Top Values at the LCBO (February 2019)

Eight wines under $12 are on the list this month; updated Top 50
Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
– by Steve Thurlow

There are many wines for drinking and dining discounted this month, including a lovely red from the Veneto in Italy, which is new to the LCBO, and has jumped straight on to the Top 50 Best Values List

Two other reds, that are also new to the LCBO, jumped immediately onto the Top 50 Best Values List – one from Spain and the other from Portugal.

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Bravo to the LCBO buyers for these great value wines!

I have chosen twelve wines to highlight from the list for you. Check out the entire list here.

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

  • Three reds new to LCBO jump straight on to my list
  • Eight wines under $12 for an economical February 2019
  • All 12 wines score 87 or more points.
  • Four wines discounted for next 4 weeks at the LCBO
  • A lovely VQA shiraz
  • A Vintages Essential

The current promotional period runs until March 3rd so don’t hesitate.

Editor’s Note: You can find our complete critic reviews and inventory by clicking on any of the bottle images or links. 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!

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Top Value Reds

Toro Bravo Tempranillo Merlot 2017, Do Valencia, Spain ($7.95) New to Top 50, New to LCBO
This is a deep ruby red blend of tempranillo and merlot. The nose shows black and red cherry fruit with some singed wood and earthy herbal notes. The mid-weight palate is juicy and fruity with a fine balance and decent length. Try with grilled meats. [It is temporarily out of stock but I am told it will be back on the shelves soon.] …

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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.

Cheers!

Steve

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

Editor’s Note: You can find our complete critic reviews by clicking on any of the wine 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!