Top Values at the LCBO (January 2021)

Values for an Economic Month

by Steve Thurlow

For those not participating in Dry January, some economy is maybe nevertheless called for this month. So, I have found 12 lovely wines, all less than $14, to help you save.

Ten of these wines joined the Top50 Best Values List  this month including two favourites that have been delisted. There are ten wines below that are discounted, which all goes to help relieve the January budget.

I have tasted many wines since I last wrote and found some great values. Also, the value of and the number of discounts offered by the LCBO make January a month to consider for stocking up after the Holidays.

So, 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  .

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Though I have only chosen 12 wines, 1 white and 11 reds, I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List, given all the discounts (LTOs) and Bonus Air Miles (BAMs) for the next few weeks at LCBO stores and online.

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

  • All wines are less than $14.
  • Ten discounted wines; most by $2 or more.
  • Two delisted wines.
  • Two Vintages Essentials.
  • One VQA red.
  • All wines scored 87 or more.

The current promotional period runs until January 31st, 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.


Fish Hoek 2017 Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa ($8.95 was $9.95)
New to Top50
This is a very drinkable well priced red from the Cape with aromas of blackberry and blueberry fruit with some mild spice tones. It is clean, pure and fresh with a round midweight palate with soft tannin and lemony acidity. Decent length. Great for everyday sipping and snacking.

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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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