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Peak Picnic

Peak Picnic

By Linda Hayes
posted: 02/04/2005

Nibble ZINGERMAN'S Bakehouse breads alone or paired with salami and cheese. Favorites include Pain de Montagne, Chile Cheddar and the soft, floury Paesano. $4.75-$15; 888-636-8162;

No mountain picnic is complete without a touch of the Dolomites-in the form of Sopressata and Salametti from P. G. MOLINARI & SONS. $5.30 per pound; 415-822-5555;

The ideal culinary carryall, this old-fashioned picnic basket from WILD ABOUT BASKETS is made of woven balsam. The double-sided lid flips up for quick access. $34; 877-874-5740;

Perfectly sized for travel, this cherry wood cheese and pà¢té set is a SIMON PEARCE design. The accompanying knife makes spreading and serving a breeze. $36 for the set; 877-452-7763;

Each 8-ounce boneless rainbow trout from EMBUDO STATION SMOKEHOUSE near Taos, N.M., is house-smoked over oak. $8 per fish (three-fish minimum); 800-852-4707;

Toast the day with MOËT & CHANDON White Star champagne. For a variation on the traditional champagne cocktail, add a splash of GRAND MARNIER before you pour. $45-$35, respectively, at local wine shops.

With names like The Fourteener-and ingredients like handmade Belgian choco-late and organic cream-TELLURIDE TRUFFLES takes dessert to new heights. $38-$44; 866-543-0108;

COWGIRL CREAMERY crafts cheeses from organic milk. Its collection includes the buttery Mt. Tam and the triple-cream Red Hawk. $65 (includes overnight delivery); 707-789-9433;

Heartland champagne glasses from Vermont's SIMON PEARCE are the epitome of clear-glass craftsmanship-and their hand-blown finish provides a satisfying clink. $65 each; 877-452-7763;

Claim your ground with the Yakima Camp blanket-a wool blend modeled after a centuries-old design-from PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS. $70-$90, depending on the size; 800-522-9665;

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