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Cigar and alcohol enthusiast, romance author, lifestyle blogger. I've been published in romance for the last 17 years, but only as o f late have been able to combine my passions for the grape, leaf and written word into a careeer that allows me to live passionately!

Wine Review: Anam Cara Cellars 2006 Nicholas Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

The wine comes from the Chehalem region of Oregon and has a nice structure with a velvety mouth feel. I picked up bits of cinnamon with a wondeful juiciness unlike most of the Pinot Noirs of California that I’ve tried. Subtle flavors compliment a medium finish with a light enough mouth feel that holds complexity until the very end.

I must admit not having much experience with Oregon Pinot Noir but I’m very pleased to say, wow, what a great introductory wine! I can’t wait to try the Mark I I have lying down.

For those looking to learn a little more about the winery, click here

We’ll be featuring a spotlight on this region in the future, but until then here’s a little information about the wine itself and Chehalem region.

NEWS: Pure Indulgence launching on Radio Dentata today at 1 PM PST!

As you’ve been with me for awhile now, you know what this blog is about. Now you get to hear me once a week talk about cigars and wine on Radio Dentata

I am Sascha Illyvich, host of Pure Indulgence. We’re dedicated to empowering those who wish to embark upon the Good Life known as fine wine and cigars. Our show will focus on education at first, talking about basics of wine/spirits and cigars before getting into the nitty gritty of why we smoke/drink and how to maximize pleasure from The Good Life.

Pure Indulgence started out by pure annoyance as some of my erotic romance author friends, my producer kept asking me to expand in this direction. When my publicist suggested I do a show or write a blog on it, I told her I’d toy with the idea until my long time publisher Jean Marie Stine of Renaissance E-books fame (and ownership) told me one night I should do the show. So here it is; a weekly half hour show to simplify the daunting world of wine and cigars.

Catch us weekly on http://www.radiodentata.com
White Wolf Indulgence Blog: http://whitewolfindulgence.wordpress.com

Taste of Spring Event in Oakland, CA

Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation is holding its annual Taste of Spring event on May 6th at the Rotunda building in downtown. This event raises money to improve Oakland’s parks and provide scholarships for sports, aquatic and other recreational activities for Oakland’s youth. This year’s seventh annual event will feature great food and wine, live and silent auctions, and special entertainment including acrobatic aerialists. More details below:

a taste of spring

Thursday, May 6, 2010

5:30-8:00 PM

The Rotunda Building

300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

 

Come celebrate with Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation!

Enjoy great food & wine, exciting auctions & aerial entertainment!

Help us provide scholarships for camp, swim lessons,

sailing & science classes, and much more.

 

Tickets: $50 in advance or $65 at the door

For advance purchase, visit: 2010 Taste or Spring

OR visit LaFarine, Miller & Co. Salon, Montclair Sports,

Terrace Gifts &Coffee, or Uptown Body & Fender

For more information call 510.465.1850.

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Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rosado

This 6X54 release from Arturo Fuente is a delicious, well constructed cigar from the Dominican Republic. I’m pretty sure I mentionedthis a few weeks back when I talked about having Thomas at Grants hold back two more for me. I tried hard to find them online and I’ve failed.

The taste from the aged wrapper is mellow, smooth and honestly reminds me of cotton candy. This is a medium bodied cigar that would pair well with a fno or manzania sherry, or equally well with a bourbon or rich aged port.

Yeah, I smoked that fucker to the nub!

Wine Review: Cornerstone Cellars 2009 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

This is a pale colored wine with vibrant grapefruit flavors and a rich mouthfeel. Lasting, acidity finish complements the lush flavors that arise from swirling it in the glass. Long legs for appearance and a lush mouthfeel help add to an experience that will leave wine drinkers pleased and craving for more. This easy to drink sauvignon blanc from Napa valley is easily enjoyable with a light bodied cigar, roasted duck legs and duck flavored rice with ginger sauce.

Cornerstone Cellars Website

This week’s list of things I’ve tried

Nothing spectacular so far this week but I have had a few interesting morsels of goodness come my way in the form of wine, hard liquor and cigars!

Elmer T Lee bourbon – This offering from Ancient Ange Distilling Co. in Kentucky has a nice caramel with a smooth taste. It’s high rye blend with some mild vanilla sweetness in the mouth. Had a long finish that paired well with my cigar. Golden color with a reddish tint. Inexpensive bourbon (about $24 for 750ml from )

Kim Crawford 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir – A very light bodied australian pinot noir with bright cherry and soft mouthfeel that delivers plenty of acidity and a light to medium finish. Bright red with purple color in the glass. Tasted at Occidental Cigar Bar in San Francisco. $12 a glass there, $16.00 a bottle at The Wine Outlet

Arturo Fuente Rosado R54 – 6 1/4 X 54 smoke that I enjoyed over two hours at Grants. I had to pick up two more to lay down as the box disappeared almost as soon as Thomas opened it. For a little more than $11 a stick in the B/M shop, this is a cigar with medium flavors of sweetness due to the 10 year old aged Ecuadorian wrapper and blended with a Domiinican filler that is allowed to age for another year. Creamy, pleasant, with an easy draw and perfect construction.

That’s been what I’ve had for the week that held my interest. Look out for a wine review of the 2004 Legends Merlot from Larry Bird and legendary napa valley producer Mitch Cosetino, the ’04 Cabernet Sauvignon from the same, and a review of an impressive spirit called Dimmi Liquor Di Milano!

Arroyo Robles Winery is donating to Prevent Cruelty to Animals this month!

April is Prevention of

Cruelty to Animals Month

To celebrate and raise awareness, we are offering EMMA & RILEY’s EMERGENCY RELIEF on SALE for the month of April!
For this month only, receive 10% off the regular price ($19.80 per bottle, regularly $22.00) AR Wine club members can add that 10% to their regular discount.

10% Case Discounts apply for everyone.

2006 “ER”
(Zin, Syrah, Merlot, Cab)
$19.80 PER BOTTLE during April/ $17.60 PER BOTTLE WHEN YOU BUY A CASE
AR WINE CLUB PRICE: $ 15.40 PER BOTTLE during April/ $13.20 PER BOTTLE WHEN YOU BUY A CASE

In addition to that great deal, $2 of every ER bottle sold at this sale will go to Woods Humane Society
to help find homes for local dogs and cats.

Speaking of Woods , join us next weekend , April 10-11 for
WINE 4 PAWS
At AR and participating wineries, we will donate 10% of the weekend’s proceeds to Woods!

URL for Wine4Paws

Cigar Review: Ashton VSG

I picked up the Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) last week from Tobacco Road on a whim when I had a few extra dollars. At a price of $17 a stick (Grants has the same size slightly cheaper) it’s not something most of us can afford to smoke on an every day basis but I did say I’d review higher end sticks ūüôā

I picked up the Corona Gorda at a size of 5 3/4 X 46 and clipped the end. Upon the first taste I noticed a rather airy, light draw from the cigar, similar to the Padron 2000 stick (that to me indicates a looser wrapping). The construction of the cigar was firm and solid, though I was a little scared as the wrapper holds a pretty brown color but feels slightly dry.

The cigar held firm the entire smoke! Creamy notes on the first third with an almost white ash held my attention. The flavor profile later became a tad spicy but still deliciously creamy all the way until very end when I damn near smoked my fingers off! Slight cedar notes were prominent on the last third.

Ashton VSG Cigars page

I intend to get a good bang for my buck as the last stick of the month so we’ll see what comes up from Grants!

Update: Things I’ve tried

Been a week since the last update and I thought since I haven’t drank or smoked anything noteworthy, I’d just take a moment to share what I have been drinking and smoking.

First, yesterday at Grants I smoked the Triumfador by Tatuaje. I understand it’s roughly the same or similiar blend to the La Riqueza (which I need to review for this blog!) and the round of opinions from the guys who smoked it found it pleasant and and “excellent cigar.” I had to agree. Construction was solid, the wrapper held some oily notes along with that signature flavor profile by master blender Don “Pepin” Garcia. I’ll be smoking another one Saturday more than likely. Thanks Pete Johnson!

Oh, at Tobacco Road I finally picked up an Ashton VSG Sungrown. Heard this was a nice smoke and at $17 a stick, it’s blog worthy based on my standards. I’ll report that soon!

I picked up pipe smoking a few weeks back and am enjoying that but haad to deal with the learning curve. Thankfully one of the gents i smoke with has offered to introduce me to some of the finer points on pipe smoking. Btw I picked up a Perot pipe for about $35 from Grants.

This week I’ve had Murrietta’s Well Meritage which doesn’t qualify for the blog (I think it retails for about $15 a bottle) but was a delightful wine to drink. Full of structure, nice tannins and flavor, this 2005 release is one i’ll pick up a few more bottles of. Thank you Livermore Valley, California!

Also this week we had GMH Verdelho from Australia. Geoff M. Hardy’s 2006 release shows bright fruit, acidity and some tartness on this well made South Australian wine.

Of note, was a new thing I might add to the blog. Beer reviews. My girlfriend picked up Three Philsopher’s belgian style ale. Bright flavors with a typical belgian style profile and fruit held nicely on the palate with a medium finish.

Guess that’s it for now.

As always, cheers!