I am a wine lover. I live in wine country here in Northern Michigan and taking my friends and family on wine tours is a favorite pastime of mine. I adore this regions rieslings, pinot grigios and we are really starting to come into some fantastic reds.
One thing that I love more than a good wine is a good wine at a great price. flipflop wines combine the flavors that one comes to expect from a brilliant wine with a price tag that will wow even the most frugal wino. I would definitely pay $7.99 a bottle for their pinot grigio and pinot noir.
flipflop's Pinot Grigio is light, fragrant and semi-dry. I would call this the perfect match to a great piece of grilled fish. I actually enjoyed the bottle with some fish tacos and the flavors of the cilantro and onion paired nicely with the subtle citrus notes of this great Pinot Grigio. I could most definitely taste hints of lime and apple in this perfect summertime wine.
I had high expectations of flipflop's Riesling and I was somewhat disappointed. Within seconds of my first sip I was met with a strong alcohol taste. Obviously wine is alcoholic but this is not something that I have tasted in a wine before. I really loved the nose on this light Riesling but something went awry. What is a girl to do with an open bottle of wine, MAKE SANGRIA! And make sangria I did. I soaked some apples, oranges, one lime and some pineapple in brandy for about a day and a half. I then mixed that luscious marriage with this bottle of Riesling and it made some great sangria! I would totally buy this wine for Sangria again in the future!
Pinot Noir is my favorite of all of the reds. It is not too boastful and it isn't too heavy. It usually goes well with both spicy food and red meat and it can also be enjoyed along with dessert! WIN! flipflop's Pinot Noir was anything but simple and affordable. Holding the same $7.99 price tag as their other wines one might expect an epic fail but instead I was met with a great blackberry nose and surprising hints of smoke and vanilla. What did I intend to do with this wine besides drink it? I drank it with some chocolate of course! I ate some Equal Exchange Organic Milk Chocolate and let me tell you that was a treat! It almost made me feel as though I was drinking a Coca Cola, weird eh? As for the 70% Super Dark Chocolate that I ate alongside of the Pinot Noir. That was an experience in and of itself. The dark chocolate made the smokiness of the wine POP and it really made it feel like a wine I could chew (for those of you who know me well you know that is something I say when I LOVE a wine!)
Overall I was extremely satisfied with my experience with flipflop wines. One thing that makes me love this company even more is the fact that they are a company that loves to give back. flipflop wines has partnered with Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in need. The program will raise much needed funds to give one pair of flip-flop sandals for each bottle of flipflop wine purchased. *up to 100,000 pairs for the first 100,000 bottles sold, where promotion is legal.
**I was sent these bottles of wine for review not only because I am of legal drinking age here in Michigan but also because I am not afraid to admit that I am a wino. No other compensation was received and all opinions are mine and were written when I was still sober!**