Wine in Food [and Drink]

Products made better with wine

Death Wish Barrel Brand Coffee

While Death Wish Coffee’s claim to make the “world’s strongest coffee,” may be debatable, the Saratoga (New York) roaster is making headlines with another of its offerings. Founder Mike Brown has perfected a method allowing for the infusion of fine spirits and wine directly into premium beans. After aging the green coffee beans in oak barrels that once aged rum, whiskey, bourbon or wine, and through a slow roasting process, Brown’s Barrel Brand Coffee can only be described as the real deal. Choose from rum, whiskey, bourbon or wine. $19.99 (8 oz.); www.deathwishcoffee.com


Bitterman’s Pinot Noir Salt

Made in-house by The Meadow in Portland, Bitterman’s Pinot Noir salt uses Willamette Valley wine and pure solar-evaporated fleur de sel from Guatemala. Its strong aroma, bright visual impact and tamarind-like tart sweetness make it perfect for many uses. The Meadow suggests sprinkling on maple-glazed salmon, paprika-rubbed pork loin, duck fat-roasted winter root vegetables or pinch a few grains atop baklava or pistachio ice cream. $11 (2.6 oz.); other quantities available. www.themeadow.com


WholeVine Sonoma-Style Cookies

Artisan-baked and 100-percent gluten-free, WholeVine’s cookies showcase the Santa Rosa company’s unique flours milled from grape seeds and skins — utilizing what would otherwise be pomace waste — providing vine-born nutrition full of antioxidants and a delicious flavor. Founders Barbara Banke and Peggy Furth are committed to helping their local wine industry reduce its environmental footprint by generating new uses for vineyard byproducts. The result? Cookies (and more) with a conscience. See website for all products. $6.99 (8 oz./8 cookies); www.wholevine.com


Tattle Tea & Wine Infusion Kit

Tattle Tea’s tasty Tea & Wine Infusion Kit includes a 32-ounce Mist iced tea jug — specifically designed for optimal cold-steeping — and three pre-measured single-serve packets of Tattle’s “Love Struck” Rooibos herbal tea. Pour the tea and a bottle of white wine into the jug and chill overnight — no need to strain the tea (or use tea bags) with the jug’s ingenious screen spout. The possibilities are endless for an incredibly aromatic, adults-only tea time. $29.99 (kit includes reusable tote bag); www.tattletea.coffeebeandirect.com


Rabbit Creek Wine Mixes

Based in Louisburg, Kansas, Rabbit Creek prides itself on “old fashioned cooking with a designer style.” Owner Donna Cook’s innovative mixes — 350-plus — include brownies, breads, dips and cheese balls that require wine. Of course, we suggest sipping some, too, while making these fabulously fun foods. Wine mixes: Drunken Cherry Wine Brownies, Raspberries with Cabernet Wine Brownies, Blueberries with a Twist of Lemon Chardonnay Wine Bread, Herbs with Chardonnay Wine Cheese Ball and more. $5–$8 (per mix); www.rabbitcreekgourmet.com


Vineyard Harvest Teas

Corvallis owners Stephen and Deborah Poole infuse exotic teas with fine wines for a bold approach to noon tea. Vineyard Harvest Teas include: Pinot Ruby Red Tea (Pinot Noir-infused black tea, rosehips, hibiscus, orange peel, rose petals, lemongrass), Oregon Pinot Noir Wine Tea (Pinot Noir-infused black tea, Oregon grape extract), Merlot Wine Tea (Merlot-infused black tea), Merlot Mys’tearry Tea (Merlot-infused black tea, Marionberry, Bing cherry, hibiscus, strawberry leaf). $8–$9.50 (12 bags); www.vineyardharvestteas.com

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