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By Kim Taylor

Good wine can warm the soul and enhance autumn’s feasts. Here are some wines, chocolates and appetizers for toasting whatever you’re harvesting this year.

Shafer Vineyards released its first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1978 and has been enthralling wine enthusiasts ever since. Many of the finest restaurants in New York City, including Per Se, Jean George and 11Madison offer Shafer Vineyards wines to their grateful guests. Last year, father-son team John and Doug Shafer received a James Beard Foundation award at Lincoln Center for their rich contribution to America’s wine landscape. Nota bene: Shafer produces two Cabernets: the flagship wine Hillside Select ($225) and the One Point Five ($70) – and both are from meticulously cultivated vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, and both are created from excellent fruit by the same winemaking team. So purchasing One Point Five imparts the same benefit and exquisite taste as its pricier counterpart. Check out the One Point Five story here: http://bcove.me/v5poqgop and visit the Shafer website at http://www.ShaferVineyards.com (be sure to read about Tucker, the dog). The pictures of the vineyards on their website will make you long for summer, and Shafer’s full-bodied, rich reds and bold chardonnays will equate to abundance in a wine glass. To your health!

Seattle’s Cadeaux Chocolates are entirely handcrafted, using artisanal techniques, and you can absolutely taste the care that’s gone into creating them. With flavors like the ruby-colored Chocolate Caramel, Fleur de Sel Caramels, Bittersweet Vanilla Bean, Praline with a caramelized cocoa nib, and Bittersweet with Sumatra Coffee (among others), this is the perfect box of chocolates for a special occasion – which renders it a great holiday gift too! Find these at http://www.cadeauxchocolates.com.

Belle Chevre crafts artisan goat’s cheese by hand with true passion http://www.BelleChevre.com and visit Land For Belle at http://www.Kickstarter.com if you want to own and support a piece of this green venture. Belle Chevre joined forces with Effie’s Homemade – we love to see brand jamming! – and together these women-owned businesses created Goats & Oats: a fall/holiday initiative that pairs Effie’s sumptuous Oatcakes with creamy Belle Chevre spreads in fig & oat, nut & honey and corn & coffee. Effie’s also makes Nutcakes and Corncakes. This inspired pairing is a perfect gift for the holidays and can be found at http://www.bellechevre.com and http://www.effieshomemade.com.

This Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for the American ingenuity and hard work that goes into creating these unique offerings. Let’s support and laud these people who give us their best.

Originally published November 2011
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