Top Values at the LCBO (June 2019)

June Deals and Discounts at the LCBO
Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

I am just back from a week in Austria where I was doing research for a future wine tour and discovering new wines from the border regions with Slovenia and Hungary. Often these new wines were matched with some superb cuisine. I was hoping that a wine from Austria might join the Top50, however when I ran the program that creates the list, the new wines were all from elsewhere in the world.  

Six wines joined the Top 50 list this month. Two are delists and the others are on discount for the next month. I also write about some wines that were already on the Top50 that are better than usual value due to discounts (LTO) or Bonus AirMiles (BAMs).

Among the twelve wines highlighted in today’s report are:

  • Six wines joined the Top50 this month
  • Some big discounts; as much as $4.05
  • One lovely merlot from Chile for $8.95
  • A powerful rich LBV Port for $13.40
  • 10 wines score 88 or more points
  • Two Vintages Essentials
  • Three VQA wines

The current promotional period runs until June 23rd, but delisted wines don’t last long, 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

Trapiche Reserve Merlot 2017, Mendoza Argentina ($8.95 was $12.40) – Delisted – This is a rich pure merlot with a fragrant nose of black cherry and blackberry fruit with well integrated warm oak spice plus a hint of smoke and vanilla. It is midweight and juicy with a nicely structured firm finish. Quite classy with very good length. Try with a some juicy lamb cutlets. …

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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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