Archive for June, 2009


Up early, Risqué sipped his morning coffee and listened to the birds in the vineyard while he read the morning paper. A pleasurable breakfast was served with freshly baked lemon and currant scones with butter, fresh orange juice and a Phillipe forte… egg strata studded with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet basil and parmesan along with grilled chicken and provolone sausages… Sublime! Chateau de Vie is the perfect retreat from hurried city life… pure refined relaxation!

Greeted on the CdV terrace, Risqué met his effervescent guide for the day, the simply divine goddess, Cynthia Kee, Owner of Centro Del Cuore who whisked Risqué away to a private tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards… a 235 acre vineyard estate set high in the pines straddling the county lines between Napa and Sonoma proudly boasting some 23,000 square feet of caves. Met in the tasting room by the very accommodating Director of Sales, Tim, Risqué’s party was sampled on Pride’s wines with Risqué especially adoring the 2007 Viognier and 2006 Cabernet Franc. Cynthia’s excellence is in creating customized itineraries with “appointment only” exclusive wineries and catered dining experiences and that is exactly what she delivered for Risqué. After their tasting appointment at Pride, Risqué and LUSHES were chauffeured to the top of Pride Mountain where an elegant picnic was waiting. Risqué and companions dined on a three course lunch of antipasti with imported olives and cheese, Primi of crab, avocado martini and Secondi of salmon of sesame-balsamico glazed salmon all perfectly paired with the appropriate wine. The decadent repast was all served in fine crystal, porcelain and pewter with cock embroidered linens… How did she know Risqué loves Cock? The gourmet meal and wine pairings were astounding, heightened only by the most extraordinary view of Napa laying at Risqué’s feet.

Just when Risqué was thinking it couldn’t possibly get any better… the entourage was chauffeured directly across the valley to the hilltops of Viader Estate 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor on Howell Mountain. Facilitating the private tasting on the terrace was the ever so cute Cante, the director of Hospitality at Viader. As the hill disappeared from view into a 33 degree slope towards the reservoir below the expansive 180 degree vista was awe inspiring. A red tailed hawk hovering over the valley remained suspended and motionless for minutes.. as if pasted on to the brilliant blue sky. Oh! And the wine… Risqué recommends the “V”, an exclusive small lot production of Petit Verdot blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc resulting in a “vibrant, sumptuous wine with a powerful but inviting presence”.

Risqué gave kisses to the divine Cynthia and said fond farewells as he was off to meet his next rendezvous. Threesome of pleasure marked Risqué’s memory eternally as a divine day of bliss!


Posted: June 15th, 2009
at 6:24pm by Risqué

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Categories: Cuisine,Travel,Wine

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