Top Values at the LCBO (July 2018)

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

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Thirteen wines joined the Top 50 list this month, two of them being new listings at LCBO that jumped straight onto the list. Seven wines on the list are being discounted; one by $2.80. So there is much for me to write about in July.

I have selected twelve wines to highlight from my Top50 Best Values List .

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

  • All 12 wines joined the Top50 this month.
  • Two fresh lively whites from Gascony in SW France, that are brand new to the LCBO.
  • 11 wines score 87 or more points.
  • Some big discounts, the biggest is $2.80
  • One VINTAGES Essential

The current promotional period runs until July 22nd 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

Grão Vasco 2016, Dao, Portugal ($8.65) New to Top50 – 2016 is a lot better than recent vintages with an appealing red berry fruit nose and a soft juicy palate. Expect aromas of black plum and raspberry fruit with some floral and mild spice tones. It is well balanced with lovely mouthwatering acidity and just enough tannin for some grip on the finish. Very good length.…

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How does a wine get selected for the Top Value Report:

Steve's Top 50 Value WinesToday’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
Wines on Limited Time Offer
Wines with Bonus Air Miles

Editors Note: You can find our complete critic reviews by clicking on any of the wine names, bottle images or links highlighted. Paid subscribers to WineAlign see all critic reviews immediately. Non-paid users wait 30 days to see new reviews. Membership has its privileges; like first access to great value wines!