Finally picked up my Hawkes Cab Sauv today, and immediately cracked one. No brett at all, just ripe fruits, quite delicious and great deal at $29! Drinking well now and stuffing to last several years. Nice find IMO
As of earlier this afternoon, the Laird & Eglinton Vintages still had a bunch of 07 Lamaione marked down to $48, and 04 Luciani Brunello @ $31. There's also a white Rully (don't remember producer) that I thought was a good value.

They also had a case of 07 Grilli Testamatta @$24 and 05 Illatraia @$48 until I got there. The Illatraia was delicious with steak frites, BTW.
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Originally posted by tannic bastard:
A pile of stuff just got dumped into the Bin End Section on VSO.


Yeah I noticed that too. Not much of great interest, though.
I think a third of that stuff has been on sale since last fall. There's a couple of things I'd try 1 of (like that '89 white Rioja), but they'd have to be cheaper, still.
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Yeah I noticed that too. Not much of great interest, though

Yeah, I posted that before I'd gone through the list. I grabbed some Baumard QdC and Rocca di Montegrossi CC San Marcellino (huge gap between JS and AG on this one). Outside of those two, I agree with you. Also, the prices were only reduced from outrageous to normal. Razz

Actually Darcy, the list was quite short as of a couple weeks ago. Max 3-5 wines on the list, certainly less than one page, so there were a lot of additions. The Spanish white was one of the old ones.
I had high hopes for this VSO sale, quite disappointed though. I thought they might throw the Leoville Poyferre 2006 on this and knock it down a little. I agree the Rocca di Montegrossi is tempting and I was also scouting the Reinhold Haart Riesling Spatlese. Nothing purchased yet. I might hold off entirely due to other recent purchases and a few upcoming BDX 2010 purchases.
A wine that is probably on no one's radar is the Luis Felipe Edwards Dona Bernarda. I liked it and it's a little diffferent from anything else I've had - worth trying if you want something new.
I dipped in for 4 of the wines:

Ètim L' Esparver 2005
Clarendon Hills Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Domaine Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume 2006
St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese 2007 (couldn't say no to a $22 Auslese)
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Originally posted by on the wine:
As of earlier this afternoon, the Laird & Eglinton Vintages still had a bunch of 07 Lamaione marked down to $48, and 04 Luciani Brunello @ $31. There's also a white Rully (don't remember producer) that I thought was a good value.

They also had a case of 07 Grilli Testamatta @$24 and 05 Illatraia @$48 until I got there. The Illatraia was delicious with steak frites, BTW.

It's probably too late, but I meant to mention that they had Penfolds St Henri reduced by 25%. My mind's not on shiraz these days, but St Henri is a bit of an exception.
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Originally posted by tannic bastard:
Damn, the Montegrossi got snapped up quick.

That was one of the few I contemplated but I had to restrain myself and I resisted the temptation. Cool
Not quite a price reduction - but confused as this wine shows NO RELEASE DATE - but shows up now ...

http://www.vintages.com/lcbo-e...EN&itemNumber=181693

The best Burgundy ( stinky Pinot ) I have seen from Calif in a while ... a touch excess alcohol but blows off nicely with some decant time . And the price is $5.00 less than the street price in USA .... all the ones in the Round House (WIndsor) are gone ....sorry ....

http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=583646

Greg
Big fan of Tandem wines, however, I did preferred Auction Block to Van der Kamp. Next Saturday Vintages release their Sangiacomo Pinot at $25. Should be worth trying.
Stumbled across the 2008 Beaucastel at about $18 off it's price point of $89 at the London Wonderland store (thanks to WS member aml for the heads up) Smile

Not sure if this is a local sale or available everywhere, but the timing was good as I hadn't bought any 08's yet
Judging from the website (where province-wide discounts are usually noted) it looks like your LOW-castel was a one-store promotion to clear out remaining inventory.

Now, can someone convince my local store to do the same? Or perhaps theweb or aml could grab 4 bottles for me and we'll settle at the upcoming TWC offline?? If not - no biggie.

p.s. theweb I have some Ricochet for you...let me know if you want syrah, cab or both...
There was a Vintages Brunello release today and I picked up 6 bottles 2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino of for $64 each. Lucky day Wink
Unfortunatley (or fortunately for us) we cleaned the Wonderland store out. Too bad they didn't have a deeper inventory. But....I'd keep my eyes open for other stores to follow suit.
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
p.s. theweb I have some Ricochet for you...let me know if you want syrah, cab or both...


Have you tried any yet? How much per bottle? Regardless, I'll take a couple of each. I love to support (and drink) wine made from WS Forumites.
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Originally posted by theweb:
Unfortunatley (or fortunately for us) we cleaned the Wonderland store out. Too bad they didn't have a deeper inventory. But....I'd keep my eyes open for other stores to follow suit.


An LCBO Product Consultant once told me they have authority to reduce a price by 20% as long as it's been a certain length of time since the product release (6 mos I think) and the store had less that 24 bottles left in inventory. True or not, I have never been able to convince any other PC to pull off this magic reduction on a wine I wanted.

Maybe Nicos can confirm or deny that policy??
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Originally posted by theweb:

Have you tried any yet? How much per bottle? Regardless, I'll take a couple of each. I love to support (and drink) wine made from WS Forumites.


I have not tried any yet.
Ricochet charged me $12.50 per bottle and then there were some border-crossing shenanigans...so call it $15 per bottle. See you at the offline.
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Originally posted by theweb:
Unfortunatley (or fortunately for us) we cleaned the Wonderland store out. Too bad they didn't have a deeper inventory. But....I'd keep my eyes open for other stores to follow suit.


I agree -- They had an official hang tag for the sale, but still had to manually enter it in to the cash register. It is possible that they just posted it early.
Here's the deal on one-off discounts at LCBO stores:

With the store manager's approval, the PC is able to discount up to 20%, providing it has been at least three months since the product was released and the store has 12 bottles or less in stock. If the product is still there after three weeks, they can discount a further 10%.

The PC I spoke to today had not received any information about a chainwide discount on Beau.
Interesting...I need to start putting pressure on some of the PCs around here regarding stuff that has been sitting on the shelves for months.
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Originally posted by Greg H:
Not quite a price reduction - but confused as this wine shows NO RELEASE DATE - but shows up now ...

http://www.vintages.com/lcbo-e...EN&itemNumber=181693

The best Burgundy ( stinky Pinot ) I have seen from Calif in a while ... a touch excess alcohol but blows off nicely with some decant time . And the price is $5.00 less than the street price in USA .... all the ones in the Round House (WIndsor) are gone ....sorry ....

http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=583646

Greg


Wow! Great call, Greg. Tried this tonight and it does indeed have a healthy dose of schtank. IMO, this could easily hold its own against many Burgs twice the price. I can see why you snagged two cases.
The Tandem Van der Kamp all gone per web inventory. Tried the Sangiakomo instead, BYO to a Chinese restaurant. OK, fruit forward on the sweet side, won't be mistaken for Burgundy by any stretch. Not bad for $26 but would've like to try the Van der Kamp.
That's odd because when I got my Van Der Kamp yesterday from the Woodchester store in Mississauga, they had plenty left on the shelf. I suspect other stores still have it, too. Hmmm...incorrect web inventory, no release date listed...sounds like someone messed up when loading this product into the database. I suspect if you keep checking the website, province-wide inventory will magically reappear in a day or two.

If you really want some, it might be worthwhile to call a couple of nearby stores and have someone do a physical stock check. Or let me know and I'll get some from Woodchester. In fact I will probably be there today or tomorrow stocking up because it was so darn good.
Into bottle #3 of 26 on Tandem - quite a colour variation - first bottle was very bright red and took some time for the alcohol to blow off --the others are pop & pour and more aged (this is a 2006 vintage anyways - think they sold the 'clearout' to LCBO as this is $5 less than average USA cellartrack price --anyways if you like smelly pinot - see if you can find some ... as mentioned in first post --I don;t think it had an official release or at least no release date shown on the web page back then.

Greg
Thanks VinToronto, maybe I'll pop into a couple of more stores to see if they have the VDK.

Greg H, your suspicion of a clearout seems right. When I got the Sangiakomo from the Leaside store, I asked the PC about it and he said that Tandem was sold earlier this year and LCBO bought their remaining inventory at a discount. I checked and, indeed, Tandem was sold in Jan to Pete Kight (who owns Quivira Vineyards & Winery), and Tandem ceased and became La Follette Winery, named after Greg La Follette, the former owner of Tandem who is now the winemaker of this new venture.
The LCBO is easily 3 times more expensive than other places not in Ontario. I can get a 60oz for $20 in teh U.S. when it costs me $70 in Ontario.
Not a price alert but there's a new batch on VSO and the Gigondas looks like a screamer of a wine. The 2007 is going for $50+ on wine searcher and a CT avg of $41. 2005 to 2007 vintages have received on avg 92 points from IWC and almost identical scores from JM/WS. Given the apparent successful 2009 vintage in Rhone, I grabbed a bunch.
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
Welcome to the boards, jackwilly.




What's wrong with welcoming jackwilly to the boards? I enjoyed his thoughtful, well-reasoned and penetrating insight into the current state of beverage alcohol pricing in Ontario.
Big Grin
Found the Tandem Van Der Kamp at Bayview Village store in the 20% off bin. Grabbed a few for $24. I think there may be 2-3 bottles left in the bin.
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Originally posted by Stevey:
Found the Tandem Van Der Kamp at Bayview Village store in the 20% off bin. Grabbed a few for $24. I think there may be 2-3 bottles left in the bin.


A good example of a one-store delist. I'd help empty that bin but Bayview Village is too far to save $6 on a bottle. There are 10 bottles left at the Woodchester store, but they're still full price. I was unable to convince Nicos to discount them. Yet.
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.

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