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.

#CabernetDay 2016 is September 1

August 10, 2016

#Cabernet Day 2016

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.

How to participate:

  • Order our #Cabernet Day 2016 3-Pack
  • Join us online September 1st. We’ll be talking about Cabernet and Cab blends all day, then the conversation really picks up at 5:30 pm Pacific time.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on September 1st using hashtag #CabernetDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan using #CabernetDay and tagging us in their tweet or Instagram post! You could win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

*Must be 21+ to enter. Void where prohibited. Wine will not be included in prize pack. Chance of winning depends on number of entries.

Our Latest Seasonal Art Installation at The Room

June 27, 2016

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.

Flora Springs Tasting Room decorated for 4th of July

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 13th by contacting The Room at (707) 967-8032 or email theroom@florasprings.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:

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Join us! #ChardonnayDay is May 26

April 25, 2016

Flora Springs Chardonnay 3-Pack #ChardonnayDay

#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.

How to participate:

  • Order our #ChardonnayDay 3-Pack
  • Join us online May 26th. We’ll be talking about Chardonnay all day, then the conversation really picks up at 5:30 pm Pacific time.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on May 26th using hashtag #ChardonnayDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan using #ChardonnayDay and tagging us in their tweet or Instagram post! You could win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

*Must be 21+ to enter. Void where prohibited. Wine will not be included in prize pack. Chance of winning depends on number of entries.

 

 

 

The 2013 Trilogy Release Party was a Success!

February 19, 2016

On February 6th, we celebrated our 14th Annual Trilogy Release Party.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the party – our biggest and best yet – a spectacular success!

Experience the fun – watch the 2013 Trilogy Release Party Video. And if you attended the party, be sure to visit the Photo Gallery where you can download the pictures of you and your friends.

Save the date — February 4, 2017 — for our 2014 Trilogy Release Party and stay tuned for more details.

#TrilogyWineDay is Tomorrow, February 6!

February 5, 2016

Flora Springs Trilogy Wine Day

Q: What is #TrilogyWineDay?

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
  • Recipes
  • Prizes
  • And more!

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!

Q: What social media sites should I check out?

A: Your favorite! We’ll be on:

Q: Why is Trilogy so special?

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?

A: Mark your calendar now – the 2014 Trilogy Release Party is Saturday, February 4, 2017. Early bird tickets go on sale in late summer/early fall. Watch our Events page, and join our mailing list for details.

Q: I’m not into social media. How can I participate?

A: You don’t have to be on social media – just open up a bottle of Trilogy and enjoy!

We look forward to seeing your #TrilogyWineDay posts tomorrow!

#TrilogyWineDay: First Annual Trilogy Day

January 14, 2016

Celebrate Trilogy with its very own day online!

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.

Flora Springs Trilogy Wine Day

Spreading Holiday Cheer – A Family Affair

December 3, 2015

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.

Cork Magic

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.

Flora Springs Holiday 2015 Grant and Sophia making cork ornaments
Busy Little Elves – Sophia and Grant – in our Holiday Workshop

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.

Holiday 2015 Paul, Grant, Sophia
Uncle Pauli with Sophia and Grant in the Wine Caves at the Flora Springs Estate

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.

Flora Springs Holiday 2015 Wine Club Ornament
Holiday 2015 Wine Club Ornament
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