Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: flipflop wines

I'm always happy to open my door and find a new product to review waiting for me on the other side, but when I ran into the delivery man in the lobby last week and received a box of flipflop wine to review- it was an especially happy day!  Here's a bit about flipflop, from some material that I received:
Underdog Wine Merchants announces the release of flipflop wines, a brand new collection of expressive, well-balanced wines that are a perfect fit with today‟s more casual lifestyles. Underdog Wine Merchants is also excited to announce the formation of an unprecedented partnership 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 received two different types of flipflop wine, the Pinot Grigio and the Riesling.

How cute are those bottles- wouldn't they be so fun to have on your table during a spring or summer BBQ or luau? Even though I love the label design, I was a little skeptical about how good these wines could be, since they are twist-tops and have a suggested retail price of only $7.  But when I tasted my first sip of the Pinot Grigio (my personal favorite type of wine), I was really impressed! I thought it tasted like a much more expensive bottle of wine, and I kept saying to Daniel "I can't believe that this is a low price point wine!"

I was also pleased with the Riesling, and have been continuing to happily sample the wines over the past week. When I finish these bottles, I will definitely be looking for flipflop wine in the store! In addition to the Pinot Grigio and the Riesling, flipflop wine is available in a Chardonnay, a Moscato, a Cabernet Savignon, a Merlot and a Pinot Noir. They've definitely got your wine needs covered!

As I mentioned above, I like the front of the flipflop labels because of the great design, but I'm also a big fan of the back labels. Here's a picture, to show you what I mean:
Isn't that great and easy-to-read!  No complicated explanations, just simply presented information on taste, suggested pairings, temperature at which to serve the wine, and sweetness. I love this!

In addition to the nice taste and great labels, I love the fact that flipflop is working with Soles4Souls. I wasn't familiar with this charity before, but I've done some research and am very interested by what I've found. Here's some information about this charity, from its 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.
You can help out Soles4Souls both by buying flipflop wine and by donating your old shoes.  I've got a closet full of shoes that I don't need anymore, and I was happy to see that I could take them to a local donation point so that they could go to someone in need! If you'd like to donate shoes, visit this webpage for more details. 

Drinking wine to help a charitable organization- what could be better than that!

Disclosure: I received two bottles of wine to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.