Sunday, July 24, 2011

flipflop wines: Part 2 - Riesling

One of the coolest things about flipflop wines is their commitment to bettering the world. Just this year, flipflop has dedicated profits of their wines to help 11 million children through the Soles4Souls program. There are more than 300 million children in our world without shoes. Without shoes, not only are these children highly vulnerable to parasitic diseases (such as hookworm and threadworm) and injuries but without shoes children are often unable to attend school because shoes are part of a uniform requirement. Thus far, flipfop has help put shoes on more than 100,000 feet.

The second flipflop wine I tried was the Riesling. This Riesling wasn't as sweet as I expected. The Rieslings I'm accustomed to are near dessert sweet, and this one wasn't. Thus, it helps to know what you like when you are looking to enjoy a Riesling. If you are one who really enjoys the light, syrupy sweetness of a Riesling, this one might not be your choice. On the other hand, if you're often turned off by the full sweetness of a Riesling, you might give this a try and see if you've finally found a Riesling you'll enjoy.

One thing I must stress about Riesling, especially this one, is that it MUST be served chilled! Don't worry about any perfect temperature (45-50 degrees F), just ensure that it has been refridgerated for approximately 2 – 3 hours before serving and make sure that it stays chilled (if you can't keep it in the fridge, put it on ice). Drinking Riesling without chilling it will rob you of the true flavors and smells that emerge when it is cool. In summary, it just won't taste nearly as good room temperature as it would chilled.

flipflop Riesling has the flavors of peaches and apricots and melons and it is fruit forward. I didn't notice any floral undertones, which is great because I don't prefer that in my Rieslings. There was a hint of spice in my nose which was an excellent touch. This Riesling could easily be paired with any pork or chicken dish—simple or complex.

One last interesting note about this wine is that it's a Washington wine. The Northwestern United States are moving forward in their vineyards and wine making. I find it very exciting that the United States is coming along when it comes to wine. Not only are we competing with the traditional wine areas such as France and Italy, we are also creating new flavors and dimensions for wines.