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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

1/31/17

Wagons are Cool Again…!



Probably not, but…
There does seem to be a sudden renaissance-in-miniature of the full-size luxury 5-door.  I’m not talking SUVs here, let-alone crossovers.  These are honest-to-goodness wagons. 

Why am I preaching about hitching up to a wagon?  Logic points out that they are as equally utilitarian as the SUV crowd, unless of course you plan on going off-road on a regular basis.  Then add on the better gas mileage, superior vehicle handling and dynamics, and you have a great argument for taking a serious look at these buggies. 
Just exactly what buggies, er…  wagons, do I like?  Let’s take a look…



The Rock  -  “Solid as a…” one might say.  Something that Mercedes-Benz cars have been known for over the years.  There is also a long tradition of wagons, and the 2017 E400 Wagon carries forward in grand fashion.  Would you believe nearly half the E-Class cars sold in Germany are wagons!  The stateside version gets a 3.0L V6 engine with 329 horsepower, the excellent E-Class interior, and is bestowed with all of the high-tech insanity that has become Mercedes’ calling card. 

The Beauty  -  If you have any appreciation for design whatsoever, the Volvo V90 will catch your eye and not let go.  Volvo wagons have had a bit of a cult following for decades, and that cult is likely to grow with the new V90 coming to market.  The beauty in this case resides on the outside as well as the interior.  And you get some nice mechanicals as well, with the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder churning out 316 horsepower, available all-wheel drive and Volvo’s famous safety features.  A winning combination!



The Athelete  -  BMW is never one to be left out of a vehicle segment, and the luxury wagon world has their latest entry with the 5-Series Touring.  The latest 5-Series sedan is proving to be a real runner, and the wagon will share those nimble moves, all the while providing that extra utility.  Although not yet officially announced (the possibility is high we won't get these stateside), we hope to see the 530 wagon with the 4-cylinder motor, as well as the 540 with the V6.  What we will definitely get is a dynamic performer when called upon, as well as the highly improved 5-Series interior. 
Take your pick!  You won’t be disappointed with any of them…

“Wagons, ho..!”




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

1/11/17

The Hot TVs from CES 2017



Whiter whites…  blacker blacks…

I’m not talking laundry detergent here.  The television and related technology is the topic du jour.

CES in Vegas is always chock-full of the latest and greatest releases from virtually all of the television manufacturers, each one trying to outdo the other.  Absolute heaven for the videophile tech geeks out there.  OLED and HDR were the central buzzwords this year.
I hate acronyms...!

Some quick acronym background...
OLED – Organic Light-Emitting Diode.  This is the latest and greatest way to produce light, and therefore digital displays, otherwise known as your TV screen.  You can geek out at the wiki here.

HDR – High Dynamic Range.  This bit of tech allows for substantially improved contrast ratio and color accuracy, thus improving the video image.  Details here.

Enough of that!  Now that you are on the edge of your seats, wondering what the best television introductions were in Sin City, I shall rid you of your angst and make you wait no longer…
Here are my faves…

Sony XBR-A1E OLED  -  Quite the name, but I know you have it committed to memory.  This gem will be available in 55, 65, or 77-inch sizes and displays Ultra HD and HDR in spectacular fashion.  The set is incredibly thin with a nearly non-existent frame, for that “floating image” experience.
Samsung QLED 4K  -  This one is not OLED tech, but a pumped up LED screen technology to get you pretty darn close to the OLED image.  Sized at 55, 65 and 88-inches, the Samsung televisions do indeed provide an impressive image close to the OLED experience.  Pricing will likely be a bit lower as well.

LG W7P OLED “Wallpaper”  -  This was the winner of the cool television sweepstakes at this year’s CES.  The TV is so thin that it literally hangs on the wall with magnets.  Yes, magnets...!  What is “thin” you ask..?  How does 0.15 inch sound..?  Amazing!  It is so thin that it will not work on a stand, but requires a wall for hanging.  In a slick bit of engineering, the electronics were moved to a separate soundbar, allowing for the skinny screen.  Available screen sizes are 65 and 77-inches, and pricing will be in the $8,000.00 range.  This television wins the wow-factor hands down...!
Until next year’s CES, happy viewing…!

Cheers!

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

1/10/17

Wine Time – Chateau Boswell Elegance


Elegance…  Merriam-Webster might define the word as “refined gracefulness” or “dignified beauty of style”…

After spending time tasting through the lineup at Chateau Boswell, elegance was the word.


Tucked away off the northern end of the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley, Chateau Boswell has been producing elegant wines for many a year.  Founded in 1979 by the late R.T. Boswell, noted Winemaker Andr√© Tchelistcheff took the reins as initial Winemaker and guided the Chateau down its current path.  Current Winemaker and grape guru Phillipe Melka continues the tradition, at the helm since November of 2015.  Current production hovers around the 5,000 cases/year mark.
Grapes from the estate as well as carefully selected regional sources form the backbone of current production, which concentrates on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals.  All of the wines are terrior focused, deftly displaying the characteristics from whence they came.  Finely structured Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast and Sta. Rita Hills, single-vineyard Chardonnays from the Rued and Ritchie vineyards among others.  Of note, the Pinots and one of the Chardonnays are labeled under the moniker “Absolutely Eloise”.

Who…?
Look no further than family for the answer.  Proprietress Susan Boswell emphasizes family, with granddaughter Eloise lending her name for these labels.


As for the Cabernets, bottlings from Oakville, Napa, and the renowned Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard are all standouts.  Of course, I save the best for last when I mention the Estate Cabernet, which happens to be my favorite bottling of the lineup…!
Are you ready to taste these gems…?

As Chateau Boswell is a Private Estate, all visits are by appointment only.  I recommend a maximum of 6 persons to maintain the intimate feel of the experience.  With Director of Estate Operation Cameron James as your guide, the tasting will typically begin in the entry to the wine cave, referred to as the “dome room”.  Chardonnays and Pinots will be the starters here, with a stroll through the caves and tastings of the big reds capping the visit.  The overall experience is casual and relaxed, yet reflects the “refined gracefulness” of the wines themselves.
Elegance personified…

Cheers…!

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