Top Values at the LCBO (February 2021)

Values for Another Month at Home

by Steve Thurlow

February will see most of us in Ontario spending lots of time at home due to the polar vortex plus the continuing pandemic restrictions. So, economy will still be called for this month. I have found 10 lovely wines, all less than $14, to help you save. I have thrown in another two below that are superb (91). Both are $3 off at the LCBO, and less than $20.

Eight of these wines joined the  Top50 Best Values List  this month which includes two favourites that have been delisted. There are ten wines below that are discounted, which will all go to help relieve the monthly budget.

So, wrap up well and venture out to visit an LCBO or grocery store and pick up some of the twelve wines below that are on my current Top50 Best Value List  .

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Though I have only chosen below 12 wines, 4 whites and 8 reds, I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and Bonus Air Miles (BAMs) for the next few weeks at LCBO stores and online.

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

  • Ten wines are less than $14.
  • Ten discounted wines; most by $2 or more.
  • Two delisted wines.
  • Two VINTAGES Essentials.
  • All wines below scored 87 or more.

The current promotional period runs until February 28th, 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.

Stay safe and healthy and all the best for the New Year.

Reds

Bons Ventos 2017 Red, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal ($9.10 was $10.85)
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This Portuguese red blend is made from several indigenous grapes on the coast near Lisbon. Expect perfumed ripe fruit aromas 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, pure, bright and fresh. Very good length. Enjoy on its own or with grilled meats.


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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 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.

Cheers!

Steve Thurlow

Top 50 Value Wines
Top 20 Under $20
Wines on Limited Time Offer
Wines with Bonus Air Miles

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