Top Values at the LCBO (May 2018)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
Lots of big discounts at LCBO
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

There are eleven wines on the Top50 discounted this month; some by as much as $3. Also seven wines joined the Top 50, so there is much for me to write about this month.

I have selected twelve wines to highlight from my Top50 Best Values List.

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

  • 7 wines that joined the Top50 this month.
  • Two lovely Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand on promotion.
  • All 12 wines score 87 or more points.
  • Many big discounts, the biggest is $3.00
  • One Ontario VQA wine
  • One wine with 10 Bonus Air Miles

The current promotional period runs until May 25th 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.


New Zealand Wine Fair - Toronto

Top Value Reds

Argento Seleccion Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Mendoza, Argentina ($9.45 was $10.95) New to Top50: This is nice spicy cabernet for a great price with a fragrant nose and a palate that is soft and juicy. It is midweight with good to very good length. Some firm tannins on the finish make it a good red for grilled meats. Quite a lot going on here for the money.…

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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.


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!