Top Values at the LCBO (July 2019)

July 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 am just back from a week in Scotland doing research for a future whisky/golf tour and savouring some wonderful single malts. Single malt scotch whisky, like wine, is very complex and each one is unique. It expresses its origin like fine wines that show terroir.

When I ran the program that creates the new Top50 list I found some heavily discounted wines from New Zealand, Chile and Australia. Ten wines joined the Top 50 list this month. Most are on discount for the next month and the others, that joined, were tasted by me recently. I also write about some wines that were already on the Top50 that are better than usual value due to discounts (LTO) or Bonus AirMiles (BAMs). I have selected twelve wines to highlight from my Top50 Best Values List .

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

  • Ten wines joined the Top50 this month
  • Some big discounts
  • One lovely structured cabernet from Chile for $15.95
  • Two delicious, mouthwatering sauvignon blancs from New Zealand for $13.95
  • 10 wines score 88 or more points
  • Two Vintages Essentials
  • One VQA wines

The current promotional period runs until July 21st, 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

Pasqua Merlot 2017 Veneto, Italy (1500ml) ($14.55 + 9 BAMs) – Top50 July
This is a pure lively light to midweight merlot with aromas of raspberry and cherry fruit with some floral and herbal tones. It is dry and well balanced with a lingering dry finish. A versatile food wine for by- the-glass service. Try with pizza and meaty and cheesy pasta dishes. Good length.…

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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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