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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…

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2/24/18

The Botanist - Gin Diaries pt4



And now for a bit of time travel, back to 1881 in Islay, Scotland.  Three brothers from the whisky-making Harvey family decided to form their own distillery – Bruichladdich (brookh-LAD-dee).  Over the decades, single malt whiskeys were the product choice. 

Did someone say “gin”...?

In 2011 the distillers stepped outside their comfort zone and introduced a gin to their lineup, The Botanist.  The gin is named for two extremely busy and quite possibly overworked botanists that gather 22 locally sourced wild Islay botanicals.  These botanicals are combined with the 9 classic gin aromatics, forming what I find to be a truly world-class spirit…!

These 31 botanicals manage to remain balanced and structured on the palate.  Citrus and floral notes keep things fresh, and spice is well integrated into the long finish.  There is a real harmony here, despite the complexity of ingredients.  The nose is also a thing of beauty, with delicate aromas weaving together and delighting the senses.

Other factors lending unique qualities to this gin, a sense of place if you will, are the use of Islay spring water, and the slow distillation process in a rare and aged Lomond Still, christened Ugly Betty. 

Classic…!

Bottom line?  This is an excellent spirit for the gin aficionados out there.  Well worth a try and highly recommended…!

Oh, and for those 31 botanicals, here they are:  angelica root, apple mint, birch leaves, bog myrtle leaves, cassia bark, chamomile, cinnamon bark, coriander seed, creeping thistle flowers, elder flowers, gorse flowers, heather flowers, hawthorn flowers, juniper berries, lardy's bedstraw flowers, lemon balm, lemon peel, liquorice root, meadow sweet, orange peel, oris root, peppermint leaves, mugwort leaves, red clover flowers, tansy, thyme leaves, water mint leaves, white clover, wood sage leaves.

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


2/10/18

Archer Napa – A Hotel Done Right...!



California’s Napa Valley   Internationally renowned for spectacular wines, not to mention some pretty amazing dining.  With tourists coming from far and wide, consideration must be given to where one will lay their head while visiting this grape juice Mecca.

If you follow the local buzz, and I heard excited comments from several restaurant and winery employees in the area, look no further than the boutique Archer Hotel collection, and their newest gem, now welcoming guests in Downtown Napa. 


Equal parts sleek and warm, the Napa-chic Archer greets you with relaxed refinement, while still maintaining an unmistakable urban energy.  The visuals are top-notch with excellent architecture and design choices throughout, courtesy of LK Architecture Inc.  The soaring 2-story lobby impresses, replete with extensive use of natural woods and stone, topped off with a skylight atrium featuring a crystal grapevine chandelier.  Of particular note to wine geeks in the lobby will be the large three-dimensional topographic map of the Napa Valley.  Even the smallest of details have been well thought out and integrated into the overall experience, including curated artwork from local artists. 


Impressive...!

The 5-story structure houses 183 sleek (there’s that word again) and luxurious guest rooms, with choices ranging from the 285 sq. ft. Classic King on up to the sumptuous Archer’s Den, boasting a balcony & fireplace, with 780 sq. ft. to spread out in.


Each room is outfitted with a wine fridge, complimentary Wi-Fi, Frette robes, Malin+Goetz bath amenities, a Nespresso machine to start your engine in the morning, and the classic his and hers complimentary slippers! 


Hotel amenities include over 17,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, the soon-to-open Rooftop Spa, the stunning Rooftop Bar opening this spring, and for food, none other than renowned chef Charlie Palmer’s eponymous restaurant Charlie Palmer Steak.  Available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, not to mention room service, Charlie Palmer Steak serves up the chef’s refined American cuisine with a focus on extraordinary meats highlighted by locally sourced ingredients.  The perfect pairing for your newly acquired Napa wines...! 

Of particular note at Archer Napa was the friendly, efficient and proactive service.  At every turn, the staff was on point.  Remarkable for such a newly minted property.

Destined to be a cornerstone of downtown Napa for years to come, Archer Napa is a hotel done right. 
Highly recommended…!