I don't drink much alcohol these days, but I do enjoy a glass or two of wine on the weekends. There is nothing like a great glass of wine to help me relax and forget about whatever craziness the previous week brought.
There was a time in my life when I would have considered myself a wine connoisseur. I drank wine regularly and I was pretty picky when it came to wine. When I bought wine at a store, I wouldn't even think of looking at a "cheap" bottle of wine. If it didn't cost at least $20, it probably wasn't any good. Looking back, I imagine that I missed out on some great tasting wines. I recently tried some flipflop wines, and even though they are under $20, they were delicious!
Instantly likable and easy going, flipflop wines are always delicious, never pretentious. Our winemakers craft each one to reflect the best of that varietal’s nature, creating expressive wines enjoyable anytime.
With flipflop wines, we have embraced the movement toward individualistic expression, instead of manufacturing wines into some cookie-cutter style that’s all the rage. Our goal is to craft expressive, well-balanced wines that evoke just what the grapes inside intended, without being over-wrought or over-explained, and that can be enjoyed at any occasion.
Flipflop wines are very affordable at only $7 a bottle! Not only are they affordable, but each purchase of flipflop wines helps a great organization called Soles4Souls. Soles4Soles provides shoes to those in need. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 14 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 7 seconds.) flipflops's dedication to the cause is helping put shoes on more than 100,000 feet, to help Soles4Souls achieve their goal of 11 million pairs of shoes in 2011.
The flipflop collection includes Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir wines. I received three bottles of flipflop wine to review: Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio.
I was immediately drawn to the casual style of the bottles. I love the cute flip flop pictures! Of course the fact that they were a screw-off top and didn't have a cork made me think back to those "cheap" wines, but honestly, it didn't matter. The wines tasted great, and the absence of the cork just made them more convenient.
Tastes like: Light bodied, refreshing Pinot Grigio with tropical citrus, ripe pear and a zesty, clean finish
Eat with: Bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara or eggplant parmesan
My thoughts: This was the first of the flipflop wines that I tried. I was in Alabama visiting my family, and my aunt and I had been shopping all day. Once the kids were in bed, we decided to relax with a glass of wine, and went with the one we thought would be light and refreshing, since it was so warm outside. The wine was very light, and I could taste the citrus and pear that made it just sweet enough, without being too sweet. (I don't like sweet wine.) Pinot Grigio is the only white wine I usually drink, and I will definitely be buying the flipflop wines Pinot Grigio for these hot summer nights when I want a glass of wine!
This was the best way to end a great vacation!!!
Tastes like: Medium-bodied, complex Riesling with peach, apricot and melon which leads to a satisfying, smooth finish
Eat with: Tofu stir-fry, shredded pork tacos and sake sashimi
My thoughts: I have never been a huge white wine drinker, but Riesling is one that I have had a few times and enjoyed. My best friend and I tried the flipflop Riesling when she came for a visit one weekend. We didn't have any of the suggested "eat with" foods, so we ended up having it with some spinach and cheese ravioli and spaghetti squash. We both enjoyed it. I was actually surprised at how much I liked it since it is one of the sweeter wines. It wasn't too sweet, though, and was very smooth.
Tastes like: Medium-bodied, structured Pinot Noir with bright cherry, sweet spice and a supple, velvety finish
Eat with: Grilled mahi mahi, bacon-wrapped shrimp or chocolate chip cookies
My thoughts: Pinot Noir is actually my favorite kind of wine, and the flipflop Pinot Noir is delicious. I am actually enjoying a glass as I write this review! It has a great taste to it. It is a bold, dry wine, and has just that hint of sweet that gives it a smooth finish. I will definitely be adding this wine to my wine rack!
I have to admit, my whole perception of affordable wines has now changed, thanks to flipflop wines. If you have not yet tried flipflop wines, I would definitely recommend giving them a try. No corkscrew needed!
flipflop wines are available in the United States from Underdog Wine Merchants and are also available online at http://underdogwinemerchants.com/underdog-wines-flipflop. Stay up to date with the latest news by following flipflop wines on Facebook and Twitter.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the flipflop wines at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.