Caleta Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

$9.95 at the LCBO

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Having yet to select a wine for this week, I sampled a few on Friday night at a dinner held to thank the fantastic copy editors at The Varsity. One I tried was the Caleta Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, a mix of two different grapes, Cab Sauv and Merlot, from two different countries, Chile and Canada. So that you don’t make the same mistake as I, remember this $10 wine snob haiku:

Grapes from two countries

Do not belong in one wine

Avoid like the plague

But seriously, there are fantastic under-$10 wines from both Chile and Canada. Mixing the two grapes, in the case of Caleta, is about as obnoxious as setting up a nativity scene in a synagogue. It just shouldn’t be done. This is a simple and unexciting wine, acceptable for a party, but not much else.

This wine is available at the Wine Rack, but not the LCBO. If you listen to our critic, though, you probably won’t try too hard to track this one down.