Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fabiano Valpolicella Classico Superiore

Really tasty, a nice sipping wine.

Tasting notes: Garnet colour, Aromas of sour cherry and spices; dry, medium-bodied, soft and silky red displays intriguing flavours of ripe cherry; long-lasting finish.

$18.95 at the LCBO.

The LCBO responded to my enquiry about why the wines promoted as 'Best Buys' in Bon Appetit magazine's December issue are so much more expensive here... if they are even available in Ontario at all.

Here's an excerpt (for full reponse click 'comments' below):

You have asked about cross-jurisdictional price differences for the
products you have identifed. By way of explaining these, we would first like to note that our retail prices are based on prices charged to us by our suppliers. To these supplier prices, standard federal taxes and provincial markups and taxes are applied. We have attached a copy ofour current Pricing Examples to illustrate them. We do not have details of the tax structures that apply to beverage alcohol in the various U.S. states.
However, the differential in prices you have cited is likely due to a difference
in the tax structure applied to wines in Ontario versus that applied to wines in
the U.S. state or states in which the magazine has sourced its prices... The
profits from the sale of our products are turned over to the provincial
government. These revenues help pay for Ontario's roads, schools, hospitals
and other important social programs and infrastructure projects.

Good, at least I know some of the money is being put to good use.

1 comment:

Diane said...

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the pricing and availability of
wine you had seen in Bon Appetit magazine.

The readership of Bon Appetit magazine is based mainly in the United
States where the magazine is published. As a result, the wines it
profiles tend to be primarily those available in the United States. The
distribution and sale of beverage alcohol in the Canada and the United
States is administered by liquor authorities each province or state. As
a result, product selection can and will vary from jurisdiction to
jurisdiction. A given wine may be sold in one state or province but not
necessarily another. As a result, while there will be certain products
available in a given U.S. state but not in Ontario, there will also be
products available in Ontario that may not be found in other
jurisdictions in Canada or the U.S. While we offer a range of Nero
D'Avolas, we do not currently offer one from the supplier Archeo that
you have identified.

You have asked about cross-jurisdictional price differences for the
products you have identifed. By way of explaining these, we would first
like to note that our retail prices are based on prices charged to us by
our suppliers. To these supplier prices, standard federal taxes and
provincial markups and taxes are applied. We have attached a copy of
our current Pricing Examples to illustrate them. We do not have details
of the tax structures that apply to beverage alcohol in the various U.S.
states. However, the differential in prices you have cited is likely
due to a difference in the tax structure applied to wines in Ontario
versus that applied to wines in the U.S. state or states in which the
magazine has sourced its prices. We are unable to offer additional
information about the differential for the Banrock Station Shiraz as we
do not know where Bon Appetit sourced the price for the wine and if it
represents a standard price in the jurisdiction used. The profits from
the sale of our products are turned over to the provincial government.
These revenues help pay for Ontario's roads, schools, hospitals and
other important social programs and infrastructure projects.

We assure you that the LCBO is committed to providing its customers with
a wide range of wines that offer excellent value for money at all price
points. For example, we believe that we offer some outstanding-value
low-priced Italian, Portuguese, French and Ontario wines where the
prices have remained relatively stable over the years.

Our products are selected from submissions by agents who undertake to
promote their products in the Ontario market. We have reduced the price
floor for new wine submissions from countries, such as Portugal,
Australia and South Africa that are producers of value-priced wines.
For example, the minimum selling price for Portuguese wine submissions
is now $6.95 for a 750-millilitre bottle, which is $3.00 less than last
year's minimum of $9.95. We have also reduced the minimum selling price
for wine submissions from South Africa and Australia to $7.95, $3.00
less than last year's minimum of $10.95. The $6.95 minimum will also be
applied to Cellared in Canada wine submissions from Ontario wineries.

You can review the range of wines we offer under $10 by using our
product engine at
http://www.lcbo.com/products/productsearch.shtml

You can locate by product type by selecting the "Product Browse" option.
For our value-priced wines, we recommend clicking on the "LCBO Only"
radio button. You select your preferences from the series of drop-down
menus. Using these menus you may make your list as broad or as specific
as you wish. For instance, once you choose "wine" as the product type
and "Under $10" as the Product Price (point). If you click on the
"Search for Products" button it will provide a list of products that
match your criteria. When you click on a product's name it will provide
further details and tasting notes, where available, and our Store
Inventory tool to identify stores offering the product and their
inventory. From the Store Inventory tool, you can select either the
default of "All Cities" or a specific community from the drop-down box.
When you click on the "Find Stores" button, a list is generated of the
stores that match your criteria. You can re-sort the list of stores by
community by clicking on the work "City" at the heading of the City
column. We recommend that you contact the stores to confirm
up-to-the-moment inventory. While some of the wines are discontinued
items, the list of wines generated contains many selections. In order
to manage the size of the results rendered, our search engine returns a
maximum of 200 listings. The review all of the 654 listings (as of
December 30), we recommend refining your searches by Country of Origin
or Product Category (i.e. Red Wine, White Wine, etc.)

We hope this information will be of assistance to you. If you have any
questions about the operation of the search engine or would like our
assistance in locating products please contact us at infoline@lcbo.com
or at 416-365-5900 or 1-800-668-5226.

Thank you for taking time to contact us in this matter.

Peter Morfitt
Information Officer, LCBO Infoline
1 Yonge Street, 11th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E5
T: (416) 365-5900 or 1-800-668-5226
F: 416-864-2596
E: infoline@lcbo.com

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