November 28, 2012

Soup to Nuts: Gifts for special foodies

Here are seven that have earned the official Meredith Seal of Approval.

By Meredith Goad
Staff Writer

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A Pie of the Month Club gift allows the recipient to choose a dozen pies through the year at Two Fat Cats bakery in Portland.

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The Honey Exchange in Portland offers a delicious variety of honeys and honey-related gifts, from bee-themed jewelry to mead from around the world.

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Not long ago, I went to a wine dinner at the Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth with one of the same friends, and lo and behold, there it was again. (The chef for the evening was Jen Flock, who is also training to become a master sommelier. She developed the wine list at Carmen, and obviously loves this wine too.)

We were sitting at a table of wine lovers, all members of the same wine club, and my friend and I talked about how excited we were to try this wine again. Let it open up a while, and it is so complex. Then out came the bottles of Chateau Musar, and I started to sweat. Had we oversold this? Was everyone going to be disappointed after all our hype?

Nope. It was just as good as the first time, and all the wine geeks loved it too.

Another memorable bottle, this one with a Maine connection, is the 2007 Terrien Chardonnay, which you can only buy retail at Browne Trading Co. (I checked; they still have some and are ordering more.) I first had this wine at Fore Street, but it's also served at Bresca, Back Bay Grill, the White Barn Inn and Primo, if you would like to go somewhere and taste it before buying it as a gift.

For the story on this really delicious, crisp chardonnay, read my profile of the winemaker, Maine native Michael Terrien, at

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For cheese lovers, consider a gift of Cabot’s award-winning Clothbound Cheddar. It is sharp, rich and buttery, with notes of caramel.

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Ice cider is a not-too-sweet dessert wine that’s been developed over the past decade or so in Quebec. Eden Ice Cider is made in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

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Spicy Blueberry Steak Sauce & Marinade is made by Pemberton's Gourmet in Gray.

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Coffee by Design’s Harvest Reserve line is pricey, selling for $40 a pound, but you’ll know you’re giving the best.


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