A former high school classmate and cherished old friend when reconnecting with Roger through Facebook quoted the old saying: "When God closes a door, he opens a window." The years have seen a number of life changes for us that make that adage ring true. After being blessed with good fortune, a wonderful son and great experiences, we decided to look out that window and prepare for more of what this wonderful life has to offer. We hope through our blog to share our journey from this point forward with family, with friends and with many others. Hopefully we'll make some new friends along the way. We hope you find our tales of some interest, even amusement and perhaps an inspiration for you to treat each and every day as an opportunity and an adventure to share with those who are an important part of your life.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ecuadorian Wine of the Week

One of our xpadorian friends politely reminded me that The Wine Guy had been somewhat remiss about posting a retail wine reccomendation for his fellow Cuencanos as he promised to do with some regularity.

Disculpe me! OK, here goes: For you lovers of good full bodied red wine, but with a preference, as well, for smoother rounder tannins, keep an eye out for Montes Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere blend. It is typically about 70% cab and 30% carmenere. Montes is a renown Chilean winery that produces Montes Alpha, a consistently good South Amerivan Cabernet Sauvignon that frequently earns trade ratings in the 90 point and plus range. The blend is a well balanced wine and its wise usage of the carmenere grape makes us understand why carmenere was once almost as common in bordeaux blends as merlot (that was way way back when...less than 200 acres of Camenere is grown in all of France today and I've onlyread about two bordeaux that have small amounts of camenere in still remains on the list of red grapes on the approved list).

I've seen this wine at La Taberna, Taxi and Zona Mayor with pricing that has ranged from $15 to $19 per bottle. It is worth the price particularly if you air the win out for 30 minutes. If any of our readers in the US stumble across this wine, I would appreciate knowing where and at what price as well as your thoughts as to the taste.


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