Top Values at the LCBO (September 2019)

New Wines Join the Top 50 List 
Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

I am in Portugal at present, leading a group of wine lovers. This region offers many great wine values. In fact, there are nine wines from here on the Top 50 list this month.

September is a big month for promotion at the LCBO, with 14 on the Top 50 either discounted or with Bonus AirMiles (BAMs). Also, since I have been tasting a lot of new wines, there is much to tell you about with 13 wines joining the Top 50 including 2 delisted wines.

So, I have chosen to write about those wines joining the list, but I also encourage you to consult my entire Top 50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and BAMs for the next 4 weeks.

Among the wines in today’s report about the Top 50:

  • All wines joined the Top 50 this month.
  • Some big discounts; as much as $4.10.
  • Two delisted wines with thousands of bottles in inventory.
  • Two LBV ports at great prices.
  • All wines score 87 or more points.
  • One Vintages Essentials

The current promotional period runs until October 13th 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

Passion Of Portugal 2016, Lisbon, Portugal ($7.95) – New to Top 50
Best vintage yet of this bargain priced, full-bodied Portuguese red blend of tinta roriz (tempranillo), tinta barroca and syrah. The nose shows pure red berry fruit, with some floral and forest floor notes. The palate is well-balanced with juicy acidity and soft tannins. Not a lot of complexity but there is a good depth of flavour and decent length. Great value.…

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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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