Harvest Witch Goes to the Chicago Cubs World Series Parade!

November 21, 2016

“The Cubs are World Series Champions. OMG I really just typed that.” Those were the words of Great Tastes Club member Brenda Garcia in an email to Wine Club Director Kenny Werle after her favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, did what was previously unthinkable: win the 2016 World Series!

Kenny and Brenda started corresponding when Kenny put out feelers to Chicago-area club members to gauge their interest in attending a Wine Club-sponsored event at a Cubs game (Brenda’s answer: YES). They swapped emails and talked baseball, enjoying a friendly rivalry between the SF Giants (Kenny’s favorite) and the Chicago Cubs, until after the playoffs, when Kenny started rooting for the Cubs. Brenda, who is almost as big a fan of Flora Springs as the Chicago Cubs, told Kenny about bringing a bottle of Flora’s Halloween wine to Game Seven (good luck omen?), and then, as seen in the photos here, bringing Flora’s Harvest Witch Cabernet to the Cubs’ World Series Parade. That Flora gets around!

We love hearing how Flora Springs wines become part of our club members’ lives and celebrations. To us, that’s what the joy of wine is all about. Here’s what Brenda had to say as she forwarded photo after photo of the Harvest Witch at the parade:

“Thanks for enjoying the road to the championship with me, Kenny!  I started as your customer, & we grew to a friendly rivalry between the Giants & Cubs playoffs and then you rooting for the Cubs.  It’s been really great getting to know you on a personal level from afar.”

Thank you, Brenda. We couldn’t have said it any better.

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Great Tastes Wine Club Holiday Gift

November 7, 2016

Every holiday season, on behalf of the Komes and Garvey family, Wine Club Director Kenny Werle faithfully selects a charming and unique holiday gift exclusively for our Wine Club members.

This year’s gift is particularly meaningful as with it, we also honor Flora Komes, our matriarch. It was Flora’s spirit of generosity and love of nature that inspired the family to found the winery back in 1978.

Included in the Great Tastes November shipment is a tree of “Christmas Future” – a Giant Sequoia seedling. While native to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, where proud giants such as the ‘General Sherman’ and ‘General Grant’ trees have wowed National Park visitors for years, Giant Sequoias are hardy enough to grow well in virtually any climate, and are loved and cultivated throughout the world. This truly majestic species, the most massive of all trees, can live thousands of years and attain monumental size, up to 300 feet tall with trunks almost 40 feet in diameter.

It is our hope that you plant this special tree, and through the years, find your own inspiration and joy.

Giant Sequoias

Learn more about your Giant Sequoia.

2017 Wine Club Shipment Schedule

October 18, 2016

As always, we are so grateful for the continued support of our Wine Club members. We have a lot of exciting things planned for members in 2017, including new exclusive events, special offers, and more. We so pleased you are joining us for another great year!

Please remember that this schedule is subject to change, but we will always keep you updated.

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Preferred Palates
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
February 2014 Trilogy & 2014 Flora’s Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon 2/6/17
April 2014 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon 4/10/17
June 2014 Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 6/10/17
August 2014 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon 8/717
October 2014 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon 10/9/17
December 2014 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 12/7/17

Great Tastes
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2014 Sangiovese & 2015 Family Select Chardonnay 1/9/17
March 2016 Pinot Grigio & 2014 Trilogy 3/13/17
May 2014 Petit Verdot & 2014 Poggio del Papa 5/8/17
July 2014 Three Keys Cabernet & 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 7/10/17
September 2015 Ghost Winery Malbec & 2015 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc 9/11/17
November 2013 Holiday Etched Wines 11/4/17
Great Tastes Red Wines Only
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2014 Sangiovese – 2 bottles 1/9/17
March 2014 Trilogy – 2 bottles 3/13/17
May 2014 Petit Verdot & 2014 Poggio del Papa 5/8/17
July 2014 Three Keys Cabernet – 2 bottles 7/10/17
September 2015 Ghost Winery Malbec & 2015 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc 9/11/17
November 2013 Holiday Etched Wines 11/4/17
Great Tastes White Wines Only
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2015 Family Select Chardonnay – 2 bottles 1/9/17
March 2016 Pinot Grigio – 2 bottles 3/13/17
May 2016 KG3 Rosé – 2 bottles 5/8/17
July 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc – 2 bottles 7/10/17
September 2016 Soliloquy – 2 bottles 9/11/17
November 2014 Flora’s Legacy Chardonnay – 2 bottles 11/4/17

 

Please contact the Wine Club department directly at (800) 913-1118 or info@florasprings.com with any questions or if we can be of assistance.

Are you interested in our Wine Clubs? Learn more about the benefits of membership.

Harvest 2016 Update #5

October 11, 2016

Harvest 2016 Update #5

“Well, we just concluded harvest 2016!

We started the harvest on Aug 16th picking Pinot Grigio in the Oak Knoll appellation, and we just finished on Tuesday, Oct 11th with Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville appellation – so just about a 2 month harvest.

All in all, it was a terrific harvest! We experienced a very light amount of rain that did not affect the grapes at all. We only had a few days with any unusual heat spikes. We are however, very glad to be finished, in that there is a significant amount of rain in the forecast from Friday through Monday. There are many wineries that are forced to leave their fruit out through the rains, and again, a relief to not be one of them.”
—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

Harvest 2016 Update #4

October 5, 2016

Flora Springs Harvest 2016

“Well, Mother Nature once again threw us a bit of a curve ball – We experienced 3 days around 100F, then it cooled off and actually had some showers on Sunday & Monday this week. The good news is that none of that has effected the grapes to any degree at all. We have harvested approximately 80% of our fruit thus far and the remaining grapes will be brought in by the end of next week. We have a handful of blocks on the Komes Ranch in the Rutherford Appellation – Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. We also have a few blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon at our Crossroads Ranch in the Oakville Appellation as well. We are just waiting for these blocks to garner a more complex flavor profile before we pick them.”
—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

In the News: Flora Springs Halloween Wines

October 4, 2016

Flora Springs Halloween Wines

Note: The following article on this year’s Halloween Wines, written by St. Helena Star tasting panel writer Catherine Bugue, can also be found here.

It’s almost Halloween and you know what that means. Nancy should definitely run in the halls; it may not be such an excellent day for an exorcism, and perhaps a boy’s best friends should not be his mother (or his dead mother anyway). But Halloween also means…they’re heeere. Flora Springs’ spook-inspired wines are ready for our Halloween parties and dinners.

Square Jack, the wineries’ affectionate name for the ghoulish, teeth-baring pumpkin which greets all tasters to this 2014 Cabernet Franc, is just one of three special bottlings. General Manager Nat Komes discovered Square Jack’s illustrator, John Manders, while reading his children stories at the St. Helena Library.

These Halloween wines always spice up the wine glass with big flavors of concentrated fruit and toasty oak. Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep…at least not until the bottle is finished.

—Catherine Bugue, St. Helena Star


Learn more about all our bewitching Halloween wines. Order deadlines for delivery by Halloween begin October 21st. See our Holiday Shipping Guide for details.

They’re Baaaack…New Halloween Wines

September 20, 2016

2013 All Hallow's Eve, 2014 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2014 Harvest Witch

Flora Springs has the distinction of being home to one of Napa Valley’s original “ghost wineries” – wineries built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to vine disease, the Great Depression, and Prohibition. Today, some ghost wineries still exist as ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. Each year we bottle small amounts of estate-grown wines in honor of this illustrious history.

It’s that time of year again when we conjure up the ghost of spirits past with three new limited-production Halloween wines.

2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc
With custom label artwork we affectionately refer to as “Square Jack” created by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders, this 100% Cabernet Franc comes from the Rutherford side of Komes Ranch. Only 300 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

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2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc with label art by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders

 

2014 Ghost Winery Malbec
A tribute to the winery’s illustrious history, this 100% Rutherford Malbec offers spine-tingling flavors of black cherry, currant and ripe plum and hints of mocha, tobacco and vanilla. Only 460 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

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2014 Ghost Winery Malbec

 

2014 Harvest Witch
Our popular Wes Freed label series returns with this wicked bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon from the acclaimed 2013 vintage. Only 250 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

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2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon with label art by John Manders

 

New this year! We’re expanding the wine label artwork to an exclusive, limited-edition line of merchandise. Shop now.

Order deadlines for delivery by Halloween start October 21st. See our Holiday Shipping Guide to ensure these wickedly good wines will reach all your ghouls & goblins in time.

Presenting a New Flora Springs Online Experience

September 15, 2016

Flora Springs New Website Announcement

Year-round, we work diligently to bring you the best wines from our estate vineyards.

Now, we are excited to bring you a new and improved Flora Springs online experience. With newly-discovered historical photos, rich content, and enhanced features such as an interactive historical timeline – we are excited to tell our story, including Flora’s story, like never before.

Please explore – we hope you enjoy all that we’ve created. We hope to hear your thoughts, please share with us on Facebook or info@florasprings.com.

Join our Mailing List to keep up with our announcements year-round.

2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc – Featuring Unique Halloween Custom Label Art from John Manders

September 14, 2016

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2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc with custom label art by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders

 

Flora Springs has the distinction of being home to one of Napa Valley’s original “ghost wineries” – wineries built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to vine disease, the Great Depression, and Prohibition. Today, some ghost wineries still exist as ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. Each year we bottle small amounts of estate-grown wines in honor of this illustrious history.

The custom artwork on this year’s All Hallow’s Eve, which we affectionately refer to as “Square Jack,” was created by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders. Third generation family member and General Manager Nat Komes discovered John’s art while reading to his kids at the St. Helena library. Inspiration comes from many places!

This year, we’re expanding the All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc label artwork to an exclusive, limited-edition line of merchandise. Now you can show your Halloween spirit with clothing, accessories—even a “Stacked Jack” skateboard deck! Shop now.

Stacked Jack Skateboard Deck
“Stacked Jack” Skateboard featuring John Manders’ custom art complementing our “Square Jack” 2013 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc

 

About John Manders
I was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later took courses at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where I studied children’s illustration, animation, and life drawing. My non-art interests include restoring my old house and trying to speak Italian.

My work is featured in over 60 children’s books and gazillions of children’s magazines. I am a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and its first president. I organized the successful Bow Wow Meow art auction that benefited the Animal Rescue League and the PSI scholarship fund. In 2003 I curated Illustration: The Process, an educational exhibit of fourteen illustrators and their working methods. My latest curating effort, Once Upon A Page, an exhibition of Western Pennsylvanian children’s book illustrators, toured the United States in 2006.

My work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh gallery, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and I was honored in the 25-year retrospective of Cricket magazine covers that was held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. That year I was also a participant at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. In May, 2006 I was named Outstanding Illustrator/Author by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association. In May, 2013 I won a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society for my work on Jack and the Giant Barbecue.

I live in Franklin, Pennsylvania with my dog.

Learn more about John Manders.

Kenny’s Uncanny 100+ Year Connection to Flora Springs

September 9, 2016

“Sometimes history has a funny way of knocking on your door. Last summer I received an email from a gentleman in the Midwest doing ancestry research on a family known as the Brockhoffs. This fellow happened to know that the house now occupied by John and Carrie Komes on the Flora Springs Estate property was, in the 1880s, known as the Brockhoff Winery. When Jerry and Flora Komes purchased the property, the house was all but abandoned, but John converted it to his family’s residence.

Because of this historical connection, this fellow was looking at the Flora Springs website and happened to see my information on the team page. He also happened to know that the Brockhoff daughter (Minnie Brockhoff) married a Justin Werle, and he had a hunch: could I be related to Justin Werle, and therefore the Brockhoff family? The answer is yes: Justin Werle was my first relative from Germany to arrive in Napa Valley in 1889!

I’d known about Justin Werle. I grew up in St. Helena right by the St. Helena cemetery, and I’d often seen the graves for Justin and Minnie. I always thought the name Minnie was so funny. My parents knew we were related to them, but weren’t sure exactly how. Of course as a kid the thing that fascinated me most was that right next to the Werle’s grave was a headstone with the name “Frankenstein.” My friends and I got a kick out of that, and often went over to the cemetery to see if Frankenstein’s hand might come out of the ground. We spent a lot of time there, especially in the dog days of summer, when the constantly rotating sprinklers provided welcome relief from the sweltering heat. Plus, there were lots of places on the old, paved roads where the large, raised tree roots made for cool bike jumps.

Anyway, I was blown away to know that I actually have a distant connection to the original Flora Springs property. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been here for over thirteen years – could it be a past life connection that drew me here? Something to contemplate during the Halloween season!”

—Flora Springs Wine Club Director Kenny Werle, September 2016

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Werle Family Grave at St. Helena Cemetary

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