Top Values at the LCBO (February 2020)

Wines Join the Top 50 List 
Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO

by Steve Thurlow

You can save big time again this month and so continue an “economical” 2020. I have some great buys to tell you about with many wines discounted at the LCBO. Plus I have been busy tasting and found some great new buys to add to the Top 50 list.  I have chosen four whites plus eight reds, so below there are 12 to discover.

I write about those joining the list and some, that were on last month’s list, but are now discounted this month. So even better value. However I do encourage you to consult my entire Top 50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and BAMs for the next 4 weeks.

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

  • Five wines that joined the Top 50 this month.
  • Seven for less than $12. Great buys for an economical February.
  • Some big discounts; one by over $5.
  • One delisted wine with thousands of bottles in inventory.
  • One Vintages Essential at $3 off.
  • All wines scored 88 points or more.

The current promotional period runs until March 1st 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

Root: 1 Carmenère 2017, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($11.45 was $13.95) Top 50 February
The Root: 1 wines are made by Ventisquero in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. This is a ripe pure carmenere with cassis, dark chocolate and basil aromas with lemon and dried kelp notes. It is very smooth with fine chalky tannin on the finish. I think that it will gain in complexity with a year or two of bottle age. Try with juicy lamb cutlets.…


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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

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