Archive for August, 2009

“SIN”CERE SANCERRE

Chateau de Sancerre 2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, France

In Risqué’s version of man’s origin, Adam and Steve live in the depths of luxurious paradise. One day Steve, while perusing the Wine God, Bacchus’ cellar…the Cellar of the Knowledge of Good wine, stumbles upon a perfect cellar temp bottle of 2005 Chateau de Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc. Knowing that Bacchus had forbidden Adam and Steve to drink of any of the divine liquid, Steve is beguiled by its handsome label, perfect sloped shoulder and cute little punt. Steve succumbs and is lured into inserting his corkscrew into the bottles cork…issuing a subtle pop upon its release! Pouring this forbidden nectar, Steve’s senses are immediately transformed…

The light citron liquid shines nosegays of pleasant orange blossom, honey, miel, grapefruit, Meyer lemon and a touch of peachiness that ends with a light mineral wet stone. The luscious mouthfeel offers up tastes of white stone fruit being mostly peach with citrus bumping on the backside.

Being Adam’s better half, Steve quickly returns to Adam and persuades him to partake of the divine nectar where they are immediately enlightened, obviously with the knowledge of Good wine. Bacchus was furious and drove Adam and Steve from paradise and cursed them to having to suffer bad wine. Despair not… Risqué provides salvation and leads his LUSHES into rapturous delight away from the poor, awful and mundane wines of the curse.

Risqué ponders… Is it a sin to covet the things of the GODS and to indulge in the joy and pleasure that comes from partaking in such delightful “Sin”cere?

Alcohol 13.0% ($26)

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Posted: August 24th, 2009
at 9:01pm by Risqué

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WARNING!!! CAKEBREAD CHARDONNAY CAUSES FLASHBACKS!!!

Cakebread Cellars 2007 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA

Risqué is divulging a bit of his age here (Okay.. So he’s in his mid-forty’s) but it was smack dab in his mid-twenties right in the middle of the ’80’s that he first had his lips on a delicious and memorable Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay. It was on his first trip through Napa Valley and he bought an entire case at that time… To his best memory, aging gracefully (in his mind) as it is, each bottle was under $10. Although Risqué doesn’t begrudge paying the $36 a bottle for such a delight now, he still enjoys saying… “Risqué has been drinking Cakebread since Cakebread Chardonnay was $10 a bottle” and laughing hardily to cover his own amazement at how time flies!!!

The pale straw transparent liquid glimmers with glints of bright yellow that hint at the creamy butter in the nose, which is perfumed with apples, warm peach cobbler and orange blossoms under-pinned with a flinty minerality adding dimension and sophistication against the otherwise fruited nose. The palate is tantalized with crisp yet rich and creamy sensations bursting with peaches and tangy lemon zest acidity. The minerality plays out in the mouth heightening the effect from the nose and adding complexity and harmony to the fine structure and finish of this delicious specimen of Napa Chardonnay.

As Risqué sat with his lover and friends… salivating over the two bottles of delightful 2007 Chardonnay… he couldn’t help but be astonished about how long he had been enjoying this same sophisticated delight and thinking… There isn’t much from the ’80’s that Risqué wants back… but he would take back another case of that 1986 Cakebread Chardonnay and of course… his mid-twenties!!!

Alcohol 14.3% ($36)

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Posted: August 18th, 2009
at 2:34pm by Risqué

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RISQUÉ COMMUNIQUÉ

Wine Guerrilla Communique

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Posted: August 11th, 2009
at 2:50pm by Risqué

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THE MOAN OF ECSTACY

Risqué’s driver delivered Risqué and LUSHES back to the Madrona Manor where they adjourned to the front terrace to sip on multiple bottles of 2005 F&L Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet before the absolutely beyond decadent dining repast prepared for Risqué and LUSHES by Chef Jesse Wiley Mallgren. Madrona Manor boasts one of the most innovative and elegant restaurants in Napa/Sonoma and Chef Mallgren’s no holes barred tasting and wine paring menu did not disappoint. The splendid dinner began with a bottle of Louis Roederer vintage Cristal Champagne on through at least ten courses with a tableside finale of “hand churned -324° F Nitrogen” ice cream sundae. The entire experience was even by Risqué’s very high standards… staggeringly delicious!!!!

After the Chef’s amazing culinary display, the moan of ecstasy resonated from Risqué and his LUSHES while they crawled their ways back to their respective suites promising to meet for the very, very unnecessary breakfast in the morrow.

Risqué’s big romp through Napa and Sonoma had come to a close and besides needing another vacation and possibly a new liver to recover from his last six days he couldn’t have been more pleased with his experiences. His hesitation to let someone else, the amazing Chas at Gay Napa Getaways, plan his trip had long passed. Gay Napa Getaways had provided a level of service and substance that Risqué had previously never experienced and took all of the tediousness out of the planning the week allowing him the opportunity to simply lean back and luxuriate in the experience!

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Posted: August 11th, 2009
at 2:01pm by Risqué

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FROM THE KITCHEN SINK…TO RISQUÉ’S HEART!

Seizing the opportunity, Risqué slept in just a bit as the day’s schedule didn’t really get jumping until noon. So after a good nights sleep and slow morning he was ready for a hearty breakfast at the River Inn Grille. Everything including the Kitchen Sink was in it’s namesake omelet along with a bottomless cup of coffee and Risqué was set to get back to wine tasting! Risqué’s driver was soon whisking him through the winding country oak canopied two lane road between Guerneville and Healdsburg, past a multitude of well known wineries but without the time to stop! Perhaps some other day! Risqué’s car pulled through the towering gates of Madrona Manor and drove up the long shaded drive past the manicured gardens to the front of one of the wine country’s most beautiful Inns. The seventeen room mansion was built in 1881 and offers uncompromising service and luxurious period accommodations.

Risqué dropped his bags and headed out with favorite LUSH friends for a delicious alfresco lunch in St. Helena at Chef Pat Kuleto’s (of Boulevard and Jardinière fame) Michelin starred Martini House.

For more details on Lunch at Martini House, check out RisquéSommelier.com.

Risqué made a few more wine tasting stops at Martinelli Vineyards in Windsor, whose vineyard was a turn of the century Hops farm who proudly shared with Risqué their 2006 Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir (94 Points from Robert Parker) and onto Frank Family Vineyards
where Risqué was treated to a relaxed Private office tasting of their entire line up with Risqué favoring the spectacular 2005 Reserve Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and a delectable chocolate covered cherry port which is only available at the winery. Last and certainly not least, Risqué landed at one of his all time favorite Russian River producers, Inman Family Wines where the 2006 Russian River “Meredith” Pinot Noir stole Risqué’s heart!

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Posted: August 4th, 2009
at 7:18pm by Risqué

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