Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wine Geek: To Each, Their own

There are a lot of "Wine Snobs" out there that will insist to novice wine drinkers that what they're drinking is "bad", and that there is only one correct way to taste and drink wine.  The wine snob believes that their knowledge is far superior to anyone else they may discuss the subject with, and their taste and opinion of a wine is always the best.  Wine snobs don't care much about teaching people about wine, and sometimes I wonder if they even enjoy wine at all.  I don't care much for wine snobs, because their entire philosophy on wine and it's culture is counter to my own.

PrintI prefer the term "Wine Geek" for myself, because I think the independent attitude of the geek embodies my wine philosophy.  I have a strong belief that there is a wine out there for everyone, and just because it may be inexpensive doesn't mean it's "cheap".   So many people believe that wine is a snobby affair, but I have a strong desire to connect delicious wines with great people to enjoy in their everyday life.  Recently, I found a company that's view on wine is right in line with mine!  Flipflop wine's motto is "to each, their own" and they offer an array of wines that offers a little something for everyone.

flp_bs_750_pnnr_09_72The first bottle of flipflop that I tried was the Pinot Noir.  I know, I've been drinking and reviewing a lot of red for a girl who claims not to like it, but I thought it would be as good a place to start as any.  David Georges is the vintner at flipflop and he believes in highlighting the unique characteristics of each varietal to make "great tasting wines that don't break the bank."  I wasn't quite sure what the characteristics of the California Pinot grape were and that intrigued me.

Tasting Notes: In the glass the flipflop Pinot Noir has a deep rick color that reminded me of juice, it's pretty color danced in the glass as I swirled it around.  Breathing in deeply I found the pleasant soft aromas of cola and vanilla pod.  I took a sip, and enjoyed the weight as it has a much fuller feel to it than what I had been tasting last week.  While being a much dryer wine than I usually drink, it wasn't astringent or drying to me.  A big plus.  It seemed structured and well balance, the softly spiced flavor on my tongue was interesting.

Flipflop 2010 Pinot Noir won Gold Medals at the 2011 Hilton Head Island Wine and the 2011 Pacific Rim Wine Competition.  Flipflop recommends that it be served at room temperature and paired with grilled mahi mahi, bacon wrapped shrimp, or chocolate chip cookies.    I enjoyed the glass on it's own, without a pairing.  But I really wished I had had some chocolate chip cookies.  Next week, let's try the flipflop Riesling!

Wine Wednesday Disclaimer: flipflop provided me with the 2010 Pinot Noir to review.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.  All wine consumed by and tasted entirely by persons over the age of 21. This information is intended for those of legal drinking age, and is for entertainment purposes only. The author advocates moderation and caution when drinking and this Wine Wednesday is in no way intended to promote binge-drinking, alcoholism, underage drinking, hazing, drunk driving, or any other form of alcohol abuse.

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