Arthur Sellers Bulletin Archive
The LCBO’s on-line ordering system ‘LCBO.com’ is currently experiencing real growing pains … to put it mildly. It can take more than two months to transfer stock from one part of their warehouse to another (so that the wine can actually be ordered on-line). But, worse, the LCBO has ‘suspended’ all new winery orders for the program! We intended to place an order for the superb 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape and the magnificent 2017 Lirac and Rhône from Domaine Roger Sabon this week, but the LCBO will not allow us to do so. And, the LCBO won’t tell us when we will be able to once again place orders. This raises yet another issue. Our wineries won’t hold their inventories forever to accommodate the struggles of the LCBO. This is particularly true of the stock of the superb 2017 Rhônes which are in very, very short supply. This is really going to test the depth of our relationships with them.
Is this the death knell for the LCBO’s on-line beverage alcohol service? Not likely. The market demands it and the retail consumer ordering and delivery part of the program seems to have worked well. All we can do is sit back and wait. Not a good situation.
In the meantime, we still have some stellar wines available at LCBO.com. It is hard to believe that seven bottles of the beautiful 2016 Palon Vacqueyras and fifteen bottles of the glorious 2016 Giuliani Châteauneuf du Pape are still there! But they are. Please check our homepage for the others.
2016 Domaine Palon Vacqueyras Rouge – 15.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 479377 $29.95/$179.70 per 6 bottle case
2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge - 15.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492321 $42.75 the bottle
It would be really spiffy if you would pass this note on to anyone you think might be interested in some very, very good Southern Rhônes.
Many thanks and cheers!
Jim, Hélène and Kate