Wine Review: Query 2007 Monterrey Coast Pinot Noir

This beautiful deep red wine starts off with berries that smack the lips with lusch juiciness. Tart cherry and oak flavors feature prominently on the palate though the terroir of the land, (loam/sand) is prevalent too.

This wine IS an expression of the Monterrey Region. Paired with Chicken Mushroom marsala. Interesting note: Drinking from the glass vs drinking straight out the bottle, out of the bottle I picked up heavier spice, cinnamon perhaps.

Paid $12 at BevMo. Yeah I don’t wanna hear it about qualifyiing for the blog :p

Wine Review: Cameron Hughes Lot 70 Lodi Petite Syrah 2006

Cassis on the nose with dark berry fruits with light mouthfeel complimented by firm tannins to make this an enjoyable wine. The producer says they source from small lots and it shows with none of the overpowering characteristics that large lot product generally has.

My palate isn’t distinct enough to tell the difference between French and Hungarian Oak yet but there was a definite smoothness added by the presence of oak aging.

$15.99 online. Again I picked mine up at Grocery Outlet for at least half off.

Grants Tobacconist hosts Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars!

Grants Tobacconist to host Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars WEDNESDAY JUNE 16th at 5:30!

Owner Joe Barron will be spinning records from his eclectic collection while pouring martinis using Shakers vodka!

Buy any three Tatuaje, La Riqueza or Cabaiguan cigars, get a Havana VI(nobles) free.

562 Market Street in San Francisco!

Btw, we’re hoping to get an interview with Pete for Pure Indulgence. Also, the Grants Burlewque Girls willb e cutting and lighting cigars 😉

Rocky Patel Rep Tim Wong interviewed today

We spoke with Tim Wong of Rocky Patel cigars to discuss the latest coming from that famed factory, the mission behind the cigars, the man behind the mission and all things Rocky.

Taking time out from a busy schedule, Tim Wong gave us some insight into Rocky’s marketing genius, a closer look at the blends and then we talked lastly about Tim’s personal palate. Be sure to catch teh show at 4 PM PST

Radio Dentata

Cigar Review: Fuente Fuente OpusX

This well constructed cigar from the Fuente family is one of the finest Puros to come out of the Dominican Republic.

Notes start off with a silky smooth taste from aged tobaccos that meld into hearty a spicy rich taste on the palate. From such a little vitola comes a thick plume of gray smoke with a dark gray ash. The medium finish compliments the rest of this complex cigar leaving the smoker with a satisfied experience.

Aged leaves for the Opus X contribute to a variety of tastes that differs slightly from size to size and will not disappoint fans!

This is one cigar to have in your humidor and I’d like to add that since it’s a smaller size puro, it’s perfect for those quick occasions when you want a lot of flavor but don’t have much time.

Next week on Pure Indulgence

This week we’ll cover Pinot Noir as a single grape varietal while discussing the versatility of which wines can be made from it. We’ll mention new world and old world styles while referencing wines that “should” be easy to find at most wine retailers off and online. With cigars, we’ll share a few recommendations for those wanting to try cigars. Hint, we’re AVOIDING macanudo!

What I’m smoking this week: Padron 4000, La Riqueza Double Corona, Arturo Fuente Rosado, and Grants Royal Reserve Blend Pipe Tobacco
What I’m drinking this week: Rutz Cellars 1997 Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Chardonnay, Grants Blended Scotch, Knob Creek Whiskey

Check out the blog for White Wolf Indulgence, which helped spin off PI at:

As always find us at Radio Dentata

Cigar Review: Casa Magna Robusto

Rated Cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado, this Nicaraguan Puro is the result of Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plascencia’s expert blending with an oily Colorado wrapper and Nicaraguan binder/filler for a medium to full bodied yet complex smoke.

The Casa Magna Robusto sports a hearty taste in a small package. Robust in flavor, the cigar itself starts off with a little pepper, cedar and spiciness before the mid point where dark coffee flavors take over. Full flavors hit one from the start and continue until the last third where the cigar mellows into sweeter coffee and cedar notes.

It’s a well constructed Robusto that burns evenly and has a light grey ash that held on for quite some time.

I paired this with water but couuld see a light bourbon or whiskey to match it quite nicely. I have to say I really enjoyed the cedar notes but found them on the back end of the palate, rather than the dark coffee notes that were more forthcoming.

Cigar Exclusive: LGC Artesanos De Tabaqueros

Are you a La Gloria Cubana fan? Have you been fortunate enough to smoke the exclusive Artesanos de Miami cigars which are only allowed to be made by top 18 rollers of the company?? Normally the Miami cigars don’t actually leave Miami themselves, but they are available exclusively at Nat Sherman in New York City and now Nat Sherman is proud to announce that they will be the FIRST tobacconist to have LGC’s newest luxury creation, the Artesanos de Tabqueros.

Read more here

Personally I’ve only had one La Gloria. But I’m willing to give them another try since I’ve educated my palate. Grants carries many of the LGCs so I’ll have to try them there. I’ll reveiw as appropriate.

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