Pink peppercorn in chocolate? Yes

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seasonal flavors, such as pink champagne truffles for Valentine’s Day and Guinness truffles for St. Patrick’s Day.

Theo Chocolate in Fremont is another favorite. It is the first organic, fair-trade chocolate factory in the United States. Its flavors are innovative: pink peppercorn in chocolate? Yes, and its delicious.

Theo also has more basic chocolate if you are not in a particularly adventurous mood.

A couple other local chocolate artisans are Chocolate Vitale in Ballard and Chocolati in Wallingford, Green Lake and Greenwood.

Two chocolate legends who got their start in Seattle are Dilettante and Fran’s. I remember, years ago, going to the Dilettante Café on Broadway and enjoying its Ephemere Truffle Sundae — it was yummy! Its chocolates are great, as well.

Fran’s was the first place I tried a salted caramel (a great pairing with a softer Merlot, I might add). I still stop by its shop in the University Village occasionally for some of them.

So stop by a local chocolate shop, go to a local wine store and start experimenting away!

JEFFREY DORGAN is the wine director at Sullivan’s in Downtown Seattle.