Top Values at the LCBO (January 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

It’s a new year and for an “economical” January, I have some great buys to tell you about with many wines discounted at the LCBO. Plus, I have been busy tasting over the Holidays and found some great new buys to add to the Top50 list. I have chosen three whites and nine reds, so below there are 12 wines for you to read about.

I write about those joining the list and some that were on last month’s list, but are now discounted. So they’re even better value. However, I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and BAMs (Bonus AirMiles) 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.
  • Seven for less than $11. Great buys for an economical January.
  • Some big discounts; one by over $9.
  • Two delisted wines with thousands of bottles in inventory.
  • One Vintages Essential at $3 off.

The current promotional period runs until February 2nd 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.

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Top Value Reds

Luccarelli Negroamaro 2018, Puglia, Italy ($7.95 was $8.95) Top50 January
This lively red is consistently good value and the 2018 comes with a new distinctive black and gold label. Expect delicate aromas of black and red cherry fruit with some jammy and sweet herbal notes. It is midweight with the ripe fruit nicely toned by lemony acidity. A little mild tannin shows up on the finish to add some balance. Good to very good length. Try with grilled meats or pizza.…

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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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