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DESPERATE OENOPHILES

Longoria 2007 Chardonnay, Cuvee Diana, Santa Rita Hills

Longoria 2007 Chardonnay, Cuvee Diana

One of Risqué’s favorite DVR recorded TV Series is Desperate Housewives.  When he ran across the bottle of Longoria Chardonnay, a bewildered excitement grew on his face as he couldn’t help but wonder, “Could Eva (Gabrielle) be making wine?”, as he heard she often visit’s wine bars in Santa Barbara County.  Soon visions of Wisteria Lane impaled Risqué’s mind as he closed his eyes and imagined perfectly manicured lawns, rows of comfortable houses, white picket fences and himself becoming Bob Hunter’s new boyfriend, while sitting on the porch sipping the 2007 Chardonnay with Gabrielle, Lynette, Bree, Susan and Edie… in Risqué’s favorite Spiegelau wine glasses of course!

The Chardonnay’s scent is similar to what Risqué imagines the scents to be found on Wisteria Lane… with wafts of Citrus Blossom and fresh Peach curtailed with a hint of Minerality.  The lively flavor is filled with Lemony Snickerdoodles, Floral Apples and a long finish of Honey Oak on the backside revealing subtle Pineapple acidity and lavish texture.

Risqué feels the Chardonnay makes a fabulous pairing with any white fish or organic grilled chicken dressed with a light lemon pepper sauce.  Longoria Wines also suggests pairing with sautéed Oysters.  Delish!!!

The Cuvee Diana is comprised of Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard grapes and the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard where the “Rancho Santa Rosa grapes were harvested during the first week of October at fairly ripe sugar levels while the Sanford & Benedict grapes were harvested during the third week of October at moderate sugar levels. Both grape lots were whole cluster pressed, then settled and fermented in French oak barrels. Barrel aging took place in the same barrels for ten months on the original lees, or sediment… approximately 30% of the barrels were new”.   Risqué … and winemaker Rick Longoria believe that this practice creates a certain essence and richness to the wine.

Risqué applauds winemaker, Rick Longoria for taking him down Wisteria Lane and creating this wonderful 100% Chardonnay, but saddened that he only made 119 cases… making Risqué a Desperate Oenophile!!!!

14.5% Alcohol ($28) Screw Top

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Posted: January 6th, 2010
at 10:48pm by Risqué

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DESPERATE TIMES, DESPERATE MEASURES

Firestone 2007 Riesling, Central Coast

Have you ever had a craving for something on the sweet side… but not that sweet?  Where you feel like your cheating… but not really?  One day Risqué found himself shopping in the supermarket… incognito of course… in a place… well, we’ll call Costco.  This is certainly not a foreseeable crime, but this desperate time called for desperate measures and Risqué was desperate for something sweet… but not.  Unfortunately, Risqué’s local Costco wine selection has seen better day as now it seems their wine display has become the same old tired assortment.  In desperation, Risqué found himself picking up a bottle of Firestone 2007 Riesling and thought, “What the hell!”

122909_0458_DESPERATETI1.pngA couple swirls and a deep inhale expose brilliant sweet honey, fresh floral and honeysuckle with a noteworthy backbone of citrus.  From the nose one would expect the taste to be overwhelmingly sweet, but the sensory innervations of the tongue reveal a crafted off-dry style with a slight sweetness of honey, melon such as honeydew and Meier lemon while coating the mouth with a nicely balanced acidity. The Riesling is cool fermented in stainless and is not only food friendly, but excellent for sipping.

Risqué made yet another stop on his way home and picked up some local Thai cuisine.  Maybe it is because the Thai boy that works at the restaurant is sweet on him and goes out of his way to make Risqué feel like a Queen King or maybe Risqué knows how sweet a Thai massage feels… Hmmm!  Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Risqué soon got his wine home, chilled it and paired it with the Thai cuisine.  The pairing brought joy to Risqué’s face as the food and wine created an oral orgasmic pleasure to the innervations of his tongue.

Risqué is not so desperate after all!!!

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Posted: December 29th, 2009
at 3:47pm by Risqué

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DELIGHTFUL FLAIR

Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard 2004 Durif, McDowel Valley Vineyard, Mendocino

It has been said the Risqué has been gifted with subtleties of flair. Whether it is decorating, fashion, cooking or all the flair he has received on Facebook, Risqué detected a certain flair when he came across a Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard’s 2004 Durif.

A deep dark burgundy ripples in the glass flairing to purple edges. Right out of the bottle, spice dominates the scents leading to over ripe dark fruit, cedar and black pepper. More dark fruit, blackberries and a light oaky finish delights the taste buds in a full bodied, medium tannin wine that could lie down a few more years.

Risqué decided to decant the wine, reducing the amount of spice that brought on a delightful earthiness and calmed the tannins making it delicious and drinkable now…some would call it panache!

Petite Sirah actually is synonymous with the Durif grape derived from Dr. Francois Durif, an amateur French botanist and was planted in the US by James Concannon in 1883. Somewhere in the 1880’s the growers changed the name to Petite Sirah. In 1961, Concannon Winery became the first to bottle Petite Sirah on its own. Risqué’s tendency towards flair would have renamed the very common sounding Durif as well!!!

Having also a flair for pairing food and wine, Risqué chose to pair the Durif with a thick medium-rare Pepper Rubbed Grilled Rib-eye. A flamboyant delight…Delish!!!

Alcohol 14.0% ($18) Natural Cork Closure

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Posted: December 14th, 2009
at 10:19pm by Risqué

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PERFECT SETS

Hitching Post 2006 “Perfect Set” Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Risqué is inevitably attracted to a perfect set… set of pearly white teeth, set of ripped abs, set of hard pectorals, set of defined guns… and oh, not to forget, his delicious set… of LV Luggage! It seems determined that he would be drawn to Hitching Post’s 2006 “Perfect Set” Pinot Noir.

With a clear glinting Ruby Red, one quick swirl of the glass provokes essences of bright raspberry, earthy mushroom, Sarsaparilla and embracing spice. Its oral penetration announces a lively and rustic tart raspberry, cherry, a subtle tanginess on the backside that sets up some bilious swirling tannins.

Risqué recommends letting the wine breath and pairing it with food….   As Risqué created his own “Perfect Set” by pairing it with some matched medium rare grilled Kobe Rib-eye steaks topped with a sharp horseradish sour cream sauce…. Almost as dreamy as the perfectly matched set of bright sapphire blue eyes of his gorgeous dinner date… Absolute luxury!

Alcohol 14.5%  Natural Cork Closure  ($60)

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Posted: November 13th, 2009
at 7:34pm by Risqué

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AN ORAL PROCLIVITY

Azur 2008 Rosé
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Risqué has been known to appropriate various proclivities. However, his favorite proclivity is that of an oral nature in which he grasps a fabulous glass of wine and sips his way to nirvana. On one special occasion, Risqué had the opportunity to meet a woman, Élan Fayard, who would arouse Risqué’s oral proclivity with a bottle of Azur 2008 Rosé.

Risqué met first met Élan Fayard when she worked for Lynmar Estate in the Russian River Valley where she toured Risqué and his LUSHES through the winery. Later Élan was able to introduced Risqué to her husband, Julien Fayard’s wine and his proclivity for classic provençal rosé.

The Methode Provençal Rosé glints a very pale coral shade similar to the beautiful cascading Roses found at Risqué’s desert Chateau. The nose cultivates fond memories of ripe, juicy peach and airy florals, leading to the a very drinkable dry taste of light tangy peach and garden strawberry with a delicate hint of floral which blooming on the backside. The Rosé offers a “balanced natural acidity” and minerality that is perfectly food friendly.

Risqué often shares his proclivities with others as his LUSHES can prove. His fondness for the Azur 2008 Rosé was certainly the reason why he worked with Élan to have it poured at the LUSH-A-LICOUS wine tasting at GayDays Orlando 2009.

Risqué recommends everyone try this wine and awaken their oral proclivity! A Toast…To Élan, Julien and oral proclivities!

14.1% Alcohol ($24) Cork Closure

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Posted: October 21st, 2009
at 9:33pm by Risqué

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PILLOW TALK

Pillow Rd. Vineyard 2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

During a recent trip to Napa, Risqué visited the restaurant PRESS where he met up with some favorite LUSHES who… just so happened to work there. The Restaurant, an inviting intimate suave contemporary environment, where Risqué soon made his way to the long wood topped bar. While perusing the wine list, the bartender recommended Pillow Rd.’s 2006 Pinot Noir. Risqué, always taking the bartenders queue, said “Of Course!”

This cushy wine shows a royal tone of ripened plum, leading the subject to enchanting aromas of intense cedar, juicy ripe cherry, a blend of red stone fruits and hints of spearmint. One might expect a volumous fruit bomb from the enticing nose, but one sip comforts the mouth with nicely balanced cherry, soft tannins and a silky structure, beautiful for paring with food. The 2006 Pinot Noir was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels and bottled only 1284 cases.

Risqué paired the 2006 Pinot Noir with PRESS’ Tartare of Hiramasa beef mixed with fresh mango, red chilies, ginger and lime, a delightful pairing with two glasses of Pillow Rd. One of Risqué’s
LUSHES insisted he meet the owner of Pillow Rd. Vineyard who was sitting at a table just behind Risqué and that Risqué must go make his presence known. Again, always taking the queue, Risqué made his way to the table where he introduced himself and met Pillow Rd. Vineyard owner, Patrick Stotesbery and his charming daughter. The delicious conversation made the Pinot Noir even more delightful!!!

Although he is highly experienced in the art of “Pillow Talk”, which is probably not the time to capitalize on this skill, Risqué chose to settling and enjoying his last glass of Pillow Rd. and save the “Downey Chat” for later!

14.3% ($47) Cork Closure

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Posted: September 9th, 2009
at 9:01pm by Risqué

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THERE ONCE WAS A MAN WHO LIVED ON A HILL

Limerick Lane 2004 Collins Vineyard Zinfandel

There once was a Man who lived on a hill,
not a Lane or a Street but a Court…
And his name was not Will or Dane or Michelle…
but preferred to be known just by Curt…

Risqué met him quite strangely… his preference displayed,
on a website preferred just by men…
But a meeting once took… and ‘affinity at first look…
he was part of Risqué’s lovely plan…

A Gorgeous man… with Zinfandel in hand…
left Risqué a bit on the hook!!!
Being fond of the drink… and a bit of the PINK,
gave way to the flow that it took.

Looking back in hindsight, Risqué thinks he might,
repeat this effort of flesh…
A wine of such might and a memory delight..
left a friendship of memorable mesh.

Dry farmed are the vines of ancient of times,
of Limerick Lane is the dark colored Zin..
Inky ruby just hints at the richness of tints
and depth of the fruit that’s within.

Ripe on the nose it’s like briar (not rose),
but rich with cinnamon and spice.
Classic as Zin, elegant as Sin,
in the mouth it’s dark summer fruit, so nice.

Blackberry and plum are sumptuous and yum…
and raspberry and pepper delight
A balance so fine… Acidity sublime and tannins carefully in check
But the linger is long, so juicy and strong with a finish like a soft velvet kiss.

14.6% Alcohol ($30)

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Posted: September 1st, 2009
at 7:38pm by Risqué

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“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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