They’re Baaaack…New Halloween Wines

September 20, 2016

2013 All Hallow's Eve, 2014 Ghost Winery Malbec, 2014 Harvest Witch

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.

It’s that time of year again when we conjure up the ghost of spirits past with three new limited-production Halloween wines.

2013 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc
With custom label artwork we affectionately refer to as “Square Jack” created by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders, this 100% Cabernet Franc comes from the Rutherford side of Komes Ranch. Only 300 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

2013 All Hallow's Eve Cabernet Franc
2013 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc with label art by award-winning children’s book illustrator John Manders

 

2014 Ghost Winery Malbec
A tribute to the winery’s illustrious history, this 100% Rutherford Malbec offers spine-tingling flavors of black cherry, currant and ripe plum and hints of mocha, tobacco and vanilla. Only 460 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

20014 Ghost Winery Malbec
2014 Ghost Winery Malbec

 

2014 Harvest Witch
Our popular Wes Freed label series returns with this wicked bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon from the acclaimed 2013 vintage. Only 250 cases produced. Learn more about this wine.

2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon with label art by Wes Freed

 

New this year! We’re expanding the wine label artwork to an exclusive, limited-edition line of merchandise. Shop now.

Order deadlines for delivery by Halloween start October 21st. See our Holiday Shipping Guide to ensure these wickedly good wines will reach all your ghouls & goblins in time.

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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.

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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.

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#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

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2012 Trilogy Release Party: A Spectacular Success!

February 20, 2015

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!

Enrico Bertoz Pours at 2012 Trilogy Release Party
Assistant Winemaker Enrico Bertoz Pours 2012 Trilogy for Guests
Flora Springs Trilogy 2012 Release Party Cal Marching Band
The Cal Marching Band Brings the Crowd to its Feet
Paul Steinauer and Travis 2012 13th annual Trilogy release party
Winemaker Paul Steinauer and Hospitality Coordinator Travis Share a Laugh
2012 Trilogy 13th Annual Release Party Glass
What did you think of the 2012 Trilogy? Tell us in the Comments.
Record Attendance of 13th Annual Trilogy Release Party
Record Attendance at Our 13th Annual Trilogy Release Party – We Hope to See YOU Next Year!
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“Lazy Sunday” by @ailoves

October 9, 2013

Our Instagram friend @ailoves created this endearing video following her visit to The Estate.

She included this note:”Lazy Sunday: perfect for drawing and recuperating from wine tasting the day before.

Isn’t it terrific?

If you’d like to join us on Instagram, you can find us at @florasprings. Hope to see you there!

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