Archive for May, 2008

THE GOOSE LAYED THE GOLDEN GRIS

Loose Goose Wine Club Private Tasting Dinner

Loose Goose Wine FestivalRisqué loves invitations and was invited to a sumptuous private wine tasting dinner hosted by Peter Goossens of Loose Goose Wine Society. The evening paired fabulous wines selected by The Great Goose himself with special creations by Salt Creek Grille’s Executive Chef. The event was the premier debut of “1667 Army of Geese, 2005 Limited Custom Blend” which will be another story however, the amazement started with a marvelous Pinot Gris… Risqué had never met a Pinot Gris that made him quack!!!

Evergreen Vineyard’s Spruce Goose 2004 Pinot GrisEvergreen Vineyards, 2005 Spruce Goose, Pinot Gris, Oregon

The feathers on this goose are fluffed with a pale golden gosling yellow. On the beak, this Pinot Gris has a downy light crisp dimensional and textured appeal with truffled honey, chamomile and fresh laundry. Risqué so enjoyed the nose that he lingered an unusual amount of time before he took it in the bill where he just as equally was ruffled by the tastes of it’s light dry floral, honeydew, pear and earthy muskiness. The Great Goose paired this most delightfully, with a pan-seared stuffed Asparagus with Dungeness Crab, wrapped with Italian Pancetta served impressively standing proud in a steamed tomato elegantly finished with sauce Béarnaise.

Risqué is not exactly sure which goose laid the Golden egg… The Great Goose himself or Evergreen Vineyards… but one thing is for sure, Risqué’s goose was cooked. Risqué will never again to say “Pinot Gris is an odd duck goose”.

Risqué’s fondest affection and appreciation to The Great Goose!

Alcohol 13.5% ($15)

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Posted: May 31st, 2008
at 2:22pm by Risqué


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Quaffable Quip

New Walmart wine selections…

12) Chateau Traileur Parc

11) White Trashfindel

10) Big Red Gulp

9) Grape Expectations Domaine Wal-Mart “Merde du Pays”

7) NASCARbernet

6) Chef Boyardeaux

5) Peanut Noir

4) Chateau des Moines

3) I Can’t Believe It’s Not Vinegar!

2) World Championship Riesling

And the # 1 name for Wal-Mart Wine…

1) Nasti Spumante                                                  

                                              Anonymous

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Posted: May 29th, 2008
at 2:43pm by Risqué


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NO FEAR OF HEITZ

Heitz Cellars 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA

Although peering over the edge of a precipice makes Risqué’s toes cringe and tingle… these Heitz don’t bother Risqué’s Acrophobia in the slightest. However, this expansive liquid still induces suffering with a great many tingles!!!

Heitz 2003 Cabernet SauvignonRisqué adores the dark plum depths stilting a silky texture, swirling with fragrances of oak, unsweetened cocoa, and luscious dark fruit accented in the mouth by soaring spice, towering woody oak, tall cherry, expansive plum and rich creamy chocolate reminiscent of the Swiss Alps.. Due to a bit of rising alcohol in the nose and a bit of pubescent chewyness in the mouth, Risqué recommends you decant (or wait 5 – 10 years) to enjoy the full height of this tall pleasure.

The first year in American Oak tanks and second year in “High-Falutin’” French Limousin Oak barrels has certainly given stature to this expansive Napa Cab Sav and it is Risqué’s attempt at Behavioral Therapy to acquire significantly large quantities of to help to medicate his phobia. Risqué finds himself reaching for new “Heitz”.

Alcohol 14.5% ($42)

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Posted: May 28th, 2008
at 8:50pm by Risqué


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SEX IN THE CITY

Jayson 2005 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA

While Carrie Bradshaw was certainly voluptuously sexy in Sex in the City, Erin Green (Pahlmeyer’s winemaker) crafted “Jayson” 2005 Pinot Noir into a voluptuously sexy wine that surely makes one feel like they have their own Mr. Big.

Jayson 2005 Pinot Noir

Studded with a fabulous Rubilite Tourmaline color, the sensual scents exude pure cherry, subtle soft woody notes, green herbs, soothing sweet tobacco ending with a pleasant fleeting terroir. Through the lips are tastes of deep cherry, ripe blackberry and blushing strawberries.

The unfiltered Pinot Noir was aged for 9 months in 67% new French oak. Risqué recommends adding another notch to your wine cellar’s belt and add it to your collection as in another 10 to 15 years it will be at the height of sophistication.

With a bottle of Jayson in hand, some salty dialog and gorgeous Blahniks, Risqué was ready to make his own version of Sex in the City… Come on Mr. Big!

Alcohol 14.9% ($65)

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Posted: May 27th, 2008
at 9:45pm by Risqué


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CHUBBY CHASER

Foxen 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vogelzang Vineyard, Santa Ynez, CA

Risqué never thought of himself as a Chubby Chaser until one day he was taken by surprise with Foxen’s 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. Maybe it was the mirth… or maybe it was the girth… maybe both, either way Risqué found himself admiring this big boy.

Foxen 2004 Cabernet SauvignonRisqué’s first attraction to the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon was it’s strong masculine appearance, showing a unfined and unfiltered deep dark ruby red, almost purple. The lumberjack nose tells of intoxicating spices of cinnamon and nutmeg followed by Madagascar vanilla and just picked blackberries and cherries. Aged for 22 months in Taransaud (Cognac-Region) 100% French oak barrels, the full bodied taste “bears” flavors of big fat juicy ripe plum, cassis, of course the French oak and sweet tobacco.

Risqué paired this big boy with a big thick Ribeye steak and ending with a sweet creamy filled cannoli.

Fetishes come and fetishes go, but the Foxen 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon will make a Chubby Chaser out of you… at least until it is all sold out.

Alcohol 15.6% ($50)

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Posted: May 26th, 2008
at 5:16pm by Risqué


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IT IS SO MUCH BETTER TO RECEIVE

Cambria 2005 Chardonnay, Bench Break Vineyard, Santa Maria

Risqué was gifted with this bottle by one of his delicious LUSHES and quickly moved to procure his wine key and relieve the bottle of its cork closure. Among his anticipative LUSHES, he spilled it’s precious contents to great reward…

Cambria 2005 Chardonnay Bench Break Vineyard Santa MariaShowing the light color of parchment this delightful liquidness is slathered with butter, butter and more creamery butter. The palate is richened with roasted pineapple that border on sweet toffee, exotic vanilla, candied lemon peel, rich sweet spice with a backbone of shaley minerality.

There is nothing more delightful than a marvelous gift of the heart… a great jewel or treasure offered in it’s entirety, bearing with it the even greater gifts of love and affection. Call Risqué a receiver… but he basks in the adoration!!!

Alcohol 14 ($25)

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Posted: May 22nd, 2008
at 7:20pm by Risqué


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DA DA RED

Domaine Alfred Da Red 2005 Red Wine, Edna Valley, CA

Art. Da Da has long been a representation of the new, the bold, and the avant-garde in what is art. Da Red has brought this Pinot Noir, Grenache and Syrah blend table wine to a new echelon.

Domaine Alfred Da Red 2005 Red WineStanding in Risqué’s Spiegelau, the deep gemstone Ruby color shares scents of red fruit flavors, ripe raspberry, cherry, strawberry and moving to dark plum, prune, cinnamon, nutmeg, slow roasted beef and rustic dry tobacco. Charging across the palate are dried green herbs, more tobacco, black pepper, intense dried strawberry and delicious tangy cherry that settles into a soft but rustic finish.

Risqué shared this rustic DA RED with his most avant-garde delicious and adorable LUSHES with Rosemary and garlic marinated filets and a Tunato dressed crisp romaine and tomato salad with a heavy grind of fresh black pepper. No one asked for dessert…

Delish…Wine as art!

Alcohol 14.5% ($18)

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Posted: May 21st, 2008
at 9:52pm by Risqué


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PURRRRRRR…

Roar 2006 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia, CA

This evening was spent sharing several bottles of wine with several LUSHES, all with proud LEO personalities. With just a few bottles Risqué had his entire Pride on their backs meowing for more.

Roar 2006 Pinot NoirDeep reflections of raspberry red yield a nose of huge juicy cherry and more tangy summer raspberry, followed with earthy mushroom and warm forest floor. The huge raspberry and mushroom scents carry into the beautifully balanced mouth filling taste. Risqué received a pleasing surprise upon opening of the smoky aroma of bacon on the cork. Contributing to the rich mouth feel of this 100% Pinot Noir was the aging in 100% French oak barrels for 11 months and unfiltered and unrefined bottling.

Roar 2006 Pinot Noir helped Risqué avoid any cat scratch, thus highly recommending this delicious catnip for your next Purrrrfect Pride gathering.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

Alcohol 14.9% ($38)

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Posted: May 20th, 2008
at 9:09pm by Risqué


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