Top Values at the LCBO (March 2021)

Values for our last month at home (maybe?)

by Steve Thurlow

March will see most us in Ontario still spending lots of time at home due to the continuing pandemic restrictions, so economy will still be called for this month. I have found seven lovely wines, all less than $14, to help you save. I have thrown in another five great 90pts+ wines that are less than $20 due to LCBO discounts this month.

Seven of these wines joined the Top50 Best Values List this month, including a favourite that has been delisted.

I have been busy tasting wines since I last wrote and found some great values that have now joined the list.

So wrap up well and venture out to visit an LCBO store and pick up some of these 12 wines.

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Though I have only chosen below 12 wines, 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.

BTW, the LCBO is leaving the Air Miles program, so this is last time I will report on these bonuses.

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

  • Seven wines that are less than $14
  • Seven discounted wines; most by $2 or more
  • A delisted wine
  • A VINTAGES Essentials
  • All wines below scored 87 or more

The current promotional period runs until March 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 warm.


Aliança Bairrada Reserva 2018, Bairrada, Portugal ($8.95 + 4 BAMs)
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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