Archive for December, 2007



Leona Valley Winery 2005 ChardonnayLuxuriating in the Leona Valley Winery’s 2005 Chardonnay makes Risqué think thoughts of scantily clothed or Au Naturel muscular men basking on a golden sandy beach in the warm sun in St. Barts. Risqué recommends this fabulous Chardonnay as an excursion from the dormant days of winter to the aestivating warm relaxing tropics.

Leona Valley Winery 2005 Chardonnay unfolds a nose of island tropical fruit… mango, guava, and fig. The flavors are of toasted French oak, luscious ripe pineapple, Meyer lemon, bananas, vanilla and rich Crème brulee. Once the glass is empty, you can’t help but take in the luring and indulgent scent of butterscotch.

Risqué does love the Tropics… This is a rare vintage as only 150 cases were made of this liquid tropical sunshine. Although the release of 2005 is sold out, watch for the anticipated release of 2006 or work on becoming one of Risqué’s favorite lushes…and who knows what other sumptuous trésor he might share???

Alcohol 14.4% ($35)


Posted: December 31st, 2007
at 5:49pm by Risqué

Categories: Wine

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Ross Watson “After Caravaggio” Oil on Board

Risqué just loves Ross Watson’s delicious body of work and especially “After Caravaggio”. Already adoring Caravaggio is a good start but Ross brings this into a contemporary genre by contrasting the classical realism against the modern images and mimics the Light on Dark tenebrous classic technique in his erotically charged works.

Ross Watson - After Caravaggio

Ross’ international renowned and collected works provoke the viewer (voyeur) almost to an emotional connection with the subjects and effortlessly tie the classically referenced work to the modern insertion, seemingly with the same thoughts and feelings and more as if the artist’s subjects are peering out from their dimension and actually viewing the viewer. For additional stimulation, visit Ross’ extensive body of work at the Ross Watson Gallery. Risqué could certainly be caught imbibing in a vin de jour and gazing into the eyes of Ross’ licentious blue eyed, dark and lovely “guardian angel” and contemplating his heavenly aggressions.


Posted: December 28th, 2007
at 2:03pm by Risqué

Categories: Arté

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Concannon 2005 Pinot Noir Central Coast, Limited Release

Risqué was having a little Soiree with about 20 of his closest Amours… sadly mostly Chardonnay sippers. Attempting to lure them to the dark side Risqué poured this Concannon 2005 Pinot Noir Limited Release from the Central Coast. Expecting something very plain at $7 per bottle… Risqué and guests were pleasantly surprised. If this was a man… we’d call him firm, not flabby, not built, but firm.. Concannon 2005 Pinot Noir

It’s medium body and plumy color offers a nose of Cherries, Pomegranate, Leather and Spice. On the tongue… this is simply Pinot… not enormously complex but offering plenty of ripe Bing Cherry, Raspberry, cola and nice mellow spice and vanilla.

All the Mary’s were thrilled as Risqué served this with a lovely Smoked Herbed Boneless Leg of New Zealand Lamb and Chardonnay Butter basted Cedar Planked fresh Wild Salmon all with Grilled Asparagus. This Pinot was a deliciously good value.

13.9% Alcohol $7


Posted: December 26th, 2007
at 6:49pm by Risqué

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Risqué will be hosting another LUSH!! cocktail party during Aspen Gay Ski Week’s Boutique Night on Wednesday, January 16th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the ever so POSH Home Décor Boutique… CHECQUERS at 520 East Cooper.  Do sashay in and indulge in some of Risqué’s delectable wine and over the top shopping.   Hope to see all my favorite LUSHES in Aspen! 


Posted: December 22nd, 2007
at 11:21am by Risqué

Categories: Risqué Communiqué

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Pineau des Charentes “Le Coq d’Or

“Delicious Golden Cock” as Risqué refers to this lovely pleasure is the product of a centuries old accident. An “Erreur de destin”… a mistake of destiny… when a cellar boy accidentally added Cognac to unfermented grape must (juice) instead of alreadyLe Coq D Or Pineau des Charentes fermented wine. Thus was born… this now renowned shared pleasure of legendary proportion. Although not largely know in the US… the more refined European gentry is quite aware of this sophisticated little gem as an aperitif. This was a lovely shared delicacy from a favorite LUSH who returned with it from his recent adventures.

Risqué was quite smitten by its golden honey color. The nose is succulent orange blossom and rich wild honey. The taste follows suit with a seductive and lightly sweet essence of more wild honey and subtle lingering woody vanilla finish. Simply elegant!!!

Risqué adores a seductive and delicious cock… and this is nothing short of exactly that… sweet, delicious golden cock! ENJOY!

17% Alcohol ($20)


Posted: December 21st, 2007
at 5:56pm by Risqué

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Jarvis 2004 Merlot, Napa Valley

One of Risqué’s favorite wine shop stewards “SAN” at 56° at Mandalay Place in Las Vegas opened this to share. Merlot is one of Risqué’s least favorite… most over produced, under charactered varietal libations… so to his enthusiastic surprise, greatly enjoyed this Jarvis Estate Grown and cave fermented Napa Merlot.

Jarvis 2004 Merlot, Napa Valley

After being aged for 18 months in new French Nevers and American Oak, the nose stimulates the senses by surrendering rich black cherry and dill. The full-bodied taste boasts succulent plum, black cherry and spice. This fancied Merlot finishes with toasty vanilla and is embodied with significant tannic structure and balanced acidity.

The vintner recommends drinking this wine now through 2011. Hurry because they only produced 220 cases and Risqué is hoarding all he can.

14% Alcohol $70


Posted: December 20th, 2007
at 7:09pm by Risqué

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“Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”

— W.C. Fields


Posted: December 19th, 2007
at 9:28pm by Risqué

Categories: Quaffable Quips

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Gryphon 2004 Pinot Noir, Larklinn, Anderson Valley

Risqué loves it big and thick and this Pinot is right on target!

Gryphon 2004 Pinot NoirThe glass hints to the thrust of this Pinot with a lovely deep garnet red. The nose is FABULOUS! Thunderously beautiful concentrated fruit… cherry and strawberry with oaky vanilla, spice and musky soft sandalwood punctuated with luscious anise and dried herbs. In the mouth the Gryphon roars… with 14.7% Alcohol and straight out of the bottle, it is a bit hot… but with an hour in the decanter and a few good swirls, this tamed beast yields up a full bodied powerfully big Pinot, thick with Sweet Cherry, rich Raisin and Coffee and a long finish with notes of chocolate and Tobacco. The alcohol, acidity and tannins in this muscular wine will mellow nicely over the next five to 10 years adding sophistication and subtlety.

“It’s all his fancy… you know.” Said the Gryphon, Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”.

14.7% Alcohol ($40)


Posted: December 19th, 2007
at 9:09pm by Risqué

Categories: Wine

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