It’s been a flip-flop sort of day in Tucson. It’s still over 100 degrees at 6:00pm, and I’d decided to sauté my Alaskan Wild cod instead of braving the outdoor heat to grill. I’ve even kicked off my flip flops so my feet can enjoy the cool cement floors inside.
Oh dear, I’d forgotten to chill the flipflop Chardonnay (vintage 2009). A quick transfer to the freezer hadn’t done the trick before supper was ready to serve. The sautéed spinach, garlic, and fish were ready to eat. What the heck, I just added a few pieces of ice to my wine glass—something I’d never considered when drinking wine before. But, why not? I’ve had several other flipflop varietals and they all seem to be a hardy bunch.
No disappointment here. My iced flipflop Chardonnay aimed to please. The pineapple-y/vanilla softness rang true, and delivered in a lingering finish. Pleasing, oak-filled cream is the reward.
My second glass of flipflop Chard, post dining, was even better (sans ice, of course). I can’t believe a red wine enthusiast like me is embracing a Chardonnay in this manner; please don’t tell my friends. I may just have to finish off this bottle before bedtime and destroy the evidence.
I believe that flipflop wines, priced at around $7/bottle, are the kick-back, go-to wines for those sun-filled days. For each bottle purchased, flipflop wines (vintner David Georges) and Underdog Wine Merchants are partnered with Soles4Souls, so a pair of flip flops is sent to help them achieve the goal of 11 million pairs of shoes in 2011 to third-world countries where bare feet cause particular risk for infection of hookworm.
In Tucson, at least, we have plenty of days like this to come, so go get yourself some flipflop wine, kick back, and enjoy; you deserve it. Cheers!