During these difficult times, and trying to minimize my contact with crowds, I have become a fan of online shopping through the LCBO. My overall results have been favourable and my selections are not limited to the products available at any particular store.
My closest liquor store is located in a small town about 10 km. from where I live. For obvious reasons the selection of items available there is rather limited. However, online shopping provides me with a full range of products that I can order and then pick up at my local store. The online price is the same as the in store price and all orders of $50 or more are shipped free of charge.
Online shopping provides other opportunities as well. Many Canadian wineries offer websites with online ordering capability. If you have a favourite wine that you can’t purchase locally, you may find that it is available direct from the winery via their website. There is no price difference whether you pick the wine up at the winery or order it from their website. Many wineries offer free shipping with a minimum size order.
There are several online companies that also make both Canadian and international wines available online. These companies work on a different premise than wine clubs (see my post from October 3, 2020). These companies simply provide a wide selection of wines for sale at varying prices. In order to get free shipping you may have to buy up to 12 bottles, though they don’t need to be all of the same type of wine.
Although it isn’t common, bottles may arrive broken. However, if it does occur, the provider will replace or refund any portion of your order that was damaged. An extra advantage of dealing with the LCBO is that if goods were damaged on arrival at the store they are replaced before you pick up your order. No fuss no muss.