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.
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.
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.
Join the 7th 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 37 years of winemaking and more than 30 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.
We’ve commissioned Melissa and Mercedes Baker, also known as The Baker Sisters, to create several seasonal art installations at The Room this year.
Currently installed on the exterior of the tasting room is “Ladies of Liberty.” Through July 18th, join us in a Toast to Freedom and celebrate the Fourth of July while supporting the Wounded Warrior Project.
And don’t miss Flora’s Social & Art Exhibit on Friday, July 15th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
Connect with friends and neighbors and spend your Friday evening at The Room. Enjoy an old-fashioned All-American BBQ, bake sale, raffle and silent auction and live music. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
We will also be pouring splashes of our current release wines, and wine will also be available for purchase by the glass or bottle at special pricing.
There is no charge for this event, but we ask that you RSVP before July 13thby contacting The Room at (707) 967-8032 or email email@example.com.
Watch for our Halloween Art Installation running September 2nd and our Holiday Art Installation running November 4th – December 31st.
A behind-the-scenes look at the complicated installation process:
#ChardonnayDay: Join the 7th 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 County 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.
A: It is an online celebration timed to coincide with our Trilogy Release Party. Each year, Trilogy Day will be the first Saturday of February so everyone can celebrate Trilogy, online and at the Trilogy Release Party at The Estate.
Q: How do I participate in #TrilogyWineDay?
A: It’s easy!
1) Open up a bottle of Trilogy, tune into your favorite social media site and follow #TrilogyWineDay. You’ll find:
Facts about Trilogy
Interesting tidbits about red wine blends
Notes from Winemaker Paul Steinauer
2) Share your own tasting notes, Trilogy & food pairings, memories from past release parties, and any other Trilogy thoughts by using hashtag #TrilogyWineDay.
3) Win fun prizes – everyone who posts with the hashtag is automatically entered to win. The more you post, the more chances you have to win!
A: The genesis of Trilogy dates back to 1984 when our family set out to make the best wine possible by selecting the highest quality wine lots culled from our estate vineyards. By blending traditional Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc – we created one of the original Meritage wines. Over the years we’ve added other Bordeaux varietals, always seeking to create the very finest wine from each individual vintage. Learn more about the 2013 Trilogy.
Q: I see the 2013 Trilogy Release Party is sold out. How do I make sure I get tickets for the 2014 Trilogy Release Party?
This February, we are launching the very first Trilogy Day to coincide with our Trilogy Release Party. Each year, Trilogy Day will be on the first Saturday of February so everyone can celebrate Trilogy, online and at the Trilogy Release Party at The Estate.
How to join the online conversation:
Follow #TrilogyWineDay on all social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and our blog – for facts about Trilogy, interesting tidbits about red wine blends, notes from Winemaker Paul Steinauer, recipes, prizes and more. Share your own tasting notes, Trilogy & food pairings, memories from past release parties, and any other Trilogy thoughts by using hashtag #TrilogyWineDay.
Every December, Wine Club Director Kenny Werle faithfully selects a charming and unique holiday ornament exclusively for our Wine Club members.
This year, the ornaments are particularly personal – as each and every one was handmade by members of Winemaker Paul Steinauer’s family.
Below is a note from Matt Steinauer, Paul’s younger brother, who currently lives in Austin, Texas.
It began as a fun family project to keep the kids busy during the holidays. Each individual ornament is handmade with corks, twine, ribbon, hot glue – and Texas love.
Each family member has their own role in the production process. I cut the corks into the specific pieces. Grant, age 8, helps count all the pieces and cuts twine lengths. Sophia, age 11, helps with the production logistics, quality control, and keeps the craft table in order. My wife Vanessa and Sophia glue all the pieces together to bring them to life.
Naturally, Vanessa and I are long-time fans of Flora Springs. While Sophia and Grant are still a little too young to appreciate the fabulous wines their uncle makes, they always enjoy their visits to see Uncle Pauli and the winery.
We love to spread the word of Flora Springs, and are excited to participate in this year’s Wine Club holiday ornament.
As you hang your special ornament on your tree, menorah, festivus pole, or whatever you choose, know that it was made with love by the extended Flora Springs family.