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Wait a minute!!?? What happened to LCBO's much touted eCommerce site that's suppose to revolutionize the way wine is purchased in Ontario? How good could it be that old fashion snail mail catalogues are arriving first? Or maybe they are only using the Internet for those once in a lifetime special exclusive offers of very overpriced Bordeaux? Roll Eyes
I think the issue of increasing prices is a concern as the price spread between LCBO and US continue to grow. Even wines that have historically been reasonably priced at LCBO such as some Australians, Italians and Rhones are no longer the case. You can still find the odd "bargain" but they're becoming more and more rare.

I'm not sure if there's an end to these price increases but the good wines do continue to sell out, so I guess we're not at the ceiling of tolerance yet.
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Originally posted by Stevey:
I think the issue of increasing prices is a concern as the price spread between LCBO and US continue to grow. Even wines that have historically been reasonably priced at LCBO such as some Australians, Italians and Rhones are no longer the case. You can still find the odd "bargain" but they're becoming more and more rare.

I'm not sure if there's an end to these price increases but the good wines do continue to sell out, so I guess we're not at the ceiling of tolerance yet.
I agree.

[Someone lead me to that sigh graemlin]
Just picked up the catalogue from the FCP store today. Wow... just wow!... I mean the outrageous prices. I usually shop at K&L in the LA area whenever I'm down in the US, so lets just take a few samples from LCBO Classics that I may have purchased and compare:

2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Boisrenard:
LCBO = $72
K&L = $40

2003 Scavino Bric Del Fiasc:
LCBO = $125
K&L = $88

2004 Almaviva:
LCBO = $85
K&L = $50

I stopped checking after these and I didn't even bother with bordeaux since I already know LCBO prices them in the stratosphere.

You have to add California state tax of about 7%, but the difference is still enormous.

The Yalumba Muscat Reserve is interesting. The 375mL was selling at PJ Wines in Manhattan a while back for $15 (it sold out pretty quickly though) and is $25 in the Classics catalogue. I still might jump at $25 to give it a try, but that's probably about it.

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