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New England's Finest: In Good Taste

New England’s Finest: In Good Taste
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1. Rich Granite State maple syrup is an especially pretty present when it’s encased in a glass maple leaf or folia bottle ($13.95 each/8.45 oz). Fuller’s Sugarhouse, Lancaster, NH. 603-788-2719; fullerssugarhouse.com

2. These delicate oils ($10 each/ 10 oz.) are infused with mushrooms for six to eight weeks, and the result is earthy and savory. Oyster Creek Mushroom Company, Damariscotta, ME. 207-563-1076; oystercreekmushroom.com

3. Impress a fromage lover with luscious ripened goat’s-milk cheeses from the Green Mountain State: “Bonne Bouche” ($18.99), “Coupole” ($16.99), and “Bijou” (a French Crottin-inspired variety, $9.99). Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Websterville, VT. 802-479-9371; vermontcreamery.com

4. Taza’s organic “Chocolate Mexicano” discs ($4.50 each) come in unforgettable flavors such as cinnamon, orange, ginger, and guajillo chili. Taza Chocolate, Somerville, MA. 617-284-2232; tazachocolate.com

5. Bonnie Shershow uses minimal sugar and no pectin in her intensely fruity spreads ($8.99 each). Bonnie’s Jams, Cambridge, MA. 617-714-5380, bonniesjams.com

6. Maine potatoes become very swanky when they’re distilled with Maine water into “Cold River Classic Vodka” ($33.99/750ml). Maine Distilleries, Freeport, ME. 207-865-4828; mainedistilleries.com

7. “The Grey Lady” is Nantucket’s fog-inspired nickname and the moniker of one of its locally brewed ales ($9.99 for six 12- ounce bottles). Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, MA. 508-325-5929; ciscobrewers.com

8. Some of the best restaurants in New England (and beyond) pour “Westport Brut Robert James Russell” sparkling wine ($27), a crisp blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, Westport, MA. 508-636-3423; westportrivers.com

9. Goat’s-milk caramels (from $7.49 for 6 pieces; $45 for 40 pieces, wooden gift box; other sizes available), made with a touch of vanilla and sea salt, are downright addictive. Big Picture Farm, Townshend, VT. 802-380-2501; bigpicturefarm.bigcartel.com

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