it’s the time of year for flipflops

I can’t lie, one of the most surprising, yet fun perks of a blog that gets a wee bit of readership from people other than my family is that once in a blue moon I will get a legit email from someone to try a product.

When I got the first email from Flipflop Wines?  There may have been squeeing.

Some bloggers get excited about products for their kids or storage containers or appliances.

Reviewing wine is my blogging dream come true.

Shut up, it so is.

I think it’s fair to say I was a bit skeptical about how good free wine could be.   My skepticism was for naught.

Flipflop wines is a newly launched California wine that is not just yummy, it is affordable (bottles are about $7 each).

They are also socially conscious.  Flipflop wines has partnered with Soles4Souls Inc, which is an international shoe charity providing shoes to those in need.  In fact, the program is giving one pair of flip flops to someone in need for each bottle of flipflop wine sold (up to 100,000 pairs for the first 100,000 bottles sold).

I was sent samples of the Pinot Grigio and the Riesling, which I was excited about because we are totally white wine drinkers here in Sluiter Nation.

You know how you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover?  Well I totally did when these lovlies landed on my doorstep.  Their labels are so cute, I KNEW they had to be yum.

This week we decided that since we were having spaghetti, we should try the Pinot Grigio first.

Cute, right?  AND yummy!

We tasted during dinner prep, of course.

Cort isn’t usually about whites that aren’t Riesling or Chardonnay, but he enjoyed this one saying, “it was dry in the front with a nice, sweet grape finish.”

We both stood there sipping and smacking our tongue to get the full taste of it.

It’s very light, but it has a really great grape finish, sort of like white grape juice, but better.

The back of the bottle actually helps you out if you have no idea what to pair the wine with, and it was not wrong about having it with spaghetti.

Some wines I feel don’t taste good with food (even though other people tell me they do), but this was a lovely complement to our meal.

Plus, it totally felt like it classed up my lame Tuesday night spaghetti to have a glass of wine instead of a can of diet coke.

This week we will be trying the Riesling, which happens to be a favorite for us, so we have high hopes.

Again, way cute.  Can’t be bad.

I seriously wish they sold this around here in Michigan.  But for now, I will get mine by ordering online. My Cali friends have told me it is available in-store there, so go stock up!  And report back!

Are you a wine drinker?

What is your favorite wine?  What Flipflop wine would you try first?

Me?  I want to try the Moscato before I get pregnant.  The sweet the wine, the better for me!

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The Legal Stuff:  Flipflop wines provided me with samples of the Pinot Grigio and Riesling, but did not pay me for a review.  All opinions are my own.  You couldn’t pay me enough money to say I liked a gross wine.  Trust me.
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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.

Comments

  1. I love Riesling and Moscato too! I haven’t had a drink in over 2 years! These look awesome by the way.

  2. Anything with flip-flop in its name has to be good.

  3. What a beautiful job on the review! LOVE the pics of the bottles. I don’t know if they sell that here in Alabama but I would love to try it. 🙂

  4. I would try the Moscato first! We would be good wine drinking friends; I like light and sweet and white. Ryan likes them super dry and full and red. We do not share many bottles around here!

  5. yum! my aunt has tried it and she recommended it as well! i love wine..

  6. I love wine. Any color, any flavor. I’m jealous that you got such an awesome offer!!

  7. oooh, I love the bottles. I know I would want this wine because of the picture. IT screams SUMMER.

    I don’t drink a lot of booze at all lately, but for Easter we did buy a Moscato (I had no idea what this was, but I liked the description and while I didn’t even get through a whole glass before I felt signs of a migraine….I LOVED IT.)
    so I would buy the Moscato first and tell John to “share” with me.

    SO glad you got the opportunity to review this wine , it so fun!!!!

  8. man do I miss wine!! But I’ll definitely keep this brand in mind when it’s time to buy wine again 🙂

    I’m jealous you got to review wine?! I’m a red wine fan, but I do drink white from time to time.

  9. I’m not a fan of sweet wine – but love me some pinot grisio. MMMMM.

  10. Okay, it may be that I just had a baby a month ago, being on Twitter and hearing about wine every day makes me want some, and the fact that they are $7/bottle, I may have ordered 5 different kinds to try. But seriously, Underdog Wine Merchants, free shipping on five bottles of wine?? Yes, PLEASE! And thank you!

  11. Oh, AND that they’re donating shoes…reason #4. C:

  12. I am soooo a cover judging person. So I would totally buy this just based on the label.

    I’m a huge fan of white merlot, which I think is just so refreshing. Rob doesn’t like wine…so…more for me. 😉

  13. I agree – I think that’s my bloggy dream come true as well! The packaging on the bottles is awesome. I think I’d always leave it out on my counter. I’m actually a huge fan of Michigan wines – favorite vineyards are Chateau Grand Traverse and Shady Lane Cellars. I also like L. Mawby Vineyards but they do all sparkling wines – but their delicious. Their “Detroit” is amazing!

    • have you had Fenn Valley wine from MI? SOOO yum! their Lakeshores are my faves! Plus I know the owners of the vineyard/winery!

  14. Adorable AND socially conscious?!?! What could be better?

  15. Dude – Reviewing wine? I am in the wrong business. LOVE.

  16. Wha?! Free wine?!! Where do I sign up?!

  17. Um, I would soooo go for the Pinot Grigio that you had. Yum. My favorite wines are from Tabor Hill… another Michigan classic. 🙂

  18. Adorable label! I’m a huge Pinot fan, and will look for that. But they look like they are all about the whites, so I think I’d get some spicy food and open the Riesling!

  19. So cute! I will definitely look for this the next time I’m at the wine shop and buy it if they have the cab. 🙂

  20. My husband and I have recently started doing the wine thing. So, we are still new (read that: have no idea what we are doing while standing on the wine aisle) and trying different things.

    But I do love me some flip flops (and the bottles are cute) so I will have to try one of these. Maybe the Pinot Grigio (because you said it was good! lol)

  21. I love reisling and moscato and miss them dearly since I am expecting 🙂 BUT one day, they will return to my line up!

  22. The cab is AWESOME!! I drive out of my way to get it…I love how expensive tasting it is, but so affordable 🙂

  23. I saw Flip Flop in the grocery store the other night and thought of you. But they didn’t have a sauv blanc (my fave!) so I didn’t get it. When I’m serving a dessert, I’ll pick up their Reisling and give it a go!

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