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it did have the usual wretched plot involving some kind of personal monetary gain by one of our politicians


I'd be surprised if that was true, but I would not be surprised if it was put there for votes or some other political benefit. In fact, I'd be surprised if it wasn't....
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Originally posted by WineDaddy:
Which stores have them on sale? I was in Sherwood Forrest this afternoon and they knew nothing about it. They scanned the Volnay and the Heytsbury and the regular prices came up.

Would love to pick some up. Thanks.




I second that question... in both Vintages.com and LCBO.com there is nothing showing these special prices.
I'm looking mainly for the 2004 Ch Grand Puy Lacoste @$48.
Any advice... Advanced thanks, Gaby.


They have 8 bottles at the First Canadian Place store, but they're all scanning at $65.
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Originally posted by bman:
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it did have the usual wretched plot involving some kind of personal monetary gain by one of our politicians


I'd be surprised if that was true, but I would not be surprised if it was put there for votes or some other political benefit. In fact, I'd be surprised if it wasn't....

I'm with bman on this one.
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Originally posted by TheEngineer:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
Unfortunately I have to give up too! Big Grin I was told the story a couple of years ago, but now I can't remember the sordid details any more. However, it did have the usual wretched plot involving some kind of personal monetary gain by one of our politicians. Are you surprised? (naturally, what else would you expect?)
Meanwhile, speaking of monetary gain, I found another in-store markdown...

2004 Ch Beausejour Duffau @ $48 (reg $69)


Thanks for that! No surprises here on lining someone's wallet a bit..... Big Grin

BTW, sorry to ask but I'm ssuming that the in-store discounts are in the DuPont Street Store?

Thanks again.
Lately that's where I have been finding many of the most recent markdowns.
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Originally posted by Slan:
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Originally posted by bman:
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it did have the usual wretched plot involving some kind of personal monetary gain by one of our politicians


I'd be surprised if that was true, but I would not be surprised if it was put there for votes or some other political benefit. In fact, I'd be surprised if it wasn't....

I'm with bman on this one.
Your belief in the honesty of our politicians is touching. Big Grin However, the story I was told did involve some money being made from either the sale or leasing of land/retail facilities. I can assure you there were no votes obtained by moving the store to the vicinity of Rexdale Blvd and the 401.
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I picked up a couple more bottles of 2003 Chapoutier Chante Alouette Hermitage Blanc which has been reduced to $60.75 from its original price of $75.


Thank-you for pointing that out. I backed the truck up today. Smile


They appear to only have three left so back up soon Smile

It appears Dominus has arrived as well...there was a dozen or so case out in the back that I could see...no prices yet though.

A magnum of the 2003 Alion in the Queen's Quay store for $160 (or $180 I can't remember) OWC.
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Originally posted by TheEngineer:
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Originally posted by Bill@IA:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
I picked up a couple more bottles of 2003 Chapoutier Chante Alouette Hermitage Blanc which has been reduced to $60.75 from its original price of $75.


Thank-you for pointing that out. I backed the truck up today. Smile


They appear to only have three left so back up soon Smile

It appears Dominus has arrived as well...there was a dozen or so case out in the back that I could see...no prices yet though.

A magnum of the 2003 Alion in the Queen's Quay store for $160 (or $180 I can't remember) OWC.


Which store did you see this at?
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I can assure you there were no votes obtained by moving the store to the vicinity of Rexdale Blvd and the 401.



Maybe not directly, but if someone made money or realized some other benefit because of it, I bet the politician responsible expected to see some downstream electoral gain: influence over other voters, campaign contributions, whatever.
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Originally posted by maverickdrinker:
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Originally posted by TheEngineer:
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Originally posted by Bill@IA:
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I picked up a couple more bottles of 2003 Chapoutier Chante Alouette Hermitage Blanc which has been reduced to $60.75 from its original price of $75.


Thank-you for pointing that out. I backed the truck up today. Smile


They appear to only have three left so back up soon Smile

It appears Dominus has arrived as well...there was a dozen or so case out in the back that I could see...no prices yet though.

A magnum of the 2003 Alion in the Queen's Quay store for $160 (or $180 I can't remember) OWC.


Which store did you see this at?


Both the Chante Alouette and the Dominus were at the DuPont street (spadina) store. The Dominus was stacked up in the back storage area ......enroute to the washroom in the back.

The 2003 Alion was at the Queen's Quay large stand alone store (not the one in the mall with Loblaws). It is standing in the rear just before you get into the newly constructed vintages area. There are a couple of Champagne and australian mags along side it.
Was at the Bayview store this afternoon and found the 2003 Charles Melton Shiraz. Charles Melton is a solid producer and their shiraz is very good QPR at $25. If you like Aussie shiraz, this is one is a definite try.
Yeah, I saw that. Absolutely ridiculous. Not to mention the 2002 is still on most shelves and the price increase also affects that vintage!
Yesterday I bought 04 Cedro do Noval @19 at the Lansdowne St LCBO in Peterborough.

I also saw that 04 Chateau Desmirail has been reduced from $44 to $36 system-wide. I have the impression that this wine is not so good but can't find much said about it - except for one negative write-up on Cellartracker. Has anyone else tried it?
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Originally posted by Greg H:
Hello

does anyone have the web site for the entire list of markdowns??

Here was url for the Jan 2008 Markdowns as an example - but I can;t remember where I got it from ...

http://www.freewebs.com/winething7/


Hi - the link is a prior Markdown -- a more recent link is www.freewebs.com/winething8
that became effective May 12, 2008.

The most common question a customer asks me when they see something on sale is: "what's wrong with it?"

Of the 150 products that went on Markdown, I'd say only 50 skus fell into the 'deal' category and these had a red 'PICK' note in the margins.

Many of the 'Picks' were sold in a matter of days so I'd not waste time trying to find them. Future Markdowns will be noted and a link will be noted when the time comes at www.freewebs.com/nickswine

Click on #32318 to see what I mean by 'good deals' ...

CHEERS
Apologies for bringing up an old thread but just want to say I was at Bayview Village LCBO and found the 2004 Chateau Saint Paul CdP on sale for $28 from $35. This is a pretty good price from a decent CdP producer.

Picked one up and the wine is very much a CdP, a bit on the sweet end of the spectrum with not great but sufficient complexity to make it worthwhile. Medium body, easy drinking and excellent fruit balanced by just enough tannins, good value for $28. Not much left. This will go fast.
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Originally posted by Stevey:
Apologies for bringing up an old thread but just want to say I was at Bayview Village LCBO and found the 2004 Chateau Saint Paul CdP on sale for $28 from $35. This is a pretty good price from a decent CdP producer.

Picked one up and the wine is very much a CdP, a bit on the sweet end of the spectrum with not great but sufficient complexity to make it worthwhile. Medium body, easy drinking and excellent fruit balanced by just enough tannins, good value for $28. Not much left. This will go fast.
It's been quite a while since I have seen a CdP at this price level. It pulls it into my daily-drinker window, so I picked up the last 2 bottles this morning. Thanks for the info.
The Dupont St LCBO is doing a whole bunch of markdowns (-30%) today in their Vintages section. I just purchased...

NV Legras Brut Blancs de Blancs $32
2006 Michel Picard Puligny-Montrachet $36
2005 Beaurenard CdP $30
2006 Clos Calvaire CdP $23
2000 Batasiolo Barolo Boscareto $43
2005 Giuseppe Campagnola Amarone $32
2004 Yalumba Signature $31
2005 Bouchard Signature Marconnets $34
2006 Chateau Mirausse Le Grand Penchant $13 (probably the best value of the bunch)
One more I remember seeing (although I did not buy) was the 2004 Covenant @$34.

And I missed out on the 2004 Guidalberto @$49 which someone scooped before I got there.
The Covenant @ $34 is what the price should've been in the fist place instead of the ridiculous $49 that LCBO started with. The Guidalberto is good at $49. This is the 2nd wine of Sassicaia, so it's got good lineage.

Continuing with the QPR theme, the '05 Esporao Reserva is one of the better wines I've had from Portugal and appears to be just silently release. I originally found out about this at Chiado (a Portuguese restaurant) when I had the '04 vintage and loved it. The '05 has the acidic umph to go with hearty meals with a deep blackberry taste and just enough tannins to give it some depth and backbone. I'm buying more.

I found this wine available at 3 locations I visited the past week (Summerhill, Queen's Quay and Leaside). Good value, IMHO, for about $25.
I found some of these in Markham (Bullock Dr.) but some are also available elsewhere:
2002 Poesia (38463) was $58, now $49
2003 Altair (38430) was $63, now $53.90 (I pick one up)
2003 Delheim Grand Reserve (35394) was $36, now $29.90
2004 Castagna Genesis Syrah (53298) was $95, now $79.90
2004 Boisrenard CDP (964585) was $72, now $59.80
2004 Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes (8177) was $64, now $54.90
There was also some Burgundy but I don't remember which.
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Originally posted by Stevey:
The Covenant @ $34 is what the price should've been in the fist place ...
I find that this is often the case with the LCBO sales. But you can't bring everything in from out of the country and expect to get away without paying duty for all of it, so their sales just restore order to the pricing at LCBO (sometimes).
Yeah, agree 100% and it would be a waste of my 1.5L duty free room on the Covenent. But I still remember not too long ago when LCBO prices on Aussie wines were pretty good and you can get good deals.

Those days are long long gone and sometimes the prices are really hard to swallow. For example, from the Oct 11th Aussie release catalogue...

'05 Penfolds RWT: LCBO=$134; US=$80-85
'06 Torbreck Juveniles: LCBO=$30; US=$16-17

These are not wines I'd bring in from the US, but there's no way I'll submit to being ripped off buying from LCBO at those prices.
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Originally posted by Stevey:
Yeah, agree 100% and it would be a waste of my 1.5L duty free room on the Covenent. But I still remember not too long ago when LCBO prices on Aussie wines were pretty good and you can get good deals.

Those days are long long gone and sometimes the prices are really hard to swallow. For example, from the Oct 11th Aussie release catalogue...

'05 Penfolds RWT: LCBO=$134; US=$80-85
'06 Torbreck Juveniles: LCBO=$30; US=$16-17

These are not wines I'd bring in from the US, but there's no way I'll submit to being ripped off buying from LCBO at those prices.


Aussies are being dumped in the US now, whereas a few years ago importers were making a killing.

I think it is still generally true that we pay over 100% in total markups/taxes. This means that our pricing will never even come close to anything being offered on low margins in the US.

Any time we 'seem' to get competitive pricing it is actually an illusion... we're still being fleeced, but for various reasons (usually scarcity) the free market elsewhere is marking product up by more than 100%. DRC anyone?
The website is not showing these wines as marked down. I just checked the following: Beaurenard, Batasiolo Boscareto, Yalumba Signature (website shows 2003, FYI). Guess it must be local PCs' whims, but even then I thought they were restricted to 15% reductions, max?
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Originally posted by bman:
The website is not showing these wines as marked down. I just checked the following: Beaurenard, Batasiolo Boscareto, Yalumba Signature (website shows 2003, FYI). Guess it must be local PCs' whims, but even then I thought they were restricted to 15% reductions, max?
The in-store Vintages PCs are allowed to go to -30%. There are some conditions, but any store that really wants to can meet or get around these conditions. And they can go to -20% with almost no conditions at all.

That said, I am finding that more and more stores are cutting back on the discount levels. Don't know why, unless they like having old inventory hanging around. The Laird St store has had 3 375s of 03 Maculan Acininobili sittintg on the sales shelf marked down from $79 to $63 for months now. They may still be there when they knock the store down... Big Grin
Saw about 10 bottles of 2005 Château Fleur Cardinale at Summerhill yesterday at futures price of $57. This is selling in the US for $80+ today. You'll never find a RP=95 score Bordeaux at LCBO again for under $60.

Update Oct 20: They're all gone!
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I bought a couple of bottles of Hess Winery Allomi 2004 cab yesterday for $24.70 each (a fair price). I like this wine even though it's gotten mixed reviews. I wonder if there are any more around.
When I first bought them a year ago I think I paid $32, then they were reissued at 30 and change. Thanks for the offer; I'll open the two I bought and get back to you.
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Originally posted by Stevey:
Saw about 10 bottles of 2005 Château Fleur Cardinale at Summerhill yesterday at futures price of $57. This is selling in the US for $80+ today. You'll never find a RP=95 score Bordeaux at LCBO again for under $60.

Update Oct 20: They're all gone!


Thanks for those 3 bottles Stevey, just picked them up!
Found some 2001 Les Gartieux de Pichon Lalande on sale today for $30, down $5 left over from its release price in March. Seems like that's currently the going price in the US.
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Originally posted by nicos:
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Originally posted by Stevey:
Another good one is the 2002 Langoa Barton on sale for a while now at $50. Not sure why it's not being picked up faster at this price point but it's one of the extremely rare cases where a Bordeaux is priced well at LCBO.


How about the deal for the 2005 Montirius Le Clos - now marked down to $22.95 -- for full info, please click here: http://www.freewebs.com/winething9/2005%20Montirius%20V...yras%20Le%20Clos.doc

Still some around at various stores.
I just noticed that 2007 Huet Haut Lieu Sec has been dropped from $31 to $25. I don't recall this being in any of the sale lists. Not many left so I'm going to pick up a few today.
Looks like more wines have been reduced to clear. E.g., the Schubert Pinot Noir recommended by nicos in a previous thread has been reduced to $32 from $38.

Another that caught my eye is the 2002 Bon Pasteur Pomerol reduced from $69 to $66. The $3 off was what caught my eye. Why even bother? Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by Stevey:
Looks like more wines have been reduced to clear. E.g., the Schubert Pinot Noir recommended by nicos in a previous thread has been reduced to $32 from $38.

Another that caught my eye is the 2002 Bon Pasteur Pomerol reduced from $69 to $66. The $3 off was what caught my eye. Why even bother? Roll Eyes



I find this sale interesting.... The 1500mL bottle of the 2007 Little Penguin Chardonnay is selling for $12.95 -- while the 750mL bottle of the same product is still $10.95 . Seems to be a deal if you like Chardonnay.

BTW I took as much of the Le Clos as possible and moved it lickity split.... at $22.95 a proverbial deal.

Wait till you see the next round of De-List for Sale coming soon... Am working on a 'good' version to be posted that offers as much detail as possible regarding press received for each wine being marked down.

CHEERS
Nick
www.freewebs.com/nickswine
Here's the March 2nd delist product list:

LCBO No Description Size (ML) New Old Diff.
42077 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN CHEMIN DE LA JUSTICE 2006 750 45.65 55.95 -10.3
61085 OMAKA SPRINGS ESTATES FALVEYS PINOT NOIR 2006 750 20.15 23.95 -3.8
62547 LEASINGHAM BIN 56 CABERNET/MALBEC 2005 750 24.6 29.95 -5.35
68916 TURKEY FLAT ROSÉ 2007 750 17.6 20.95 -3.35
71159 BÖTZINGER PINOT GRIS KABINETT DRY 2007 750 13.8 16.95 -3.15
71191 DOMAINE SORIN TERRA AMATA CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ 2007 750 14.65 16.95 -2.3
72850 MORNINGTON ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2005 750 18.85 22.95 -4.1
72868 SKILLOGALEE SPARKLING RIESLING 750 20 23.95 -3.95
72892 LINDA DOMAS WINES SHOT BULL SHIRAZ 2004 750 18.75 21.95 -3.2
73403 AMPELEIA 2004 750 31.15 37.95 -6.8
74351 FIREBIRD LEGEND PINOT GRIGIO 2007 750 10.6 9.95 0.65
75994 THOMAS FOGARTY PINOT NOIR 2006 750 24.8 29.95 -5.15
76265 AMAYNA CHARDONNAY 2006 750 20.1 23.95 -3.85
76539 DOMAINE MADELOC CUVÉE MAGNECA 2004 750 29.2 35.95 -6.75
78857 LA FERME DU MONT CÔTES CAPELAN CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2005 750 37.35 45.95 -8.6
79061 DOMAINE FONTANEL MAURY VIN DOUX NATUREL ROUGE 2004 750 24.3 28.95 -4.65
82230 S. GIORGIO AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2003 750 45.15 39.95 5.2
82321 TERRABIANCA PIANO DEL CIPRESSO 2004 750 31.25 37.95 -6.7
82479 LES FRÈRES GAMBIER BOURGUEIL LE PIGEONNIER 2005 750 18.35 21.95 -3.6
82495 POL ROGER BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE 2000 750 77.15 94.95 -17.8
84434 DUVERGEY-TABOUREAU PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 2006 750 43.7 53.95 -10.25
84459 DUVERGEY-TABOUREAU POMMARD 2006 750 32.6 39.95 -7.35
84517 VINCENT SAUVESTRE SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE PREMIER CRU LES TALMETTES 2006 750 28.5 34.95 -6.45
84566 ANTONIN RODET SANTENAY CLOS ROUSSEAU 2005 750 26.15 31.95 -5.8
84608 RAPHAËL DUBOIS NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES 2006 750 43.6 53.95 -10.35
84905 RAPHAËL DUBOIS CÔTE DE NUITS-VILLAGES LES MONTS DE BONCOURTS 2006 750 26.2 31.95 -5.75
86454 CHÂTEAU CANTREGIL 2001 750 46.35 56.95 -10.6
87130 PAUL MISSET VOSNE-ROMANÉE LES BARREAUX 2002 750 55.6 67.95 -12.35
87163 CHÂTEAU DE LA CRÉE CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET MORGEOT 2006 750 65.4 79.95 -14.55
87247 OSBORNE FINO QUINTA SHERRY 375 7.35 8.95 -1.6
87288 DOMAINE DE COURTEILLAC 2005 750 22 26.95 -4.95
89458 ABRIGO GIOVANNI BARBARESCO BASARIN 2004 750 32.9 39.95 -7.05
90746 GARVEY MANZANILLA JUNCAL 750 14 15.95 -1.95
90829 DOMAINE ERIC & JOEL DURAND CORNAS EMPREINTES 2005 750 40.8 49.95 -9.15
564278 PENFOLDS RWT SHIRAZ 2005 750 107.6 133.95 -26.35
589812 PÉREZ CRUZ RESERVA SYRAH 2006 750 20.8 24.95 -4.15
597880 PALACIOS REMONDO PROPIEDAD 2005 750 35.1 29.95 5.15
669671 CLOS DU MARQUIS 2004 750 57.4 70.95 -13.55
695049 ANGOVE'S NINE VINES GRENACHE/SHIRAZ ROSÉ 2008 750 10.35 11.95 -1.6
930255 LENZ MOSER BEERENAUSLESE PRESTIGE 2006 375 14.1 16.95 -2.85
938225 KATNOOK ESTATE SHIRAZ 2004 750 24.8 29.95 -5.15
968123 WOLF BLASS PLATINUM LABEL SHIRAZ 2005 750 91.75 113.95 -22.2
975359 VIÑA CARMEN NATIVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 750 16.8 19.95 -3.15
Nothing stands out as being a must buy. What's the difference between a delist and a bin end?

Continuing with the theme of this thread, Summerhill has about half dozen bottles of 2001 Leoville Barton for about $78 which is a good price for this wine and 2001 was a good vintage.
I loved the PÉREZ CRUZ RESERVA SYRAH and was thinking of stocking up, guess I should do that now.

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