Top Values at the LCBO (October 2018)

Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
New Listings, new Vintages and Essentials
by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

There are so many great values on the Top50 Best Values List that I often have trouble deciding which dozen or so to highlight each month for you.

So I have selected some wines that joined the list because of discounts and others that I have recently tasted plus some great new additions to the LCBO selection. I have chosen twelve wines to highlight from the list for you.

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

  • Three lovely inexpensive wines that are new listings at the LCBO.
  • Some new vintages recently tasted.
  • All 12 wines score 87 or more points.
  • Some discounts, the biggest is $2.00
  • A Vintages Essential

The current promotional period runs until November 11th 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.


Alvear Medium Dry

Top Value Reds

Botter Primitivo 2017 Puglia, Italy ($9.25) The 2017 is better than recent vintages and comes in a new paper wrapped bottle with a name change. It’s medium to full bodied with a lots of aroma and a good depth of flavour for such an inexpensive wine. The palate is juicy with the fruit well balanced by acidity. Good to very good length. Try lightly chilled with pizza or meaty pasta sauces.…

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

Steve's Top 50 Value Wines

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.


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!


Chilean Wine Festival – Toronto 2018