❤ the Arts

April 10, 2019

For both Nat and Anne Komes, art – in its many forms and varieties – plays a central role in their busy lives. “Just as you must have wine on your table, you must have art in your life,” says Anne. “It gives you more perspective and depth, it makes life more beautiful.”

The Komeses both have artistic backgrounds: Nat was an English Literature major in college and once published a book of poetry. Anne, a native of France, is the daughter of a painter and a music agent who represented Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. She herself is a sculptor who works in clay. The couple often go to museums and galleries with their two children and enjoy collecting artistic works during their travels. They recently brought home a piece from a local artist exhibiting at the Brinton Museum near Big Horn, Wyoming where they were vacationing with their family. “It’s wonderful to have a reminder of the places we’ve been, and Nat and I love to support local talent,” says Anne.

Nat and Anne Komes
Nat & Anne Komes

 

At Flora Springs, Nat flexes his creative muscle by working with an array of artists on special wine labels, including those he develops for his annual Halloween-themed wines. He finds inspiration all around him – from album cover art and children’s books to the skateboarding culture that has fascinated him since he was a teen. “There’s art everywhere once you look for it,” says Nat, whose recent project, Wine Love Stories, (a 2012 Red Blend) features a label straight out of the romance comics genre of the 1940s and 50s.

Wine Love Stories

The wine is one of the featured offerings during Arts in April at The Room in St. Helena, a month-long celebration of the arts with a special installation by Napa-based artist John Bonick. “Each year in conjunction with Arts in April we commission an artist or artists to create original artwork for display on the exterior and interior of The Room,” says Nat. “It’s is our way of bringing wine and art together, celebrating the roles they each play in enhancing the quality of our lives.”

Presenting the 2016 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons

April 3, 2019

Single Vineyard Cabernets Napa Valley 2016

In Europe it is not uncommon to find winemaking dynasties that go back dozens of generations. We can’t say the same for Napa Valley; after all, wine grapes weren’t even planted here until the 19th century. But we like to think that Flora Springs, now in its third generation, is a dynasty in the making. That’s why the term Grand Estates Tradition appears on the back label of each of our Single Vineyard Cabernets. These wines are produced from estate vineyards in Napa Valley that our family has farmed for decades. They represent some of the finest micro-sites in Napa Valley, blocks that are so distinct and outstanding they deserve to be bottled on their own. With less than five hundred cases produced each year, and consistently among our highest scoring wines, our Single Vineyard Cabernets are in high demand.

Regarding the 2016 vintage, Winemaker Paul Steinauer says, “An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to an ideal 2016 growing season, one with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest in our Napa Valley estate vineyards.”

Our Preferred Palates Wine Club Members have a guaranteed allocation of these very limited wines. Learn more about the benefits of membership.

“Captivating from top to bottom…The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignons are gorgeous wines endowed with striking aromatic intensity, nuance and depth…2016 is second only to 2013 among the top vintages of this decade so far.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018

2016 Rutherford Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon Accolades

2016 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Napa Valley Cabermet Sauvignon Accolades

2016 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon Accolades

Premiere Napa Valley 2019

February 28, 2019

Flora Springs was excited to be part of the Premiere Napa Valley 2019 wine auction, which brought in close to $3.7 million this year.

Held each February, Premiere is a who’s who of the wine world, with wineries, wholesalers and retailers coming together to celebrate Napa Valley wines. It’s a wonderful time to connect with our trade partners throughout the country, and Winemaker Paul Steinauer and National Sales Director John Schulz, who represented us at the event, were pleased to see friends and colleagues from as near as California and as far as Florida.

Our auction lot, which we dubbed IV Appellations, was a 100% 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Howell Mountain. Here’s what Paul says about the wine: “Because it was sourced from four unique single vineyards the wine imparts a great deal of complexity; melding red fruit characteristics from the valley floor in Oakville with black fruit characteristics from the other sites makes for a multi-dimensional flavor profile.”

The five-case lot brought in $10,000. Flora Springs also participated in a PNV Lot Preview event put on by the Rutherford Dust Society, which was attended by over 150 people. We poured our 2016 Rutherford Hillside Select, which will be released in April. Although it’s still young, guests commented on how approachable it is even now.

Premiere Napa Valley

A Barrel-ful of Surprises at the 2016 Trilogy Release Party: Ramp Rippin’ Skateboarders of OC Ramps

February 12, 2019

There may have been a few raindrops but they sure didn’t dampen the spirits of the folks attending our 2016 Trilogy Release Party on February 2nd!

Setting the upbeat tone were the ramp rippin’ skateboarders from OC Ramps, jumping, flipping and generally shredding to the crowd of pumped up onlookers. The lion dancers, decked out in rain-defying, bright yellow costumes, shimmied, shook and celebrated the Chinese New Year (and our new Year of the Pig Cabernet) with their traditional dance of good fortune.

Doing a little shimmying of his own was Nat Komes, Flora Springs’ third generation general manager, host extraordinaire, wearer of the Trilogy fez and mastermind behind the annual Trilogy Release Party. “One of the best parts of planning this party is deciding what special surprises we’ll offer our guests. It’s always about how can we make this event something people will remember forever…what will really set it apart?”

Nat and the extended Flora Springs family outdid themselves with stilt walkers, living statues, a cheese carver, a glass artist and a live performance by the up and coming rock and alt-country David Luning Band. The party was anchored by numerous wine stations pouring the new 2016 Trilogy and an amazing selection of Flora Springs wines – including library and current releases as well as our highly limited Flora’s Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon.

And as always, Flora Springs brought together top local restaurants to present delicious and inventive dishes, our way of sharing the celebration of our world class wine, Trilogy, with the community. We heard a lot of great comments from our guests throughout the party, but the one that’ll keep us motivated as we plan for next year’s release? “Best Trilogy Party Ever!”

See the OC Ramps team in action:

Save the date – February 1, 2020 – for the 2017 Trilogy Release Party. Learn more and mark your calendar!

Happy Lunar New Year 2019

February 5, 2019

Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia.

Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5, 2019, and ends on February 19. In the Chinese Zodiac 2019 is the Year of the Pig, an animal that to the Chinese symbolizes wealth as well as diligence, compassion and generosity.

The Spring Festival is a time of celebration – to welcome the new year with a smile and let fortune and happiness continue. At the same time, the Spring Festival involves somber ceremonies to wish for a good harvest.

Here at Flora Springs, we have chosen to celebrate the Year of the Pig with a playful, strikingly etched and hand painted magnum of our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 180 bottles were created, see this limited-edition wine.

Sources: Wikipedia and chinesenewyear.net

Presenting 2015 Year of The Pig Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

January 21, 2019

Year of the Pig Napa Cabernet

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is China’s most important traditional festival. Each Chinese zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year’s Day. The Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. In 2019, Chinese New Year is Tuesday, February 5th.

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2019 is the Year of the Pig – an animal that to the Chinese symbolizes wealth as well as diligence, compassion and generosity. The pig is the twelfth and last of the Zodiac animals, with one ancient myth proclaiming that the animal is last because it was late to the party at which the order of animals was decided.

We have chosen to celebrate the Year of the Pig with this playful, strikingly etched and hand painted magnum of our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Twice the size of a standard wine bottle at 1.5 liters, magnums are ideal for entertaining, for extended aging – and also make stunning gifts. Only 180 bottles were produced, learn more about this very limited wine.

Flora Springs Featured in The Sacramento Bee

December 18, 2018

Note: The article excerpted below was originally published in The Sacramento Bee and can be found here.

Dunne on Wine: A California wine for everyone on your gift list

The Sacramento Bee Napa Valley MerlotFor every grape variety it handles, from cabernet sauvignon through malbec, Flora Springs Winery is one of the more consistently reliable producers in Napa Valley. It just never disappoints, and each year at least one of its wines ends up on my list of favorites. This year it is the Flora Springs Winery 2015 Napa Valley Merlot ($30), which all on its own could revive merlot as a staple of the American table for its vivacious fruit, startling complexity and refreshing buoyancy. There are suggestions of plums, cherries and raspberries in aroma and flavor, to be sure, but more intriguing is its thread of green olives.


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2015 Napa Valley Merlot – sold out
2016 Napa Valley Merlot

2019 Wine Club Shipment Schedule

December 1, 2018

Greetings Wine Club Members!

We have a lot of exciting things planned for you in 2019, including new exclusive events, special offers, and more. We so pleased you will be joining us for another great year.

Please remember that this schedule is subject to change, but we will always keep you updated.

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Preferred Palates
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
February 2016 Trilogy, 2016 Flora’s Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon 2/11/18
April 2016 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon 4/8/18
June 2016 Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 6/10/18
August 2016 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon 8/12/18
October 2016 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon 10/14/18
December 2016 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 12/9/18

Great Tastes
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2016 Napa Valley Merlot, 2016 Poggio Del Papa 1/14/18
March 2018 Pinot Grigio, 2016 Trilogy 3/11/18
May 2016 Petit Verdot, 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet 5/13/18
July 2018 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Three Keys Cabernet 7/8/18
September 2017 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2017 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc 9/16/18
November 2016 Holiday Etched Wines – 2 different designs 11/11/18
Great Tastes Red Wines Only
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2016 Napa Valley Merlot, 2016 Poggio Del Papa 1/14/18
March 2016 Trilogy – 2 bottles 3/11/18
May 2016 Petit Verdot, 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet 5/13/18
July 2015 Three Keys Cabernet – 2 bottles 7/8/18
September 2017 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2017 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc 9/16/18
November 2016 Holiday Etched Wines – 2 different designs 11/11/18
Great Tastes White Wines Only
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2017 Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc – 2 bottles 1/14/18
March 2018 Pinot Grigio – 2 bottles 3/11/18
May 2018 Rosé – 2 bottles 5/13/18
July 2018 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc – 2 bottles 7/8/18
September 2018 Family Select Chardonnay – 2 bottles 9/16/18
November 2018 Flora’s Legacy Chardonnay – 2 bottles 11/11/18

 

Please contact the Wine Club department directly at (800) 913-1118 or wineclub@florasprings.com with any questions or if we can be of assistance.

Interested in our Wine Clubs? Learn more about the benefits of membership.

It’s in the Details: Flora’s Legacy

November 20, 2018

The idea for Flora’s Legacy wines – a tribute to Flora Komes, the woman who inspired Flora Springs – came from third generation family member, Nat Komes, Flora’s beloved grandson.

With its etching of a crown, the bottle itself is a nod to this amazing woman, who was born in Hawaii and often told stories about being descended from Hawaiian royalty.

Napa Valley Wine Gifts
Every year, we involve the whole family in the creation of these wines, selecting the finest barrels in the cellar and gradually narrowing it down to a blend of the few barrels we like best.

Learn more about these small, sometimes single, barrel lots hand selected by our family members. We would be honored to be a part of your family holiday gathering.

Napa Valley Wine Gifts

 

 

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