2009 flipflop Cabernet Sauvignon
$7, 13.5% abv.
A little strawberry jam with a black cherry aftertaste. Big fruit flavors, a bit of acidity, and firm tannins. Somewhat smoother after at least an hour of breathing. This is a fun one to throw in the cooler for a BBQ. Sometimes you want a red wine ice cold, and it can be a good way to introduce people who might otherwise fear big tannins.
2009 flipflop Chardonnay
$7, 13.5% abv.
Musky aroma with hints of peaches and jasmine underneath. Darker flavor with a touch of sweetness and a little acidity. Bit of oaky vanilla. Again, I'm going to recommend serving this one cold with a BBQ, though this will be a good match for grilled chicken and vegetables, or if you're working your mojo and doing some flame-kissed quesadillas on the side.
Now, I've personally never worn flip flops. Frankly if it were up to me, I'd go barefoot all the time, though I've found snow starts to get a little uncomfortable after fifteen minutes or so. But lots of people don't go shoeless by choice and have to walk through environments much harsher than the American suburbs. Which is why this winery has partnered with a charity that provides shoes to people in developing nations, and is donating a pair of flip flops for every bottle purchased. From the press release:
Soles4Souls collects, recycles and reuses shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and closets from individuals. It distributes usable shoes to people in need around the world (recycling comprises less than 2% of donated footwear). Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every seven seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States. For more information, www.Soles4Souls.org.
And of course the perfect pairing for these wines? A tasty sandwich courtesy of Dark Roasted Blend (original artist unknown):
Note: These wines were received as samples.