One of my favorites, the Malbec from FlipFlop Wines, can be found priced anywhere from $5 to $8, depending on whereyou go. The problem is, you may have a difficult time tracking it down.
As seen above, all their other selections are available, but where’s the Malbec! It’s the best of the bunch. What was once a standard label bottle that could be found in even the most basic wine shop, is now nowhere to be found. I asked some respective store managers, and the prevailing response is that it was discontinued in Maryland. I find that disheartening on so many levels.
As of this writing, I was still waiting on a response on this matter from the company themselves. It’s no longer listed on their website.
So what’s so great about it? Well other than the fact that it’s so cheap, it tastes good. I bought this gem a few years ago at various wine shops, simply for the price and eye catching label alone. Who doesn’t love to be reminded of Summer and warm weather?
My first time opening it, I sensed some berries and other fruit flavors. But what really hit me was the oak and smokiness that came through. The latter two are something I have mentioned many times before. Oak and Smoke usually make a red wine divine. It’s a nice medium bodied wine that goes down perfectly, and can be eaten with many wonderful meals.
As pictured, the back of label gives some suggestions, along with some other fun facts. Speaking of which, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more user friendly label. Additional bonus, the bottles are twist off. If you read their story, you see that the intent is genuine and they want their wines to be approachable and drank for fun, and not in a snooty context. My blog shares that the same sentiment.
I’ve also liked their Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, but nothing can touch their Malbec. I mean this. I’ve had similar ones priced $10-$20 and up, that can barely hold a candle to this. At an average price of $7, it’s worth at least three times that much. I’m that passionate about it. And the fact that it’s becoming so scarce, is adding to my sentimentality.
Fortunately, I have a few left in my collection and I will continue to visit various wine shops, and under the radar beer and wine stores to see if there is a stray anywhere.
If you can find this bottle, get it. Good wines at this cheap of a price are everywhere, but this one is on a level all it’s own.
In the meantime, I will savor my glass with some delicious ground turkey tacos.
All The Best,