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1. SMOKED EXTRAVAGANCE
Perfect for seafood lovers, SeaChange Seafoods Smoked Sockeye Salmon in a Cedar Box boasts a soft smokiness and rich flavor that pairs well with hors d’oeuvres and a glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Available in three sizes. $38 to $75 CDN, seachangeseafoods.ca
2. CLEAN CAFFEINE
Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Black Tea is a soul-satisfying brew that’s so indulgently sweet and spicy it’s almost a sin. On a cold winter’s day, the swirl of ingredients such as all-natural pumpkin flavor along with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and roasted chicory is sure to warm you up. $3.50, celestialseasonings.com
3. SPARKLING REFRESHMENT
Made from semi-sweet Virginia (Hewe’s) Crab apples, Sheffield Vintage Dry Sparkling Apple Cider is a great companion for holiday dishes. This dry nonalcoholic cider is rich in tannins, which help bring out the flavors of foods without being too overwhelming. $10, sheffieldcider.com
4. HEAVENLY CHARDONNAY
In addition to its subtle aromas of Fuji apples, Asian pear and baked fruit tart, DeLoach Vineyards Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 is made all the more indulgent with the warm flavors of caramel, vanilla and nutmeg. $50, deloachvineyards.com
5. NUTTY TRUFFLES
Around the CE office, we found it hard to resist HNINA’s Assortment Box of mouthwatering organic cacao truffles – and it’s no wonder. Each chewy bite of these toothsome treats is filled with organic cocoa butter, organic raw cacao liquor, raw sprouted nuts or seeds and natural sweeteners such as Bourbon vanilla beans, raw honey and maple syrup.
$50 per box of 12, hninagourmet.com
6. THE GIFT OF SWEETNESS
In Honey Ridge Farms Honey Crème Lemon Lavender, raw clover honey, lavender, lemon and natural flavors come together for a truly unique- tasting honey that imparts a touch of sweetness to everything from teas to desserts. $4 per 3 oz or $10 per 9 oz, honeyridgefarms.com
7. A FINE WINE
Blackberry, cherry, wild herbs, olive paste and pepper comprise Chateau Maris Organic Minervois AOP 2012, a medium-bodied, fruity red wine made from a blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes. Pair with meats or enjoy on its own for a festive libation. $13, chateaumaris.com