I have a rule of thumb when it comes to choosing a bottle of wine for the first time: any wine highly rated by Decanter is good. If you are unsure what to get, look for bottles with a round Decanter sticker on them and you can be confident in your purchase. And good news: most LCBO stores will have quite a few such bottles.
Alas, not all such wines rated by Decanter bear their sticker. And yes it can be a lot of work trying to find them at all. Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily find them in the store near you?
Well there is a way you can do that: with your browser. To do this, first go to the LCBO website (lcbo.com) and pick your local store (or a store you plan to go to).
Once you do that, enter the following URL in your browser (from https all the way to [true]):
What you will get back are wines in your local LCBO store rated highly by Decanter magazine. With bigger stores like the one at Yonge and Summerhill in Toronto I got over 30 results back, with many around the $20 price point.
If you are cost conscious, enter this version in your browser:
It will return the same list but sorted with the lower cost ones listed first.
There are lots of ratings and plenty of ways to find a good wine at the LCBO. I find this way works great for me. Perhaps you find the same thing for you.
P.S. You can play around with other rating groups. For example, Wine Enthusiast is also associated with wine in the LCBO and many of them are at an attractive lower price point. To see what I mean, enter this: