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Christmas wine shopping

Posted by hitnerwine on December 3, 2011 at 5:05 PM

This is the time of year when LCBO stores are the most busy, with people flocking to buy wine for presents and to enjoy over the Christmas season.

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I was at the Avenue Road outlet south of the 401 this afternoon, and it was fairly busy, though perfectly manageable. The trick is to know exactly what you want to buy before arriving at the store. Some people even bring lists with them, while others prefer to simply explore the shelves. In the end, there is no wrong way to shop.

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Another good thing to remember is, when seeking out the more popular bottlings, those more likely to be sold out, head to the smaller LCBO outlets. Usually, at the big stores like Summerhill, Bayview, or Queen's Quay, they sell out right away, especially if they have been highly recommended by a wine critic. However, if you go to a smaller store, you'll have a better chance of picking up what you want.

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