Styled after the classic French saussion sec, this salami, made by Red Bear Provisions in Chicago, is a flavorful combination of garlic, pepper, and red wine mixed with rich, pork shoulder from pigs raised without hormones or antibiotics. As the salamis cure and dry over a couple months, the flavors meld into a complex, slightly sweet experience that has everyone in our office singing its praises. Well, maybe we're not so extroverted that we're singing, but there are a lot of hummers that think it's awesome.
You can carry a salami along for when you need a snack or even lunch. They work well for appetizer plates, too. They're equally great sliced and served alongside cheese.