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2014 Stratus Decant Cabernet Franc

Stratus Vineyards has released a limited edition 2014 Decant Cabernet Franc in a bottle that’s begging to displayed. For the unique ‘Decant’ bottle Stratus teamed up with famed industrial designer Karim Rashid to create a bottle that would represent the Stratus philosophy of ‘form followed by function’. Karim’s idea was to deconstruct the conventional wine bottle by chopping it up. The nature of his design provided two unexpected functions—better grip for holding and ridges that trap sediments when pouring. This ability to trap the sediments led winemaker JL Groux to make a sedimented wine that was naturally ferment and aged on it lees in the barrel and then bottled unfiltered. This limited edition release is only available at the Stratus winery and their on-line store.  —JB
Stratus Vineyards

Riedel Vinum Extreme Rosé Glass

The Vinum Extreme Rosé glass by Austrian glassware company Riedel may prove to be the perfect compliment to your rosé this summer. In collaboration with top Provence winemakers, the glass was created to showcase the nuances of Provençal rosés by focusing the crisp, fruity aromas and smooth, silky texture so often associated with this style of wine. Though the glass was conceived with rosé in mind, it can also be used to enjoy sweet wines such as Sauternes, Barsac and Tokaj making it a versatile addition to your glassware collection. —JB

LEVO Oil Infuser

Bring some high-tech to your oil and butter infusions with a LEVO oil infuser. The LEVO automates the infusion process while still providing complete control of infusion time and temperature. This allows you to control the color, scent and, most importantly, flavor of your infusion creations. The LEVO is currently in the final stages of production but is available now for pre-order in three colors—black, copper and silver—and is expected to ship late May/early June. —JB

Cosmik Freeze-Dried Ice Cream

Crowd funded start-up Cosmik (formerly Gastronaut Ice Cream) is bringing freeze-dried ice cream to the premium market. Founded by Robert Collignon in Brooklyn, NY, Cosmik Ice Cream is made from 100% organic premium ingredients with no artificial colors or flavors. Cosmic Ice Cream is currently available for pre-order in Mint Chocolate Chip, Mexican Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Cream and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavors. —JB

Clear Coffee

What happens when two people who love drinking coffee but hate stained teeth get together? They create the world’s first colorless coffee of course. Brothers David and Adam Nagy, both avid coffee drinkers, founded CLR CFF to produce a coffee that would allow them to get their coffee fix while not having to worry about the stained teeth often associated with heavy coffee drinkers. Made from freshly roasted Arabica beans and pure water, their Clear Coffee uses never-before-used brewing methods to produce a unique colorless brew. There are no preservatives, stabilizers, sugars or sweeteners and, best of all, it won’t stain your teeth. —JB

KitchenAid Artisan Black Tie Stand Mixer

A KitchenAid stand mixer can be spotted in the kitchen of many serious home cooks, bakers and chefs. The iconic mixer is known for its quality as much as it is for its many colors—it’s available in 85 colors and finishes. Now for the first time ever KitchenAid has released their first monochromatic stand mixer, the Artisan Black Tie Stand Mixer. With only 500 being sold in the US, the Artisan Black Tie is a limited edition all-black 5-quart stand mixer featuring a Cast Iron like textured finish combined with satin and black chrome, die cast zinc and a black stainless steel bowl. Even the included beater and dough hook are black. The Artisan Black Tie is available exclusively from KitchenAid’s online store. —JB

Bees Knees Honey

Bushwick Kitchen is a Brooklyn based company making handmade honeys (amongst other goodies) to delight your taste buds. Their Bees Knees collection consist of three flavors; Bees Knees Spicy Honey, Bees Knees Meyer Lemon Honey and Bees Knees Salted Honey. Each one is made using just two ingredients; wildflower honey from the Hudson Valley infused with either chile peppers, Meyer Lemon rind or sea salt. —JB
Bushwick Kitchen

Gutsey Travel Bars

Health and fitness blog turned lifestyle brand, Gutsey makes snack bars for those looking for a healthier option to traditional snack bars while on the go. Gutsey bars (dubbed travel bars) are made using non-GMO, organic ingredients with no grains, gluten or added sugars. The bars are available in three distinct flavors named after New England states—Maine, Boston and New Hampshire. —JB

Aplat Culinary Totes

The San Francisco based company Aplat makes canvas totes for foodies, chefs, wine enthusiast and bakers alike. Inspired by her lifestyle in France, founder and industrial designer Shujan Bertrand designed the àplat tote to be a simple way of carrying anything from bread and wine to flowers and plates to dinner parties, picnics or home from the market. Bertrand also put a lot of thought into the manufacturing process. For example; the àplat totes are sewn in small batches to avoid overextending the workers, there is zero waste from the yards of fabric they use to make the totes and she’s committed to using local resources, labor and manufacturing to produce them. —JB

Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard

Established in 1948, family-owned Canadian mustard producer Kozlik’s has been crafting small batch, hand-made gourmet mustards for over sixty years. Kozlik’s uses natural, non-GMO and, as often as possible, locally sourced ingredients like maple, balsamic figs and dates, green peppercorn and herbed rosemary. And all of their mustards are gluten-free with no additives or preservatives. —JB
Kozlik’s Mustards