Did anyone already know about this? As if I needed another reason to spend money....
I like the idea of being able to taste on the spot.
The LCBO has a discount store with real deals on good bottles. No kidding
By David Lawrason
It’s not as frenzied as Future Shop on Boxing Day, but the LCBO’s Clearance Centre in the Crossroads Centre (2625D Weston Rd., 416-243-3320) at Weston Road and the 401 should be on every wine adventurer’s now-and-again list. Prices are reduced 20 to 40 per cent at this dumping ground for discontinued LCBO general listings, Vintages sale items and private-order wines not sold to restaurants before their allotted time in the warehouse expired. Opened in 2000 next to a conventional LCBO/Vintages, the place is big and basic, with towering steel shelves and clumps of boxes. Wine-savvy Carl Salmon, the man in charge, tastes many of the products in order to provide advice. This matters, as quite a few of the wines (and most spirits) are obscure, perhaps explaining why they never sold. Some were also overpriced or overstocked, neither necessarily meaning lesser quality. I have unearthed gems, including a fabulous Alana Estate 2001 pinot noir from New Zealand for under $30, delisted Woodbridge 2003 syrah from California at $11.85 a bottle and a clutch of handy $6 half-bottles of Osborne Fino Quinta sherry. There are usually about 100 brands available, stock turning over every two weeks. Good deals vanish quickly, so make snap decisions—even buy a bottle and taste on the spot. Except for defective bottles, all sales are final.