Top Values at the LCBO (August 2019)

August Deals and Discounts at the LCBO
Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

I hope you have been enjoying summer. Since I travel so much throughout the year, I try to stay at home in July and  August. This gives me a chance to catch up on tasting and also to maintain the reviews of wines at LCBO and Vintages Essentials in the WineAlign database.  As a result of recent tasting 12 wines have joined the Top 50.

So I write about these and also about some wines that were already on the Top 50 that are better than usual value due to discounts (LTO) for the next 4 weeks.

I have selected twelve wines to highlight from my Top 50 Best Values List .

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

  • Twelve wines joined the Top 50 this month.
  • Some big discounts; as much as $3.00.
  • A lovely structured cabernet blend from Tuscany for $21.95.
  • Two delicious mouthwatering NZ sauvignons for $14.95.
  • All wines score 87 or more points.
  • Two Vintages Essentials

The current promotional period runs until September 15th 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.

Best Value Wines at the LCBO – Majestic Wines 

Top Value Reds

Eclipse Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2016, Abruzzo, Italy ($8.45) – New to Top 50
This is a lovely well balanced structured midweight red that has a fairly complex nose of raspberry and cherry fruit with some mild spice notes and tobacco plus some forest floor accents. The palate is midweight with the fruit well balanced by soft acidity and modest tannin. The flavours lingers for a long time on the finish. Very good length. Versatile midweight red for sipping with cheese or with mildly flavoured meat and cheese dishes.…

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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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