Wine Country Casual Defined: What to Wear to the Trilogy Release Party

January 25, 2018

Anne Komes and her father-in-law, Flora Springs President & Proprietor John Komes

It’s no secret that the Flora Spring’s Annual Trilogy Release Party is considered one of the most anticipated Napa Valley wine festivals of the year. Happening each year on the first weekend of February, our guests can expect to partake in first-class entertainment, high-end food and excellent wines all while basking in the beautiful vistas from our family’s Napa Valley Estate. February weather, however, can be spotty at best, and that is why we have decided to share our wine country fashion recommendations to help you to prepare for the day’s fête.

While most people know what the typical attire expectations are for Cocktail, Black Tie and Business Casual dress codes, sometimes we hear more confusion around what we commonly ask for in Napa Valley: Wine Country Casual.

We recently met with the stylish Anne Komes for her thoughts on what Wine Country Casual means to her and her must-have pieces for the Trilogy party.

Living in Napa Valley, what is your personal definition of Wine Country Casual?
“To me, Wine Country Casual is anything appropriate for a vineyard tour or outdoor dining. It’s easy to dress up Wine Country Casual with a cute boot or accessories like a pretty scarf or hat.”

What is your favorite accessory to bring to the Trilogy party?
“For the Trilogy party, I like to wear comfortable shoes because of the dancing! I prefer boots but I know my husband Nat likes to dance so I wear comfortable shoes and jeans.”

What is one thing you never leave home without?
“My favorite accessory is my husband.”

What should you be prepared for at the Trilogy party?
“I am preparing for a Trilogy party full of fun, great conversation and meeting new friends.”

What is your perfect Trilogy outfit?
“I like to wear a hat because it is good, rain or shine! The party happens in February so comfortable but warm clothes because your body needs to move and you don’t want to be restricted with layers!” 

For the men out there, what advice would you give them with regards to Trilogy party attire?
“Men should feel comfortable to wear whatever makes them comfortable. To some, it may be a t-shirt and for others, it could be a suit. The only rules for a party should be proper behavior, otherwise, relax, it’s a party!” 

Check out the full Trilogy Release Party experience:

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Wild Boar Story

January 24, 2018

John Komes, Proprietor, Flora Springs

“Everyone who knows me knows I have an affinity for wild boars. That’s why we named one of our Single Vineyard Cabernets Wild Boar. My first encounter with this animal happened back in the mid-1970s, when my dad retired from Bechtel. He was looking for land to invest his money in. At the time, land in Napa Valley cost $25,000 an acre, and Dad wasn’t ready to pay that much. But in Pope Valley land was ‘cheap’ – only $1,000 an acre. He found 100 acres that had a lake, walnut trees, etc. The owner said he’d sell it, and my Dad thought he had a deal. Then he read somewhere that Louis Martini had bought it. Apparently the owner wanted to sell to a ‘local.’

So, my dad bought a place next door, 500 acres, 60 of them planted. There was an old house on the property with nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms but no living room. (One can only surmise what that house was used for!) My dad asked me if I could build him a living room – I was still a contractor at the time.

So I hired some guys, and one of them was up on a scaffold doing some plastering and he saw a wild boar grazing nearby. He called me and said ‘John, there’s a wild boar on your property. Can I shoot him?’ I said ‘Why don’t you call the game warden?’ He said ‘John, a wild boar is a varmint; all I need is your permission.’ I said ‘Ok, as long as you give me the hind quarter.’ So he got his gun, and he shot it. A few minutes later I get a call from my dad: ‘John, John! One of your guys just shot the neighbor’s pig!’”

Addendum:
“I did finish that house, and we put it up for sale, along with 20 acres. A woman who was the ex-mayor of Coronado wanted to buy it, said she wanted to live in the country. But she didn’t know if she could manage 20 acres…could we make it 10 for the same price? Done!”

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2018 Wine Club Shipment Schedule

December 5, 2017

We are so grateful for the continued support of you, our Wine Club members. We have a lot of exciting things planned for members in 2018, including new exclusive events, special offers, and more. We so pleased you are 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 2015 Trilogy, 2015 Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon 2/12/18
April 2015 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon 4/9/18
June 2015 Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 6/11/18
August 2015 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon 8/6/18
October 2015 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon 10/8/18
December 2015 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 12/6/18

Great Tastes
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2015 Sangiovese, 2015 Napa Cabernet 1/8/18
March 2017 Pinot Grigio, 2015 Trilogy 3/12/18
May 2015 Petit Verdot, 2015 Poggio Del Papa 5/7/18
July 2014 Three Keys Cabernet, 2017 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 7/9/18
September 2016 Ghost Malbec, 2016 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc 9/10/18
November 2015 Holiday Etched Wines – 2 Designs 11/6/18
Great Tastes Red Wines Only
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2015 Sangiovese, 2015 Napa Cabernet 1/8/18
March 2015 Trilogy – 2 bottles 3/12/18
May 2015 Petit Verdot, 2015 Poggio Del Papa 5/7/18
July 2014 Three Keys Cabernet – 2 bottles 7/9/18
September 2016 Ghost Malbec, 2016 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc 9/10/18
November 2015 Holiday Etched Wines – 2 Designs 11/6/18
Great Tastes White Wines Only
Shipment Wine Shipping Date
January 2016 Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc – 2 bottles 1/8/18
March 2017 Pinot Grigio – 2 bottles 3/12/18
May 2017 KG3 Rosé – 2 bottles 5/7/18
July 2017 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc – 2 bottles 7/9/18
September 2017 Family Select Chardonnay – 2 bottles 9/10/18
November 2015 Holiday Etched Wines – 2 Designs 11/6/18

 

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

Are you interested in our Wine Clubs? Learn more about the benefits of membership.

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Flora Springs Featured in Andrea Robinson’s MY NAPA

December 1, 2017

’TIS THE SEASON TO VISIT, SO HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE WINE COUNTRY STOPS.

It’s a wonderful time to visit Napa and get great deals on places to stay, and lots of personal attention in the tasting rooms. To help plan your visit, here are some of my favorite stops.

As a Napa Valley local, I am always proud to show off our beautiful home to visitors. Any time is a great time to be here, but this season is especially nice because you get:

Views – the vines’ leaves sport as many colors as a New England forest in autumn, and it is stunningly beautiful to see.

Winery Finery – the wineries have decked the walls with festive lights, greenery, bright bows and folksy wreaths to stoke your holiday spirit at every stop.

Community – there are holiday celebrations like the Calistoga lighted tractor parade and the Yountville Winter Wonderland where you can mix it up with the locals while having some homespun fun.

Giving – many wineries are donating tasting room fees to the fire recovery effort, so you can be a part of helping the recovery as you tour and taste.

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New 2015 Dashaway Chardonnay Holiday Wine!

November 3, 2017


Artist Ruth Harper and her Flora Springs Dashaway Chardonnay label art.

In the spirit of Flora Springs’ annual tradition of producing special holiday-themed releases. This year we have decided to complement our Etched Holiday red wine offerings with a festive 2015 Dashaway Chardonnay offering. Our charmingly-illustrated Dashaway label features reindeer flying over Napa Valley vineyards on Christmas Eve. Created by illustrator Ruth Harper, who is best known for her work in many New York Times #1 best-selling children’s picture books, she captures a light-hearted whimsy that is reminiscent of the joy and excitement this time of year brings. Flora Springs wishes you, our friends a very happy holiday!

The 2015 Dashaway Chardonnay shows off rich, ripe, caramelized fruit, hints of warm apple pie and notes of Bosc pear and almond paste. Twice-weekly lees stirring and 30% malolactic fermentation give the wine a creamy, open texture, and the long finish coats the mouth in delicious vanilla custard. This is ideal as an aperitif, and also works well with roast turkey with all the fixings.

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Thank You for Supporting the Napa Valley Community!

October 30, 2017

Left to Right: Anne & Nat Komes, Lindsay & Sean Garvey with their children Sabine & Graham,
and Julie & Pat Garvey                                                                                                        SNAPPED WITH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY                                                                                          SNAPPED WITH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY         
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On Sunday, October 29th Flora Springs held a Napa Valley Fire Relief Benefit Music Festival at The Room and generated a total of fifteen thousand dollars for the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund! The festival was pulled together in record time by Flora Springs family, staff, musicians, and sponsors to support victims of the recent wildfires that blew through the valley earlier this month. Five San Francisco Bay Area bands which included Fellow Vessel, Mr. Kind, Miss Moonshine, Serf & James and Sean Garvey headlined the afternoon and admission was complimentary to the community. Flora Springs wines by the glass and by the bottle were poured with delicious bites from acclaimed purveyors including Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, Market St. Helena, Sorenson Catering, Tre Posti, ZuZu, Lulu Cookies and Ines Biscottito during the fête. “On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank our community for their support in fundraising for this important cause. It warms my heart to see such generosity from our friends and neighbors on behalf of each other.” reflects John Komes, Proprietor of Flora Springs.

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Napa Valley Fire Relief Benefit Music Festival at The Room

October 25, 2017

Flora Springs will hold a benefit music festival on Sunday, October 29th at The Room in St. Helena with all proceeds going to victims of the recent Napa Valley wildfires through the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. The fundraiser, held from 12pm to 5pm, will feature five San Francisco Bay Area bands and musicians including Serf & James, Fellow Vessel, Sean Garvey, Mr. Kind, and Miss Moonshine. Flora Springs wines by the glass and bottle will be poured and small bites will be served. The event will also feature an auction including wines and other items. Admission to the event is complimentary and no RSVP is needed.

“We wanted to jump in quickly and support the Napa Valley community as it recovers from these devastating fires,” said Flora Springs General Manager Nat Komes. Although the fires that raged through parts of Napa Valley hovered at the ridgeline to the west of Flora Springs’ winery and vineyards in Rutherford, the estate escaped unharmed thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters and first responders.

“We were among the lucky ones, but we know many who were not as fortunate,” said Flora Springs Co-Founder and Proprietor John Komes. “The Festival will raise monies to help fire victims, but will also serve as a way for our community to come together in a show of strength and fellowship. Everyone is welcome.” The lineup of artists includes several who were themselves affected by the fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

Napa Valley Fire Relief Benefit Music Festival at The Room

The following is the festival schedule:

Miss Moonshine
12pm – 12:45pm
This Petaluma, CA band was personally affected by the fires in Sonoma Valley: one lost her house, one lost his job. On October 29th, they come together to bring the healing power of foot-stomping, folk-rock music to The Room.

Fellow Vessel
1pm – 1:45pm
A successful engineer quits his job to form a band with old friends, determined to follow his life’s true passion: that’s the story behind Fellow Vessel. With a catalog of original melodic rock songs, this band inspires anyone with a dream.

Mr. Kind
2pm – 2:45pm
Brian Bergeron and Jonathan Devoto are founding members of Mr. Kind, an electroacoustic band out of Oakland, CA. Over the course of 4 EPs and local shows, they have established their own brand of Americana. They are also founding members of Ivy Hill Entertainment, a music and event production agency responsible for booking music for the Napa Valley Film Festival, and most recently, a summer piano music series at Flora Springs. They will be collaborating with Tapper Dan as part of this performance.

Sean Garvey
3pm – 3:45pm
An accomplished musician, Sean Garvey is also Flora Komes’ grandson and the winery’s vineyard manager. He witnessed the fires that swept through Napa Valley, just a few miles from the Estate and winery that has been home to his family for three generations. Sean is grateful for his family and winery’s safety, and carries a renewed perspective on the fragile nature of our livelihood.

Serf and James
4pm to 5pm
Serf and James live and work in the Napa Valley. In fact, the duo works at Flora Springs. They have played at the Napa Valley Film Festival, BottleRock, and Flora Springs Club members’ weddings and parties.

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Always Something to be Thankful For

October 23, 2017

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, multiple wildfires broke out in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The fires quickly spread with astonishing ferocity.

In the midst of much destruction, we are pleased to report that our family and our staff are safe, and we are so very thankful that no one here at Flora Springs lost their home. Our benchland and valley floor vineyards are also thankfully intact, as is the winery – including our beloved old stone Ghost Winery. Miraculously, because of the growing conditions this year, 100% of our grapes were harvested and under the roof before the fires began.

Unfortunately, not all of our friends and neighbors are as fortunate, and our hearts go out to the folks whose homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed. Our community is one of resilience and strength, and together we will pull through.

If you are interested in supporting relief efforts in Napa Valley, we encourage you to visit the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.

Also, please join us on October 29th at The Room for our Napa Valley Fire Relief Benefit Music Festival. For more information please click here.

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