October 4, 2016
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.
August 1, 2016
We’ve said it many times before—we believe everyone should decide on their own whether they like a wine or not. Scores and reviews from wine writers and reviewers tend to tell just part of the story.
Still, it’s nice when our wines get noticed—which has been happening a lot lately with our 2013 Trilogy.
Below are a couple of our favorite examples, find the complete list here.
October 27, 2015
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
– Ghost Winery 2013 Malbec ($55) – a deep, dark, full-bodied wine.
– All Hallow’s Eve 2013 Cabernet Franc ($50) – a mix of dark cherry and red plum fruits with warm baking spices.
You’ll want to see the label of the latter wine, in particular: florasprings.com/store.
October 15, 2015
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.
Read the full article here.
July 29, 2015
Visit Napa Valley, a leading Napa Valley travel website, recently released their list of top tasting rooms in the Napa Valley – and we are pleased to announce that The Room was included.
“The valley is vast with wineries that are spread out over the 30-mile length of the valley, so deciding which wineries to visit and how to get there can be a bit of a challenge…These are some of our favorite.”
Flora Springs – The Room “is a friendly, relaxed tasting room with limited production, winery-only wine available for sampling. The space features a picnic area and rooftop lounge.” Read more.
Plan your visit to The Room.
October 9, 2014
Note: The following article, excerpted below, was published in the San Jose Mercury News on October 6, 2014 and can be found here.
8 great Halloween winery adventures
Vines gnarled like a witch’s back. Cobblestoned barrel rooms splattered with red stains. Labs brimming with beakers and gurgling mystery brews.
Face it — wineries were made for Halloween. This month, vintners from Sonoma to the Santa Cruz Mountains are unlatching their cellar doors to host costume parties, pagan balls, horror movie screenings, pumpkin patches and even a carnival for kids.
Flora Springs’ The Room Halloween Harvest Picnic & Movie Night
The bash: October’s movie night will feature attendees’ favorite scary movie — check the winery’s Facebook pagefor the final vote — screened in the rooftop lounge, plus a classic candy and popcorn bar. Want to make a night out of it? Begin with live music in the vineyard courtyard along with a picnic (bring your own or order via the winery two days in advance).
See our Events page for more information on the Movie Night Series (runs August – October every year) and all our events. For more information on visiting The Room, click here.
Check out our Halloween Pinterest board for spooktacular entertaining and decorating ideas.
September 2, 2014
Following the 6.0 earthquake in the Napa area August 24th, the Flora Springs family wanted to help our Napa Valley community.
Upon learning that The Napa Food Bank was low on food, we opened up The Room as a designated Upvalley drop-off location. To date, we’ve collected many grocery bags of food donations and raised over $1000. “A lot of people came in because they said they saw either in print or on social media that we were donating tasting fees,” says Tasting Room Manager Kristin Johnstone. “We will remain a drop-off location as long as needed.”
We also especially wanted to reach out to our Wine Club members, some who suffered significant damage to their homes. In this video – footage from ABC 7 News out of San Francisco – our own Tom Shoar explains how, with a small token of support and appreciation, we were able to help our most loyal customers and fans to get back on the road to recovery.
Tom says, “I think it was a very nice break for some people to know someone was thinking of them.” (Footage featuring Flora Springs begins at 1:50.)
October 10, 2013
Note: The following article, written by St. Helena Star tasting panel writer Catherine Seda Bugue, was published here in the St. Helena Star on October 10, 2013.
In college, some friends and I resolved ourselves to go trick or treating. Amongst the shorter set, consisting of a few fairy princesses and Draculas, we trumped up the long walkways of the mansions in our college’s ritzy New York suburb. Many a good neighbor greeted us with grins but several also pulled out wine glasses and offered a sip of this or a shot of that. Halloween treats had gone up a notch.
To commemorate their century-old ghost winery, Flora Springs has once again released a special Halloween wine, this time petit verdot. The art on the label by Wes Freed is worth it all (and $20 posters are for sale on the website), but the wine ($55), from fruit on Atlas Peak, will be appreciated by those wanting rich plummy flavors with lots of oak-influenced sweet spice flavors like vanilla and cinnamon.
To get into the ghoulish mood, you can witness the mad scientist (aka GM Nat Komes) at work in the Flora Springs cellar in their newest video on florasprings.com.
Learn more about our 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot here. You can also visit our YouTube channel to watch “It’s Alive!” starring Flora Springs General Manager and Ghost Winery Mastermind Nat Komes.
October 4, 2013
Wine of the Week Mention: “A bright cabernet with great structure. Complex, with layered notes of cherry, rhubarb, chocolate and licorice. Firm tannins. Edgy.”
—Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat
Learn more about our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet here. The original article can be found here.
August 6, 2013
Note: Flora Springs Winemaker Paul Steinauer was interviwed by The Press Democrat. The following article was published here on August 6, 2013.
When Paul Steinauer was young, he had a thimble full of wine and said, “dood wine (good wine).”
“I was destined to be a winemaker,” he said.
Steinauer is the winemaker behind our wine-of-the-week winner — the Flora Springs, 2012 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc at $25.
It’s a sassy sauvignon blanc with zesty aromas and flavors. It’s complex, with notes of honeysuckle, pear and lime, and it has a crisp finish.
Steinauer has a good pulse on sauvignon blanc.
“It’s my favorite white wine to drink, so I drink a lot of sauvignon blancs in the course of a year from all over the world,” he said.
Steinauer said the most challenging part of making sauvignon blanc is deciding when to harvest the fruit.
The goal is to “strive for physiological ripeness, yet retain enough natural acidity to carry it through,” he said.
What the uninitiated don’t know about sauvignon blanc is how versatile the wine is, Steinauer said.
“It’s equally as enjoyable to consume by itself, but friendly enough to pair with a plethora of dishes from a citrus salad to your favorite seafood dish,” he said.
This marks Steinauer’s 23rd year at Flora Springs in St. Helena, and before that he worked at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, also in St. Helena.
What most people may not know about Steinauer is that he’s a frequent flyer.
“I have traveled to over 40 countries on all 7 continents,” he said.
What makes him a good winemaker, Steinauer said, is that he’s never lost his passion for the art of wine.
As he puts it, “I have never awakened on Monday morning and not wanted to go to work.”
Wine of the Week: Scouting for the tastiest sauvignon blancs
Wine writer Peg Melnik had a blind tasting this week of sauvignon blancs, from fruit-forward to tangy.
Our winner is the Flora Springs, 2012 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc, 14.2 percent alcohol, at $25.
A sassy sauvignon blanc with zesty aromas and flavors. Notes of lemongrass, lime and pear, with a crisp finish. Tangy.
You can learn more about our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc here.