Wow. I have spent almost 2 complete years either pregnant, attempting to nurse, or recovering from one cesarean or another. Yes, having 2 babies in a 12 month period has caused me to make certain sacrifices in my life, such as enjoying a nice bottle of wine with my husband. I gladly made these very small sacrifices, but I have to admit, I am glad that I can finally partake in more adult activities, since no one is in my belly or on my boob at the moment. I can now sit back, relax, turn on some mood music, and unwind with the hubby while savoring a nice glass of good wine. (If the babies will let us, that is!) That's why when I got the opportunity to review flipflop Wines, I jumped at the chance. I have to admit, my husband did a little happy dance, because he LOVES his wine, and has quite the discriminating taste. He knows all about legs and what an aroma should be, and he knows what dry means. (He says it's basically getting cotton-mouth after drinking it.) I am far less knowledgeable when it comes to wine, so I have enlisted his expert opinion for my review, since he is so much better at describing in detail the attributes of a particular wine.
For my review, I received the Pinot Grigio, (Dan's usual wine of choice) Riesling, and a bottle of Pinot Noir. They came very well packaged and intact, and in very attractive bottles with fun, fresh colors and designs. These would look great on the table during a party, a cook-out, or an evening playing board games with friends. And at a mere $7.00 or so per bottle, you won't break the bank!
The first bottle we opened was the Riesling. This medium bodied wine had a fragrant, tropical aroma, and had a very fruity taste to it. With peach, melon, and apricot, it had a very smooth finish and was quite refreshing.
We drank it chilled, accompanied by Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin, a baked potato with salsa, and a nice, crisp salad. This wine was a perfect complement to our dinner menu, and we both really enjoyed it.
Dan particularly liked the flavors of this wine, and said they were a perfect blend of sweet and the usual tartness you'd find in most wines. He was actually saddened when the bottle was empty!
I enjoyed it as well. This one was honestly my favorite, as I prefer a sweeter, fruitier tasting wine. I didn't even get the dreaded wine-over! (Those are the worst!)
The next evening, we tried the Pinot Grigio. Dan was most interested in sampling this wine, since it is his absolute favorite kind of wine. One that he has tried many, many different renditions of. When we opened the bottle and poured our glasses, we were immediately impressed by the aroma of this wine. It was crisp and citrusy, and just smelling it literally made the hubby's mouth water.
We drank this wine with Chicken Cacciatore, garlic bread, and sorbet. This wine, too, complemented our meal perfectly. This wine is light-bodied and refreshing, and has citrus and pear undertones and a nicely balanced acidity to it. This was a drier wine than the Riesling, according to my sommelier wanna-be husband.
This was Dan's favorite of the bunch. (Surprise!) He actually said that it was a superior quality Pinot Grigio for the working man's budget. The aroma was dead on, and it had decent legs. He was shocked at the small price tag, and said that he would have expected it to cost at least 3 times as much. This bottle disappeared rather quickly, since my husband could not seem to get his fill of this refreshing wine. I can definitely say we will be purchasing this wine in the future!
The last wine we sampled was the flipflop Wines Pinot Noir. Since the hubby is generally a white wine drinker, this was a rare treat for me. I had never even tasted red wine, other than while cooking, so I had no idea what to expect out of this wine.
We drank this wine with Monterey Chicken, steamed broccoli, and loaded baked potatoes. I have to say, it paired quite well with the bacon in the chicken dish. This wine is a bright, fruity medium-bodied beverage with cherry and spice, and the aroma was heavenly, with hints of vanilla.
Dan didn't care as much for this wine as the others, but that was to be expected since he prefers whites over reds. He did say that for a red, this wine was darn good. I happened to really like this one. It was sweeter than the whites, and I thought the flavor and finish were both exceptional.
I plan on buying this wine for a nice dinner party. I think it would be wonderful with some chicken mole, or even with a nice selection of chocolates or a fruit salad.
So overall, we were very impressed with flipflop Wines. They are flavorful, satisfying, and are a very high quality wine for a very frugal price. With 3 kids, that's always a plus for me!
Another reason I will be a proud customer from now on is that flipflop Wines is a company with a heart. They donate a pair of shoes to someone in need with every bottle purchased through the Soles4Souls charitable giving program. Just think, by cracking open a bottle of this awesome wine, you're helping someone in need have shoes to wear, greatly improving their quality of life, as many diseases can be contracted by not having proper footwear. I feel good about that, don't you?
So definitely add flipflop Wines to your must-haves for entertaining lists. You'll be sure to get compliments on these impressive wines, and you'll be helping to provide shoes to those in need. It just doesn't get any better than that! And just a friendly reminder: Always drink responsibly, and never drive intoxicated. Don't let friends drive drunk, either. As a matter of fact, you should take their keys, let them pass out in a lawn chair, and then hook them up with a colorful sombrero and a big, curly mustache drawn on with a Sharpie. As long as you send me pics, I'll never tell! I promise!
You can purchase flipflop Wines HERE at their online merchant. Buy a few bottles, since it's only around $7.00 per bottle!
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***Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and my opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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