Bees do it
Make honey, that is, and pack it in geometric honeycomb they also create. You can dip into honey making—all the way to the luscious final stage—at Lavender Bee Farm in Petaluma, Calif., where happy bees forage on two acres of lavender. Not big on bee busyness? Visit with Mel the Camel and Lamar the Llama, then drop into the farm's store for a jar of sweetness ($12). (707) 789-0554, www.lavenderbeefarm.com.
Pour it on
For centuries, Basque shepherds and miners have carried their daily spot of wine in bota bags. So when Basques settled in the West in the late 1800s, of course wine skins came along. This cowhide bota (one liter, $15) at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise, Idaho, updates the old design. Lined with soft latex, it's kinder to your rioja than the classic version waterproofed with tree sap. (208) 343-2671, www.basquemuseum.com.
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This article was first published in May 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.