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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

1/27/15

Vieux Carré – Excellent Winter Cocktail from New Orleans


 
Let me get this out of the way up front… Yes, you can drink this whenever you want.  It just so happens to be an excellent pairing on a brisk winter’s eve.

Potent, sophisticated and fun, the Vieux Carré cocktail has actually been around for a year or 50.  This is an old school adult beverage blast.   Originating from New Orleans (the name refers to the French Quarter), the earliest published recipe dates from 1937.  Apparently the Carousel Bar in New Orleans had a hand in making the drink popular. 

Note the use of two different bitters – this gives a touch of complexity, as the Peychaud’s is a bit more floral and sweeter than the angostura.

You can do this up in a cocktail glass or martini glass, or on the rocks if preferred.  Here we go…

·         ¾ ounce rye whiskey

·         ¾ ounce Cognac

·         ¾ ounce vermouth

·         1 tsp Benedictine liqueur

·         1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

·         1 dash angostura bitters

·         Lemon twist for garnish (some prefer a cherry)

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and add ice.  Stir, and strain into martini or cocktail glass and garnish.

Cheers..!

1/26/15

Carmel 2 – YG Acoustics' Newest Speaker


 
No… I’m not discussing a second California city by the sea.  Today I provide discourse on things audio, specifically monolithic music-generating devices… speakers.

Audiophile speaker manufacturer YG Acoustics, based out of Denver, Colorado, has taken upon itself to update their entry-level Carmel. 

Actually, the term update seems a bit of an understatement, as literally everything about the original Carmel has been improved.  As a two-way speaker design, both the tweeter and mid-woofer in the Carmel have been redone with technologies trickled-down from YG’s top of the line Sonja and Hailey speakers.  The updated crossover, using DualCoherent™ technology, allows simultaneous optimization of both frequency and time domains.  Even the enclosure, constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum has been redone, for improvements in sound and esthetics.

On live display at the 2015 CES in Las Vegas, the Carmel 2, paired with some excellent electronics from D’Agostino, sounded very open and dynamic.  This is an excellent speaker, and well worth an audition for anyone looking at speakers in this price range.  Highly recommended…

MSRP $24,300.00

1/25/15

Shastra Steak Knife – A Cut Above


 
If you are a devoted connoisseur of a fine steak, you know doubt have a good appreciation of a proper steak knife.  I’m talking an extra sharp, luxury steak knife.

Let me introduce the Shastra Steak Knife

Blades of the Gods, a company in Bali, is blending 1100 years of Balinese blacksmithing tradition with modern craftsmanship to produce these works of art, that happen to be able to slice beef at your whim. 

These heirloom quality steak knives have a carbonized steel edged Damascus blade with 161 layers of iron, manganese steel and pure nickel.  The hilt is ebony with white sterling silver trim and balance.  Overall knife length comes in at 9.4 inches.  The set of eight knives comes in a box of Indian rosewood covered with fine black calk skin.  Priced at $9150.00 for the set, you will be the envy of carnivores everywhere..!