Thank You for Making Our 2014 Trilogy Release Party Such a Celebration!

February 16, 2017

On February 4th, we celebrated our 15th Annual Trilogy Release Party – and the 30th release of Trilogy, our flagship wine.

Experience the fun – watch the 2014 Trilogy Release Party Video. And if you attended the party, be sure to visit the photo gallery where you can view and download the photos of you and your friends.

Save the date – February 3, 2018 – for our 2015 Trilogy Release Party. Stay tuned for more details!

2014 Trilogy Release Party – One for the Record Books!

February 10, 2017

A little rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the scores of revelers who came out last Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Trilogy. And how could it? From the Flora Springs wines that filled guests’ glasses to the food stations offering delicacies from Napa Valley’s finest restaurants to the ska sounds of our favorite party band, The English Beat, there was more than enough entertainment to keep guests from worrying about a few drops of the wet stuff.

Guests from all over came to our 15th annual Trilogy Release Party. For many, this was not their first time to a Trilogy party. “I’ve been coming to this ever since it started,” said one guest, who traveled more than three hours with five of his closest friends to spend the day at Flora Springs Estate.

It was all hands on deck for Flora Springs’ proprietors and extended family. Event hosts John and Nat Komes kept guests entertained and laughing, with John regaling fans with stories and jokes and Nat setting the pace on the dance floor. At Flora’s house, the winemaking team Paul and Enrico led VIP tastings of Flora Springs’ about-to-be-released 2014 Single Vineyard Cabernets, and in the Tasting Room, Kenny, Karl and Scott poured library vintages of Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon. Meanwhile, Joseph, Richard and the sales team kept people’s glasses topped with ’14 Trilogy, and as always, Margaret – our hostess with the mostest – made sure the event went smoothly.

In addition to wine, food and music, there were photo ops, shopping, T-shirt styling (with Trilogy Tees, of course!) and even a nail art booth. It was there that we ran into a mother and daughter who had driven up from the Bay Area to attend the party. “My daughter’s boyfriend gave her these tickets for Christmas. It’s all about experiences and making memories!” We couldn’t agree more.

In this post we mentioned just a few of the people who hosted and made the 15th Annual Trilogy Release Party a success, but there were many more family members, Flora Springs employees, and event planning partners who deserve to be recognized. Thanks to everyone for your help and hard work!


Did you attend the party? Visit the photo gallery to view and download your souvenir photo.

Save the date – February 3, 2018 – for our 2015 Trilogy Release Party. Stay tuned for more details!

Happy Holidays from All of Us at Flora Springs

December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you the gifts of the season this holiday~
Magic, Wonder & Delight…

…and as Flora always said “Joy, Joy, Joy!”

 

May your New Year be filled with peace, happiness, and prosperity.

 

All the Best in 2017,
The Komes & Garvey Families

 


 

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.

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.

2013 All Hallow's Eve Cabernet Franc
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.

2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon
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.

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

September 14, 2016

2013 All Hallow's Eve - Square Jack
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

Justin Werle Historical PassportJustin Werle Historical Passport

Werle Family Grave at St. Helena Cemetary

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