Japan is primarily known in the world of spirits for their saké and whisky, but a growing number of gins are coming to market. The newly opened Hiroshima based Sakurao Distillery will release their first two gins in March. Available now for pre-order, the Sakurao Dry Gin Original is made from 9 carefully selected botanicals from Hiroshima with a heavy base of citrus fruits. While their Sakurao Dry Gin Limited is made from 17 carefully selected botanicals and other interesting ingredients such as oyster shells and wasabi. —J.B.
Coravin showed off their latest offering the Model Eleven at this years CES show in Las Vegas. Coming in just shy of $1,000 USD, the Coravin Model Eleven adds a new LED indicator light that lets you know when the wine is ready to pour and Bluetooth connectivity which will allow it to communicate with the newly developed companion app Coravin Moments.
Coravin Moments will let you monitor battery life, how much argon gas is left in the capsule or when it’s time to order new capsules. The app can also assist with pairing wines to your mood. Just tell the app what you’re planning on eating and watching or listening to and it will suggest wines for you. Coravin tapped wine journaling and discovery app maker, Delectable, to provide the wine information with in Moments, so the wine selection should be pretty vast and constantly growing.
Both the Model Eleven and Coravin Moments are expected to be released in September 2018. —JB
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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