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December 12, 2014

2012 Trilogy Release Party Early Bird Tickets!

Did you know? Early bird tickets to our 2012 Trilogy Release Party—happening February 7, 2015—are now available. But Early bird ticket pricing ends soon. Secure special ticket pricing now before ticket prices go up.

Watch for details here and purchase tickets here.

For more information, contact Margaret at (707) 967-6723 or email margaret@florasprings.com.

 

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December 8, 2014

#TrilogyStory Present Photo Contest

Today we launch our second #TrilogyStory contest! Post a photo showing how to BE IN THE PRESENT. It's simple: post a comment with your photo, post your photo to our Facebook wall or enter using hashtag #TrilogyStoryPresent on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

Official Rules: bit.ly/FSTrilogyStoryPresentRules

 

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December 5, 2014

Happy Prohibition Repeal Day!

 

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December 1, 2014

Holiday Shipping Guide

Order deadlines for on-time delivery for the holidays are approaching. See our helpful guide below for details.




 

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November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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November 6, 2014

Tell Us Your #TrilogyStory: Present

We have taken a journey through our past, your past and our fond memories of our experiences. We’ve explored the haunting past of our Ghost Winery and given homage to the family that has brought us to where we are now: The Present.

In November and December, we are going to encourage you to define The Present.

  • The Present: where we are, what we’re drinking today, how we approach each day.
  • The Present: be aware of the world around you, focus your attention on the here and now, on those that you share your life with.
  • The Present: the holidays are the perfect time to celebrate with gifts.

What does it mean to you?

Our family winery has a rich history, exciting current happenings and amazing things to look forward to, just like you. From September 1, 2014, through February 28, 2015, we encourage all of you to share your #TrilogyStory. The Present stories begin November 1. Follow #TrilogyStory on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to learn more about us as we learn more about you.

The fun stuff: We’ll have interactive posts and apps on our social networks with chances to win prizes. We’ll feature active community members on our social media – you could see your face on our pages!

 

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October 14, 2014

HalloWINE Photo Caption Contest on Facebook

Our #TrilogyStory caption contest ends on Halloween! Use your creative brrraaaaiiiinnnssss & submit your caption for a chance to win a Flora Springs swag bag and a $50 gift card! Enter now.

 

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October 10, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #14

The St. Helena Star reports that 95% of the 2014 Napa harvest is complete! Here's our harvest check-in from Winemaker Paul Steinauer:

"We will be finishing the remaining Cabernet between now & Monday. Everything we have brought in thus far has been terrific!"

 

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October 9, 2014

In the News: Halloween at Flora Springs

Note: The following article, excerpted below, was published in the San Jose Mercury News on October 6, 2014 and can be found here.

8 great Halloween winery adventures

Vines gnarled like a witch's back. Cobblestoned barrel rooms splattered with red stains. Labs brimming with beakers and gurgling mystery brews.

Face it -- wineries were made for Halloween. This month, vintners from Sonoma to the Santa Cruz Mountains are unlatching their cellar doors to host costume parties, pagan balls, horror movie screenings, pumpkin patches and even a carnival for kids.


Flora Springs' The Room Halloween Harvest Picnic & Movie Night

The bash: October's movie night will feature attendees' favorite scary movie -- check the winery's Facebook page for the final vote -- screened in the rooftop lounge, plus a classic candy and popcorn bar. Want to make a night out of it? Begin with live music in the vineyard courtyard along with a picnic (bring your own or order via the winery two days in advance).


See our Events page for more information on the Movie Night Series (runs August - October every year) and all our events. For more information on visiting The Room, click here.

Check out our Halloween Pinterest board for spooktacular entertaining and decorating ideas.

 

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October 7, 2014

Wine of the Week: 2012 Ghost Winery Cabernet Franc

Note: The following article, written by St. Helena Star tasting panel writer Catherine Bugue, was published in the St. Helena Star on October 6, 2014 and can be found here.

The name Wes sends chills up my spine; no offense to the designer, Wes Freed, who created the eerily fun label on Flora Springs’ Halloween-inspired wine.

The designer shares first names with the man who took horror to new heights in films like “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Fifteen years later, I still cringe when I hear just the name of a Wes Craven film.

Luckily, this Ghost Winery label can dominate dinner conversation on Halloween, not white masks. The wine ($50) is rich and fruity, more syrah-like than characteristic cabernet franc; but delicious – and good fun.

Flora Springs is one of the valley’s treasured ghost wineries: first built in the late 1800s, abandoned, and then gloriously resurrected.

You can see this Halloween label on FloraSprings.com, or by visiting the winery. If your name is Nancy, however, we highly suggest you don’t run through the hallways...


Learn more about the 2012 Ghost Winery Cabernet Franc.

 

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September 25, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #13

"Harvest continues at a furious pace. We are trying to pick all of our more thin-skinned varieties like chardonnay and malbec before more rain falls on them. That said, light showers like what we had last week (and maybe this week too) don’t cause much trouble. Miner Family Winery is starting to pick cabernet sauvignon in Oakville this week. Miner’s winemaker, Stacy Vogel, says that this week is their busiest yet, probably the case in much of Oakville."

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

 

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September 22, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #12: Merlot Pump Over

Join Winemaker Paul Steinauer as he explains what's happening when we do a pump over with our Merlot.

 

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September 16, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #11

"Harvest is in full swing up and down the valley. This week we are picking chardonnay and pinot grigio in our Oakville vineyard. This is probably the only pinot grigio/gris in Oakville. Red varieties are also getting picked in Oakville. Natalie Jure Buckland from Opus One says they are harvesting both merlot and cabernet sauvignon this week. However, the biggest weeks for Oakville cabernet sauvignon are yet to come."

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

 

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September 10, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #10

"A return to mild weather after last week’s heat spike has given wineries a chance to harvest mature grapes before overly ripe sugar levels get out of hand. In Oakville, we are harvesting chardonnay and merlot while cabs and other red varieties continue to mature. Most blocks of fruit are coming in one or two weeks ahead of normal schedule, setting up a very busy time in the next few weeks."

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

 

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September 8, 2014

Tell Us Your #TrilogyStory: Past

This first part of What’s Your Trilogy is all about our past, yours included – you ARE a part of our family! We’re thrilled to share our family’s legacy: how Jerry and Flora set their sights on this place we call home, what the first vintage was like, our awards and accolades over the years and much more.

During September and October, share your #TrilogyStory on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest:

  • Where have you come from?
  • How did you get to where you are now?
  • What events from your past make you who you are today?
  • How did you get into wine?
  • When did you first taste Flora Springs?
  • With whom did you share your first bottle of Trilogy?

We’ll be asking questions on social media – be sure to follow #TrilogyStory on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

The fun stuff: In October, we’ll be putting out a call for stories for a chance to win great prizes! We can’t share our plans yet, but keep those stories coming.

 

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September 5, 2014

Pop the Cork & Join Us on Pinterest

Wine is a part of your lifestyle. Whether you’re enjoying with a delicious #WineWednesday casual dinner with friends or you bring a bottle to a good friend’s party, the pop of the cork reminds you to savor the moment.

Follow our Pinterest board all about Napa Valley party planning. You’ll get some great ideas for throwing your next dinner party, creating beautiful centerpieces and wine tips, from glassware to upcycled partyware.

 

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September 4, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #9: A Grape's Journey

Join Winemaker Paul Steinauer as the Flora Springs team brings in the first red wine grapes of the 2014 harvest.

 

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September 3, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #8

"This week most wineries, Flora Springs included, are back in a more normal harvest mode, although many farther down valley have had to get creative to compensate for damaged barrels and equipment. Our thoughts are with you! In Oakville we will finish up our sauvignon blanc harvest this week, except for a little bit we’re saving for a late-harvest wine. Our current heat spike means ripening should get a little boost. Harvest for the other early varieties like merlot, chardonnay and pinot grigio is just around the corner."

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

 

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September 2, 2014

Flora Earthquake Relief Efforts in the News

Following the 6.0 earthquake in the Napa area August 24th, the Flora Springs family wanted to help our Napa Valley community.

Upon learning that The Napa Food Bank was low on food, we opened up The Room as a designated Upvalley drop-off location. To date, we've collected many grocery bags of food donations and raised over $1000. "A lot of people came in because they said they saw either in print or on social media that we were donating tasting fees," says Tasting Room Manager Kristin Johnstone. "We will remain a drop-off location as long as needed."

We also especially wanted to reach out to our Wine Club members, some who suffered significant damage to their homes. In this video - footage from ABC 7 News out of San Francisco - our own Tom Shoar explains how, with a small token of support and appreciation, we were able to help our most loyal customers and fans to get back on the road to recovery.

Tom says, "I think it was a very nice break for some people to know someone was thinking of them." (Footage featuring Flora Springs begins at 1:50.)

 

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September 1, 2014

What's Your Trilogy?

Whats Your Trilogy

Our family winery has a rich history, exciting current happenings and amazing things to look forward to, just like you. From September 1, 2014, through February 28, 2015, we encourage all of you to share your #TrilogyStory.

Our Trilogy Story

  • Past: We’re thrilled to share our family’s legacy: how Jerry and Flora set their sights on this place we call home, what the first vintage was like, our awards and accolades over the years and much more.
  • Present: What is happening at Flora Springs today? We’ll talk to our vineyard team, our winemaking team and staff to share how we approach each step in creating your favorite Flora Springs wine.
  • Future: It’s so bright we have to wear shades. Our family and extended family of winemakers, vineyard crew and winery staff are creating a winery so full of life and excitement, we just can’t wait to share it with you.

Your Trilogy Story

  • Past: Where have you come from? How did you get to where you are now? What events from your past make you who you are today? We want to know about you and we hope you’ll share your story.
  • Present: We know you love wine, that’s why you’re here! What else do you love? What exciting things are happening with you?
  • Future: Yours is so bright WE have to wear shades! We can’t wait to hear about what you have planned for all things to come.

The fun stuff: We’ll have interactive posts and apps on our social networks with chances to win prizes. We’ll feature active community members on our social media – you could see your face on our pages!

Follow #TrilogyStory on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to learn more about us as we learn more about you.

 

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August 28, 2014

Napa Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help

While Flora Springs was fortunate to escape damage due to the earthquake on August 24th, there are many in the area who did not fare as well and are in need of the most basic items.

The Flora Springs family wants to help the Napa Valley community with post-earthquake relief. We have learned that The Napa Food Bank is very low on food, and expects an influx of people over the next few days.

Our tasting room, located in Saint Helena, is now a drop-off location for donations to the Napa Valley Food Bank.

The bank is in need of non-perishable foods—especially tomato products, canned fruit, and canned protein such as tuna, chicken etc., other households supplies, and monetary donations.

Upvalley residents and visitors can drop off donations at The Room, located at 677 S. St Helena Highway (Hwy 29), daily from 10 am – 5 pm.

Also, through Labor Day weekend, the Komes and Garvey families are donating all The Room wine tasting fees to the Food Bank. Stop in for a sip and support your neighbors.

If you prefer to make a donation directly, the Food Bank is located at 1766 Industrial Way in Napa and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm. If you are outside of the area, you can help too. Donate online.

Should you or someone you know need assistance, check here for food distribution times and locations. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Contact The Room at (707) 967-8032 or theroom@florasprings.com with any questions.

 

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August 27, 2014

Harvest Update #7: Earthquake Edition

"This past weekend’s events ensured that the 2014 vintage will be especially memorable. I hope that in five years when I open a bottle of 2014 Oakville wine, I appreciate the wine for its merits and not dwell on the images of broken glass that jump to mind. All in all, the earthquake was more damaging to the 2013 vintage, whether in barrel or recently bottled. The vast majority of 2014 fruit is safe on the vine. That said, we continue to pick some really beautiful sauvignon blanc in Oakville. The mild weather is giving flavors and tannins (for red varieties) time to mature without sugars getting out of balance."

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

 

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August 21, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #6

“This week we began our harvest with Oakville sauvignon blanc. We are slightly ahead of where we were last year at this time and about 10 days ahead of average, if there is such a thing in farming. Other varieties are starting to sweeten up as well. Sauvignon blanc is typically the first still wine variety off the vine, but I have heard reports of some Oakville ranches picking their earliest merlot this week as well.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

 

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August 18, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #5

And it begins!

"We have harvested grapes from our Oakville Crossroads Vineyard, Block H1 (Soliloquy Clone) into 1/2 ton picking bins - ready to go into press to be 'whole cluster pressed'."

— Winemaker Paul Steinauer

 

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August 14, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #4

"Grapes have turned from a fluorescent green to yellow/gold – Indicating that harvest is just around the corner – Flavors are terrific – With this nice mid 80’s temperature, we should develop more flavor as well as lower the acid. These will be the first grapes we pick."


Sauvignon Blanc in Oakville “Soliloquy” Clone

"Many people may be surprised to realize that Pinot Grigio actually looks more like a red grape than a white grape – It’s actually more brown in color. These grapes are also in Oakville, and will be harvested just after the Sauvignon Blanc."


Pinot Grigio in Oakville

"Some of our southern vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa are more prone to bird damage – You will see here, some netting that protects the fruit zone from the birds – We like our grapes, and I guess the birds do as well. While this protects the fruit, it requires much more effort to conduct work in the vineyard. Each time work needs to be conducted –Whether it be leafing, thinning fruit etc….The netting must be raised throughout the vineyard to access the fruit zone."

— Winemaker Paul Steinauer


Our southern vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa

 

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August 12, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #3

“Oakville sauvignon blanc is getting sweeter by the day. Winemaker Paul Steinhauer...plans on harvesting some Oakville SB this month, if not this week. We also have a block of what might be the only pinot grigio in Oakville and it is also very near to ready. The pleasantly warm weather continues to be ideal for grape ripening. Things are shaping up nicely for a great harvest season.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

 

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August 5, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #2

Oakville is currently pretty quiet, although the grapes are ripening at a furious pace, or at least that’s how it feels. Oakville sauvignon blanc will be picked first, and it should be early. We could start picking the week of Aug. 14, as early as we ever have, if not earlier. Overall, yields look good, for all varieties: not high nor low. Vines naturally set just about the right amount of fruit. Quality looks great.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

 

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July 31, 2014

Harvest 2014 Update #1

"As veraison nears completion, and continued warm sunny days advance ripening we may see a start to the picking of the Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc fruit as early as the 3rd week in August.

We are very excited about the upcoming harvest. Barring any major heat spikes the warm weather should bring about even ripening, and intense fruit character throughout our vineyards."

— Shaina Harding, Flora Springs Enologist


Enologist Shaina Harding Pours Trilogy to Guests at the 2011 Trilogy Release Party, February 2, 2014

 

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July 24, 2014

Drink Up Summer with Flora Springs Wines!

Hurry! Ends July 31, 2014.

 

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July 8, 2014

New! Summer Releases

It's officially summer, and we're excited to announce the release of three wines - get them while they're "hot!"

2013 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc - Soliloquy Vineyard
The aromatic 2013 vintage exhibits star-fruit, kiwi, candied lemon peel and lime zest with underlying hints of rosewater and ginger root. The palate is bright and fresh, with a gentle minerality and tangy citrus notes, lemongrass and a whiff of wet stone. Learn more. >

2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
The 2013 vintage yielded what our winemaker calls a "perfectly balanced Burgundian style of Chardonnay," exhibiting expressive fruit including juicy pear, honeydew melon and fresh white peach alongside notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and turmeric. Learn more. >

2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a bold, rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a beautiful core of dark, brambly fruit framed by spicy notes of black pepper, anise, clove, cinnamon stick and fresh sage. Lush and full-bodied, the wine shows off sweet oak notes and a vanillin-tinged finish that is smooth and silky. Learn more. >

Shop All Wines >

 

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June 24, 2014

Celebrate Independence Day with Petite Fleur Wines

This Fourth of July, celebrate with a bang! Our newest line of wines—named Petite Fleur, or “little flower”—will make your festivities a blast.

Featuring such unique wines as 2011 Explosive Sangiovese, 2011 Train Jumper, 2011 Shoot Out, 2012 Big Papa Blend and 2013 Floréal Moscato, Petite Fleur is a special project created by Flora Springs General Manager Nat Komes. Inspired by the popular Drink - N - Destroy wine on display at The Room, Petite Fleur highlights small lots of winery-exclusive wines with creative labels that tell a story. These unique bottlings are sourced from our Napa Valley fruit, and made with the same exacting Flora Springs quality.

For a limited time, order Petite Fleur wines by the case and save 10% - plus enjoy shipping included*. Mix & match encouraged! Shop now. >

 

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June 10, 2014

Join Winemaker Paul Steinauer at Three Forks Ranch

Exclusively for Wine Club Members

Flora Springs Winery has partnered with the luxurious Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch to offer a four night winter get-away in Colorado (actually Three Forks is so vast, that it’s not only in Colorado, but Wyoming as well) in February of 2015. Join Winemaker Paul Steinauer for the trip of a lifetime on an exclusive winemaking adventure.

The Lodge at Three Forks Ranch at Night in Winter
The Lodge at Three Forks Ranch at Night in Winter

In the evenings, Paul has planned detailed blending sessions–where you will learn firsthand what each component brings to the wine, and make your own blend. He’ll host his Mystery Wine Game–an opportunity to taste wines from different regions and guess the variety, country of origin, vintage and so on. Paul also plans to bring a sneak peek into the 2014 vintage and share several trial samples still in the works. The Three Forks Chef will work closely with Paul in selecting special meals paired with some of Flora Springs most cherished wines.

Paul is Flora’s world traveler – he has visited over 40 countries on all 7 continents. He has been fortunate enough to have stayed in some amazing places along the way. After staying at Three Forks, he said “I could have died right then, and gone to heaven, I have never seen anything like this! Everything from the staff, the unbelievable scenery, to the lodge itself," Paul described as “unpretentious decadence.” Paul is convinced that a nicer lodge does not exist, and he looks forward to sharing it with you.

We have planned a loose itinerary so that you can share in some experiences, but also relax at your own pace. You can curl up with a good book next to the fire, while taking in the idyllic setting, or partake in a number of activities including downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing - to name a few.

Three Forks Lodge boasts an intimate setting and only has 15 rooms, so participation will be first-come, first-served and based on availability. This is a very exclusive opportunity to learn more about Flora Springs wines in a remarkable setting.


The Spa at Three Forks Ranch


The Infinity Pool at Three Forks Ranch

Arrive: Thursday, Feb 26, 2015
Depart: Monday, Mar 2, 2015
Price: $695.00 per person per night based on double occupancy

Flights are not included and will need to be purchased separately into Hayden Airport – (HDN) Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Transportation from Hayden is included in the room price & will need to be coordinated with Three Forks.

View list of amenities included in room price.
View list of activities and price list.

If you would like to join us at this world class lodge, contact Kenny Werle at kwerle@florasprings.com or 800-913-1118.


Downhill Skiing at Three Forks Ranch

 

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June 4, 2014

Introducing Big Papa Blend

Come one, come all and witness the spectacular, the fabulous, the mysterious and exotic Big Papa Blend! Guaranteed to amaze you with his muscles of steel, his feats of strength, his aromas and flavors of raspberry, blueberry and cherry cola and - that manliest of scents - saddle leather! Sit back, relax and prepare to be astounded as Big Papa Blend does all the heavy lifting. Only 56 cases made... get your ticket now!

Father’s Day is June 15, 2014. Order by June 6 for best shipping options for on-time delivery. Only available at The Room. $55, Wine Club $44. Call (800) 967-8032 for more information and to order.

 

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May 2, 2014

#ChardonnayDay is Thursday, May 22

After thirty years of crafting world renowned wines, the Flora Springs name has become synonymous with perfectly balanced Napa Valley Chardonnay. The Legacy began when our inaugural vintage in 1978 was awarded a gold medal at the Orange Country Fair. A few years later our status of gold was bronzed when James Laube selected Flora Springs as one of his "First Growth" producers of Chardonnay in his book California's Great Chardonnays.

Learn more about how you can get involved.

 

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April 17, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day with Flora Springs

The Komes and Garvey families of Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards came to the wine business as farmers first. Our love of the land influences everything we do.

From the beginning, we have farmed our vineyards using sustainable practices. Not only do these practices make for good neighbors, healthy vineyard workers, and an ecologically-sound place to live and work, they also make for what we think are some pretty outstanding grapes.


A Blue Bird Nesting Box & Mustard Cover-Crop in the Vineyards at The Estate

On Earth Day this April 22, we hope you'll celebrate with sustainably grown and produced wines from Flora Springs - and to share the story of Flora Springs and sustainability with your friends and loved ones.

From going solar (our panels cover all of the energy needed for our red wine production) to water conservation efforts, learn more about how we work with nature and farm responsibly.

 

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April 3, 2014

A Special Offer for Our Facebook Fans!

 

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March 25, 2014

2012 Flora's Legacy Chardonnay: 92 - Points WE

"A long-time producer of great Chardonnay, Flora Springs hits a new level with this reserve commemorative bottling. The wine is spectacularly rich in tropical fruits, green apples and limes, with elaborate buttered toast and vanilla flavors from new oak, and a wonderfully creamy, leesy complexity."

92 points
Wine Enthusiast - May 2014 Buying Guide

Learn more about this wine.

Watch as Flora's grandson Nat Komes describes the evolution of Flora's Legacy Chardonnay — a project near and dear to his heart.

 

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March 19, 2014

Re-introducing Floréal by Flora Springs Winery

With this vintage of Moscato and Sangiovese Rosé, we are thrilled to re-introduce the ‘Floréal’ line of wines—in delightful, all-new packaging. Floréal, a French term that loosely refers to the spring months as well as Flora, the Roman goddess of spring—honors our matriarch, Flora Komes. Springtime, with its promise of new beginnings and magnificent surge of new growth in the gardens and vineyards, was Flora’s favorite time of year. The fresh, crisp, aromatic style of our Floréal wines is perfect for enjoying during this glorious season.

These wines are only available at the winery, and will not be included in any of the scheduled Wine Club shipments this year. And with the limited production, we do expect to sell out quickly.

Learn more and shop now.

 

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March 6, 2014

Get Lucky this St. Patrick's Day!

Whether you’re Irish or Irish-at-heart, bring some Luck to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration this year.

Luck is a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, from the prestigious Rutherford appellation of the Napa Valley. Big, luscious dark fruit flavors are intertwined with notes of dark chocolate, espresso—and that legendary “Rutherford Dust.” Luck can be enjoyed now—yes, it pairs fantastically with corned beef—but it’s also cellar-worthy for several more years.

Luck is hand-etched and painted, and comes complete with a lucky charm.

This unique wine is only available by contacting Flora Springs—The Room at theroom@florasprings.com or (866) 967-8032. Only 30 bottles of this wine remain, so don’t delay.

For a limited time, we are offering complimentary shipping on purchases of Luck. Offer ends March 17, 2014. Contact The Room for more information and to place your order today.

Shipping alert! For delivery by/on March 17, order by 12 noon PST:
Eastern states: 3/10
Central & Western states: 3/11
California: 3/14

 

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February 21, 2014

Wine of the Week: 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

Our 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay was named Wine of the Week by The Press Democrat.

"This is a complex chardonnay with a lush texture. The layered flavors feature pear, apple, mango and honey. It's balanced with nice acidity, and yet rich, with a lingering finish. Striking." - Peg Melnik

Learn more about the 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay here. Read the full article here. Find a recommended food pairing and recipe here.

 

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January 9, 2014

New Release! Presenting 2011 Trilogy

After more than three decades of crafting elegant, complex wines from our Napa Valley estate vineyards, Trilogy remains one of Flora Springs’ most revered legacies. Following the acclaim received by the 2010 Trilogy, we are thrilled to present the new vintage.

Our 2011 Trilogy is rich, full-bodied and opulent. The dark fruit aromatics carry notes of anise, black pepper and sandalwood, while dark black cherry and cassis flavors drive the palate accompanied by vanilla and white pepper notes. The wine has a seductively lush texture. Learn more about this new release and place your pre-order today.

Join the Party!
We hope to see you at the 2011 Trilogy Release Party on February 1. Tickets are selling quickly, order yours online today.

One of the iconic proprietary red wines in Napa Valley has long been Flora Springs’ Trilogy.”—Robert Parker

Excited about the 2011 Trilogy? Spread the word on your social networks: #FSTrilogy

 

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December 18, 2013

Introducing 2012 Star Star Late Harvest Chardonnay

We have always loved the exotic character of late harvest white wines, and in 2012 we set aside a small quantity of Chardonnay from our Lavender Hill Vineyard in Carneros to make just one barrel of this rich and decadent dessert wine. Our Star Star Chardonnay is absolutely dripping with aromas of honey, bright orange blossom, rich almond and baked caramel apples. Full, luxurious flavors of apricot, orange liqueur, marzipan and apple tatin coat the mouth and linger long into the finish. With its unique warmth and richness, this wine is a perfect accompaniment to fruit tarts and soft cheeses, or it can be served as a dessert unto itself.

Winemaking
Our Star Star Late Harvest Chardonnay was made in the Italian style of "appassimento” (meaning to dry and shrivel), just as the famous Amarone (Veneto) and Sfursat (Lombardia) wines are made each year. The making of appassimento-style wine dates back over 3500 years to the ancient Romans, who regarded it as an elixir of the gods. Just one bottle of this wine requires over two pounds of fresh grapes.

The grapes were harvested on October 31st at 24.7 degrees Brix. Handled individually to avoid breakage or crushing, each cluster was hung up (strung by hand onto long pieces of string) or set out to dry on large burlap sacks, allowing plenty of air flow. After five weeks of drying the weight of the clusters was reduced by roughly 30% and the Brix level was elevated to 33.6 degrees. The greater concentration of sugar was accompanied by a distinct change in flavors and aromatics. After careful pressing, the wine was aged in one neutral French oak barrel for 13 months.

Limited availability - only one barrel produced. Shop now. >

The photos below were taken by the winemaking team at the beginning of the five week drying process.


Drying on burlap sacks helps to absorb moisture from the late harvest Chardonnay clusters.


Light shining through the curtain of late harvest Chardonnay strung by hand to dry for five weeks.


Curtain of late harvest Chardonnay grapes hung up to dry in the tradition of Appassimento style wines.

 

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December 16, 2013

Happy Holidays from Flora Springs!

Dear Friends,

As the year comes to a close, we would like to share a few simple words of gratitude with you: Thank you. Your loyalty is deeply appreciated and gives us even more reason to celebrate this holiday season.

The entire Flora Springs family wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you at The Room or The Estate in 2014.

 

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December 12, 2013

Presenting The Black Arrow

"Arrow! Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true king under the Mountain, go now and speed well!" - Bard the Bowman, The Hobbit

As the legions of fans know, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - the much-anticipated second installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit - premieres in theaters December 13. To celebrate, we present The Black Arrow.

This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, from the prestigious Rutherford appellation of the Napa Valley. Juicy red and black fruit flavors - including blackberry, fresh cherry and cassis - are balanced with spice notes of mocha, cardamom and vanilla. The Black Arrow can be enjoyed now, or will gain complexity and layered finesse with long term cellaring.

Already coveted by Hobbit fans and fine wine lovers alike, this wine is very limited. Only six cases are available, and only by contacting Flora Springs - The Room at theroom@florasprings.com or (866) 967-8032.

For a limited time, we are offering complimentary shipping on purchases of three or more bottles. Offer ends December 20. Contact The Room for more information and to place your order today.

Go now and speed well!

 

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December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Starts Now!

Shop online and spend $300 or more on wines and holiday gifts and receive complimentary Ground shipping!

TODAY ONLY
Enter code: CYBERMONDAY

 

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November 7, 2013

Your Guide to Holiday Shipping

Holiday order deadlines are in effect. So, we put together a handy Holiday Shipping Guide for you, including deadline dates for all zones and all the upcoming holidays.

We ship wine to AK, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MS, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV, WI, & WY. If your state is not listed, please call us, we may have a way to help you acquire our wines as these regulations are always changing. We ship non-wine gifts nationwide. For more information, see our wine shipping policies or contact Kenny or Candice at (800) 913-1118.

Find our Holiday Shipping Guide here.

 

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October 28, 2013

Boo! Happy Halloween From Us to You

 

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October 10, 2013

2011 Ghost Winery—St Helena Star Wine of the Week

Note: The following article, written by St. Helena Star tasting panel writer Catherine Seda Bugue, was published here in the St. Helena Star on October 10, 2013.

In college, some friends and I resolved ourselves to go trick or treating. Amongst the shorter set, consisting of a few fairy princesses and Draculas, we trumped up the long walkways of the mansions in our college’s ritzy New York suburb. Many a good neighbor greeted us with grins but several also pulled out wine glasses and offered a sip of this or a shot of that. Halloween treats had gone up a notch.

To commemorate their century-old ghost winery, Flora Springs has once again released a special Halloween wine, this time petit verdot. The art on the label by Wes Freed is worth it all (and $20 posters are for sale on the website), but the wine ($55), from fruit on Atlas Peak, will be appreciated by those wanting rich plummy flavors with lots of oak-influenced sweet spice flavors like vanilla and cinnamon.

To get into the ghoulish mood, you can witness the mad scientist (aka GM Nat Komes) at work in the Flora Springs cellar in their newest video on florasprings.com.

Learn more about our 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot here. You can also visit our YouTube channel to watch "It's Alive!" starring Flora Springs General Manager and Ghost Winery Mastermind Nat Komes.

 

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October 9, 2013

"Lazy Sunday" by @ailoves

Our Instagram friend @ailoves created this endearing video following her visit to The Estate.

She included this note:"Lazy Sunday: perfect for drawing and recuperating from wine tasting the day before."

Isn't it terrific?

If you'd like to join us on Instagram, you can find us at @florasprings. Hope to see you there!

 

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October 4, 2013

2011 Napa Valley Cabernet in The Press Democrat

Wine of the Week Mention: "A bright cabernet with great structure. Complex, with layered notes of cherry, rhubarb, chocolate and licorice. Firm tannins. Edgy."
—Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat

Learn more about our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet here. The original article can be found here.

 

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September 12, 2013

It's Alive! Ghost Winery Pre-Release Now Available

Announcing another ghoulish creation from Flora Springs...

Every year, right around Halloween, we conjure up the ghosts of spirits past with our one-of-a-kind Ghost Winery bottling. This unique varietal celebrates our century old “ghost winery” that was built in 1885 and carefully renovated by Flora and Jerry Komes in 1977.

This year’s limited production is Napa Valley Petite Verdot. We’re releasing this highly collectible wine on Halloween. This pre-release is available to Wine Club and mailing list members only at this time. Order now to ensure your allocation before this wine becomes available to the general public. This wine will sell out!

Special box sets and limited-edition Ghost Winery collectibles are also available.

 

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September 3, 2013

Save the Date: 2011 Trilogy Release Party

This spring—February 1 to be exact—we’re celebrating our newest release, 2011 Trilogy, with a not-to-be-missed Trilogy Release Party!

As our exclusive guest, you’ll be the first to sample the newest vintage of Trilogy while strolling the estate grounds and taking in sweeping views of the vineyards used to create this wine. Chefs from some of our region’s finest restaurants will be on hand, serving delicious bites paired to enhance your enjoyment of Trilogy. You will also get a chance to mingle with the Flora Springs family, meet our winemaking staff, and tour our private hillside caves. And yes, there will be live music.

Click here to learn more.

Want to make a weekend out of it?

You can also make a weekend of it as we celebrate a Flora Springs legacy at the 2011 Trilogy Release Festival—an all-weekend long event.

Click here to learn more.

 

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August 21, 2013

#CabernetDay 2013

Join the 4th Annual Global Celebration of Cabernet

#CabernetDay is a global celebration of the Cabernet grape, intended to give Cabernet lovers around the world a fun opportunity to express their passion for the grape. Cabernet lovers come together in person and online to discover and share everything about Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet-based blends.

We are proud to say that after more than 34 years of winemaking and 25 years of crafting Trilogy - our flagship Cabernet-based red blend - Flora Springs is still breaking new ground. We credit the consistent organic and sustainable farming practices of our vineyard team as well as the focus and direction of our winemaker, Paul Steinauer.

How to Participate

1) Order the #CabernetDay 2013 3-Pack. Contact The Room at theroom@florasprings.com or phone (866) 967-8032.

2) Grab some friends, pop the corks and taste virtually with us on Thursday, August 29 from 5–6 pm Pacific time by tuning into our live broadcast on Ustream.

3) Join the conversation:

#CabernetDay 2013 Contest

Everyone who posts on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using hashtags #CabernetDay and #FSTheRoom will be entered in a random drawing to win cool prizes including:

  • Tickets for 2 to our much-anticipated upcoming Ghost Winery Release on October 5
  • A brand-new Lunch Pail Experience in our Vineyard Courtyard for 2
  • A limited edition Flora Springs hoodie - just like the guys & gals at The Room wear!

Winners will be drawn at random and announced during the #CabernetDay live broadcast from 5-6 pm. The more you post, the greater your chances to win!

 

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August 8, 2013

2012 Sauvignon Blanc- 90 Points, The Tasting Panel

Our 2012 Oakville "Soliloquy Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc was just award 90 points by Anthony Dias Blue of The Tasting Panel Magazine - "Smooth and ripe with melon, spice and rich flavors; juicy, fresh and complex with depth and style; generous and long."

One of our signature wines, the Sauvignon Blanc is a perennial fan favorite. You can discover more about this wine here. The original article can be found here.

 

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August 6, 2013

Flora Springs Winemaker Loves His Sauvignon Blanc

Note: Flora Springs Winemaker Paul Steinauer was interviwed by The Press Democrat. The following article was published here on August 6, 2013.

When Paul Steinauer was young, he had a thimble full of wine and said, “dood wine (good wine).”

“I was destined to be a winemaker,” he said.

Steinauer is the winemaker behind our wine-of-the-week winner — the Flora Springs, 2012 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc at $25.

It's a sassy sauvignon blanc with zesty aromas and flavors. It's complex, with notes of honeysuckle, pear and lime, and it has a crisp finish.

Steinauer has a good pulse on sauvignon blanc.

“It's my favorite white wine to drink, so I drink a lot of sauvignon blancs in the course of a year from all over the world,” he said.

Steinauer said the most challenging part of making sauvignon blanc is deciding when to harvest the fruit.

The goal is to “strive for physiological ripeness, yet retain enough natural acidity to carry it through,” he said.

What the uninitiated don't know about sauvignon blanc is how versatile the wine is, Steinauer said.

“It's equally as enjoyable to consume by itself, but friendly enough to pair with a plethora of dishes from a citrus salad to your favorite seafood dish,” he said.

This marks Steinauer's 23rd year at Flora Springs in St. Helena, and before that he worked at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, also in St. Helena.

What most people may not know about Steinauer is that he's a frequent flyer.

“I have traveled to over 40 countries on all 7 continents,” he said.

What makes him a good winemaker, Steinauer said, is that he's never lost his passion for the art of wine.

As he puts it, “I have never awakened on Monday morning and not wanted to go to work.”

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Wine of the Week: Scouting for the tastiest sauvignon blancs

Wine writer Peg Melnik had a blind tasting this week of sauvignon blancs, from fruit-forward to tangy.

Our winner is the Flora Springs, 2012 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc, 14.2 percent alcohol, at $25.

A sassy sauvignon blanc with zesty aromas and flavors. Notes of lemongrass, lime and pear, with a crisp finish. Tangy.

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You can learn more about our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc here.

 

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July 23, 2013

2012 Sauvignon Blanc: St. Helena Star

Note: The following article, written by St. Helena Star tasting panel writer Catherine Seda, was published here in the St. Helena Star on July 23, 2013.

I didn’t expect it, but I broke out into a broad smile while viewing the first few minutes of Flora Springs’ July Wine Club video. A Brady Bunch opening leads to wine and movie pairings and other fun in addition to serious wine tasting. The video can be found on their website’s homepage.

While the clip highlights a pinot grigio and the 2010 cabernet sauvignon, I tasted their 2012 sauvignon blanc ($25) at St. Helena’s French Blue restaurant recently. Great with the flatbreads! This SB has a nice nose of floral, pear fruit and orange citrus. It is rich on the palate with a refreshing finish. The grapes are hand-picked and whole cluster pressed; fermentation takes place in a number of vessels for complexity, including stainless steel, concrete and a small amount of oak barrels.

You can visit the rooftop lounge where the video takes place. Maybe you’ll run into the French-beret wearing producer. Yes, there is one. Good sense of humor, even better wine.

Visit our YouTube channel to watch our 2013 Great Tastes Wine Club Video Tasting Notes series.

 

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July 16, 2013

2012 Sauvignon Blanc Named One of Napa's Best

"This St. Helena winery has long had a fondness for the grape, down to maintaining this particular vineyard with a mix of its own unique clone and heady musqué. Again, the mix of steel, barrel and concrete pays off: It's ripe and fragrant, full of lily and grapefruit, plus slightly sweet tangerine and peach fruit."
- Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle, July 2013

We're very excited to be one of the "examples of Napans who are taking the grape seriously....in a way that reflects ripe, quality fruit and the subtle innovations in the cellar that show the beauty of that fruit." You can learn more about our 2012 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc here. The original article can be found here.

 

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June 28, 2013

Today at The Estate

Our friend Amy (@amyed191) visited The Estate today and shared these great shots on Instagram. Are you on Instagram too? Join us: @florasprings!

"Drinking Soliloquy at The Estate at Flora Springs. SO good to be back! Jason is a fabulous host. Cheers!" - @amyed919

 

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May 31, 2013

Last Chance! Special Pricing on 2010 Trilogy

Special pricing on 2010 Trilogy ends May 31:
12 bottles for $600 — shipping included! Regularly $900.

It is rare that we offer such savings on Trilogy. Now is the time to stock up on your favorite red blend — which was just awarded 92 points by Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide!

Shop now.

 

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May 14, 2013

#ChardonnayDay 2013

Join the 4th Annual Global Celebration of the Chardonnay Grape

#ChardonnayDay is a global online celebration of Chardonnay, the world's most popular white wine grape. The fourth annual #ChardonnayDay is Thursday, May 23.

After thirty years of crafting world renowned wines, the Flora Springs name has become synonymous with perfectly balanced Napa Valley Chardonnay. The Legacy began when our inaugural vintage in 1978 was awarded a gold medal at the Orange Country Fair. A few years later our status of gold was bronzed when James Laube selected Flora Springs as one of his "First Growth" producers of Chardonnay in his book California's Great Chardonnays.

Join us — virtually! — for a tasting of our three award-winning Chardonnays: 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and 2011 Jon Nathaniel Lavender Hill. Learn more about the wines, food pairing ideas, and have all your questions answered live.

How to Participate:

1) Order the #ChardonnayDay 3-Pack. Contact The Room at theroom@florasprings.com or phone (866) 967-8032.

2) Grab some friends, pop the corks and taste virtually with us on Thursday, May 23 from 5–6 pm Pacific time by tuning into our live broadcast on Ustream.

3) Join the conversation:

Social media not your thing? You do not need to be on Twitter or Facebook to participate. Take advantage of 10% off three classic, beautiful Napa Valley Chardonnays and throw your own #ChardonnayDay Celebration.

 

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April 16, 2013

BottleRock Napa Valley: May 8 - 12, 2013

5.13.13 UPDATE: BottleRock Napa 2014 has just been announced. Learn more here.

"Best festival line up I have ever seen!"

"This is the music festival to go to this year."

"Super excited for this music festival!!!!"

BottleRock Napa Valley is a multi-day festival of music, wine, food, comedy and beer - and we’re one of the key winery sponsors. Starting May 8th and running through May 12th, BottleRock will bring today's hottest artists in music, food and wine to tens of thousands of fans right in the heart of Downtown Napa.

The line-up is both spectacular and diverse with artists such as Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Train, Alabama Shakes, Cake, the Black Keys, Jackson Browne, and more. See the entire line-up here.

Buy your tickets online and use ticket discount code FLORASPRINGS to save $10 on a one-day pass, $40 on a multi-day pass, and $40 on the Thursday one-day pass.

Flora Springs~BottleRock VIP Ticket Package --SOLD OUT!

Looking for a more exclusive experience? Purchase the Flora Springs~BottleRock VIP Ticket Package and get two 3-day BottleRock passes, a limited-edition etched magnum of 2010 Trilogy, two VIP wine tastings at Flora Springs--The Room and a pre-show lunch for two at Flora Springs--The Estate. $750/couple. Only ten packages available. Interested? Act fast. First-come, first-served. Contact Margaret at 707-967-6723. SOLD OUT!

BottleRock Wine Tasting at The Room

Flora Springs--The Room is an official BottleRock "Thirst Aid Station."

BottleRockers are invited to enjoy a special 2 for 1 tasting in our VIP Lounge Cave Room. This ultra-modern private space will be dedicated exclusively to BottleRockers during the entire four-day event and will be stocked with bottled water and nibbles. Reservations are required for groups of 6 or more people, but groups of 5 or fewer can just drop in and enjoy the lounge as well as free wireless internet, our free cell phone charging station, and free access to our iMac computers.

Additionally, BottleRockers are welcome to relax in our Vineyard Courtyard or on our Rooftop Lounge. Both boast beautiful views of the mountains and vineyards.

BottleRockers may also take advantage of an exclusive 10% savings on our Box Lunch catered by Restaurant Cuvée (groups of 5 or less only). 24 advance notice is required for the Box Lunch experience.

BottleRockers must show their festival ticket. Offer(s) not valid at Flora Springs--The Estate.

Click here for more on visiting Flora Springs--The Room.

BottleRock Napa Valley. Over 60 Bands on 3 Napa Expo Stages. 40 Wineries. The Best of Napa Food, Microbrews, and today's top comics. Plus late night VIP events and Downtown after-parties. BottleRock will change how you see, taste, and hear Napa. Learn more about BottleRock Napa Valley.

 

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April 5, 2013

Facebook Only WOW! Coming Soon...

We know how much you love our limited WOW! specials. As a thank you to our 20,000 Facebook fans, our next WOW! will be first announced exclusively via Facebook.

If you’re not yet connected with us on Facebook, you can LIKE our page here. Then stay tuned for the WOW! announcement in the coming days — you can save up to 50% on our top selling wines or receive great savings on shipping.

 

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March 21, 2013

New! Great Tastes Video Tasting Notes Contest

Post your answers to all three of the following questions in the comments of the March 2013 Great Tastes Wine Club Video Tasting Notes (on YouTube) or our Facebook page by March 31st and be entered in a random drawing to win a savings of 40% on your next wine order totaling $300 or more! See the complete contest rules below. Some restrictions apply.

1) To what do the boys toast at the beginning of the video?

2) Brian — “The Foodie” — says all the best ducks come from ____ (fill in the blank).

3) What event does Kristin mention at the end of the video?

Contest Rules

  • All three questions must be answered correctly.
  • Answers must be posted in the comments of the March 2013 Great Tastes Video Tasting Notes video on YouTube, or on our Facebook page.
  • Answers must be posted by 12 midnight Pacific time on 3/31/13.
  • Order must total at least $300 (before the 40% discount) exclusive of tax and shipping.
  • Contest prize is redeemable only by calling the Wine Club department at (800) 913-1118.
  • Contest prize cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Contest prize must be redeemed by 6/30/13.

 

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February 3, 2013

2010 Trilogy Release Party - Photo Booth Photos

Did you attend the 2010 Trilogy Release Celebration?

Grab your photo from the photo booth here: www.youboothsf.smugmug.com

 

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January 8, 2013

2010 Trilogy Release Celebration

Tickets Now Available!

Each year we devote one day to celebrating the release of our signature red wine, Trilogy.

The 2010 vintage of Trilogy marks our winery’s 35th anniversary. Few wineries in the Napa Valley have been fortunate enough to achieve the significance and historic value attributed to Flora Springs. Come join us at The Estate as we celebrate thirty five years of fine artisan winemaking with a tasting of our 2010 Trilogy. We have lots of surprises in store for the pre-release of this vintage so be sure you purchase tickets in advance, they're sure to sell out quickly!

WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2013; 10:30 am to 2 pm

WHERE: Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, 1978 West Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, CA

TICKETS: $75 per person, $60 Wine Club Members

TICKETS and a collectible, limited-edition 35th Anniversary engraved bottle of 2010 Trilogy: $150 per person, $120 Wine Club Members

For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

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December 17, 2012

Happy Holidays From All of Us at Flora Springs!

Please enjoy this nostalgic "Twas the night before..." vignette starring Third Generation Family Member Nat Komes. Thank you for your continued support this year. We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

 

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December 3, 2012

Likes for Tykes

Help us help Toys for Tots of the Napa Valley! For every new LIKE the Flora Springs Facebook page receives through December 15, 2012, we will donate $1 to Toys for Tots of the Napa Valley. Already a fan? You can still help by inviting your friends to join. Click here!

 

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November 20, 2012

Black Friday Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek: They'll be busting down the doors at The Room on Black Friday!

We can't share the details of our big Black Friday sale just yet…watch your email inbox Thanksgiving evening. This is one doorbuster sale you don’t want to miss!

 

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October 25, 2012

2011 Ghost Winery Syrah in the St Helena Star

Click here to read this article on the St Helena Star website.

 

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October 24, 2012

Announcing Our #GhostWinery Bloggers

We are so pleased to announce our "wine bloggers in the field" for the 2011 Ghost Winery Release Celebration this Saturday, October 27!

  • Covering the Midwest, Grace of CellarMistress' Cellar Talk returns after covering both #ChardonnayDay and #CabernetDay for Flora Springs. "An Italian-born, American-bred walking encyclopedia of wine," you can follow Grace on Twitter @CellarMistress.
  • E. Maxine Lee, CSW founder of In A Fabulous World - the young lady's guide to wine - will be blogging and tweeting from Atlanta, Georgia. You'll remember E. Maxine from her fantastic coverage of #CabernetDay and you can follow her on Twitter @InAFabWorld.
  • From New York City and new to Flora Springs for this event is Martin, the gentleman behind Flawless Crowns - a gentleman's luxury site dedicated to the good life. Follow Flawless Crowns at @FlawlessCrowns.

How to Participate:

  1. Tune into the live broadcast on Ustream - brought to you by our partner CellarPass. The virtual live tasting of the 2011 Ghost Winery Syrah with General Manager Nat Komes - creator of the Ghost Winery Series - will begin at 5 pm Pacific time. At 5:30, the cameras hit the Red Carpet as guests arrive for the Creature Feature Bash!
  2. Join the conversation: On Twitter - follow us at @FloraSprings and use hashtag #GhostWinery; on our Facebook page; on our blog or yours; also email questions in ahead of time to theroom@florasprings.com.

 

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October 10, 2012

2011 Ghost Winery Release Celebrations!

Join us on October 27, 2012 as we conjure up the ghosts of spirits past and celebrate the release of our one-of-a-kind Ghost Winery bottling.

Each year we create a limited edition varietal to honor our historic "ghost winery." The haunting aromatics and luscious dark fruit flavors of this year's 2011 Ghost Winery Syrah are sure to send a thrill down your spine!

To celebrate this year's release, we are hosting several events on Saturday, October 27. Visit our Events page for all the details!

 

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September 27, 2012

The Flora Springs 2012 Harvest T-Shirt Winners!

Each year Flora Springs celebrates harvest with a special t-shirt designed by the winemaking team for the winemaking team.

This year, we decided to give those guys a break and opened up the design process by inviting our wonderful Facebook fans to submit their ideas.

Submissions were creative, fun and a delight to read. Winemaker Paul Steinauer had a difficult time selecting the top three slogans, but ultimately the winner had a "pretty good play on words."

In first place, from Kimberly B. Richardson: I've got a crush on Flora - Harvest 2012

In second place, from Amy McGowen: Trilogy - 3 times the fun

In third place, from April Damron: iHarvest 2012

All three winners receive a limited-edition, employee-only Flora Springs 2012 Harvest T-shirt!

 

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September 20, 2012

The Facebook Summer Photo Contest Winners!

We are excited to announce the winners of our Facebook Summer Photo Contest!

We were very thrilled to receive so many creative and fun submissions to the Facebook Summer Photo Contest. It was nearly impossible choosing our top three favorites, but after much deliberation we selected...drumroll please...

In first place, winning $200 to spend in our online store:



In second place, winning $100 to spend in our online store:



And the runner up, winning $50 to spend in our online store:



Thanks so much to everybody who sent in or posted your photos to our Facebook Page! We appreciate each and every one of you who submitted.

Do you want to participate in our next contest but you're not yet a Flora Springs Facebook fan? No problem, click here and LIKE us now!

*The three winners will receive a 50% off shopping coupon with the applicable maximum savings - 1st place: $200, 2nd place: $100, runner-up: $50. Winners will need to call Kenny or Candice at (800) 913-1118 to redeem the coupon and place their order. Not valid with other discounts or promotions. It is non-transferable. No cash back or credit will be provided. Offer valid for wine products only. Customer is responsible for sales tax and shipping fees. Coupon expires 12/1/2012.

 

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August 29, 2012

#CabernetDay 2012 is Tomorrow!

Join the 3rd Annual Global Celebration of Cabernet - Thursday, August 30th

#CabernetDay is a global celebration of the Cabernet grape, intended to give Cabernet lovers around the world a fun opportunity to express their passion for the grape. Cabernet lovers come together in person and online to discover and share everything about Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet based blends.

We are proud to say that after 33 years of winemaking and 25 years of crafting Trilogy - our flagship Cabernet based red blend - Flora Springs is still breaking new ground. We credit the consistent organic and sustainable farming practices of our vineyard team as well as the focus and direction of our winemaker, Paul Steinauer.

Join our VIP Tasting Panel - virtually! - for an interactive tasting of:

Members of our winery team will be leading the conversation - discussing the wines, exploring Flora Springs history, offering up food pairing ideas and answering your questions.

We are also pleased to feature our "wine bloggers in the field":

  • Distinguished sommelier and wine educator Charlie Arturaola - recipient of the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition Communicator of the Year Award - coming to you from Miami Beach, Florida. Follow Charlie on Twitter @CharlieWines.
  • E. Maxine Lee, CSW founder of In A Fabulous World, the young lady's guide to wine - coming to you from Atlanta, Georgia. Follow E. Maxine on Twitter @InAFabWorld.


How to Participate:

  • Order the #CabernetDay 3-Pack. UPDATE: The deadline to order the #CabernetDay 3-pack in time for #CabernetDay has passed, but you can still join in...
  • Grab some friends, pop the corks and taste virtually with us on August 30th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm Pacific time.
  • Tune in to the live broadcast on Ustream - brought to you by our partner CellarPass.
  • Join the conversation:



 

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August 8, 2012

#CabernetDay 2012

Join the 3rd Annual Global Celebration of Cabernet

#CabernetDay is a global celebration of the Cabernet grape, intended to give Cabernet lovers around the world a fun opportunity to express their passion for the grape. Cabernet lovers come together in person and online to discover and share everything about Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet based blends.

We are proud to say that after 33 years of winemaking and 25 years of crafting Trilogy - our flagship Cabernet based red blend - Flora Springs is still breaking new ground. We credit the consistent organic and sustainable farming practices of our vineyard team as well as the focus and direction of our winemaker, Paul Steinauer.

Join our VIP Tasting Panel - virtually! - for an interactive tasting of:

Members of our winery team will be leading the conversation - discussing the wines, exploring Flora Springs history, offering up food pairing ideas and answering your questions.

We are also pleased to feature our "wine bloggers in the field": Grace Hoffman of Cellarmistress' Cellar Talk - "an Italian-born, American-bred walking encyclopedia of wine," distinguished sommelier and wine educator Charlie Arturaola - recipient of the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition Communicator of the Year Award and E. Maxine Lee, CSW founder of In A Fabulous World, the young lady's guide to wine. Follow Grace @CellarMistress, Charile @CharlieWines and E. Maxine @InAFabWorld.

How to Participate:

  • Order the #CabernetDay 3-Pack. See ordering details below. UPDATE: The deadline to order the #CabernetDay 3-pack in time for #CabernetDay has passed.
  • Grab some friends, pop the corks and taste virtually with us on August 30th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm PT.
  • Tune in to the live broadcast on Ustream - brought to you by our partner CellarPass.
  • Join the conversation:



#CabernetDay 3-Pack:

One bottle each of 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Trilogy & 2009 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon

#CabernetDay Special Price: $159, save 20%
Wine Club Member Special Price: $139,
save 30%
Regular Price: $200

The #CabernetDay 3-Pack is available only through The Room. Call (866) 967-8032 or email theroom@florasprings.com to order.

 

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July 27, 2012

Facebook Summer Photo Contest



It's summertime and the livin' is easy. What better time for a fun Facebook contest?

Snap a photo of your favorite summer activity - including Flora Springs wine - and post it to our Facebook Timeline.

The first place winner receives $200 to spend in our online store, the second place winner receives $100 and the runner-up receives $50*!

Not yet a Flora Springs Facebook fan? No problem, click here and LIKE us now!

Contest ends August 31, 2012. See below for complete details and rules.

We can't wait to see your photos!


*The three winners will receive a 50% off shopping coupon with the applicable maximum savings - 1st place: $200, 2nd place: $100, runner-up: $50. Winners will need to call Kenny or Candice at (800) 913-1118 to redeem the coupon and place their order. Not valid with other discounts or promotions. It is non-transferable. No cash back or credit will be provided. Offer valid for wine products only. Customer is responsible for sales tax and shipping fees. Coupon expires 12/1/2012.

 

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July 18, 2012

Flora Springs: A Social Media Success Story

What do we love most about our jobs? Sharing our Flora Springs wines with you!

We pride ourselves on top-notch hospitality and customer service. But we know sometimes you can't make it to the Napa Valley or to The Estate or The Room during your visit, so we spend a lot of resources connecting with our friends all over the world via social media. Our efforts have not gone noticed and we are proud to be featured in the inaugural episode of the Restaurant and Wine Marketing Podcast as a social media success story.

In the podcast, General Manager Nat Komes discusses the winery's success using social media to connect with our customers and create fun, unique content to promote our winery happenings.

Listen to the Podcast:


Read the blog post on Restaurant & Wine.

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May 30, 2012

#ChardDay 2012 Live Tasting Broadcast

#ChardDay 2012 at Flora Springs - The Room was a great success!

Thousands of happy Chardonnay tasters joined our esteemed Tasting Panel on Facebook, Twitter and Ustream and took part in the third annual global celebration of the Chardonnay grape.

Join hosts Sarah Elliman of CellarPass and Matt Strayer of Flora Springs Winery and view our #ChardDay 2012 broadcast.

How did you celebrate #ChardDay? Share your experiences in the comments below!

 

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May 24, 2012

#ChardDay 2012 is Here!

#ChardDay 2012 is today, Thursday May 24th.

We are excited to announce that thousands of online participants will be joining the fun!

You can join too:

  1. If you haven't done so already, pop your Chardonnay bottles in the fridge.
  2. The live tasting at Flora Springs The Room starts at 3pm Pacific time.
  3. Tune in to the live broadcast - brought to you by our partner CellarPass - on our Ustream channel.
  4. Taste the wines in the same order as we do at the live tasting.
  5. Share your thoughts and ask questions!
    • On Twitter: Add @FloraSprings and #ChardDay to every tweet.
    • On Facebook: Post on our Wall or add your comments to other posts.
    • On our blog: Comment on any of the blog posts.
    • Anywhere else you'd like: your blog, Instagram, Tumblr, et cetera!
  6. Follow our wine tasters in the field:

We look forward to tasting with you. Cheers!

 

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May 16, 2012

#ChardDay 2012

#ChardDay: Join the 3rd Annual Global Celebration of the Chardonnay Grape

After thirty years of crafting world renowned wines, the Flora Springs name has become synonymous with perfectly balanced Napa Valley Chardonnay. The Legacy began when our inaugural vintage in 1978 was awarded a gold medal at the Orange Country Fair. A few years later our status of gold was bronzed when James Laube selected Flora Springs as one of his "First Growth" producers of Chardonnay in his book California's Great Chardonnays.

Join us - virtually! - for a tasting of our three award-winning Chardonnays: Napa Valley, Barrel Fermented and Lavender Hill. Members of our tasting room team will be leading the conversation - discussing the wines, exploring Flora Springs history, offering up food pairing ideas and answering your questions.


How can I participate?

  • Order the #ChardDay 3-Pack by calling The Room at (866) 967-8032 or emailing theroom@florasprings.com. See shipping deadlines below.
  • Grab some friends, pop the corks and taste virtually with us on Thursday, May 24 from 3-5 pm Pacific time.
  • Tune in to our live broadcast - brought to you by our partner CellarPass - on Ustream.
  • Join the conversation:

#ChardDay 3-Pack: One bottle each of 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2010 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and 2010 Lavender Hill Chardonnay.

Regular Price: $90
#ChardDay Special Price: $81, save 10% on the 3-Pack
Wine Club Member Special Price: $64.80


Call The Room at (866) 967-8032 or email theroom@florasprings.com to order now. Orders shipping Ground within CA must be received by May 22, to Western states by May 21, to Mountain states by May 18, and to all other states by May 17. Orders shipping Express (2-Day) must be received by May 22.

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April 23, 2012

Pat Garvey Named Napa Valley Grower of the Year

Flora Springs Winery and the Komes and Garvey families are pleased to announce that the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) has selected Flora Springs Vineyard Director & Proprietor Pat Garvey as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award.

The award criteria are: a strong commitment to sustainable practices; recognized leadership in agricultural preservation; dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community; and someone who actively promotes Napa’s reputation for the highest quality vineyards.

In 1978, Pat Garvey traded his Master's Degree in Psychology and Counseling for a tractor - and the opportunity to launch a world-class Napa Valley winery with his wife, Julie Garvey, and his brother-in-law John Komes. While Flora Springs started as a fledgling family business nearly three decades ago, today the Komes and Garvey families own and manage more vineyard acres - 600 in all - than most family-owned and managed vineyard holders in the Napa Valley.


Pat Garvey (in blue) - Chardonnay Harvest at Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, 1981

As Vineyard Director for all of Flora Springs' vineyards since its inception, Pat has not only taken the responsibility to remain an innovator with meticulous farming practices to create world-class wines; he has done so with the overarching premise of stewardship and family values: all of Flora Springs' vineyards are 100% sustainable.

Under Garvey's watch, Flora Springs has been on the cutting edge of new vineyard practices, from trellising systems to canopy management, to clone selection and hand-harvesting grapes at night. In addition, Pat received organic certification in 2008 from the California Certified Organic Farmers for 120 acres of Flora Springs' vineyards. Another 240 acres were certified in 2010.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Pat was instrumental in establishing the Oakville and Rutherford appellations. Today, grapes grown in the 10 distinct Napa Valley vineyards owned by the Flora Springs family are in high demand. "With 10 different vineyards in six appellations, the ability to develop character in the grapes through careful rootstock selection, clones and vineyard practices, and a dedicated, consistent staff over the past several years, our grapes receive the kind of attention and consistency that can't be duplicated," he adds.


Pat Garvey - Flora Springs Vineyard Director & Proprietor, 2012

NVG President David Beckstoffer recognized the important place Pat holds in the Napa Valley history book, noting “Pat is a tremendously well-respected grapegrower and a model citizen in our community. His contributions to the Napa Valley are numerous and although he would be the last to say it, he is highly deserving of this special award”.

Wife Julie describes Pat as “alive, optimistic, fun-loving, compassionate, generous, interested, and interesting”. She also mentioned that she is “so proud that Pat is receiving this accolade…and that he never seeks credit, but always deserves it.”

The entire 2012 Grower of the Year award announcement can be viewed on the Napa Valley Grapegrowers website and on the Wine Business Monthy website.

Meet Pat Garvey and son Sean Garvey, Flora Springs Vineyard Manager, and learn more about the focus on organic farming and family succession plans in the webisode below, created as part of Flora's 100th birthday celebration.

 

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December 2, 2011

Preferred Palate Wine Club Shipment

2008 Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker says it's 92 Points!

92 Points - "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Rennie Reserve comes from one of the estate’s finest parcels in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena. Named for the winery’s founder, this deep ruby/purple-hued Cabernet offers sweet black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with a note of that loamy Rutherford dust. Full-bodied and powerful as well as elegant, pure and spicy, this supple-textured, forward 2008 builds incrementally in the mouth. Already drinking well, it should age for at least two decades."

 

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November 7, 2011

Sommelier Challenge--Golds!

 

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October 3, 2011

And what do you think? Any Superstitions...

Our Winemaking Team is not very superstitious but when it comes to harvest they have a few that they keep to year after year.

 

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September 7, 2011

And What Do You Think? Spice it up!

Tell us what is your favorite spice to add to your dish.

 

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July 20, 2011

"And What Do You Think?"

FSBlog! Now it's time we ask "And what do you think?" We created a new blog that focuses on our community, which will feature something different each month. If you had to pick between Sweet vs. Savory food, which one would you choose?

 

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June 2, 2011

It's our horn, and we'll toot if we want to!

The Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide is out and they have given us some great scores on our wines. Most of these wines are allocated to our Preferred Palate Members. Maybe you're a lucky member to get your hands on a few of these!

95 points, 2008 Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

94 points, 2008 Trilogy Bordeaux-style

93 points, 2008 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon

93 points, "Cellars Selection" 2008 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points, " Editors' Choice" 2009 Soliloquy Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc

92 points, 2009 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

 

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May 23, 2011

#Chardonnay Day at The Room

Mark your calendars for #Chardonnay Day, on May 26, 2011 from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM! Pour some #Chardonnay in a glass and join the conversations on Facebook, Tweeter, Blog, Tumbler, Instagram or any other form of social media with the hashtag #Chardonnay.

We will be tasting our Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (#BFChard) in The One glass designed by Andrea Robinson and offering her favorite pairing with our #Chardonnay which is popcorn! Andrea describes our #Chardonnay the best, “This wine is like a dessert in a glass (minus the sugar and the fat—yay!)” The first 12 to tweet using hashtag #BFChard will receive an autograph copy of Andrea’s 2011 Wine Buying Guide. If you can’t make it to The Room, no problem, taste virtually with us. If you join us at The Room be sure to check-in at Flora Springs Winery on Foursquare, Yelp or Facebook to redeem special offers for winetastings.

 

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April 25, 2011

A Great Rating by The Wine Enthusiast!

What a pretty Chardonnay. Complex and intricate, it has detailed pineapple, golden mango and pear flavors that suggest very ripe growing conditions. Yet it’s dry and balanced in the finish, not jammy. Don’t drink this beauty too cold. S.H. (2/1/2011) — 92

Flora Springs 2009 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

92
$30/750 ml
Barrel Fermented
Chardonnay
Napa Valley, Napa, California, US
14.2%
904

 

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March 25, 2011

A test for our guest is to say Soliloquy 3 times

Our Winemaker, Paul Steinauer goes through and pulls out samples of our Sauvignon Blanc in these small bottles to end up with our proprietary “Soliloquy” Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is a fan favorite around here. In honor of this wine, we are hosting an event April 2nd from 11-4PM at The Room so you can snatch up the last cases of the 2009.

 

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March 11, 2011

Score with Robert Parker

Thank you Robert Parker for enjoying our 2008 Single Vineyards, Trilogy and Barrel Fermented Chardonnay!

2008 Rutherford Hillside Reseve, "92 Points"

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Reserve is produced from what the estate often believed was the best parcel of hillside Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses a more saturated ruby/purple color along with beautiful black currant and black cherry fruit nicely backed up by dusty, loamy soil notes. There is excellent sweetness on the attack, medium to full body, a long, pure, ripe finish revealing considerable tannins, and not a hard edge to be found. These wines often age for 25-30 years, but the 2008, which seems slightly more evolved and forward than past examples, should keep for 20 years. It is a beauty of elegance and power.

2008 Holy Smoke, "90 Points"

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Holy Smoke Vineyard reveals a similar dark ruby/purple color as well as slightly restrained aromatics, a chewy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, not the tannin level of the Out of Sight, and a sweeter, more accessible style. This is not to say it won’t age well as it is capable of lasting 15-20 years.

2008 Rennie Reserve, "92 Points"

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Rennie Reserve comes from one of the estate’s finest parcels in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena. Named for the winery’s founder, this deep ruby/purple-hued Cabernet offers sweet black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with a note of that loamy Rutherford dust. Full-bodied and powerful as well as elegant, pure and spicy, this supple-textured, forward 2008 builds incrementally in the mouth. Already drinking well, it should age for at least two decades.

2008 Trilogy, "91 Points"

One of the first proprietary Bordeaux blends made in Napa was Flora Springs’ Trilogy. The 2008 (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2.5% Petit Verdot and 2.5% Malbec) exhibits a beautiful deep ruby/purple color along with sweet blueberry, black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with some floral notes, well-integrated oak and spice, medium to full body and silky tannins. Already complex and delicious, this blend should continue to drink well for 10-15 years.

2008 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, "90 Points"

One of the first proprietary Bordeaux blends made in Napa was Flora Springs’ Trilogy. The 2008 (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2.5% Petit Verdot and 2.5% Malbec) exhibits a beautiful deep ruby/purple color along with sweet blueberry, black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with some floral notes, well-integrated oak and spice, medium to full body and silky tannins. Already complex and delicious, this blend should continue to drink well for 10-15 years.

 

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February 7, 2011

Another Trilogy Pre-Release A Success!

We just got done with our Trilogy Pre-Release Event and oh boy what fun that was. We saw over 400 guests and with the likes of Andrea Immer Robinson, Cindy Pawlcyn and The Loyd Family Players we couldn't have asked for a better day.

Thank you to all those that attended and mark your calendar for next year February 4, 2012!

Photos by Bob McClenahan

 

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December 22, 2010

Robert Whitley does it again @WineReviewOnline

Flora Springs, Oakville (Napa Valley, California) Sauvignon Blanc Soliloquy Vineyard 2009 ($20)
Flora Springs has long produced a stellar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc under the proprietary name Soliloquy. There was also some level of confusion in the marketplace, however, about what in fact Soliloquy was. More importantly, what was in it. No more. The wine is now clearly labeled Sauvignon Blanc, albeit from Flora Springs' Soliloquy vineyard parcel in Oakville. The wine is stylistically a bit different as well, showing an intriguing combination of flinty minerality with a subtle richness that develops mid-palate. The aromas are a complex array of citrus fruits such as grapefruit and stone fruits such as white peach. The 2009 is truly delicious and beguiling. 93 Robert Whitley

 

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December 21, 2010

Andrea Robinson Family Christmas Week

We are excited to be featured in a holiday episode of Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson's Food & Wine show Daily Tastings on . Tune in all week starting this Sunday, 12/19 for "Napa Valley Family Christmas Week", and watch our episode from The Room on Tues, 12/21. Andrea delivered John, Nat & Paul a tasty "pair-o-gram" to match with our Trilogy - you'll want to taste along for sure!

 

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December 20, 2010

HOLIDAY SHOP TO DONATE TOYS

When general manager Nat Komes realized the annual toy bin was low and donations were not as prevalent this holiday season, he decided to auction a 3- Liter of Napa Valley Trilogy to the winery’s Facebook followers. Our Facebook fans were given 1 day to place their bid- and with the money from the sale of the wine, we would purchase toys for the local toy drive.

The auction was exciting and our fans were getting competitive and bringing the holiday spirit. Nat really wanted an excuse to buy a whole lot of toys so he decided to match the winning bidder’s dollar amount. (If you are feeling left out because you didn’t know about the auction be sure to join us on Facebook)

Congratulations to Ross Marsh, who was the winning bidder of the 3 Liter for $575. Please enjoy the video of Nat, Sean and Margaret spending $1,150 on toys- it’s a hoot and sure to bring a smile to your face. Happy Holidays and thank you for all that placed a bid!

 

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October 29, 2010

Yes- Flora Springs is on TV!

We were very excited when Ray Isle of Food and Wine Magazine contacted our Sean Garvey and asked for sample bottles of our newest release, The Ghost Winery Cabernet Franc for a Halloween wine feature on the NBC Today Show.
We invite you to view the clip or read more about the story and label for our Ghost Winery in yesterday’s post.

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!

 

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