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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Flip Flop Wine Review

I recently had the opportunity to review a variety of Flip Flop Wines. I am not a big wine drinker but every once in a while I indulge. All I know about wine is I know what I like and I will buy the brands I have liked.

I also cook a lot with wine. If you have a slow cooker, wine can be your best friends when making a delicious dinner. There is nothing easier than taking meat, veggies and a bottle of wine and letting it stew all day. You will have a wonderful dinner at the end of the day.
I received three bottle of Flip Flop wine and I have to say that I am very impressed. Like I said, I am not a wine expert so I will give you some info from their site about the wines I received:
Appellation: Washington
Tastes like: Medium-bodied, Riesling with peach, apricot and melon which lead to a satisfying, smooth finish.
It is full of: Tropical notes and sweet aromas
Eat with: Tofu stir-fry, shredded pork tacos and sake sashimi
Serve: Chilled
Store: Away from direct sunlight

Pinot Grigio
Appellation: California
Tastes like: Light-bodied, refreshing Pinot Grigio with tropical citrus, ripe pear and a zesty, clean finish
It is full of: Balanced crisp acidity
Eat with: Bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara or eggplant parmesan
Serve: Chilled Store: Away from direct sunlight

Pinot Noir
Appellation: California
Tastes like: Medium-bodied, structured Pinot Noir with bright cherry, sweet spice and a supple, velvety finish
It is full of: Cola aromas and hints of vanilla
Eat with: Grilled mahi mahi, bacon wrapped shrimp or chocolate chip cookies
Serve: Room temperature
Store: Away from direct sunlight

What did I think? Well, I really like Riesling wine and this one was as good as any of the more expensive brands I have bought. We had it with shrimp scampi and it was very good. It was tasty and refreshing. It paired well with shrimp so I suspect it would be good with any seafood or even chicken.
The Pinot Grigio I used in making an oxtail stew. Of course, I had a glass for myself because cooking is hard work. I actually use more wine when I cook then I actually drink. This was a great cooking wine. It was bold and full bodied so it worked well with oxtail because oxtail when cooked is rich and yummy. It made for a delicious sauce.
I served the Pinot Noir with some cheese and crackers and fruit. It was the perfect companion for an early evening snack. This wine had a clean taste and worked super well with a variety of cheeses.
I have to say that this wine, overall, was better than I expected. What I have figured out is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get good wine. Flip Flop wines cost about $7 a bottle and you can't beat that.
I also like that if you buy Flip Flop wines, you are also helping a worthy cause. For every bottle of wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need.
Here is more info on Soles4Souls from their website:
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. The charity distributes these shoes to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away nearly 12 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 7 seconds.) The shoes have been distributed to people in over 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls has been featured in Runner's World, Ladies’ Home Journal, National Geographic’s Green Guide, and The New York Times. It has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, BBC, CNN and thousands of regional news outlets across North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Anyone can join our cause, and we need your help.
Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used).
The idea behind gifts of shoes is nothing new to the Soles4Souls team, as they coordinated relief efforts for the Asian Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, netting over 1 million pairs donated for these disasters. The team originally operated as with several churches partnering in the collection and distribution of footwear.
Soles4Souls has a simple concept: we procure shoes and get them to those in need. In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, Wayne Elsey, the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls® Inc., felt compelled to do something. Like many of us, he did not know what to do. He was at home one night, watching TV and he saw a picture of a single shoe washing up on the beach. That triggered a few calls to some other executives in the footwear industry and the subsequent donation of a quarter of a million shoes to victims in the devastated countries.
A year later when Katrina hit, Wayne called the same group of friends, and they sent over a million pairs of shoes down to the gulf coast communities affected by the hurricane. In all honesty, he admits that he did not expect such an immediate and successful turnout. This left him wondering, why not start a non-profit and do this all the time? One year later, Soles4Souls was formally created.
It has been that simple: changing the world one pair at a time.
Soles4Souls receives large donations from footwear companies, retailers, churches, nonprofit ministries, civic groups, schools, and individuals and saw that this could become a full time organization. That's why Soles4Souls was created – to facilitate the donations from these groups to the people who desperately need footwear.

So if you are looking for some inexpensive and tasty wine, check out Flip Flop wines. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how good it is. You will also be helping a worthy cause.
You can also follow Flip Flop on Twitter and Facebook! You can also follow Soles4Souls on Twitter and Facebook as well.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

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