Kenny’s Uncanny 100+ Year Connection to Flora Springs

September 9, 2016

“Sometimes history has a funny way of knocking on your door. Last summer I received an email from a gentleman in the Midwest doing ancestry research on a family known as the Brockhoffs. This fellow happened to know that the house now occupied by John and Carrie Komes on the Flora Springs Estate property was, in the 1880s, known as the Brockhoff Winery. When Jerry and Flora Komes purchased the property, the house was all but abandoned, but John converted it to his family’s residence.

Because of this historical connection, this fellow was looking at the Flora Springs website and happened to see my information on the team page. He also happened to know that the Brockhoff daughter (Minnie Brockhoff) married a Justin Werle, and he had a hunch: could I be related to Justin Werle, and therefore the Brockhoff family? The answer is yes: Justin Werle was my first relative from Germany to arrive in Napa Valley in 1889!

I’d known about Justin Werle. I grew up in St. Helena right by the St. Helena cemetery, and I’d often seen the graves for Justin and Minnie. I always thought the name Minnie was so funny. My parents knew we were related to them, but weren’t sure exactly how. Of course as a kid the thing that fascinated me most was that right next to the Werle’s grave was a headstone with the name “Frankenstein.” My friends and I got a kick out of that, and often went over to the cemetery to see if Frankenstein’s hand might come out of the ground. We spent a lot of time there, especially in the dog days of summer, when the constantly rotating sprinklers provided welcome relief from the sweltering heat. Plus, there were lots of places on the old, paved roads where the large, raised tree roots made for cool bike jumps.

Anyway, I was blown away to know that I actually have a distant connection to the original Flora Springs property. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been here for over thirteen years – could it be a past life connection that drew me here? Something to contemplate during the Halloween season!”

—Flora Springs Wine Club Director Kenny Werle, September 2016

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Werle Family Grave at St. Helena Cemetary

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Harvest 2016 Update #3

September 1, 2016

“We started our first day of harvest on Aug 16, 2016 with our Pinot Grigio, then segued into our Sauvignon Blanc on Aug 19, and completed our last Sauvignon Blanc harvest on Aug 26. We will now have roughly a 2-week window between our next picks, particularly with the cooler weather we are experiencing.

We have a new planting of Chardonnay at our Lavender Hill vineyard that is about 2 weeks away. Also, we have Merlot at the Komes Ranch at the Flora Springs Estate that is approximately 2 weeks away as well.

The Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are fermenting at the moment. In the first photo, you will see a Sauvignon Blanc fermentation taking place in a temperature controlled stainless steel tank – These grapes were picked at 23.4 brix, and is currently at 5 brix. As the yeast consumes the sugars, you get approximately .6% alc per brix, so the current alcohol is about 10.4%, and once the yeast has consumed all the sugars, the final alcohol will be roughly 13.9%. We ferment at 55 degrees F, and the process takes roughly 3 weeks or so. We raise the temperature towards the end of fermentation as to prevent yeast stress and ensure the fermentation will reach completion.

In the second photo you will see some 60 gallon oak barrels, as well as some 135 gallon oak puncheons that are being used to ferment Sauvignon Blanc as well. You will notice a series of stainless tubing connected by glycol hoses. We have this manifold system connected to a thermostat where we are able to control the temperature of the fermentation just like in the tank. The plastic bag you see on top, just seal the bung holes, will allow CO2 from the fermentation to escape.”

—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

Harvest Update 2016 #3: Sauvignon Blanc Fermentation

Harvest Update 2016 #3: Barrels

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Harvest 2016 Update #2

August 16, 2016

Harvest Update 2016 #2: Pinot Grigio

“We harvested our first grapes today – Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio from a distance looks more like a red grape than a white grape, but they actually have more of a brown skin color to them when harvested. The grapes were picked early morning to take advantage of the cool weather. They are all handpicked and gently poured into 1/2 ton bins.”

—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

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#CabernetDay 2016 is September 1

August 10, 2016

#Cabernet Day 2016

Join the 7th Annual Global Celebration of Cabernet

#CabernetDay is a global celebration of the Cabernet grape, intended to give Cabernet lovers around the world a fun opportunity to express their passion for the grape. Cabernet lovers come together in person and online to discover and share everything about Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet-based blends.

We are proud to say that after more than 37 years of winemaking and more than 30 years of crafting Trilogy – our flagship Cabernet-based red blend – Flora Springs is still breaking new ground. We credit the consistent organic and sustainable farming practices of our vineyard team as well as the focus and direction of our winemaker, Paul Steinauer.

How to participate:

  • Order our #Cabernet Day 2016 3-Pack
  • Join us online September 1st. We’ll be talking about Cabernet and Cab blends all day, then the conversation really picks up at 5:30 pm Pacific time.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on September 1st using hashtag #CabernetDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan using #CabernetDay and tagging us in their tweet or Instagram post! You could win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

*Must be 21+ to enter. Void where prohibited. Wine will not be included in prize pack. Chance of winning depends on number of entries.

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2013 Trilogy a Favorite of Wine Writers

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.

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Wine Enthusiast 94 Points

JamesSuckling.com 92 Point Rating

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine 91 Points

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Harvest 2016 Update #1

July 15, 2016

Flora Springs Harvest Update Grapes in Verasion

“This is from a block of Merlot in the Komes Ranch vineyard at the Flora Springs Estate and these grapes go into the Trilogy blend. Based on the current level of ripeness, I would suspect these grapes will be harvested around the second week of September. We are experiencing a bit of a heat wave at the moment, but the vines are looking strong and healthy.”
—Winemaker Paul Steinauer

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The Room Earns TripAdvisor Award of Excellence

July 13, 2016

Flora Springs - The Room Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016 Winner

We are pleased to announce that Flora Springs – The Room has received the coveted TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence.

Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

Read our reviews, or tell us about your visit and write a review!

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Our Latest Seasonal Art Installation at The Room

June 27, 2016

We’ve commissioned Melissa and Mercedes Baker, also known as The Baker Sisters, to create several seasonal art installations at The Room this year.

Currently installed on the exterior of the tasting room is “Ladies of Liberty.” Through July 18th, join us in a Toast to Freedom and celebrate the Fourth of July while supporting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Flora Springs Tasting Room decorated for 4th of July

And don’t miss Flora’s Social & Art Exhibit on Friday, July 15th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

Connect with friends and neighbors and spend your Friday evening at The Room. Enjoy an old-fashioned All-American BBQ, bake sale, raffle and silent auction and live music. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

We will also be pouring splashes of our current release wines, and wine will also be available for purchase by the glass or bottle at special pricing.

There is no charge for this event, but we ask that you RSVP before July 13th by contacting The Room at (707) 967-8032 or email theroom@florasprings.com.

Watch for our Halloween Art Installation running September 2nd and our Holiday Art Installation running November 4th – December 31st.

A behind-the-scenes look at the complicated installation process:

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Presenting Our Auction Napa Valley Lot

May 29, 2016

Auction Napa Valley St. Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Be part of Auction Napa Valley—the world’s most celebrated charity wine auction. Proceeds support community health and children’s education nonprofit organizations in Napa Valley.

Wine lovers around the globe can register, bid and win lots from Auction Napa Valley’s E-Auction. Nearly 200 incredible auction lots feature rare and one-of-a-kind bottles and collections of Napa Valley wine, private events and weekend stays.

Flora Springs Proprietor Nat Komes developed 2014 St. Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon—pictured above—exclusively for Auction Napa Valley 2016.

A blend of Flora Springs’ finest vineyard blocks – 50% Block J Vineyard (source of Hillside Reserve) and 50% St. Helena (source of Rennie Reserve), only one barrel of this wine was made.

View our exclusive E-Auction lot.

Bidding on the E-Auction opens on May 29 at noon PDT and closes in four waves: Sunday, June 5 at noon, 12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. PDT.

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Join us! #ChardonnayDay is May 26

April 25, 2016

Flora Springs Chardonnay 3-Pack #ChardonnayDay

#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.

How to participate:

  • Order our #ChardonnayDay 3-Pack
  • Join us online May 26th. We’ll be talking about Chardonnay all day, then the conversation really picks up at 5:30 pm Pacific time.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on May 26th using hashtag #ChardonnayDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan using #ChardonnayDay and tagging us in their tweet or Instagram post! You could win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

*Must be 21+ to enter. Void where prohibited. Wine will not be included in prize pack. Chance of winning depends on number of entries.

 

 

 

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