Top Values at the LCBO (October 2020)

A great batch of $8 and $9 whites & reds.

by Steve Thurlow

Sixteen wines joined the Top50 this month and among them there are many $8 and $9 whites and reds to tell you about. I have been tasting new vintages of several wines; some of which are better than the last vintage and so have joined the Top50 Best Values List  and a few were disappointing and so fell off the list.  Also, I report on some discounts this month at the LCBO that include a lovely, classy malbec that is $3 off and also note the nice unoaked chardonnay that is unfortunately delisted.

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


I have chosen below 12 wines, 6 whites plus 6 reds, for you to read about. Of those all but 2, joined the list this month.

However, I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) and BAMs for the next 4 weeks.

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

  • Ten wines that joined the Top50 this month.
  • Nine are less than $12.00.
  • Four reds for less than $10.
  • Four whites for less than $10.
  • All wines below scored 87 or more

The current promotional period runs until November 8th, 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.


Aliança Bairrada Reserva 2018, Bairrada, Portugal ($8.95)
New to Top50
This Portuguese red is amazing value for a clean well balanced wine. It is midweight and juicy with a good depth of flavour and very good length. The nose shows red and black berry fruit with herbal and mild spice tones. It is soft but there is enough tannin and acidity for balance. It finishes dry with fine tannin. Try with roast meats or creamy cheese like brie or enjoy on its own.…

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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.


Steve Thurlow

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

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