Top Values at the LCBO (January 2018)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
Great Super-Value wines at LCBO
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

I have some great super-value wines to tell you about that I have found since I last wrote. Though there are few wines discounted at LCBO at present, nevertheless eight wines have joined my Top 50 Best Values List.

January is always a quiet month in wine stores after the exuberant buying and drinking of the last six weeks. So few wines get discounted while wineries wait out this slow time. I did find some wines with prices that have been permanently reduced, probably in the hope of staving off a delist and a few wines have been delisted. There will surely be more delists in the coming weeks. So watch for my next report.

There are many wines at LCBO with Bonus AirMiles (BAMs), so why not buy some of your favourites off the Top50 and collect the BAMs. I have chosen a couple of these with 10 BAMs to feature.

So I have updated my Top50 list and have selected twelve wines to highlight for you off the new list.

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

  • Eight wines that joined the Top50 this month.
  • Eleven wines score 87 or more points
  • Six wines for less than $12.
  • Two VINTAGES Essentials
  • One Ontario VQA wine

The current promotional period runs until January 27th, 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

Eclipse Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015 Abruzzo, Italy ($7.95 was $8.40) – This is a lovely fruity midweight Italian red for an amazing price for a well balanced structured red. It’s not really for sipping on its own but with a meaty pizza or hard mature cheese it’s quite delicious.…

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.


Steve Thurlow

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

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