My wife and I love wine. Red wine. We enjoy sharing a glass.
I decided to go out an buy a couple handfuls of wine. Three bottles. Probably will last a month or two. Here's three that I recommend. They are very different from each other, but I'll tell you why you should have them on your table.
Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.
Red wine from Chile. This red wine is big and bold. Intense aromas of red fruits. Plum and cherry notes with a little honey following. It's a fruit-forward wine, but complex. Flavors of red, ripe, juicy berries with some taste of pencil lead. Medium tannins and good structure. Full-bodied. Smooth finish.
Root: 1 Cabernet pairs well with grilled or roasted red meat. Try duck, lamb, or roasted chicken. Use a meat stock and serve with mushrooms. The rich flavors will complement dishes like like. I like to sip before dinner with some hard salami and one or two mild cheeses.
The grapes for Root:1 are hand picked from two regions of Chile, the Maipo and Colchagua.
Ca' de Calle, Mendoza, 2011.
This red wine has a deep purple, violet color. It's a blend of mostly Malbec, with Cabernet Sauvignon and some Petit Verdot. Nose of toasted plumbs, chocolate, toast, and dried tomato. A medium body with finish of vanilla cream and spiced apple. Rich and full. Fine tannins. Balanced. Soft finish.
Cline, Zinfandel, Ancient Vines, 2012.
This red wine is big, bold and with ripe strawberries and coffee with hints of chocolate. Soft tannins coats the mouth. Complex depth of flavor. Vanilla oak character. Finish is long lasting.
Nice pairing with pasta, tomato sauce and grilled red meats.
Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists.
Good marketing name and label. Every day drinking wine. Nothing very special. It's an inexpensive, California pinot. Good wine to drink in the summer.
In the glass, it shows a medium reddish-purple color. A lightweight. Delicate.
You smell a little strawberry fruit content.
The taste is a bit thin. A hint of spice. It's not a French Pinot Noirs with smoke and violets. The flavors seem level, but has some points of black cherry. Finishes well. Lingers with an earthy slide. Not very exciting, but quite drinkable.
We paired it with some beef and some heavy buttery sauces. And a big sweet potato. Or do a pumpkin puree.
Do you have a fear of limitation? Do you feel that you can do more, but aren't? Are you limiting yourself in some way?
Many men limit themselves. They don't know what they can really do, because they have never explored their limitations, never fulfilling their maximum capacity.
For example, think about your work or your relationship with your lover or children. Are your fears of contributing more stop you from living a more enjoyable life? Is it possible that you could be making more money in a new, more enjoyable way? Could your relationship with your wife be better--much better? Are your kids growing up thinking how amazing their dad is?
Somewhere in between where you are right now and where you can imagine really enjoying everything in your life is a limit. A limitation. A place where you stop short, don't fully engage, don't risk putting yourself out there, and listen to the fear.
Or maybe you don't mind the limitations. Maybe you're watching enough TV to drown out your fears and make yourself comfortable. Maybe you've deluded yourself enough, and you're not even thinking about expressing yourself in giving your best gifts to the world. You're essentially dead and uninspired, and that's okay with you. Yes?
Well, then maybe a change will do you good. If you are aware of your fears of being limited, taking risks, and not fully enjoying your life, your work, lover, wife and children, then maybe a change in lifestyle is what you need. Consider how you earn your money. Some men choose work that is comfortable, work they know they can do well. They feel secure. They invested 10 years into a career, and they're afraid to let it go, even if it means living with having very little interest in doing anything amazing. No risk. Does that sound like you?
Yes? Then, my suggestion is to not hang back. Don't play dead.
Give of ourself so much that it feels scary. Work hard at giving. Push your limits. Trust in yourself that you can earn more money, make more friends, be a great dad, and love your woman even more. And, if you feel "comfortable" in your work, then consider that you might not be doing your best.
A superior man is always pushing limits. It's physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting at times. That's called growth. And don't fear exhaustion. It's a mature man's reward.