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Affordable and Altruistic

FlipFlop’s varietal wines help put shoes on bare feet.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Recently Vintner, David Georges visited Birmingham. And we paired lunch at Dyron’s Lowcounty with his FlipFlop wines.

The label’s name was inspired by the flip-flops that Georges wears around the winery. FlipFlop’s price per bottle is a mere $7 per bottle. And for every bottle of FlipFlop wine purchased, Soles4Souls distributes a pair of shoes to someone in need. More than 300 million children in the world are without shoes, exposing them to disease, injury, and preventing them from attending school. The goal for 2011 is 11 million pairs of shoes.

Georges’ has both a B. S. in viniculture and enology from University of California at Davis. Yet his approach to winemaking is simple and straightforward. He is against “manufacturing wine into cookie cutter style.” Instead he crafts well-balanced wines that express the grapes’ varietals. And each bottle has a clever dry to sweet gauge—showing a wine’s dryness, or lack thereof, at a glance. FlipFlop Pinot Grigio is very light in color and body. It boasts tropical citrus and pear, with a crisp acidity—measuring between medium dry and medium sweet. FlipFlop Reisling is also light in color, medium in body, with lovely notes of apricot, melon and peach, and measures between medium sweet and sweet. And FlipFlop Pinot Noir is purple-red, medium in body with luscious flavors of cherry, vanilla and spice, with a measure between dry and medium dry. Other FlipFlop wines include varietals of Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot, and Moscato.

Published, B-Metro magazine, July 2011


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