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Flipflop Wines - To Each, Their Own - Soles4Souls Flippin Good Deeds Challenge

I'm very new to wines. So I don't know all the cute wine phrases, but I know what I'm tasting.

I've only tasted red wine once before and wasn't particular about the taste. I've been hearing such good things about it and wanted to try it.

It seems I'm the only one who is not drinking alcohol! I've been thinking about this for more than a year now and I feel I'd like to try this new thing. And really after a day like today (soccer, mowing the lawn, and so many other chores, all alone while taking care of two children), I think it is a good time to sip. Just a bit. 
After all tomorrow I'm expected to perform for the masses on time and in heart again.

About a week or more I had bought a wine opener. I tend to take life step by step as I prepare for new changes. I thought it would come in handy for the new wines I'd be tasting, but the wines are easily opened by just unscrewing the cork! I was so excited! It took me almost two hours to open my first wine! I almost cried! At that time I did not have the wine opener.

I'm doing wine tasting with FlipFlop wines.  It's taking some getting used to the taste, but because I'm fresh and not wine spoiled, I can taste the difference in each bottle.
When I'm experience, then I can become the wine snob :)

I love ML chocolate and it's always my treat, so I decided to mix my Mauna Loa with the Flipflop Pinot Noir.  It does changes the taste dramatically! And I noticed that my first sip gets the hairs inside (yes inside) my body all raised and alert! I can feel myself change inside, it's so weird.

I love this wine the best.  The taste by itself has just a hint of sweet and rolls nicely down the throat. I like it best at room temperature, even though I did try it chilled and with ice.

2010 California Pinot Noir
Tastes like: Medium-bodied, structured Pinot Noir with bright cherry, sweet spice and a supple, velvety finish.
Eat with: Grilled mahi mahi, bacon-wrapped shrimp or chocolate chip cookies.

I can't wait to have this with my fish!

Left Coast Riesling
I like the smell of this one and the fruity taste. Not overpowering, but it's there.  I sprinkled my fruit salad with it. Just mine. I giggled :). It was my treat.
Tastes like: Medium-bodied, complex Riesling with peach, apricot and melon which leads to a satisfying, smooth finish.

Eat with: Tofu stir-fry, shredded pork tacos and sake sashimi.

2010 California Pinot Grigio
This one definitely brought a spark to the mouth and throat! However I didn't like how it made my pasta taste, so I waited until after I was finished eating to enjoy it. It was much better then and next time I want to tip a bit in my rosemary sauce. I know it's not cooking wine, but it's worth a try with cooking.
Tastes like: Light-bodied, refreshing Pinot Grigio with tropical citrus, ripe pear and a zesty, clean finish.

Eat with: Brushetta, spaghetti carbonarra or eggplant parmesan.

These wines are available nationally and are very budget friendly at an easy $7 with alcohol content between 12% - 13%. The wine collection offers seven individuallistic varietals - including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Moscato.
Flipflop wines, all from the Left Coast, have an expression of individuality, a sense of comfort and pair extremely well with the foods that make people feel at home - mac & cheese, pot roast, and of course, Yia Yia Georges' Sunday Stew. "People have a personal attachment to their favorite pair of flip flops, their favorite food and to their favorite wine style. We crafted seven different varietals that allow each wine lover to discover their favorite. That's the spirit of our philosophy - 'to each, their own."
Read more about Flipflop wines here

I will continue to enjoy these and I think the taste of alcohol is acquired, so maybe by the time I'm finished, it will be.

Another awesome thing about Flipflop wines is their sponsorship of the Soles4Souls "flippin' good deeds Challenge" launched earlier this month!  Soles4Souls is an international shoe charity that distributes footwear to people in need.

The "flippin' good deeds Challenge is a program for bloggers to lead shoe drives and encourage their communities to donate new and gently worn footwear for people in need. Bloggers who collect shoes and blog about their "flippin' good deeds" and experiences have a chance to win a Soles4Souls sponsored international shoe distribution trip for two where they can deliver first-hand the shoes collected to those in need. For more information on the "flippin' good deeds Challenge," please visit

So I will end by saying: Flipflop wines are flipping good!

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About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people. Please read my disclosure.
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  1. Great Post & I love how you're are so brutally honest! Hmm Chocolate & wine? I've got to try that & see what you're talking about.

  2. This stuff looks so good. I like the design of the bottles too - hate to say it but when trying something new, the cover gets rated too. lol

  3. I, too, really aren't on the up and up with wine terms and lingo, but I do know what I taste and whether I like it or not.

    That Flippin' good deeds challenge is so creative! What a great way to get people up and doing something good for their community :)


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