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Amazing flavors
Jeffery Cross

Amazing flavors

Pacific sea salt. Hatch chiles. Honey. In the local ingredient–obsessed West, is there anything we won’t try to capture and cork? Some of our favorites:

  • Freddy Guys Hazelnut Oil. Willamette Valley, OR, nuts freshly roasted then pressed. $16; freddyguys.com
  • WholeVine Riesling Grapeseed Oil. Extracted from Riesling grapes grown on California’s coast. $25; wholevine.com
  • Séka Hills Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. From Arbequina olives grown in California’s Capay Valley. $10; sekahills.com
  • Maui Preserved Sweet & Spicy Pineapple. Jarred in local cane sugar syrup, with Hawaiian chiles for a bit of heat. $10; mauipreserved.com
  • El Pinto Green Chile Sauce. A recipe passed down for generations, made with chiles from New Mexico. $5; elpinto.com
  • Bee Local Honey (pictured).  Harvested from hives in Portland’s Alberta neighborhood. From $15; beelocal.com
  • Slide Ridge Vinegar. Fermented with Utah wildflower honey, then aged into a sweet vinegar. $20; slideridgehoney.com
  • Jacobsen Salt Co. Pure Flake Sea Salt. Hand-harvested off the Oregon coast. $45; jacobsensalt.com


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