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Welcome to Connoisseur Corner - Luxe Consulting and Executive Services

Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…

Marty can be contacted at: 916.952.9529 Marty@ConnoisseurCorner.com

3/15/10

T.T. Trunks for the Thirsty Traveler


Do you happen to miss your own bar when you travel? There is something to be said for having the ability to whip up your favorite concoction whenever the urge strikes.

T.T. Trunks of Paris has just what is needed to quench the thirst. Your very own traveling mini bar trunk!

Standard features include a built in refrigerator, automatic coffee machine and a champagne kit. There is storage space aplenty for your collection of mini-bottles, glasses and miscellaneous menus or magazines.

For the cigar aficionado, T.T. Trunks will modify your mini bar further by removing a drawer and adding a cigar humidor made from solid okoume wood.

You can also customize your traveling saloon with high quality leathers of cowhide, calfskin or the more exotic crocodile, ostrich or python. For the interior look to some alcantara or linen canvas. Various colors of thread can be used, as well as choices of metal finishings, embroideries, stampings or inserts. Your imagination is your only limitation.

3/9/10

What is the ICSWI..?


Let me start with a clue today… which is of course, in the form of another question.

Do you like bubbly?

Yes indeed, we are going to discuss champagne and sparkling wine today! Specifically the Independent Champagne and Sparkling Wine Invitational – thus the ICSWI acronym.

In the Champagne region of France alone, there are over 5,000 independent artisans growing and producing their own product. That’s a lot of finely crafted Champagne. And the conference will be covering the rest of the world as well. Italian Prosecco, Spanish Cava, German Sekt and Californian sparkling wine will all be present and available for your sampling pleasure. Over 50 of America’s top sommeliers will be on hand to handle the pouring duties.

The conference is being held in New Orleans in mid-April. There will be a full slate of educational seminars with industry experts, mixology demonstrations, a winemaker dinner and a couple of rather festive parties sure to run late into the evening.

Tickets are available online. Order yours and get ready to enjoy that bubbly..!

3/1/10

2011 Porsche Cayenne Appears


Porsche’s polarizing Cayenne SUV is set to debut in second generation form. This revision is from the ground up and corrects what were many of the previous generation’s faults.

In realizing the Cayenne should have more of an on-road bias, the reduction in off-road mechanical bits has helped the engineers shave a few hundred pounds from the previous model. Less weight equals better performance and improved fuel efficiency. All this despite a slight increase in both length and width over the previous model.

Another point of dissatisfaction was the Cayenne’s design. Fortunately both the exterior and interior appear to have been greatly improved. The outside aesthetic reveals a sleeker SUV with more sporting intentions, befitting of a Porsche. The interior is vastly improved as well, with many design cues coming from the recently introduced Panamera sedan.

Being that we are talking about a Porsche, it’s time to chat about powerplants. There will be four engine options on the new edition. The “entry-level” Cayenne gets a 300-hp V6 which will get you to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds according to the manufacturer. The Cayenne S model ups the ante with a V8 producing 400-hp. The speed fiends among you will appreciate the Cayenne Turbo, a twin-turbocharged V8 good for 500 raging horsepower. The final option is for the greenies out there… a hybrid that touts a 333-hp supercharged V6 engine along with a 47-hp electric motor. Performance is said to be on par with the Cayenne S. Mileage figures for the model range have not been released as of this writing.

All-in-all I really like the work of the team at Zuffenhausen. You will see the new Cayenne in showrooms in July, with the exception being the hybrid which has an expected fall arrival.