Thursday, March 17, 2011

2009 Flip Flop Pinot Grigio California

Spring is coming, spring is coming, time to break out the shorts, t-shirts and flip flops! Not to rub it in, but I’m already wearing my flippie floppies, shorts and t-shirts. But while the rest of you dig out from winter, put on your spring attire and brave the outdoors to pick up a few bottles of flipflop Pinot Grigio. I must admit, when I received the sample, I wondered how I would feel about the wine. The name reminded me of another wine that is better left to the younger beginner wine drinkers. Much to my pleasant surprise the wine was extremely tasty and will appeal to both the young, inexperienced wine drinker as well as the budget minded wine lover.

Aromas are filled with green apple and grass. Light bodied flavors are medium sweet with mango, tropical fruits and well balanced acidity with a nice tart clean finish.

TA – 0.63 g/100ml
RS – 0.05 g/100ml
pH – 3.63
Alcohol – 12%
SRP - $7

Flipflop is new on the wine scene and has dedicated themselves to breaking free of the cookie cutter mass produced wines and focusing on individualistic expression in their wines. They not only focus on crafting tasty affordable wines but have a sense of community involvement. With every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls distributes a pair of shoes to someone in need. Now how often do you get the chance to enjoy a bottle of wine and help a community?

Flipflops motto; “to each their own” sums up how I feel about wine. It’s time to take the pretentiousness out of wine and get back to reality. I don’t know many people, myself included, who can regularly spend $20 on a bottle of wine let alone $60 and upwards. I’m not suggesting anyone go and purchase a bottle of Thunderbird but don’t be afraid to try the wines that may be on the lower end of the price spectrum or look like they’re geared toward the younger wine generation. Finding wines you love really is about trial and error. Sometimes you hit a homerun, like the Flip Flop Pinot, sometimes you strike out.

Purchasing bottles of flipflop wines can provide shoes and relief for the earthquake and tsunami victims:
Soles4Souls is preparing to distribute shoes to the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. If you’re interested in supporting Soles4Souls’ relief efforts visit to find the nearest shoe drop-off location in your area or to financially sponsor pairs of new shoes to be sent. Individuals can also text the word SHOES to 20222 to donate $5.

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