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List, since there are some more wines new to the list this month, not highlighted below.

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

  • Four wines less than $10.
  • Four are discounted; one by $3.50!
  • One VINTAGES Essential.
  • All wines scored 87 or more.

Editors Note: You can find our complete critic reviews by clicking on any of the wine names, bottle images or links highlighted. Paid subscribers to WineAlign see all critic reviews immediately. Non-paid users wait 60 days to see new reviews. Membership has its privileges; like first access to great value wines!


Reds

Pasqua Merlot 2019

Pasqua Merlot 2019, Veneto, Italy (1500ml) ($15.10)
New to Top50
You get a lot for your money with this easy going, midweight merlot, provided you can handle the large bottle. It is a clean, lively, light to midweight red with aromas of plum and cherry fruit with some herbal notes. It is dry and well balanced with a lingering, dry finish. A versatile food wine. Try with pizza, or meaty/cheesy pasta dishes. 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 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.

This is the last report in this format on the “always available wines” at the LCBO.

Stay tuned for new monthly reports from the WineAlign team on these 1500 wines.

Cheers!

Steve Thurlow

Editors Note: You can find our complete critic reviews by clicking on any of the wine names, bottle images or links highlighted. Paid subscribers to WineAlign see all critic reviews immediately. Non-paid users wait 60 days to see new reviews. Membership has its privileges; like first access to great value wines.

Top 50 Value Wines
Top 20 Under $20
Wines on Limited Time Offer


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