Archive for September, 2007


“Life is too short to drink bad wine.”

     — Anonymous


Posted: September 30th, 2007
at 1:16pm by Risqué

Categories: Quaffable Quips

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O’Brien Estate 2005 Seduction Meritage

Risqué must share this story although the real focus is the wine, the Restaurant truly bares mentioning as well.  Risqué and some of his favorite lushes were dining at Copleys, in Palm Springs California, an amazing fresco semi-patio style but very cozy California Cuisine restaurant (former Cary Grant Estate).  While devouring their decadent Herb Roasted Lamb Rack (all the herbs are grown on site!), Risqué and entourage were giving themselves over to the gentle ravages of a delicious seduction.  Risqué knows what you’re thinking.. but this Seduction is a brilliant Meritage produced by O’Brien Estates.

O’Brien 2005 Seduction Meritage

This single vineyard luscious muscular Napa Bordeaux’esque blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot hales from the Oak Knoll District. It is luscious royal purple to the very edge and comes on strong with huge plum, blue and blackberry fruit and spice.  Rich and silky tannins support a structure seduced with toasty French oak and the finish is an afterglow bathed in a lingering Vanilla and pencil shavings.

Take some gentle time with this and let it open for about an hour before surrendering to it’s seduction.   You can lay your hands on this gorgeous libation directly at…   www.seductionwine.comMake sure to click on the {Equality CA} Button when ordering as 20% of sales go to Equality California… so drink your way to fair and better future!!!!   

The O’Brien’s are lovely people…. Please let them know Risqué sent you!!!



Posted: September 30th, 2007
at 9:40am by Risqué

Categories: Cuisine,Wine

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Quaffable Quip

“From wine what sudden friendship springs!”

    — John Gay, English Homosexual Writer 1685 – 1732
           (Most famous work:  Beggar’s Opera)


Posted: September 21st, 2007
at 1:24pm by Risqué

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Caravaggio’s BACCHUS

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, c.1596
Oil on canvas (95 × 85 cm)

Risqué Sommelier’s premier for our regular art focus had to be probably the most famous of all paintings associated with lush excess and wine…The god of exactly that.. youthful Bacchus.

Bacchus and Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) had a great deal in common.  They were both men of raucous character, driven by their passions, both with legendary gay trysts such as Caravaggio’s affair with Giovanni Battista and Bacchus’ with Adonis.

Caravaggio’s works mocked the constraints of the art world of his time… He mortalized the heroic and sacred… giving them grungy fingernails, filthy feet surrounded with rotting fruit as well as strong sensual overtones if not outright homoerotic.  He utilized prostitute friends as models for sacred paintings and certainly brought the god Bacchus into a less than idealistic realm… far more mortal, one to which he could relate. 

Caravaggio certainly understood the realities and frailties of renaissance life as paralleled with the mythos of the Greek and Roman Pantheon.  But both Caravaggio and Bacchus have had immeasurable influence on the world with their respective gifts… one with art… one with wine…  Certainly our motivation for Risqué Sommelier must be that… life is too short to not luxuriate in all the finest the gods have to offer! 

To Bacchus!  To Wine!  To Life!


Posted: September 5th, 2007
at 12:49pm by Risqué

Categories: Arté

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