Even if I don't drink a lot of wine, I do use wine in my cooking. I use wine at least 3 times a week minimum. I love cooking with wine. So when I received a couple of bottles of the Flip Flop 2010 California Moscato wine, I knew I was going to use them in a recipe.
I decided to use it when I made a simple marinara sauce for pasta. Because I was using fresh tomatoes, I needed something sweet to cut the tomatoes tartness. I opened the wine and took a taste. Wow, it was pretty good. I decided to pour myself a glass just to have some while I cooked.
I added the Moscato to the sauce and it worked really well because the sweetness of the wine mellowed out the sauce and made it very tasty. In the meantime, I finished my glass of wine and poured myself another.
Like I said, I rarely drink wine. Well, after a few hours and a few glasses, I went back to the kitchen to grab a little more and realized that I had polished off the whole bottle! Even my hubby was shocked that I drank a whole bottle of wine.
It was so delicious. The flavor is sweet but not so sweet that it makes you sick. It has a subtle fruity flavor that I loved. There is no aftertaste so what you get is a mouthful of fruity deliciousness in every sip! I could see having this wine with any course. I would serve it with appetizers or an entree. Better yet, this wine would go really well with a dessert.
I don't know if this is good or bad but I am hooked on this wine. I am going to buy a lot and always keep it on hand. I will use the other Flip Flop wines to cook because the Moscato is for drinking! Yum!
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 www.katrinashoes.org 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 very tasty wine, check out Flip Flop wines. Try the Moscato but be careful because you will get hooked!
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