Top Values at the LCBO (April 2021)

Values for yet another month at home

by Steve Thurlow

It’s April, and sadly most us in Ontario will continue to spend lots of time at home. You’ll need to buy wine for the house, so economy will still be called for this month.

I have found eleven lovely wines, all less than $14, to help you save. I have thrown in one more that is great (90+) and is less than $17 due to a big LCBO discount this month.

Seven of these wines joined the Top50 Best Values List this month which also includes a favourite that has been delisted.

I have been tasting wines since I last wrote and found some great values so they have joined the list.

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So mask up and venture out to visit an LCBO store and pick up some of the wines below.

Though I have only chosen 12 wines (3 whites and 9 reds), I do encourage you to consult my entire Top50 Best Values List given all the discounts (LTOs) for the next few weeks at LCBO stores and online.

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

  • Eleven wines that are less than $14
  • Seven discounted wines; most by $2 or more
  • A delisted wine $2.55 off
  • A Vintages Essentials
  • All wines scored 87 or more

The current promotional period runs until April 25th 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 self-isolated for just a little while longer.


Robertson Winery Chapel Red 2019, Robertson, South Africa ($8.95 was $9.95)
This is a lovely inexpensive red blend from the Cape comprised of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinotage. It is finely-balanced and very pure with vibrant acidity, good focus and very good length. Quite complex for such an inexpensive wine with aromas and flavours of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit with mild spice and soft sweet herbal tones. Enjoy on its own or with a wide variety of meat and cheese dishes.

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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 two 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.
  • 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

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