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For a while when we lived in the greater Rochester, New York area, I was on a wine ‘kick’, trying new ones all the time. Then came the boys and moving around so I never knew what store I should check out for great finds.
Now you can order online and bypass the store experience all together. But, that still leaves someone like me searching for a company that produces a good product at a decent price. Finding a company that is also socially conscious and trying to help others in the world is a God send.
We were sent a box containing three different varieties of their wine to sample and share in a review. Having abstained from alcohol for a while when nursing J as an infant, I was eager to take on this particular review.
First off, I have to share how impressed I was with the packaging of the wines. They arrived with labels that required they be left with someone over 21 years of age. But, more than their adherence to legal issues, I really liked the wonderful packaging job. Knowing that some people are against the use of Styrofoam in packaging, they had a label on the top piece explaining why this particular packaging was selected. Considering there was no issue with any of the bottle sent me, I’d say their choice is perfect.
Onto the wines themselves.
The first one I tried was the Pinot Noir. Now, I am not a really big fan of red wine. But, this one went well with the lovely grilled steak dinner we shared with my sister and her husband when they were visiting.
The consensus was that this particular wine fit in the middle if forced to rank against different brands. It wasn’t the absolute best we’d ever tasted, but it was far from the worst and perfect for a budget minded consumer.
Given my lower affinity for red wines, I doubt I’d grab for this particular one to drink on a regular basis. However, I do enjoy cooking with wine and this one should do quite nicely in recipes where red wines are required. After all, if you wouldn’t drink it, why use it to cook?
Here you can see us enjoying our wine with dinner:
This one is definitely on the sweet side. My older boys kept saying it smelled really nice and reminded them of different fruits. I completely concur and would love to have it again.
It’s a great choice for a ‘nightcap’ in my book. (Maybe even drinking a glass while reading a great book!)
I’d say this one was my favorite of the three for meals. With it’s slightly drier taste, it paired well with most any meal I was eating. Yet, there is a hint of sweetness that appeals to my particular palate.
Each of these wines retail for $7 per bottle before shipping. Wonder if you can get Flip Flop wines sent directly to YOUR house? Here’s the list of which states can order and have the wines delivered: AK, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IA, IL, KS, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, NH, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY. But, have no fear ~ Flip Flop wines are also available in many retail establishments. So, it could be just down the street from you, too!
Now, to get back to the THIRD criteria I have for my ideal vendor ~ a social consciousness. Flip Flop wines has charitable contributions built into their business with a pair of shoes being delivered to those in need through Soles4Souls for each bottle of wine sold.
Right now there is a fantastic challenge going on called Flippin Good Deeds. The push is for bloggers to help gather up as many pairs of shoes for donation. I love the idea and hope that many help out this worthwhile charity. Watch the video below to learn more about it.
Disclaimer ~ We were sent the three wines featured for the purpose of completing this review. No other compensation was provided and opinions expressed are my own.