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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

12/17/15

Gooding & Co to Auction Ferrari Collection


Renowned auction house Gooding & Company has announced a car lover’s dream auction set for the 2016 Scottsdale Auctions on January 29th and 30th. 

Picture eight prancing horses on the auction block…

Can you say “Ferrari heaven”?
Acclaimed Ferrari collector Tony Shooshani is cutting ties with these automotive works of art.  Mind you, he has plenty more.  Don’t feel bad for the fellow.  The good news is you should be able to secure the entire lot for an estimated $13.5 million.

In the words of David Gooding, “We are honored to have a part of one of the most esteemed Ferrari collections in North America from such an astute and refined collector.”
As for the eight four-wheeled thoroughbreds, you’ll find several of the “classic” Ferraris, as well as a trio in the supercar category (F40, F50, Enzo).  In order of estimated value, from lowest to highest, they are as follows:

  • 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS                      $150,000
  • 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi                       $475,000
  • 1969 Ferrari Dino 206 GT               $800,000
  • 1990 Ferrari F40                               $1,600,000
  • 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II          $2,300,000
  • 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso              $2,500,000
  • 2003 Ferrari Enzo                             $2,800,000
  • 1995 Ferrari F50                               $2,900,000

Simply pick your favorite and make an offer.  Or better yet, purchase the whole lot.  You’d better have a serious garage...!
Classic Italian automotive art awaits…


12/15/15

Bitters + Bottles Spirits Subscription – The Perfect Gift...?




Need a gift for that special someone...? 

Does that special someone happen to enjoy a good cocktail…?
Allow me to resolve your quandary…

Now you can gift a monthly subscription of booze...!

How does this work?  Well, suffice it to say, you might want to be over 21.  That would be the main prerequisite.  If you have that minor issue (pun intended) covered, each month you will receive a delivery of 4-6 bottled ingredients, including a target spirit.  This monthly treasure trove comes with 5 or more cocktail recipes using the ingredients in the box.  After a year of subscriptions, your bar will be well-stocked and you will be quite the hobbyist mixologist…!  You can impress your friends and family, and occasionally just drink yourself into a refined stupor.  Hey, we all need to relieve the stress of life every now and then…
Pricing is $85.00/month plus shipping, and this is a 1-year program.  You can cancel or pause the program at any point during the year.  A bar tool starter kit is also available for $55.00.

With top-shelf ingredients, excellent customer service and a fully stocked online store to supplement your subscription, this is a can’t-miss gift.  Keep in mind there are certain states with shipping restrictions – you know who you are! 
Cheers and Happy Holidays…!



12/13/15

Paradise Press – Grapefruit Cocktail Perfection




Light…
Refreshing…

If this is your cocktail craving, I have the drink for you.  Provided, of course, that you aren’t allergic to grapefruit.
The Paradise Press

Here is my take on a recipe kindly provided by the bar staff at Land Ocean in Roseville, California.  An excellent summer cocktail, you can certainly enjoy this year-round at your discretion.  The above mentioned “light, refreshing” quality makes it an excellent drink for nearly any occasion.
So, other than grapefruit, what the heck is in this concoction…?

I do have a diminutive shopping list for you, but once you acquire everything, the drink is simple to construct and easy to quaff.  Here we go…
Paradise Press

·         1 ½ oz. Vodka (good quality, please)
·         2 dashes Grapefruit bitters
·         Squeeze of fresh grapefruit juice
·         Splash of soda (Sprite or 7-up)
·         SanPellegrino Pompelmo

Cut the grapefruit in eighths.  In a rocks glass over ice, combine juice from 1/8 grapefruit along with vodka, bitters and soda splash.  Top with SanPellegrino and stir.
Cheers…!


12/8/15

Open Table Speaks: 10 Best Restaurants in America


The online restaurant booking service Open Table, founded in 1998 in the Bay Area, provides reservations for nearly 31,000 restaurants across the United States.  Monthly dinner seatings are estimated to be in the 15 million range. 

Really…?
That is one helluva lot of hungry people, customers served, and opinions formed. 

As opinions are formed, reviews are written.  The folks at Open Table have analyzed over 5,000,000 of these reviews, tallied the results, enlisted a secret accounting firm (just kidding) and released their Top 100 list.  I am promptly removing 11 through 100, and tonight we will name the top ten.  Get your appetite on and take a look…
First up is diminutive (eleven tables) and rustic Italian eatery Vetri, located in Philadelphia.  Diners enjoy a multi-course tasting menu, specializing in authentic Northern Italian cuisine.  Mangia..!

Next, let us find our way to New York City and chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous Daniel.  This sophisticated and architecturally striking restaurant serves up a seasonal take on contemporary French cuisine.  One of the best there is…!
Third up is n/naka.  Artfully prepared dishes in the Japanese kaiseki style of dining.  Chef Niki Nakayama prepares the freshest ingredients with a combination of traditional and modern techniques to bring together this top shelf dining experience. 

A veteran of the San Francisco restaurant scene, Acquerello has been serving Italian fine-dining for over 26 years.  Earning countless awards over the years Acquerello garnered their second Michelin star this year..! 
Back to the East Coast we go to Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located in Pocantico Hills, NY.  Guests are offered a “multi-taste Grazing, Rooting Pecking menu featuring the best offerings from the field and market”.  Intrigued...?

We’ll stay in New York and have some sushi at Sushi Nakazawa.  Sushi fanatics have raved about Chef Daisuke Nakazawa and his 20-course meals for years.  A bucket list dinner for the Sushi lover.
A detour down south will land us at Halls Chophouse in Charleston, SC.  Amazing steaks, along with some fresh seafood and Lowcountry specialties round out a satiating menu at this vibrant restaurant. 

Heading west to Chandler, AZ, and you will find the Kai Restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.  Chef Conor Favre (he’s not the quarterback) features a menu steeped in the history and creativity of Native American culture.
Let’s take a vacation in Hawaii and go to Mama’s Fish House in Paia, HI.  A converted beach house in a coconut grove on a secluded white sand beach…  enough said…  People love this place…!

My last stop is in Santa Rosa, CA at the St. Francis Winery and Vineyards.  Here you experience a multicourse wine and food pairing from chef Bryan Jones sure to send your taste buds to Nirvana. 
Cheers…!