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.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Time for more picks from The Wine Guy!

The Wine Guy

OK, we took time off from the hectic schedule of retiring (Boy...who knew that was going to be such hard work!!!) and headed to the coast for much needed R&R.  We shared some wonderful time with five close friends and got to do some beach combing and whale watching.  We'll share some coastal observations (and photos) later on in the week ahead.

Anyway, it's been a while since we made some wine recommendations, so here are three red and one white wine purchases that The Wine Guy has made and enjoyed recently here in Cuenca.  A couple of these wines have been reviewed in further detail on Roger's wine blog:

The wines are:

San Felipe Roble Malbec:  a nice smooth Argentinean Malbec with a long lingering finish.  I was lucky enough to find an older vintage (2005) and it had aged quite nicely.

Miguel Torres Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva:  Some great cabernets have been coming out of Chile and Argentina and for us in Ecuador, they make a more affordable alternative to the highly taxed imports from Napa Valley and Washington that we were used to in the states.  The Torres family are great worldwide winemakers in addition to being Spain (and one of Europe's) leading winemaking family.

Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere:  Carmenere has become Chile's signature wine grape for the simple reason that it grows so uniquely well there and the Chileans have learned how to make great use of it.  In this case, that great use is in rounding out an excellent cabernet sauvignon.

Santa Julia Fuzion:  A very nice white wine blend that adds Chenin Blanc to Chardonnay.  Try this refreshing white well-chilled with some grilled langostinos and you've got a real treat!

Hope you find these worth exploring.  I would welcome input from any of my Ecuadorian friends and readers on your wine discoveries here in the land South of Zero.  Email

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