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:
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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...


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:
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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?


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:
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Originally posted by Dave Canada:
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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?


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 AML:
As far as I know, it's not closed.

Also, couldn't resist the Fleury.


I did a search here for info on the Fleury and saw that it was well respected, so I also picked up a few bottles.
It's hard to believe how much high-priced crap they had accumulated on that web site. Any retailer with any competence would have cleared much of that deadwood out long ago.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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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?


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

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