Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dave's Killer Pairing...Sin Dawg with Sokol Blosser Meditrina

Dave Dahl was a "four-time loser" with 15 years of prison under his belt when an epiphany emerged in the toilet bowl in his cell.  That's right, prison.  From this epiphany spawned Dave's Killer Bread, makers of the Sin Dawg - a 100% Whole Grain Organic Cinnamon-Sugar Bread Roll.   A healthy cinnamon roll?  You're damn right and we had to have it.  A good source of fiber with no animal-products, the Sin Dawg is shaped in a long-tubalar format meant to be sliced up into tiny cinnamon rolls.  How did we know how to cut it?  A puppy on the back of the wrapper told us, duh.

As a reward to a long week of work and exercise, Rick and I decided to cut loose a little bit on Friday by indulging in this mystical treat.  It wouldn't be a night at The Oregon Wine Blog World Wine Pairing Headquarters, though, if we didn't provide you (our readers) with handy pairing recommendations for delights such as the Sin Dawg.  It's a public service, really.  Upon procuring the Sin Dawg at our local cooperative grocery store, we put on our top hats, monocles, and fired up the luxury german automobile to locate the perfect pairing.  It needed to be something versatile, light, but robust at the same time.  Something that could stand up to the flavor and sweetness of the Sin Dawg, without totally overpowering it.  Something magical, mystical, and broadly distributed.

Oh yeah, so back to the toilet bowl.  No, the epiphany wasn't to make a log-shaped cinnamon role coated with nuts.  We initially intended on making a toilet wine joke at this point, but miscommunication and a mistake that's kind of funny either way have derailed our efforts (this is what we get for co-writing).  Fast forward to what we were going to get to; Dave (ok, so just Josh and Rick) decided this had to be paired with a wine as fine as the Sin Dawg itself.

My friends, we found the nectar in a Pinot shaped bottle from Sokol Blosser -- The Meditrina. The red blend, consisting of 52% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel, and 23% Pinot Noir, is duly notated as an "American Red Wine."  A goddess really.  The Roman Goddess of Wine and Health, to be specific.  With a lush, velvety taste and expressive notes of raspberry and cherry, the Meditrina has a night of debauchery written all over it.  Add Sin Dawg...well let's see what happens!

We pour the wine, we cut the Sin Dawg.  Rick takes a whiff..."oh, it already smells good."  I take a nip of the Sin Dawg without him looking.  It tastes like Aphrodite has graced my tongue with her sweet juice.  We take a sip and a bite.  Equally sweet and equally earthy are both treats.  The raisins in the Sin Dawg accentuate the fruity notes of the Meditrina.  The spiciness of the Syrah complements the cinnamon on the roll.  It's synergy, if you will.  Delicious.  Perfect.  Rick is left speechless after his first slice.  Both are distinguishable as free-standing entities of awesome, but merge is an expression of pure, unbridled enthusiasm.  "Mmmmhhhnam nom nom."  And just like that, the Sin Dawg is gone.

That's cause we ate it all.

We were successful in our venture, and have found the perfect pairing.  Sin Dawg by Dave's Killer Bread.  Perhaps the healthiest treat ever.  Meditrina by Sokol Blosser.  Perhaps the most versatile red wine ever.

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  1. This looks awesome! We can't wait to pick up some Sin Dawg and give this a try. Another winner from our favorite foodie-wine-nerds (just like us!) at The Oregon Wine Blog!!!

    Kitri McGuire
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Sokol Blosser Winery

  2. Yum! I love Sin Dawg. I'll probably love it more with wine.