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03.9.11

Wine is one of my favorite beverages. I love having a glass at night and I really enjoy getting together with my wine club girls and trying out new wines. Karma was on my side the day I received that confirmation email that I was selected to review Flip Flop Wines. What an honor. This has probably been one of my most favorite reviews to date.

You can imagine my surprise when 3 full bottles of wine showed up. I was expecting one bottle and a box of 3 showed up. OH WOW!!! How fun! I immediately got on the phone with some friends and invited them over for a wine tasting. None of us are wine connoisseurs, we just know what we like and what we don’t. We don’t really speak wine language and we often buy a bottle of wine based on how much we like the label—come on, you all know you buy wine that way as well–fess up—lol. Look at those Flip Flop labels…aren’t they just lovely?

One of the things I completely adore about these wines is that the back wine label is very informative. The back of the label gives the following information:
Vintage: Year it was bottled
Appellation: Ok…I  had to google what this meant–according to wikipedia it means a legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine were grown. See, you really do learn something new everyday..well, unless you already knew that.
Tastes Like: description of the flavor
It is full of: similar to the “tastes like” description
Eat with: LOVE that they give you an idea of what to serve this with
Serve: OMG. When I was first learning about wine I never new how to serve them. This is a godsend!
Store: See my serve comment, same applies here.
Scale: Shows where the wine falls on a scale of dry to sweet
The back label alone would convince me to buy this wine. ANY vinter that goes to this length to describe their wines gets my 100% approval.

Do you love them yet?? I know I did before I even tasted it.

The wines I received were Pinot Grigio, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. During the wine tasting with my friends we tried the Pinot Grigio and the Riesling. None of my friends are big fans of Pinot Noirs so I tried that one by myself.

First up was the Pinot Grigio (look for the green label with the peace symbols):

Vintage: 2009
Appellation: California
Taste Like: Light-bodied, refreshing Pinot Grigio with tropical citrus, ripe pear and a zesty clean finish. (FYI: finish is used to describe the sense and perception of the wine after you swallow the wine.)
It is full of: Balanced crisp acidity
Eat with: Bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara or eggplant parmesan
Serve: Chilled
Store: Away from direct sunlight
Scale: Between a Medium Dry and a Medium Sweet

OVERALL REVIEW: Everyone loved the flavor of this wine. It has a nice clean finish which we all enjoyed. We could really taste the pear flavor in the wine as well. Noted comments were “I love the crispness of this wine” and “There is really a nice complexion of flavors in this wine.”

MY THOUGHTS: Out of the three this is my favorite. I can see drinking this at the beach, by the pool, or just enjoying a glass while sitting on the deck during those hot summer evenings. It definitely reminds me of summer which is a fabulous thing when Winter is still sitting so heavy here.

Next we tried the Riesling (look for the yellow/orange label with the surfers):
Vintage: 2010
Appellation: Washington
Tastes like: Medium-bodied, Riesling with peach, apricot and melon which leads to a satisfying, smooth finish
It is full of: Tropical notes and sweet aromas
Eat with: Tofu stir-fry, shredded pork tacos and sake sashmi
Serve: Chilled
Scale: Between Medium Sweet and Sweet

OVERALL REVIEW: The group was split on this wine. A couple people, myself included, really like Riesling to be a bit sweeter, which may have skewed our opinion of this wine. There were a few comments that finish was slightly acidic, but others completely disagreed with that description. Those that liked it said there was just enough sweetness and one even said it was like a “vacation in a bottle…makes me think of summer” This is definitely a wine that comes down to personal preference.

MY THOUGHTS: If you like your Rieslings to be a little less sweet you will probably love this wine. I thought it had a really nice flavor, but I preferred the Pinto Grigio over this wine.

Lastly, I tried the Pinot Noir (actually drinking it as I write this post). Look for the purple label with the fish.

Vintage: 2009
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
Scale: Between Dry and Medium Dry

My Thoughts: Surprisingly, I like this wine. I am NOT a fan of reds and I only tried it because I made a commitment to review all three wines. The flavor is really nice and has just a hint of spice to it. I really like the finish. I would buy this again. I would only serve this with a meal. It is not a wine I would drink as a stand alone beverage.

OVERALL OPINION OF FLIP FLOP WINES: Flip Flop Wines is a wonderful wine that delivers fantastic flavors that I will continue to enjoy. They have an excellent selection to choose from and I think they will be giving some other wineries a run for their money.

Here’s an interesting tidbit about the company: Flip Flop wines has partnered with Souls 4 Soles and for each bottle of wine that is sold Souls 4 Soles will donate a pair of sandals to a child in need. Learn more here.

Have you tried Flip Flop wine?? Which one is your favorite?

Cheers,

8 Comments

  1. Janessa
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I saw these in the store the other day and I wanted to grab a bottle (or three) and then decided I'd never heard of it before so I'd skip for now. Thanks for the great review, I'll try them next time! PS I TOTALLY buy wine if I think the labels are cute. LOL

  2. The Zany Housewife
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Um, so how do I go about reviewing free wine? Sign me up!

    Never heard of the company until your review. But I'll keep my eye out for them…especially the Pinot Grigio.

    Which reminds me…I think I have a bottle of two buck Chuck calling my name. It's almost five, right? >:)

  3. Penelope
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I haven't seen these, but they sound great. What a fun review!

  4. Frosted Fingers
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I really liked all three, but the Riesling was my favorite!

  5. Gina
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    It's rare that I buy wines I've never tried before or heard of, thanks for the review I'm going to try them out.

  6. Momma Fargo
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Have not tried them. Like the label. I, myself, am a fan of reds. Whites are good on the hot deck or hot tub in summer, but mostly drink reds. Thanks for the review! I will look for them in the store.

  7. Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    What an awesome review! I received Flip Flop wines too, and will be posting my review shortly. I think the labels are adorable!

  8. Casey Scimeca
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Love the Pino Grigio!!! It is my favorite!! I decided to try it because it was on sale at Jewel…I haven’t been able to find them on the shelves the last couple of times I have looks for them-totally sold out!