#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.
Note: The following article, written by St. Helena Star tasting panel writer Catherine Bugue, can also be found here.
It was a dark, dark night, there was a knife…and they were thirsty. So they cut the foil off the top of one of these special Halloween wine bottles, pulled the cork and had a deliciously fun Hallow’s Eve.
These Flora Spring wines are the perfect tale for Halloween night. The winery’s ghoulish fetish has historic roots: Flora Springs is one of the original Napa Valley ghost wineries, built in the mid to late 1900s and later abandoned for decades.
These limited production wines sell out fast, but you can keep them in mind for the next dark, dark night
Note: The following article, written by examiner.com Northern California wine writer Julia Hollister, can also be found here.
Just in time for menacing tales and spirits, Flora Springs brings forth two wines to coincide with Halloween.
The Napa Valley winery has the distinction of being home to one of the regions original “ghost wineries.” These were built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to three “curses”: the vine disease phylloxera, the Great Depression and Prohibition.
Some remain shuttered but Flora Springs was restored and produces wickedly delicious selections.
Its 2013 small production Ghost Winery malbec [more information here] ($55) exudes chocolate, ripe plum and blueberry notes followed by thrilling spice, cedar and white pepper flavors. This is a muscular wine not meant for the faint of heart; but for those who dare to sip in the dark. Serve this with sauced ribs or roasted bat wings.
Behind the label – the haunting figure of the specter of doom holding an “Omega” (the end) flask – is the limited production “All Hallow’s Eve” 2013 cabernet franc [more information here] ($50). But, don’t be afraid. Aromas of clove and sage gently tempt the senses as haunting flavors of cinnamon, dark cherry and strawberries seduce the palate. Pour this spirited selection with boned chicken with red reduction or eye of newt.
So, light the candles and let mysterious forces bring ghostly magic into your glass.
On February 7th, we celebrated our 13th annual Trilogy Release Party. Thanks to you, it was our biggest and best yet!
On Facebook, one guest shared, “The BEST party in the Valley! Thank you Flora Springs for the great hospitality!!” While @phildl22 tweeted, “What a great day yesterday at Flora Springs’ Trilogy release! Fantastic friends at a beautiful venue.”
Watch our 2012 Trilogy Release Party Video to catch a glimpse of you and your friends…
“Our family and team work diligently to make sure everybody has as much fun as we do. Thanks to everyone who joined us. We hope to see you next year,” says General Manager Nat Komes.
Save the date for our 2013 Trilogy Release Party – February 6, 2016 – and stay tuned for details!