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Originally posted by Greg H:
Nicos sure grabbed a lot of select wines .... damm ... :-)

Greg


Not to worry Greg. Many of the products are in substantial quantity in the warehouse, just ask your local store to look up the inventory level and they will probably be able to get you want you want.

BTW here is one example of a wine where we have over 2,000 bottles up for grabs: www.freewebs.com/winething295576 -- my order for this has not arrived yet. Mind you my order for the Brothers In Arms Leading Horse Langhorne Creek Cabernet did get to the store and our supply blew out the door at $16.80 per bottle. My message is not to worry there is a lot to choose from that should meet all needs.
CHEERS
Nick
FYI with respect to the Geoffroy currently available:

The price reduction would be great if it were the same lot the review is based on (and the lot I really enjoyed). Geoffroy’s Rose de Saignee is actually a vintage wine, but can’t be labeled as such, since it spent less than three years on its lees. The lot that I enjoyed was from the 2008 vintage, and bottles were bottles from Classics.

The newer (current) release through Vintages was from the 2010 vintage, and not nearly as good. It’s tempting at $46, but there are several other Champagnes at that price point that are much stronger wines.

The 2008 lot was worthy of 92-93 points on the several occasions I've had it. The current, 2010, lot, barely makes 90, if that.

Just something to take into consideration.
More items added to the VSO bin ends:

2007 San Felice Pugnitello
WAS: $50.00 NOW: $37.25 SAVE $12.75 (26%)

2006 Viberti Buon Padre Barolo
WAS: $49.00 NOW: $36.75 SAVE $12.25 (25%)

2009 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
WAS: $99.00 NOW: $74.25 SAVE $24.75 (25%)

There are more than these, just look for any products in the Bin Ends section with no vintage or associated writeup. You might have to do some digging to find out what the vintage is.
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Originally posted by vijay:
More items added to the VSO bin ends:

2007 San Felice Pugnitello
WAS: $50.00 NOW: $37.25 SAVE $12.75 (26%)

2006 Viberti Buon Padre Barolo
WAS: $49.00 NOW: $36.75 SAVE $12.25 (25%)

2009 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
WAS: $99.00 NOW: $74.25 SAVE $24.75 (25%)

There are more than these, just look for any products in the Bin Ends section with no vintage or associated writeup. You might have to do some digging to find out what the vintage is.


Can you ask them to lower the price on the Outpost zin pls....... 2 Cents
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Originally posted by vijay:
More items added to the VSO bin ends:

{SNIP}

There are more than these, just look for any products in the Bin Ends section with no vintage or associated writeup. You might have to do some digging to find out what the vintage is.


Ouch. The 2009 Mt Veeder Cab is also 37.25 down from $50. I think I have 6 bottles. Are there any stores that will do a credit adjustment w/ original receipt?
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Originally posted by Darcy:
quote:
Originally posted by vijay:
More items added to the VSO bin ends:

{SNIP}

There are more than these, just look for any products in the Bin Ends section with no vintage or associated writeup. You might have to do some digging to find out what the vintage is.


Ouch. The 2009 Mt Veeder Cab is also 37.25 down from $50. I think I have 6 bottles. Are there any stores that will do a credit adjustment w/ original receipt?


I believe you have 30 days after purchase to return bottles, with receipt.
Le Petit Cheval is price reduced from $200 to $150 at LCBO.

I drank one (that I had in my cellar since its initial LCBO release) last night. I was less informed on the topic of 2nd wines when I then bought it. I rarely buy 2nd wines now, finding better value in other wines. But this was a 2005, and it (with 4 to 5 hours decant) shows. I believe that it is worth the purchase (I just bought one more).

Here is my TN. I rated it 92 now, but 95 with decant or 5 years in cellar, possibly longer.

Initially tannic and lacking elegance or finesse. But after 4 hours decant (in a very wide base decanter) and some time in glass, this turned into a fine wine indeed, with all of the elegance and finesse that one would expect from a Cheval Blanc. This is not the somewhat open and hedonistic wine that I tasted in 2010. It is a currently closed wine that took 4 plus hours to turn into what it will be. Suggest the drinking window start in 5 years.
Do LCBO do opening store specials? I am not aware they've ever done this.

The old Laird store regularly (or almost regularly) have 25% off clearance sales to clear shelf space for incoming new stock. But now since the new store is much bigger, those inventory clearance sales will likely be a thing of the past.
Thanks for flagging, 7smcb!

Prices recently have been pretty outrageous for new items being added so a 25% discount might only be getting the price down to fair market value and not really be a deal. Best to cross reference with prices from other markets.
This burns my proverbial a**. Because the LCBO has done such a PATHETIC job promoting VSO, to consumers as well as to its own employees (half of store employees ask me, "what is VSO" when I go in top pick up), awareness of online ordering is low, leading inevitably to suboptimal purchase intention and sales.

From now on, I'm not going to order ANYTHING from VSO. The thanks I get, as an early adopter and loyal customer, is that product I've paid FULL PRICE for will be discounted because of the LCBO's own incompetence. That really reinforces a negative experience.

No more VSO for me. What's the point if there's an 80% chance the product will end up on sale?!
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Originally posted by vijay:
Prices recently have been pretty outrageous for new items being added so a 25% discount might only be getting the price down to fair market value and not really be a deal. Best to cross reference with prices from other markets.


Good advice - but there are some genuine bargains. The best US price for 2008 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello is presently $57 - now marked down on VSO to $38. Hard to beat - unless you've already bought it from VSO...
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
quote:
Originally posted by vijay:
Prices recently have been pretty outrageous for new items being added so a 25% discount might only be getting the price down to fair market value and not really be a deal. Best to cross reference with prices from other markets.


Good advice - but there are some genuine bargains. The best US price for 2008 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello is presently $57 - now marked down on VSO to $38. Hard to beat - unless you've already bought it from VSO...


FYI, don't be surprised if you get the 2007 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello, not the 2008. The 2007 never sold through, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is a situation where the product name has been updated by recycling the CSPC code in advance of an upcoming release.

If you search the product code on Vintages.com, it lists 2007. If you see it on VSO, it's 2008.
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Originally posted by Darcy:
No more VSO for me. What's the point if there's an 80% chance the product will end up on sale?!
I think it's no VSO for any of us after this. I noticed that nothing new has been offered on VSO since Oct 17th. Perhaps they are shutting it down as yet another failed online experiment?
I think you're right, Vijay. Plus, there's supposed to be a new system for Classics (probably in the new year) where it will be an online-only, first come, first served system. Or at least that's what I'm told. Maybe a hybrid of VSO/Classics, with order limits.

I'll believe it when I see it.
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Originally posted by futronic:
I think you're right, Vijay. Plus, there's supposed to be a new system for Classics (probably in the new year) where it will be an online-only, first come, first served system. Or at least that's what I'm told. Maybe a hybrid of VSO/Classics, with order limits.

I'll believe it when I see it.


Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello is traditional correct?
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Originally posted by futronic:
I think you're right, Vijay. Plus, there's supposed to be a new system for Classics (probably in the new year) where it will be an online-only, first come, first served system. Or at least that's what I'm told. Maybe a hybrid of VSO/Classics, with order limits.

I'll believe it when I see it.


Given the LCBO's efforts historically, I'd expect a stand-alone website, not integrated with any others (single sign on, unified personal information and transaction history), with a different design, templates and user experience. In any case, Classics was to have gone online a couple years ago. Maybe there's a 5-year plan in place. Bang
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Originally posted by Dave Canada:
quote:
Originally posted by futronic:
I think you're right, Vijay. Plus, there's supposed to be a new system for Classics (probably in the new year) where it will be an online-only, first come, first served system. Or at least that's what I'm told. Maybe a hybrid of VSO/Classics, with order limits.

I'll believe it when I see it.


Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello is traditional correct?


That's correct. Three years in Slavonian oak botte and one year in bottle. It's excellent.
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Originally posted by futronic:
quote:
Originally posted by Dave Canada:
quote:
Originally posted by futronic:
I think you're right, Vijay. Plus, there's supposed to be a new system for Classics (probably in the new year) where it will be an online-only, first come, first served system. Or at least that's what I'm told. Maybe a hybrid of VSO/Classics, with order limits.

I'll believe it when I see it.


Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello is traditional correct?


That's correct. Three years in Slavonian oak botte and one year in bottle. It's excellent.


Many thanks Jay...
Gonna grab some of this.
Any insights on 1995 Fleury Extra brut?
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Originally posted by futronic:

FYI, don't be surprised if you get the 2007 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello, not the 2008. The 2007 never sold through, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is a situation where the product name has been updated by recycling the CSPC code in advance of an upcoming release.


This would be a little irritating - I already bought some of the 2007 at full ($50) price. The irritation is tempered a little by the knowledge that the $50 price is still better than anything going in the US. We are so regularly abused in comparison to US pricing that the small victories afforded ought to be savoured.
So did I. There are tons of wines I've purchased that the LCBO has put on sale. Before a change in policy a couple years ago, you could technically return it and buy it back at the lower price, assuming you had the original receipt. That loophole has been closed.

Regardless, it was a buy at $50. You could average down and buy a few more bottles at the lower price. It's a very good wine.
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Originally posted by futronic:
So did I. There are tons of wines I've purchased that the LCBO has put on sale. Before a change in policy a couple years ago, you could technically return it and buy it back at the lower price, assuming you had the original receipt. That loophole has been closed.

Regardless, it was a buy at $50. You could average down and buy a few more bottles at the lower price. It's a very good wine.


How was the loophole closed?
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
quote:
Originally posted by futronic:
So did I. There are tons of wines I've purchased that the LCBO has put on sale. Before a change in policy a couple years ago, you could technically return it and buy it back at the lower price, assuming you had the original receipt. That loophole has been closed.

Regardless, it was a buy at $50. You could average down and buy a few more bottles at the lower price. It's a very good wine.


How was the loophole closed?


You only have 30 days to return the wine for a refund now.

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