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Beverage Trends from the USA Trade Tasting

The USA Trade Tasting (USATT) is an annual wine and spirits show where brands exhibit their products and connect with distributors, importers, retailers and press. This 2 day event was held on May 15th and 16th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Below are some of the current and up and coming trends in wine and spirits industry.

Pink Gin

Ladies, there is a new millennial pink drink that’s trending, pink gin! Move over frosé, pink gin cocktails are going to be the hottest drink this summer. Musgrave Pink Rose is produced and bottled in South Africa. This gin is infused with rose water to give it a beautiful pink hue. Musgrave Pink won the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2017 and Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Award in 2016. Rose Terres de Mistral Gin is handcrafted in small batches and enhanced with 12 provencal botanicals to give the gin exotic notes and gorgeous color.

Coffee

Caffeine lovers can now enjoy the rich and full-bodied flavored of coffee in their wines and spirits. Andrew Peace Wines from Australia released a Café de Cabernet, a Colombian Coffee infused Cabernet Sauvignon. FAIR. Café Liquor from France, won best tasting liquor at the 2010 New York Spirit Awards. FAIR uses certified Arabica coffee beans that are organically grown and Fair Trade Certified for the best coffee flavor.

Fun and Fruity

Even if you are not going away this summer, drinking rum punch can make you feel like you’re on the beach on a tropical island. Mabi Punch is infused with fresh, exotic and sun ripened fruit and is blended with brown sugar cane and native rum from Guadeloupe. Mabi is an indigenous tree in the Caribbean and its bark is used to make tonic beverages. In Guadeloupe, harvesting the fruit is a way to protect and save the trees. Mabi Punch won the Medaille d’or Paris 2015, hopefully this award-winning liquor will be making its way to the states soon.

Cambusier makes French fruit liqueurs in 13 different varieties. The fruit is organically-farmed, sustainably-farmed, and picked directly, perfect for craft cocktails.

Lautergold have been making liqueurs from the fruit on Ore Mountain in Saxony, Germany since 1734. These premium liqueurs use high quality fruit for the best taste.

Western Son Distillery, makes flavored vodkas in small batches from 100% American yellow corn. These flavored vodkas are gluten-free, kosher, vegan and naturally flavored.

A touch of Sweet and a touch of Heat

Even though the Mary Poppins song states “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” a touch of honey and maple syrup also helps cocktails go down smooth. Several exhibitors showcased spirits with honey and maple syrup. Tomahawk Maple Whiskey uses eight-year-old Canadian rye whiskey and maple syrup for an incredibly smooth taste. Western Honey Pepper Whiskey is an American small batch whiskey, made with premium bourbon and is blended with chili peppers and honey. This whiskey starts off hot, but finishes sweet.

Belle Isle Honey Habanero is award-winning moonshine infused with habaneros and honey for the perfect balance of sweet and heat. Since moonshine is made with corn, this distilled spirit is the perfect gluten-free option.

If you’re looking to spice up your margaritas this summer, Dano’s Dangerous Tequila released a Fresh Pineapple & Jalapeno Blanco Infusion. This tequila is made with 100% Blue Agave Blanco and fresh pineapples and jalapenos, no artificial flavors or extracts. Just like the name implies, this tequila is dangerously smooth, so drink responsibly.

If you’re looking for some sweet without the heat, try Alvisa Honey Brandy. This Spanish brandy is aged for 10 years with a touch of pure honey. Alvisa Honey Brandy has a dark amber color, complex aromas, and is best served on the rocks.

Time for Dessert

If you are looking for something sweet to sip on after dinner, these wines and spirits are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ginja 9 is a sour cherry liqueur from Portugal. Sour cherries (morello cherries) are infused in alcohol and lightly sweetened with sugar. Pour Ginja into into chocolate cups, for the perfect finish to any meal.

The Kourtakis family has been making wine since 1895. Two of their standout wines include Muscat of Samos Kourtaki, a Sweet White Wine and Kourtaki Mavrodaphne of Patras, a Sweet Red Wine. These sweet wines are perfect for dessert and are a great substitution if you like Moscato or Ice Wine.

Cynergy Caramel Infused Vodka, is the perfect way to finish off a meal. The caramel infused vodka is a smooth and delicious shot and is great on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail.

 

 

 

 

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Eyewear Trends from the 2018 Vision Expo

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It’s springtime, and everyone is looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses to wear for bright, sunny days. The Vision Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC is the premier event to discover the latest in eyewear. Here are the biggest fashion trends for this year’s show.

 

Clear Frames/Double Bridge Glasses

Massada, a company from Switzerland, created their Lust Caution based off the styles from the 1930s. They created Lust Caution, a frame with a double bridge 6-years ago based on the American tourist, before they were copied by other brands. This double bridge style is currently trending as well as clear frames. The frames below are called The Last Temptation.

Red Hot Frames

Look red-hot this summer in a pair of Miss Exec Sun of vintage inspired red frames from Victory Optical. Channel your inner 1959 Barbie as you look glamorous seaside in these shades.

 

Stripes

There is no summer without stripes, especially when they are trending this year. Check out Ultra Limited’s collection and find a kaleidoscopic mix of colors, perfect for you.

Raw & Recycled Materials

There were many companies with eco-friendly eyewear and displays at the Vision Expo. Parafina is an eco-friendly eyewear company uses trash and recyclable materials to make their shades. SAY-OH by E & E Ltd. uses rusted pieces and guitar frets to make frames. Andy Wolf used cardboard boxes as seats at his tradeshow booth and the Ultra Limited display was also made out of cardboard and was completely recyclable.

 

 

Sunglasses for Dogs

SAY-OH, an eyewear company from Japan, created a line of sunglasses for dogs called Say-Woof. Two of their popular styles include The Mimi and The Rock. These geometric sunglasses not only look good on dogs, they also look good on humans!

 

Leather Frames

Lucas de Stael, from Paris, created frames that are made from engraved cow leather, which resembles carved wood. Be one step ahead of the trend and order a pair. Histoire De Voir also displayed their leather eyewear line at the expo.

 

Frames Inspired by Music, Movies & Art

Vinyl Factory 1964’s slogan is “spex, mugs & rock and roll.” Factory 1964 stands for Andy Warhol’s pop-art factory that opened in 1964. Each frame is handmade and is named after musicians and artists.

 

Freakshow is an eyewear line that is named after movie characters or actors. Its sunglasses have an anti-reflective coating and polarized lens to handle the flashes and flickers on the red carpet. Vinylize also created a movie inspired line called Cinematiq where you can wear a piece of cinema history.

 

Selima Optique made a custom pair based off the movie Robin Hood. All proceeds for these sunglasses are donated to the Robin Hood Foundation.

Vintage Inspired

Tyche Iset Eyewear was named after Tyche the Greek goddess of fortune and Iset the goddess of wisdom. Morganne Leigh merged her art, inspiration and vintage touches from her favorite eras. Each pair is glamous and sophisticated, perfect of a goddess.

 

Emmanuelle Khahn Paris re-launched vintage inspired frames which former model and designer Emmanuelle Khahn made famous.

Spectaculars pays tribute to the American eyewear classics with modern twists. They use the finest materials, pin rivet hinges and 100% hypoallergenic cotton-based cellulose acetate, they don’t believe in comprising quality. Every pair is made right in the USA.

 

Glitz and Glam

Sospiri is an Italian luxury eyewear company uses Swarovski cyrstals, metals and embellishments to create limited edition collection that is focused on detail. If you enjoy glitz and glam, this high end line is for you. Other glam trends include pearls, glitter and other precious stones. Baldinini Occhiali’s new line is embellished with glitter.

 

Brands that Give Back

TOMS eyewear line, Baumvision, gives sight to a person in need for every pair you purchase. These shades are not only fashionable but will make you feel good knowing that you gave a person the gift of sight.

Wooden Frames

Specs of Wood, a company from Woodmere, NY, won first place for best product at the Vision Choice Awards. Feb 31st, an optical company from Italy, also has a wood line called Total Wood that is also sleek and stylish.

Colorful Lenses

After the dark and dreary winter it’s nice to brighten things up for spring and summer. Consider wearing a pair of shades with colorful lenses this spring, yellow and pantone are particularly popular.  Garrett Leight California Optical has a great line of rainbow customs, perfect for festival season. Your favorite frames now come with matching lens in an assortment of rainbow colors, these are a summer must-have.

 

 

Geometric Lenses and Cutouts

 

Vintage style frames and large geometric lenses and cutout are big this season. Even though these shapes are unconventional, they add definition, sharpen and elongate features and contour the face. Try them on, you will be pleasantly surprised how good they look on.

 

Matching Sunglasses

A Bathing Ape, an eyewear company from Tokyo, showcased a line for boyfriend and girlfriend, mom and daughter and father and son. Want more ways to match as a couple? Click here.