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Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Attempts at Humor, Food, Retirement, Tips | 20 comments

Coming Out of the CLOSet

Coming Out of the CLOSet


I have a confession…I must come out of the CLOS’et. That’s right, I now drink a cheap box-wine called Clos.  There are many, more expensive, choices of wine here but I think it will always be Clos for me. Let me explain how I got here.

Clos but no Cigar!

Before we moved to Costa Rica, my wife and I both had stressful lives but along with the stress came a nice disposable income…did I mention that we by-passed the whole kid thing? So, there was never a worry about coming home late, going out or hiring a sitter.  So we ate and drank well, ok that might confuse you – we did not drink well, we drank top shelf. So, the wine we chose for dinner almost always came in a bottle and if not it came in a wineglass or two. When we moved to Costa Rica we gave up that life of stress, worry, along with, incredible food, wine and yes, a nice cigar from time to time.

Now we have a fixed income….no, that is wrong. We have a fixed amount of money and our old ways have to stop for the new way to survive.  What is one to do? Luckily, when we got here to Costa Rica a friend in a trench coat said, “psst – want some wine?” to us and we listened and were introduced to Clos – Chilean Box Wine.


It’s not Good Wine but It’s Clos!

So yes, I am a cheap, box-wine drinker. Clos costs about 2300 Colones for a liter on sale or just over $5 for a LITER.  Reminds me of high school days and $2 bottles of Boones Farm, Strawberry Hill – sorry mom.  For that small sum, the wine even comes in more flavors than just Blanco and Rojo; you can get it in, Blanco, Merlot or Cabernet.  There might be another flavor or 2 that I don’t know of as well. The crazy thing is – in all honesty; it is a very drinkable, everyday table wine.

So there, I said it. Now you know my deepest, darkest secret.

In Clos’ing

You know, I am getting emails about the HOW post. How did we freakin’ move here – here is the short answer – by plane, of course. But seriously, the post above, if you remove the attempt at humor, gets you Clos…ok, ok…is a sneak peak at the HOW. It’s coming, sometime… but you may be disappointed in its simplicity. Plus, I am enjoying these “Fun” posts. Those that know me, know that this is more ME than the “serious” and informative posts I have written thus far, but I sure did appreciate the serious and informative posts when we were researching our move here so, hopefully I can find a happy medium and contribute both types of posts.

Bonus points to you for putting more Clos jokes in the comments.

Hasta Luego,


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Greg Seymour is a quitter. At 41 Greg and his wife Jen quit their jobs, sold damn near everything they owned and became Intentionally Unemployed and retired early to Costa Rica.
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  1. Man your last few post’s have certainly made me chuckle. i struggle with the wine issue as well….my now favorite is the Sangria in a box right clos to your fave!

    • LOL – Thanks Kim. We have not tried the sangria but will need to give it a shot next time we see it.

  2. CLOSe, but no cigar for me baby. Too expensive for my pura vida!! Loved the post.

  3. Don’t Clos the door on Argentina! There are some very drinkable wines from that country as well that occasionally find their way onto the shelves here. Not all the time – so buy a bunch when you see them.

    (That piece of advice “buy a bunch” is good to remember for anything you really enjoy, because if it isn’t “made in Costa Rica”, stores can tend to run out of it very quickly and remain out of it until the next boat arrives, which can become a very long time.)

    • Jaja, Lair – nice job. Thanks for reading and commenting with a great tip.

  4. This was fun to read. Tell Jen that I will not tell my son, Steve, who lives in San Francisco and LOVES his wine, that you are drinking it out of a box 🙂

    • Thanks Mary, thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoyed it. I will tell Jen and thanks for keeping our secret.

  5. you were once what we called “the dinks”, Duel Income No Kids…….now you’re no income ,box wine drinkers….what could be better

    • Good one Jim…I thought and thought about a clever acronym for our current state, but nothing.

      • How about “WINKs” …. Without Income No Kids….? Simple change on DINKs

  6. Love the up clos and personal story about the whine……I am wanting to find a nice Reisling…so far can’t locate it in a bottle, box or can, would even try it in a plastic squeeze container like the Mayo here…..I feel your pain, getting used to a “fixed income” on a previously upper income salary, well that takes some getting used to. I will have to examine that CLOISly.

    • LOL – thanks for adding to the Clos phrase-lexicon Marlene. Have not seen (or really looked for)any reisling. My wife likes that type, me not so much. I think the trade off of lower stress and beautiful views is a good one to the loss of income – I can’t imagine going back.

  7. Love this post!
    I wish I had stock in CLOS!
    I admit, the “red CLOS” is a must on my grocery list! Though I find now that Iam not alone, it often sells out all over Liberia.
    An interesting note: I used tomwork with a tico who struggled to learn English.. Funny though, when he drank a couple of (large) glasses of CLOS rojo, he suddenly could speak English with no problem! Seriously!


    • Thanks Wendy. Often times it is out of stock here as well so we load up when we can. I believe you about the Tico – the wine can definitely loosen the tongue.

  8. I laughed out loud when I saw this post. We also have been introduced to CLOS wine. Didn’t anticipate making a CLOS friend in a boxed wine but the options for inexpensive drinkable wines in Ecuador is limited. Sometimes when we head into the supermarket we have found the entire section of boxed CLOS wine completely empty.

    • Thanks Jen – this was a fun post to write. We have experienced the empty or Clos to empty Clos shelf as well. There is a saying here…if you see something you like at the store – buy as much as you can as it may not be there the next time you shop. Best of luck in Ecuador.

  9. Awesome! Clos is our staple too! It seems to have been cheapest in Nicaragua, at $3 and most expensive in Colombia, at $7 <– whaaaa?? And I hate to say it, but beware the longterm use of Clos! Now don't get me wrong. I'm a fan. Clos is my dawg… but I have noticed over the course of 2 years that 2 glasses is my limit per day unless I want to feel like my stomach has been stripped and wrung out.

    • Haha – yes, clos in doses! It ranges here from $5 a liter to $6. It has been $6 of late – I am guessing to make up for losses due to holy week.


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