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
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
New Hampshire chocolatier, L.A. Burdick, has released a limited-edition assortment of Scotch Whisky chocolates in honor of the late Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday. This half-pound box contains bonbons and truffles filled with whisky ganache made from Macallan, Talisker, Springbank, Highland Park, Glenfarclas, and Lagavulin Scotch Whisky. The Robert Burns Collection is available now through February 3rd. —JB