Top Values at the LCBO (December 2017)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
Many New Bargains at the LCBO this Month 
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

There are eight new wines on my Top 50 Best Values List this month, most of which are heavily discounted until the end of the year.

All the wines on the Top50 are great buys; so it is always tough to select only a few to highlight. Many of you tell me that you aren’t motivated by Bonus Air Miles (BAMs). However many people must be, otherwise why do wineries spend thousands of dollars on them each month? So I have picked four great values for this report that also reward you with loads of BAMs. Read about those four, plus another eight wines which joined the Top 50 list this month.

Among the wines in today’s report are:

  • Seven wines heavily discounted; one by $2.50
  • Two VINTAGES Essentials
  • Two VQA Ontario wines
  • Nine wines for less than $12.
  • Many wines with Bonus Air Miles

The current promotional period runs until December 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.

Top Value Reds

Aliança Bairrada Reserva 2015, Bairrada, Portugal ($8.95 + 5 BAMs) Top50December – 2015 is a good vintage for this red wine from the Bairrada region in Portugal made from the grape baga. A fragrant nose leads to a lively, juicy palate with a fine balance and very good length. It finishes dry with firm tannin. Try with roast meats or creamy cheese like brie.…

There are 11 other top value picks available to premium members. This month’s Top Value Guide is currently only available to Premium WineAlign members. The article will be visible to all members 30 days after publication. We have implemented changes around our LCBO and VINTAGES content, including a reduction in our annual Premium Membership rate. We would ask you to take a moment to understand why we are making these changes and invite you to subscribe today to unlock our top value picks.

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How does a wine get selected for the Top Value Report:

Steve's Top 50 Value WinesToday’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.

Cheers!

Steve Thurlow

Top 50 Value Wines
Wines on Limited Time Offer
Wines with Bonus Air Miles

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 30 days to see new reviews. Membership has its privileges; like first access to great value wines!


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