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LUSH-A-LICOUS 2010

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Posted: May 24th, 2010
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LUSH-A-LICOUS 2010

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Posted: April 28th, 2010
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A SWIRLING WINE AFFAIR

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Risqué was pleased to join Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines, in a wine tasting at Napa Valley Valley Grille in Westwood where he imbibed in Chef Joseph Gillard’s incredible pairings with Inman Family Wines…

The pairing…simply to die for!!!

Hors d’oeuvres

“Little Farm” Membrillo Glazed Heritage Pork Belly…which had Freeze Dried Pomegranate Seeds
Pan-Seared Diver Scallop and Organic Prosciutto…and Watermelon Zest
Wild Mushroom Fritters with Truffle Aioli
Paired with Inman Pinot Gris 2007 Russian River Valley

First Course

Rosé Poached Pear and rosé syrup and buratta cheese
Paired with Inman Rosé of Pinot Noir 2008 “Endless Crush” Russian River Valley

Main Course

Salmon Creek Farm Roasted Heritage Pork Loin and roasted farmer’s roots vegetables
Paired with Inman “OGV” 2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Also poured glasses of the Thorn Ridge Ranch 2006 and 2007 Pinot Noir

Cheese Course

Farmstead Artisan Cheese “Little Farm” membrillo, mostardo and homemade digestive crackers
Paired with the Inman 2006 Russian River Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

Risqué , befuddled that some of his Risqué LUSHES did not make it to the swirling wine affair, shrugged his shoulders, sighed and continued cavorted with his new Risqué LUSHES!

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Posted: December 16th, 2009
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VINO JACKPOT!

AVANT's Tasting Room

AVANT, the latest State-of-the-Art Tapas and Wine bar in Buellton, California is where Risqué chose to socialize last Saturday, as he did what he loves most… partake of the reward of the Gods! One of Risqué’s Winemaker LUSHES, Nick Morello, opened the doors to this innovative establishment only a couple weeks ago where they pour 32 different and amazing wines served alongside delectable inspired Tapas.

AVANT's Wine Dispensers

What makes AVANT State-of-the-Art are the machines that dispense their wines. Just like Risqué’s favorite slot machines, one inserts their card given to them by the staff into the machine. Fortunately, AVANT has a description of each wine so the anticipating Oenophile (or Novice) is able to make an almost sure bet/selection as to what wine will bring the most payoffs by selecting a 1 oz. taste, half glass sample or full glass indulgence.

Nick Morello and Chef Chris Warrick

And just like Risqué’s favorite gambling den, the amount you invest/consume is tracked on the card. Of course, this can be a surprise for a satiated LUSH as to how much were the spoils when the card is swiped and totaled on the computer register before departure.

After Risqué played his luck on the Vino Jackpot machines, he ventured on to amuse his palate with Chef Chris Warrick’s wine pairing special where he paired his creativity with some of Imagine’s prize wines.

AVANT's Tapas Special

Chef Chris paired…

Imagine 2008 Chardonnay with a slice of Robiola Bosnia cheese …perrrfect with the butteriness of the Chardonnay!

Imagine 2006 Viognier with Shrimp Crostini and Chimichurri …delightful complement where the Viognier is a nice counterbalance to the garlicky Chimichurri. Wow!!

Imagine 2006 Pinot Noir with Grilled Shrimp tightly wrapped in Serrano ham …the Berries, cinnamon and nutmeg in the Pinot enhances the saltiness of the ham and sweetness in the shrimp.

Imagine 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with some slices of Barolo Sausage …black cherries, currants and a hint of chocolate contend with the salt and spice of the sausage. Amazing!!

Risqué was a bit confused as to where AVANT was located as the GPS on Risqué’s M5 only told him so much… Risqué offers the following advice… “Just go gaily forward to the backside” as AVANT is located behind the Terravant facility. Nick assured Risqué that better signage will prevail soon as Risqué tantalizes his LUSHES to visit AVANT’s Vino . AVANT is located at 59 Industrial Way H, Buellton CA.

Risqué recommends to all his LUSHES that they hit the machines at AVANT and win big with a Vino Jackpot!!!

More info about AVANT can be found in the Santa Barbara Independent, on Twitter and AVANTS website which will be up later this week.

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Posted: October 28th, 2009
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PILLOW TALK

Pillow Rd. Vineyard 2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

During a recent trip to Napa, Risqué visited the restaurant PRESS where he met up with some favorite LUSHES who… just so happened to work there. The Restaurant, an inviting intimate suave contemporary environment, where Risqué soon made his way to the long wood topped bar. While perusing the wine list, the bartender recommended Pillow Rd.’s 2006 Pinot Noir. Risqué, always taking the bartenders queue, said “Of Course!”

This cushy wine shows a royal tone of ripened plum, leading the subject to enchanting aromas of intense cedar, juicy ripe cherry, a blend of red stone fruits and hints of spearmint. One might expect a volumous fruit bomb from the enticing nose, but one sip comforts the mouth with nicely balanced cherry, soft tannins and a silky structure, beautiful for paring with food. The 2006 Pinot Noir was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels and bottled only 1284 cases.

Risqué paired the 2006 Pinot Noir with PRESS’ Tartare of Hiramasa beef mixed with fresh mango, red chilies, ginger and lime, a delightful pairing with two glasses of Pillow Rd. One of Risqué’s
LUSHES insisted he meet the owner of Pillow Rd. Vineyard who was sitting at a table just behind Risqué and that Risqué must go make his presence known. Again, always taking the queue, Risqué made his way to the table where he introduced himself and met Pillow Rd. Vineyard owner, Patrick Stotesbery and his charming daughter. The delicious conversation made the Pinot Noir even more delightful!!!

Although he is highly experienced in the art of “Pillow Talk”, which is probably not the time to capitalize on this skill, Risqué chose to settling and enjoying his last glass of Pillow Rd. and save the “Downey Chat” for later!

14.3% ($47) Cork Closure

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Posted: September 9th, 2009
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THE MOAN OF ECSTACY

Risqué’s driver delivered Risqué and LUSHES back to the Madrona Manor where they adjourned to the front terrace to sip on multiple bottles of 2005 F&L Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet before the absolutely beyond decadent dining repast prepared for Risqué and LUSHES by Chef Jesse Wiley Mallgren. Madrona Manor boasts one of the most innovative and elegant restaurants in Napa/Sonoma and Chef Mallgren’s no holes barred tasting and wine paring menu did not disappoint. The splendid dinner began with a bottle of Louis Roederer vintage Cristal Champagne on through at least ten courses with a tableside finale of “hand churned -324° F Nitrogen” ice cream sundae. The entire experience was even by Risqué’s very high standards… staggeringly delicious!!!!

After the Chef’s amazing culinary display, the moan of ecstasy resonated from Risqué and his LUSHES while they crawled their ways back to their respective suites promising to meet for the very, very unnecessary breakfast in the morrow.

Risqué’s big romp through Napa and Sonoma had come to a close and besides needing another vacation and possibly a new liver to recover from his last six days he couldn’t have been more pleased with his experiences. His hesitation to let someone else, the amazing Chas at Gay Napa Getaways, plan his trip had long passed. Gay Napa Getaways had provided a level of service and substance that Risqué had previously never experienced and took all of the tediousness out of the planning the week allowing him the opportunity to simply lean back and luxuriate in the experience!

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Posted: August 11th, 2009
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FROM THE KITCHEN SINK…TO RISQUÉ’S HEART!

Seizing the opportunity, Risqué slept in just a bit as the day’s schedule didn’t really get jumping until noon. So after a good nights sleep and slow morning he was ready for a hearty breakfast at the River Inn Grille. Everything including the Kitchen Sink was in it’s namesake omelet along with a bottomless cup of coffee and Risqué was set to get back to wine tasting! Risqué’s driver was soon whisking him through the winding country oak canopied two lane road between Guerneville and Healdsburg, past a multitude of well known wineries but without the time to stop! Perhaps some other day! Risqué’s car pulled through the towering gates of Madrona Manor and drove up the long shaded drive past the manicured gardens to the front of one of the wine country’s most beautiful Inns. The seventeen room mansion was built in 1881 and offers uncompromising service and luxurious period accommodations.

Risqué dropped his bags and headed out with favorite LUSH friends for a delicious alfresco lunch in St. Helena at Chef Pat Kuleto’s (of Boulevard and Jardinière fame) Michelin starred Martini House.

For more details on Lunch at Martini House, check out RisquéSommelier.com.

Risqué made a few more wine tasting stops at Martinelli Vineyards in Windsor, whose vineyard was a turn of the century Hops farm who proudly shared with Risqué their 2006 Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir (94 Points from Robert Parker) and onto Frank Family Vineyards
where Risqué was treated to a relaxed Private office tasting of their entire line up with Risqué favoring the spectacular 2005 Reserve Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and a delectable chocolate covered cherry port which is only available at the winery. Last and certainly not least, Risqué landed at one of his all time favorite Russian River producers, Inman Family Wines where the 2006 Russian River “Meredith” Pinot Noir stole Risqué’s heart!

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Posted: August 4th, 2009
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MAKE IT GAY..MAKE IT GAY..MAKE IT GAY!

Heading further into Sonoma territory, Risqué’s driver delivered him to his evenings accommodations, the Woods Resort centrally located in Guerneville just off the Russian River. The Woods cottages are quaint and homey, sprinkled with period antique furniture, complete with fireplaces and kitchenettes. The lushly landscaped, “men only” clothing optional compound centers on a sunny sparkling pool dotted with scantly clad (or not) males seeking sun and relaxation.


Michael the owner and host is a passionate gardener and takes great pride in the profuse flowers that sequin the resort and add to the “Make it gay… Make it gay.. Make it gay!” ambiance. Just steps from local nightlife, downtown shops and restaurants, the Woods is an ideal location to experience the Russian River.

Ahh… a cocktail! Much need restoration from the journey to Guerneville at the Roadhouse Restaurant bar. The porn star filthy martini had no sooner disappeared when Risqué was introduced to the dashing and welcoming Dawn Ranch Lodge (formerly Fife’s) and Restaurant Owner, Michael who toured Risqué through the century old expansive fifteen acre compound nestled against towering redwoods and private Russian River front beach. Besides all the charming cottages, the resort offers beautiful accommodations for open air weddings and lawn receptions.

Risqué and LUSHES watched the daylight fade into dark from the terrace of the Restaurant while enjoying a custom cut extra thick medium-rare ribeye steak and a wonderful bottle of Merry Edwards Pinot Noir. Risqué would also recommend the acclaimed Applewood Inn as an elegant dining option. The throng of LUSHES partied into the night imbibing in more Bacchus worship at one of Guerneville’s local gay clubs, the Rainbow Cattle Company.

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Posted: July 28th, 2009
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