All across the world there are tens of thousands of wine decanters begging to have the inside of the decanter cleaned and polished. But it was nearly impossible to properly dry and polish the inside of a decanter – until now!
Spot-Not is so easy to use and so effective. The Spot-Not decanter dryer and polisher has two main parts: a drying cloth that goes into the decanter and a drying mitt for the outside. Magnetic bands inserted in both parts draw the two together and as you move the outer mitt, the inside cloth moves along with it, drying and polishing the inside of the decanter. The magnet bands are removable so the two highly absorbent micro-fiber pads can be washed and reused. Decanters and carafes you were ashamed to serve are suddenly restored to being your pride and joy.
Spot-Not comes in retail-friendly packaging and master packs of 12, so it is really easy to buy. Spot-Not is a product of the Wine Lovers group, a consortium of professional-grade wine accessories.
By Robin Mather
When your customers mention entertaining at home, are they thinking about strictly within the four walls of their own houses? Or are they also planning what we’ve come to think of as entertaining-at-home-adjacent — the upscale picnic that goes to the concert in the park, or dinner on the dock, or the day at the beach, or the kids’ birthday party anywhere but home?
Though retailers haven’t focused specifically on that trend, we saw a number of items at the recent Las Vegas Market that work especially well for entertaining away from home. The manufacturers we met agreed that their customers, especially their Millennial and younger customers, adore the idea of entertaining in locations away from their homes.
While wine glass charms have been around for some time, Going Stemless offers super-powered magnet single charms and sets of charms so guests can identify their own glasses. A stainless steel magnet goes inside the glass, and the dangling brightly-colored charm clips onto the outside. The benefit here is that these adorable little charms also work on the kind of glasses we often take on picnics: the iconic red Solo cup. The company’s best seller is a beach-themed set of five charms with a suggested retail price of $21.95.
Two items from the Di Potter line are perfect for an elegant dinner outside the home. Wine glass shades rest on any wine glass; drop in a battery-powered tealight, and you’ve got an instant, upscale, safe light for an intimate dinner. With a suggested retail of $18 for a set of six, they’re an affordable addition to your customers’ entertaining pantry. The Bottle Light, a battery-powered light that drops into a wine, champagne or water bottle, casts a dreamy, soft light that is especially appealing. Using three AA batteries, Bottle Light’s batteries will last 80 to 100 hours of use, or customers can replace them with a rechargeable USB power source (suggested retail price $30). The Bottle Light is available in clear and colored versions; suggested retail price is $30 for clear and $50 for a color option that allows you to choose from a number of colors.
Messermeister has introduced a line of knives with cheery colored handles, in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and black. The six-inch cheese and tomato knife (suggested retail $7.95) has a slightly serrated blade, which makes it ideal for soft foods such as fruits, vegetables and cheeses, as well as harder foods such as baguettes and firmer cheeses. Holes in the blade keep soft foods from sticking, and its pronged tip makes serving sliced cheeses easy, too.
JK Adams, makers of cutting and carving boards, also has a line of just-the-right-size cheese and cutting boards made from maple, ash and other fine woods. Suggested retail prices start at around $12 for these little guys, and retailers can offer personalization at an additional cost.
Sophistiplate showed a line of handsome and especially sturdy paper plates and cutlery, available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Ruffled edges on some pieces make an especially charming place setting, and 70-piece sets for service for 10, including plates, bowls, napkins and cutlery are available with a suggested retail price of $39.99.
Twine Living continues its seaside line of picnic helpers, including a tidy ticking striped picnic blanket with a waterproof lining and four stakes to secure its sturdy grommeted corners. The blanket comes with a handsome leather carrier to make toting it to its destination easier. With a suggested retail price of $49.99, the blanket would be a welcome addition to the entertaining away from home closet.
With Prodyne’s new BRAVADA collection, it saw the opportunity to introduce to the marketplace a fresh new look in pantryware. Each of The BRAVADA items are crafted using a unique combination of high quality materials, including stainless steel, black polypropylene and wood. They offer above ordinary design, function and convenience for today’s modern kitchen.
New introductions from the BRAVADA collection include the Spinning Salad Bowl, an innovative salad bowl that spins naturally while you toss for faster, more complete salad prep (not to mention more fun). The Fruit Bin with Banana Hanger features a polypropylene bin with dual compartments, one deep and one sloped, for better fruit organization and a high quality stainless steel banana hanger. Fruit and veggies are gently suspended in the soft, open weave, nylon net of the Fruit & Veggie Hammock for complete air circulation that encourages even ripening, longer freshness and less spoiling. The Utensil Holder Spoon Rest Combo features a removable stainless steel spoon rest in this clever design to save counter space. Other introductions in the BRAVADA collection include a Stay-Put Napkin Holder and Flatware Caddy.
Prodyne is expanding its large selection of wine buckets and tubs with two new introductions. Entertain in grand style with the impressive Le Grand party tub. Beautifully designed with an elegant sloped rim that rises from front to back, the extra large capacity tub holds lots of ice with up to eight wine bottles or a 12 pack and more. The handsome acrylic BUBBLE BUCKET brings a breathtaking new look to wine and champagne service. The stylish contoured rim serves as a convenient handle grip.
Other introductions include Spiral Stainless Steel Martini Picks. This set of six quality picks feature spiral heads that rest beautifully on the glass rim so you do not have to go “fishing” your pick out of your glass. Two decorative and fun colorful stemware charms sets in Eiffel Tower and Skulls designs. Both sides of the charms show full detail design and sets of six include a holding ring for display and convenient storage. Attractive and functional, the barbecue tablecloth weights are a must for all outdoor entertaining. Simply clip these four themed polished metal weights around the bottom of your tablecloth to keep it from blowing in the wind.
With these exciting new additions, Prodyne expands its line of quality kitchenware, serveware and barware.
MIXX Duo from Dexas uses mixed materials and patters to create an unforgettable look and unlimited possibilities for food presentations. MIXX Duo is actually three boards that nest together to create one dynamic serving piece – a natural, beveled edge bamboo frame with special wells that hold two beautifully unique PolyMarble cutting boards. Dexas is once again leading the way in realistic stone looks that are actually knife-friendly poly cutting boards. This set is the best of both worlds: the natural warmth and sustainability of bamboo and the food safety and ease of use of poly.
According to House and Home magazine, the latest glamour glassware is trending. The publication cites “glistening glamour” as something that will be popping up everywhere in the world of glass. FSR Magazine echoes those sentiments, stating that among the “Current Trends in Glassware [is] Adding Class with Glass.” More specifically, the glassware trend right now is all about enhancing the drinking “experience with the beverage” and considering “how the glass plays a role.”
The newest collection for Cork Pops, The Queens’ Jewels jeweled glassware, combines these trends with an abundance of sparkle to complement life’s beauty and to flaunt the drinker’s individual personality. Among the motifs featured on The Queens’ Jewels glasses are beach (crabs, flip flops, anchors, palm trees, starfish and seahorses), diamond (hearts, flowers, pink ribbons and apples), fleur de lis (the floral symbol of French royalty), holiday (hearts, shamrocks, pumpkins, snowflakes, Santa hats, Christmas trees and snowmen), pearl (oval, flower and bouquet with elegant pearl accents), sports (baseball, basketball, golf and soccer), western (cowboy boot and horseshoe) and The Queens’ Crowns (aurora borealis coronets befitting royalty).
All the glasses featured in the new Cork Pops collection can be purchased nationwide at fine gift stores throughout the United States. They retail for $23 to $35 and come in a choice of stemmed, stemless and swing top beverage bottle options.