Top Values at the LCBO (December 2018)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
Holiday Gifts and Discounts @ LCBO; updates to Top 50

by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

There are many wines for drinking and dining discounted this month on the Top 50 Best Values List. Some will make admirable gifts for under the tree or for taking to friends or to a family gathering.

Most are $3-4 off, and there is one lovely bubbly discounted by over $7 off. Once again, this month I had little trouble selecting 12 wines to write about. Check out the entire list here.

All 12 wines selected have big discounts; several of these are delisted items so they will soon all be gone.

I have chosen twelve wines to highlight from the list for you.

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

  • Seven wines discounted for next 4 weeks at the LCBO
  • Some major discounts, the biggest is $7.20
  • Four delisted wines
  • Eight wines for gifting
  • Eleven wines scored 88 points or more
  • Three VQA wines

The current promotional period runs until January 6th 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.


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Top Value Reds

Quinta De Bons Ventos 2016, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal ($10.75) New to Top 50 – 2016 is another excellent vintage for this well-priced, charming wine with a fragrant nose of blackberry and blueberry fruit with lemon and floral notes. The fruit on the midweight palate is ripe but it is well-balanced by lemony acidity and soft mature tannin. Nicely structured, bright, modern and fresh. Very good length. Try with BBQ meats.…

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

Steve's Top 50 Value Wines

Today’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.


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!