Hey, Dude, Pour Me A Glass Of Zori

It’s funny, but I grew up using the word “zori” to refer to the footwear commonly known by many as the flip-flop.  It was my father who taught me the word zori and used it himself.  Although he was a Tennessee boy from a dairy farm, he had joined the service and been stationed overseas.  In fact, my older sister was born in Japan – which is where I think he learned about zoris.

It wasn’t until we were living in California and I was a teenager that I heard the term flip-flop.  But that term made perfect sense to me immediately.  After all, that is the sound they make when you walk in them.  To use a fancy word, it’s an onomatopoeia — “the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it” according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Well, it’s summer and zori/flip-flop season in my neck of the woods, so I grabbed a bottle of Flip Flop to boot.  lol

Winemaker: Flip Flop
Varietal: Merlot
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: California
Price: $8.99

Notes:  In the bouquet I caught faint whiffs of berries, earth and wood.  It was medium-bodied with rather high acidity and light tannins (although the tannins were more aggressive before oxidation).  On the palate of this dark, dark ruby Merlot I tasted cherry, chlorophyll, and a hint of spice.  It was a very uncomplicated glass of inexpensive red wine which seems to fit the “Flip Flop” world it’s name suggests.

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CK Mondavi Wildcreek Canyon Merlot 2011

On travel recently I ran across this inexpensive Merlot.  While I’m sure they have it in my area, I haven’t seen it in the stores I frequent.  Thus, I decided to give it a try.  I’m pleased to say that this time around I didn’t have to stay up late doing “homework!”

Winemaker: CK Mondavi
Wine: Wildcreek Canyon Merlot
Varietal: Merlot
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: California
Price: $8.99

Notes:  The color of this CK Mondavi selection was a nice ruby. On the bouquet I found berries, barnyard, earth and pepper.  Acidity was fine while the body of this red was quite light – a bit thin, in fact.  Although alcohol was at 13.6%, flavors centered around a core of sweet cherry and raspberry with a touch of wood when the moderate tannins kicked in.  Toward the end there were cough syrupy notes with a final zing of sour cherry on the coup de grâce.   If you prefer a straightforward, slightly sweetish, easy-to-sip red, this may be a good selection for you.