Archive for January, 2008


Gnarly Head 2005 Zinfandel, Lodi CA (Old Vines)

When thinking of Gnarly Head one can conceptualize many daunting thoughts of past rendezvous’ and escapades. Since Risqué has been part and party to a lot of Gnarly Head and considers himself highly experienced, he offered himself as a sacrifice for his LUSHES to be the first to wet his lips with Gnarly Head Old Vine juices. But once the Zin was close to his nose, Risqué could go no further as the unashamed filthy smell penetrated his nose… Pooey!Gnarly Head 2005 Zinfandel Old Vine

At first glance, Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin’s shows a beautiful hue of Dark Burgandy. The first whiff is Poo! After decanting the wine (a must 2 D’POO), other scents evolve revealing characteristics of dark Coffee, Chicory, Cocoa, and Blueberry. The 35 to 80 year old vines produce a medium-bodied wine that sheds distinct flavors of Dark Cherry, Dark berries, rich aromatic Cedar, Oak and Black pepper providing a long and spicy finish.

This really does become quite enjoyable… especially for the price… just make sure to remember…D’CAN’T 2 D’POO!!!

14.5% Alcohol ($10)


Posted: January 31st, 2008
at 8:31pm by Risqué

Categories: Wine

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Risqué Communiqué

For those of you who loved Risqué Sommelier’s “Light on Dark” post December 28th of Ross Watson’s fabulous art, well he has some up and coming exhibits scheduled..

Ross Watson


Melbourne: 24 January – 10 February

New Paintings, Photography, Edition Prints

Midsumma Festival Event

Ross Watson Gallery
465 Nicholson St., Carlton North

Sydney: 26 February – 8th March

New Paintings, Photography, Edition Prints

Mardi Gras Festival Event

Depot Gallery
2 Danks St, Waterloo


Posted: January 30th, 2008
at 12:21pm by Risqué

Categories: Arté,Risqué Communiqué

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Portrait Andrea Doria, Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572)

Bronzino was a known homosexual with many inferences to his homosexuality in his erotically spiced paintings and homoerotic sonnets. His lovers were both his Master Tutor Pontormo (1494 – 1557) who was also the student and probable boy lover of great Leonardo Da Vinci and later, his own younger pupil, Alessandro Allori (1535 – 1607) whom he adopted as his own son, a rather common arrangement between aristocratic men in sexual relationships in Renaissance Florence.

Bronzino Andrea Doria

His gorgeous portrait of the infamous Andrea Doria (1466 – 1560), the renown Genoese Soldier of Fortune and Admiral as the God of the Sea, Neptune was not only fitting to Doria’s prowess but also fed Bonzino’s lust for the strong masculine form in his erotic but emotionless paintings. Doria is yet an aged but powerful and muscularly virulent man juxtaposed against the sturdy wooden mast and thick shafted trident grasped in his ruling hand which the viewer cannot help but to compare with the equivalent shaft of his manhood.

Risqué has long admired this delicious piece of homo art and can’t help but wonder if Bonzino had just a little “Hot Daddy” lust going on as he painted the bigger than life… Andrea Doria???


Posted: January 29th, 2008
at 8:03pm by Risqué

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2005 Sea Smoke TEN Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Risqué was out to dinner with two very delicious LUSHES… one of them, the owner of the Men’s fashion line PISTOL PETE and his yummy hubby… The entourage went to this wonderful, however off the beaten path, wine bar…

All Corked Up!Owner, Yoon Lee

Walking through the door, Risqué was transported form an Industrial Warehouse development into the soaring wine cellar of an Italian Villa. The rooms are filled with tall bistro tables and stools with a long and cozy bar all crowded with vinophiles sipping away at the establishments broad selections. Risqué and his LUSHES settled into one of the tall bistro tables in the smaller tasting room against the luxurious cigar cases, ordered some Chef David Lawrence’s succulent Tapas and a couple bottles of some fabulous 2005 Sea Smoke TEN Pinot Noir. Sea Smoke 2005 Pinot Noir Ten

Sea Smoke is a beautiful impassioned wine with a wonderful intense mouthful of taste. The nose holds scents of currant, black cherry, suede, tea and cedar. In the mouth are rich dark berry and exotic spice. The Vintner recommends decanting the wine about thirty to sixty minutes especially if drinking before 2009. Once decanted and allowed to breathe bonus characteristics emerge of white pepper and baking spice..

Risqué loves being All Corked Up and Smokin’!

14.9% Alcohol ($100)


Posted: January 28th, 2008
at 9:44pm by Risqué

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Grgich Hills 2005 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA Estate Grgich Hills 2005 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Sometimes the predictable is very much unappreciated and Grgich Hills Chardonnay has long been an appreciated and predictable mainstay in Risqué’s glorious wine cellar. In the world of wine there is some good wine and a lot of bad. Risqué would never fear opening a bottle of Grgich Chardonnay and sharing it with his lushes.

This non-malolactic favorite has a nice nose of Meyer lemon, newly blooming honeysuckle, a hint of acacia and a finale of French oak. Wonderfully balanced and arousing in the mouth, the fruity endowed flavors exude green apples, pear, juicy peach and spice all with a long, long lemony finish.

Risqué would pair this wine with a fresh arugula salad with a Pear, Blue Cheese and Apricot Vinaigrette and a beautiful apple-brandy grilled pork loin.

All of Risqué’s LUSHES are happy LUSHES!

14.3% Alcohol ($35)


Posted: January 25th, 2008
at 1:21pm by Risqué

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“Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.”

— Robert Mondavi


Posted: January 23rd, 2008
at 10:24pm by Risqué

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Antinori 2005 Castello della Sala Chardonnay IGT, Tuscany, Italy

Antinori 2005 Castello della Sala ChardonnayCombining some Italian and some French and Fermenting yields a shimmering pale gold liquid with notes on the nose of toasty oak, creamy vanilla, lemon zest and ripe Bosc pear. Risqué’s taste buds were treated to a lovely structured and balanced light bodied 80% Chardonnay and 20% Grechetto experience. Soft, crisp and bright with citric pineapple and an austere woody vanilla finish that thrill and carry the palette.

It’s as if Antinori’s premier vineyard in Umbria, Castello della Sala (The Castle that knows) knew exactly that paring the ideally situated location for growing Chardonnay and fermenting and aging in French Oak barrels would produce such a seductively layered liquid.

Risqué’s thoughts…destin ou chance, destino o probabilità, Fate or Chance?

Alcohol 13% ($15)


Posted: January 22nd, 2008
at 9:48pm by Risqué

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Daniel J. Skråmestø , Mixed Media on Canvas

Daniel J Skramesto - Sunset

There is nothing more beautiful than the nude male physic and Daniel J. Skråmestø captures not only that beauty but creates for the on-looker a hint of sexual arousal by the sensually provocative and vulnerable positions of his subjects. Daniel’s art is curious in that all his gorgeous muses are left anonymous… beauties without a face, only a memorable body and in some cases sans head… at least the one above the heart. Risqué finds the world often imitates his own extraordinary life…as is Daniel’s art, a parallel reflection of Risqué’s own delicious encounters where the exchange of names was replaced with quiet whimpers and sighs!

The artistic Daniel J. Skråmestø was born in 1973 and lives in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied in the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon (FBAUL) 1992-96. The Graphic Designer has also a published writer one novel and one children’s book. Interesting enough Daniels artwork is based on pictures only found on the internet.

Pondering Daniel’s art… “Could it be the face does matter or do they all just look alike?”


Posted: January 21st, 2008
at 6:45pm by Risqué

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