pregnant wine-ing

I am not going to lie to you here in this space…one of the things I miss most while pregnant is wine.

Yes, I miss eating lunch meat (subs are NOT the same when they are veggie.  they just aren’t)  and sleeping and wearing real pants…but all of those things I can get used to.  No really. I can.

I got pregnant in the summer this time around and one of my favorite things in the summer is sipping a glass of wine in the evening.

I have mentioned before that I am a bit partial to flipflop wines, yes?

They have generously sent us samples in the past of their Riesling and their Chardonnay and before this bun in my oven I was also able to try their Moscato.

People.

Just thinking about the crisp, sweet taste…mmm…I think I can even smell it.

Wait…what was I talking about?

Oh right.  Flipflop Wines.

I highly recommend the Moscato for a sweet treat with chicken or spicy foods…or as a yummy sipping drink while reading a great book on the deck on a lovely day.

It tastes like sweet flowers and summer.

mmmm.

ahem.

Seriously though.  Flipflop wine is yum.  The Moscato earned the Double Gold at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest, most influential international wine competition in America.  Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave flipflop Moscato a “Best Buy” in this year’s June issue.

So it’s not just my opinion, people.

But the real reason I love to work with flipflop is not because I have gotten free wine I love their wine, but because they give back.

They are partners with Soles4Souls which provides footwear to impoverished areas to help improve health and productivity.

The latest effort is The Flippin’ Good Deed Challenge.  This is a challenge for bloggers to run a drive to collect as many pairs of gently used shoes until Nov 15, 2011.

The winner will receive a trip for 2 on one of the international distribution trips.

What do you think?  There are only four blogs on the leader board and they choose from the Top 5.  I think we need to get some footwear donated.

You can sign up your blog for the challenge here.  I can’t travel at the beginning of the year due to pregnancy, or I would so enter.  So tell ’em Sluiter Nation sent you.

And if you enter your blog in the contest?  Let me know…I have footwear to donate.

And now I will go and stare at my flipflop wine that is just waiting in the basement in the wine holder.  Soon, sweet Moscato…soon.

Legal Stuff:  I was not compensated in any way for this particular post.  I have been given free samples from flipflop in the past, but not in conjunction with this particular post.  I just enjoy helping promote their charity work.

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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