Skillet Bacon Jam, www.skilletbaconjam.com, Suggested retail price, $14.00 for 11 ounce jar
J&D’s Everything Should Taste like Bacon, www.jdfoods.net,
Nueske’s Cherrywood Smloked bacon without nitrates or nitrites, wwwnueske.com, $9.99 for 12 ounce package.
Robert Rotschild, Korean Barbecue Saucve, www.robertrothschild.com, $9.99 for 12 ounce bottle.
Crispy Greens freeze dried fruits, www.crispygreen.com, $1.49 for single .035 ounce package.
Pastabilities, www.pastashoppe.com, $4.99 for 12 ounce package.
Pair savory and sweet cookies with red, white or sparkling wine. Cookies and Corks, www.cookiezen.com, $7.95 for 6.92 ounce variety pack, $3.00 for 2.4 ounce single flavor pack.
Lucy’s Gluten-free cookies, www.drlucys.com, $4.99 for 5.5 ounce box
Spiced Sour Cherry Spread, Gracious Gourmet, www.thegraciousgourmet.com, $8.99 for 8.3 ounce jar
479° Popcorn, www.479popcorn.com, $23.00 for case of 12 (0.5 ounce pouches)
Fred Tasker’s Wine Gadgets
- For $39.95 there’s a two-piece wine chilling carafe. You pour the wine into the carafe as always, then insert a long glass tube into it that’s filled with ice. This chills the wine without diluting it. It’s actually very clever.
- There’s something new from Riedel, the German wine-glass company. For centuries, purists have insisted you should hold your glass by the stem to keep the heat of your hands from warming the wine. Now Riedel has invented the stemless glass. Go figure. Riedel says the glasses are, quote, “fine-tuned to enhance the pleasure of your favorite wine.” But I think the real reason is they fit better in your dishwasher. Still pretty slick, for about $12 apiece.
- For $24.95 you can buy a pair of wine necklaces. They’re sturdy straps that go around your neck and hold your wine glass at chest level, leaving both hands free for grabbing all the shrimp from the appetizer table. Great for party-crashers.
- Also for $24.95 there’s an outdoor picnic wine table about two feet long mounted on a stake you drive into the ground. The table has slots in it to hold two wine glasses, and just enough room for your sandwiches. Great way to create a wine fan’s tete-a-tete for two. And make you wonder how you ever got along without them.
All these can be found in the online wine catalog at wineenthusiast.com.