Best local wines under $20

Calamus Estate’s 150 eh Red

Our series on the best Niagara wines under $20 and not in the LCBO continues, as we take a quick trip to picturesque Jordan Station and taste a delicious drop at Calamus Winery.

Article by Thomas Reid

As proud as we all are of this great country, by this point, after all the build up and the final crescendo on 1 July, perhaps we’re all a little over the commercializing of our nations’ 150th birthday. Before you go throwing the baby out with the bathwater though, try Calamus Estate’s 150 eh Red.

Calamus Estate Winery 150 eh Red

 

This Bordeaux style red blend is a combination of 61 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 percent Merlot, and 15 percent Cabernet Franc. It has aromas of cherry, vanilla and black pepper on the nose and blackberry and spice on the palate. Certainly not a wine with body enough to stand up against your Sunday roast lamb, this is more of a midweek wine paired best with spaghetti Bolognese, pizza with spicy salami or veggie lasagna. Also an excellent sipping wine if you just feel like a glass of red!

Calamus Estate Winery in Jordan Station, Niagara Region

 

Despite its release for the big celebration in 2016, Calamus Estate’s 150 eh Red is a 2013 vintage that has been lovingly aged in French oak for 28 months. It’s somewhat rare to find a great value red with some age in this magical sub-$20 price point, which makes the 150 eh Red all the more appealing with its $15.95 price tag.

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Other noteworthy Calamus wines that are under $20 include their 100 percent riesling 2013 150 eh White ($13.75), 2016 Pinot Grigio Reserve ($19.95), and 2013 Cabernet Franc ($19.95). None of which are available in the liquor store.


The rundown

Calamus Estate’s 150 eh Red ($15.95)

  • 28 Months in French Oak
  • Alcohol Content: 13.6%
  • Sugar content: 3 g/l

Website calamuswines.com

Location 3100 Glen Rd, Jordan Station, ON L0R 1S0