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Jul 22, 2009 08:27 AM

where to find icewine in toronto?

Please, help me. thanks a lot.

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  1. in pretty much any LCBO outlet ?

    LCBO = provincial alcool monopoly.

    1. Yeah, the LCBO is the only game in town.

      But maybe you can find some lower priced icewine in the little wine store by the door of most Loblaw stores. In the end even these are controlled by the LCBO.


      1. You could also always take a day-trip down to a Niagara winery. Probably a lot more fun than going to the LCBO, and perhaps you'll get to sample. :o)

        1. As others have said, there is only one game in town, and that is the state monopoly store LCBO whose website currently list about 75 ice wines -- see

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          1. re: Gussie Finknottle

            The LCBO is not the "state" monopoly store. Its the provincial monopoly of Ontario. LCBO stands for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Other provinces have their own regulations for the sale of alcohol.


            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

              One of the definitions of *state,* even here in Canada, is civil government (think church vs. state, heads of state, etc.). In the province of Quebec, the SAQ and all other government corporations are subject to the Act Respecting the Governance of State-Owned Enterprises. Gussie may well have been using the term in that sense.

              1. re: carswell


                I certainly understand the definition of state. However, that term could be misleading for someone not familiar with the sale of alcohol in Canada, which is a provincial jurisdiction. Its been confused on chowhound many, many times.


                1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                  Sorry if I upset you by using the term state instead of province to refer to government of Ontario; but I doubt anyone was confused.

                  The important part is that Ontario operates a monopoly on the sale of wine, and the choice and supply of wine is in the hands of civil servants.

                  As such, the questionner Julia has no choice in Toronto. If she was expecting hints about the best shop or place to get best prices she can forget it. It is the lousy LCBO or nothing, because there is no competition.

                  The only alternative is to drive up to the winelands and buy direct from a winery.

                  1. re: Gussie Finknottle

                    You didn't upset me Gussie-don't think there was any indication of that in my post? Just being clear on the use of the word state, that's all.

          2. You can also pick up Magnotta ice wines (and all their other wines as well) from a Magnotta outlet. The biggest one is, I believe, in Vaughan - someplace up in the Highway 7 and Hwy 400 area. Sorry I can't remember the exact location but you can easily google it up. They have a range of ice wines and late harvest wines available. The prices are a little better than the LCBO selection, but I can't say how the quality compares.