This last week during my husband’s vacation was a great chance to have some fun date nights at home, and we had the chance to enjoy them with flipflop wines. flipflop is a company that offers California vinted and bottled wines at very affordable prices. Creator and vintner David Georges grew up in a large Greek family that taught him to enjoy Sunday family dinners and give back to his community. They also always had wine with dinner and organically farmed- a lot like my own big family, where Sunday dinners and organic vegetable gardens are part of family life.
flipflop wines is a proud supporter of Soles4Souls, a charity that provides shoes for more than 300 million children in the world who currently don’t have any. Shoes are a basic human necessity and help prevent the spread of parasitic diseases that plague about 25% of the world’s population. Children who don’t have shoes can also develop foot ulcers, suffer puncture wounds, step on glass or rusty metal as they scavenge for food/shelter through dumpsters, and sometimes getting severe infections that lead to amputations or death. In developing countries, shoes are a required part of a school uniform and children who can’t afford them are not allowed to go to school. As part of their partnershp, flipflop wines will donate a pair of shoes to needy children for every single bottle sold, up to 100,000 pairs in the first year.
Flipflop’s 2010 Riesling is a terrific sweet white wine with tropical notes. Flipflop recommended we pair it with tofu stir-fry, so we ordered a delicious Chinese dinner with stir-fry vegetables and tofu and had a great evening at home. I enjoyed flipflop’s Riesling so much I had a glass for dinner several times that week. It is a bit sweet, which I love, and tastes a bit like peach and apricot. The aroma is yummy as well, and at only $7 a bottle it is a great way to offer affordable white wine to many guests if you host a dinner party.
flipflop 2009 Pinot Grigio enhances pasta, cheese, and chicken dinners, so we had this on a night when I made my special Chicken Romano. flipflop’s Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine with a clean, very light taste, made with tropical citrus and crisp pears. It’s also available for only $7 a bottle so great for a date night at home. If you pick up a bottle of flipflop white wine, pair it with this great healthy chicken recipe.
Easy Chicken Romano Recipe
4 thin sliced boneless chicken breasts
1 can (~14 oz) diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
4 tbs grated Pecorino Romano cheese
2 tbs olive oil
3 tbs seasoned bread crumbs
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbs Kalamata olives, pitted and crushed
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbs basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix breadcrumbs and cheese in a dish.
2. Coat all four pieces of chicken breast on both sides with this mix.
3. Heat olive oil in skillet over a medium heat. Cook chicken on both sides until cooked through (about 3 minutes on each side). Put chicken aside and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
4. Drain tomatoes and save about 1/3 cup of the liquid. Add the tomatoes, garlic, olives, vinegar and tomato liquid into the skillet and cook for two minutes, stirring until slightly thickened.
5. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Spoon sauce over cutlets and serve.