Archive for July, 2009

MAKE IT GAY..MAKE IT GAY..MAKE IT GAY!

Heading further into Sonoma territory, Risqué’s driver delivered him to his evenings accommodations, the Woods Resort centrally located in Guerneville just off the Russian River. The Woods cottages are quaint and homey, sprinkled with period antique furniture, complete with fireplaces and kitchenettes. The lushly landscaped, “men only” clothing optional compound centers on a sunny sparkling pool dotted with scantly clad (or not) males seeking sun and relaxation.


Michael the owner and host is a passionate gardener and takes great pride in the profuse flowers that sequin the resort and add to the “Make it gay… Make it gay.. Make it gay!” ambiance. Just steps from local nightlife, downtown shops and restaurants, the Woods is an ideal location to experience the Russian River.

Ahh… a cocktail! Much need restoration from the journey to Guerneville at the Roadhouse Restaurant bar. The porn star filthy martini had no sooner disappeared when Risqué was introduced to the dashing and welcoming Dawn Ranch Lodge (formerly Fife’s) and Restaurant Owner, Michael who toured Risqué through the century old expansive fifteen acre compound nestled against towering redwoods and private Russian River front beach. Besides all the charming cottages, the resort offers beautiful accommodations for open air weddings and lawn receptions.

Risqué and LUSHES watched the daylight fade into dark from the terrace of the Restaurant while enjoying a custom cut extra thick medium-rare ribeye steak and a wonderful bottle of Merry Edwards Pinot Noir. Risqué would also recommend the acclaimed Applewood Inn as an elegant dining option. The throng of LUSHES partied into the night imbibing in more Bacchus worship at one of Guerneville’s local gay clubs, the Rainbow Cattle Company.

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Posted: July 28th, 2009
at 1:37pm by Risqué

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WORTHY OF QUEENS AND KINGS

About an hour and a half drive west into the heart of Sonoma County is Sebastopol, the home to world class winery, Lynmar.

Met by our spectacularly hospitable and elegant hostess, Elan, Director of Guest Relations who escorted Risqué and LUSHES to their umbrellaed table in the middle of the winery’s incredible gardens for their private chef’s lunch. Risqué felt as if his royalty status had just become of age.

The gardens are the source of much of resident chef, Sandra Simile menu’s ingredients such as the mixed greens for their salad with Portobello mushrooms, goat cheese and tangerine white truffle oil dressing paired with the 2006 La Sereinite Chardonnay… Ooh La La, Heavenly! Following with the 2005 Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Chardonnay and caramelized leek and aged gouda panini… Simply delicious! 2005 Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir complimenting sliced heirloom tomatoes with smoked bacon and pancetta risotto… Scrumptious! And the 2005 Five Sisters Pinot Noir with pan seared medallions of lamb loin with Pinot sauce… Magnificent!

The visit at Lynmar couldn’t not have been more memorable… and just as Risqué was finishing his perfectly paired lunch, Lynn Fritz, Owner and Humanitarian, Global logistics Billionaire joined the conversation to talk about his vision for Lynmar and his desire to share his incredible success through a world class winery that sets the standards for sustainability in viniculture and farming. Risqué, quite comfortable in the company of princes and queens… of course Royalty, found himself absolutely Exalted!!!

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Posted: July 20th, 2009
at 3:05pm by Risqué

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BET ON A CHAMPION…STUD

Risqué gave kisses to the divine Cynthia and said fond farewells as he was off to meet his next hosts at RustRidge Ranch and Winery. Thirteen miles up the Chiles Valley into the mountains above St. Helena is another world where thoroughbred meets vineyard. Quiet and secluded are the oak studded and spring fed 400 acres of vineyards, working horse ranch and ranch style B&B.
Risqué was greeted on the sprawling porch with a wonderful glass of RustRidge 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and escorted to his large homey suite in the bunkhouse replete with handmade quilts, wood burning fireplace and equestrian collectables. After settling in, Risqué joined Owners Jim and Susan and friends for a grilled alfresco Salmon dinner. A tour of the winery and barrel room followed with dessert in the bunkhouse’s enormous common lounge filled with more collectable equestrian memorabilia, even some from the legendary Seabiscuit. As Risqué turned out the lights, the cool air of the canyon flowing through the open windows soothed him to sleep in his very comfortable bed.


Up at sunrise, coffee mug in hand,
Risqué explored the golden hilled Ranch, bribing the horses with apples, watched the starlings and orioles flit across the green dewy vineyards and dragonflies dobbing the sparkling pool below the tennis court and stood peacefully as the clouds retreated down the canyon. Risqué made it back to the big heart of the ranch house kitchen just in time for a sturdy country breakfast of eggs and sausages with homemade salsa and fruit. Risqué said his goodbyes to RustRidge with fond memories of a wonderfully seclude charmingly rustic destination that respects it’s equestrian heritage and embraces it’s vintner future… especially after having just partnered with the famous Zinfandel Guru… Kent Rosenblum of Rosenblum Cellars.

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Posted: July 13th, 2009
at 9:01pm by Risqué

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