Screw caps make up about 15% of total wine closures, while 70% still use cork, but winemakers are shifting away from the traditional cork for the benefits of screw caps, which are “the most reliable stopper for wine,” Dog Point Vineyard winemaker James Healy says. Screw cap wines are more consistent in flavor and aged more slowly than bottles closed with cork, according to a study by PlumpJack and the University of California at Davis.
Marble, generally associated with grand structures and opulent decor, is seeing a resurgence in popularity after being away from the design scene for the past 20 years, and artists are incorporating the material in unexpected ways. Designer Lee Broom's On the Rock collection includes crystal wineglasses and a champagne coupe with marble bases. Terence Woodgate will launch his Solid lighting collection, featuring LED pendants and downlights made from Carrara and Nero Marquina marble, in July.
Tableware company Rosenthal, in collaboration with architecture firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and design firm Kilo, is releasing the TAC Big Cities line of serveware featuring skylines of major cities from around the world. The products are made from white porcelain, and skylines are etched on in thin blue lines.
Knork Flatware is transitioning years of a presence on Bravo’s "Top Chef" into a new line of "Top Chef"-branded tableware. The new line, available at Bed, Bath & Beyond and HSN.com, emphasizes functionality with a look that is appropriate for both formal and casual dining.
Zak has broken a company tradition of offering decorated tableware for specific occasions with a new line of everyday tableware. The line includes drink, serving, preparation and tableware products in both bright and more subdued colors.