The latest in Champagne Taittinger’s Millésimé range, the 2012 vintage carries the desirable balance of crisp freshness and an elegant delicacy. This is a very lively and effervescent champagne, composed of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes (both drawn from some of the finest vineyards in the region). The 2012 Millésimé undergoes a second fermentation and a five year aging period on the lees. Pear and green apple are noticeable on the palate and the finish happens to be long and complex.
There’s still nothing like a handwritten note—and paper matters. From NYC’s Damaged Goods (and creators John Hardy and Nicholas DelRose) comes a line of “nom nom nom” cards featuring our personal favorite, the fortune cookie. Select stock meets thoughtful design, all bound with an environmentally conscious production. These are statement-making, small batch cards.
Made from BPA-free platinum silicone, this set of four stackable popsicle molds is practical and kind to the environment. Create all kinds of flavored frozen treats (including healthier options) on your own or take tips from the accompanying recipe booklet that includes ideas for lactose- and gluten-free options. Dishwasher-safe and ideal for summer months, they are available from the MoMA Store.
As matcha enthusiasts, we’re certainly partial to a traditionally brewed green tea, but understand that there isn’t always time for the full ceremony. Of all the bottled iterations we’ve tried, there’s no doubt that MatchaBar’s mint matcha is our favorite. With a bold flavor and a refreshing twist, it’s available in packs of 12 (10-ounce bottles) and provides that combination of caffeine and L-Theanine that matcha-drinkers appreciate.
Barnana has come to make a name for themselves as a brand “upcycling” organic bananas that don’t have the perfect look but taste perfectly fine. While minimizing food waste, they’ve also developed a series of delicious banana-based snacks. Our personal favorite, Organic Banana Brittle is made of thin, crisp laters of the fruit and chocolate. It’s also USDA Organic, non-GMO project verified, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free—meaning it can be enjoyed by just about everyone.
Sculpted in Jonathan Adler’s Soho studio, these hand-shaped serving utensils are then cast in solid brass and finished with a food-safe lacquer. Little sculptures in their own right, these table tools serve up a bit of surrealism as they sparkle. In the most literal sense, these are hands ready to serve—but they should avoid acidic foods and be washed by hand.
According to various studies, Americans alone use some 500 million straws every day, and almost every single plastic straw ever made (regardless of whether it’s been recycled) still exists in some way on this planet. One little, and very easy, step we can all take to lessen the waste, pollution and eight million tons of plastic trash that ends up in our oceans is adopting reusable straws. This set of four stainless steel straws (two curved, two straight) are BPA-, phthalate-, lead and toxin-free, and will never rust. They even come with a little brush to make cleaning them extra simple.
Instead of requiring disposable filters, the Coffee Gator has a reusable laser-cut steel filter designed to pull the most out of your beans. This offers a cleaner flavor than the French-press method. Easy to clean, this hassle-free piece of equipment—that yields 400ml, or three cups—can handle years of repeat use.
All natural and preservative free, L.A. Burdick Chocolates’s Rocher Nest with Eggs features dual layer gourmet chocolate flair. On the outside, dark chocolate and sugar-coated toasted almonds form a crunchy nest. Inside, the chocolatier includes five eggs featuring dark, milk, and white chocolate, including hazelnut praline, banana-honey caramel and raspberry white chocolate ganache fillings. There are flavors for everyone here, and it’s been made with the utmost care, from a brand celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Catalonia (on the northeastern edge of the Iberian Peninsula) is perhaps best known for Cava. This wine, Succés La Cuca de Llum, also uses the Trepat grape found in Cava, but here it results in a bright red. It’s fresh, and a little funky (or “dusty”) and delightfully mineral-y. That said, it’s not a watery, weak red—it’s vibrant. Bonus: it’s a natural wine, organically farmed from 20-47-year-old vines, and is great for sipping during transitional seasons.
These geometric rocks keep the temperature down, without diluting what you’re sipping. Available in a set of four, each rock has a distinct shape (from pyramids to spheres) so everybody can keep track of their own cocktails. While they look like they could be from outer space, they’re made from earthy materials: soapstone and marble.