Days of Wine and Chocolate

Pairings perhaps too explosive for the general public

I'm not kidding. You have been warned. There are truffles, and there are these very pink wines, and then there is your own common sense. Let that be your guide.

Chocolat Céleste truffles are available as one in a box for $3.95; four for $14.95; nine for $29.95; 16 for $49.95. They are on sale both at Leonard's store and at numerous local retail outlets including the Woodbury Kowalski's (8505 Valley Creek Rd., Woodbury; 651.578.8800) and France 44 (4351 France Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.925.3252.). For more locations, visit www.chocolatceleste.com.

Both wines mentioned, Banfi's Brachetto d'Acqui (I paid $16 for a 375-milliliter bottle--they call it "Rosa Regale") and Bonny Doon's Framboise ($15 for 375 milliliters), are available at many local liquor stores, including Thomas Liquors (1941 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651.699.1860), Surdyk's (303 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.379.3232), and the aforementioned France 44.

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