Shipping Wine in Summer

July 16, 2018

Is it safe to ship wine in summer

Wine is a perishable product, and we want ours to arrive in perfect condition!

That means that we ship via Ground Service only to certain states at this time:
CA, CO, IL, ID, IA, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NM, SD, WA, WI, and WY

If you are shipping your order to a state not listed above, we have two options for you:

  1. Opt for expedited shipping. Rates for expedited service are only marginally higher than Ground Service.
  2. Opt for a summer shipping hold. We are happy to secure your order and hold it in our temperature-controlled cellar until it is cool enough in your state to safely ship via Ground Service. In some areas, that might be mid to late October. We will notify you before we ship your order.

Notes:
AZ and NV: We currently are not shipping to these states. Place your order now and we will hold your shipment until late-October.
AK and HI: We ship to these states via 2-Day Air Service only.

Sometimes it is too hot to safely ship wine to any state. If this is the case, we will process orders and hold shipments until the weather is more favorable. We will notify you if your order is subject to a weather hold.

Questions? Just give us a call at (800)-913-1118 or email info@florasprings.com.

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Dallas Wine Chick Says Our Sauvignon Blanc is a Spring and Summer Standout

June 10, 2018

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

This wine had depth and layers. I kept discovering new things in the glass as I tasted. There was grapefruit, pear, nectarine, honeydew melon, tropical fruit, floral notes, brown sugar and it brought me back to remembering what I loved about the Orange Julius drink of my childhood. Flora Springs is also on a mission of creating a white wine emoji and has launched a “Where is the #WhiteWineEmoji” campaign. Because that should be a given! Why should red wine have all the fun?

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Learn more about our #WhiteWineEmoji campaign.

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Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot Featured in the Nittany Epicurean

June 9, 2018

Today, we’re headed to Napa for a red wine from one of my favorite producers:

2015 Napa Valley Merlot Red Wine

2015 Napa Valley Merlot produced & bottled by Flora Springs (St. Helena, California).

This wine is 100% merlot from the Napa Valley. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for 19 months in a combination of new and used oak barrels. It comes in at 14.2% ABV.

Here it is in the glass:

2015 Napa Valley Merlot Red Wine

Another look:

2015 Napa Valley Merlot Red Wine

One more:

2015 Napa Valley Merlot Red Wine

The wine showed a dark ruby color. Blackberry, cassis, mocha, vanilla, plum and oak all arrived on the deep and alluring nose. Blackberry, black cherry, cassis, vanilla, plum and oak followed on the palate. The wine exhibited great structure and length, along with soft tannins. This wine would pair well with a grilled hanger steak.

More to come from Flora Springs!
~NE

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#ChardonnayDay 2018

May 24, 2018

2016 Family Select Chardonnay

For over forty 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.

We want your participation!

  • Order 2017 Family Select Chardonnay.
  • Join us online May 24th. We’ll be talking about Chardonnay all day.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: TwitterInstagramFacebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on May 24th using hashtag #ChardonnayDay, #WhiteWineEmoji and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan to win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

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

Don’t forget, if you love Chardonnay, we need your help and support in creating a White Wine Emoji! Make your voice heard and please help us by showing your love for white wine by signing the official #WhiteWineEmoji petition here.

 

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Sign the Official #WhiteWineEmoji Petition

May 22, 2018

Wine lovers who text, post and share their #currentstatus wine tasting or sharing a bottle with friends currently have only one varietal to rally around: the red wine emoji. While there is a rainbow of cocktails to choose from – and even two beer options – the single red wine emoji limits people to proclaiming their love for crimson wine only.

Join us in celebrating each and every white wine by calling for the establishment of a #WhiteWineEmoji. Make your voice heard and sign the #WhiteWineEmoji petition now.

Learn more about our #WhiteWineEmoji campaign.

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How to Host an At Home Winetasting

May 10, 2018

White Tasting Mat with Red Wine in Glasses Set Up for a Wine Tasting

Winetasting should be fun and exciting and by no means overwhelming or stuffy. Wine is a beautiful thing and we at Flora Springs, enjoy educating and hosting people from all over the world. Wine appreciation doesn’t just have to happen at a winery or tasting room, but it can also happen in your very own home. Here are our tips for pulling together a fun and educational winetasting event that you can host with family and friends from the comfort of your own home.

Tasting wine is a tactile experience that allows a person to use all five senses. When tasting wine there are typically five different components a balanced wine will have. Look for sweetness, acidity, tannin, fruit and body.

There are also different ways that you can run the tasting:

  • Do you want to do a vertical tasting of the same wine with different vintages or do you want to consider doing a horizontal tasting which includes different wines from the same vintage?
  • Another thing to consider is doing an unbiased tasting by running it blindly. Blind tastings are always educational and fun to see which wine comes out on top. Be sure to bag each wine so your guests won’t know what they are tasting until the big reveal at the end. It will also help to have a pen and paper for guests to record their notes and rank the wines based on their preferences.

Now for the process of tasting, an easy way to remember the steps of winetasting is to remember the five S’s listed below. A few things to remember, it is always better to use a white tablecloth and the same type of glass when doing a wine tasting so that you can truly see the color of each wine and have an equal comparison by having each wine hit the same part of your palate, especially when comparing wines against each other.

  • See – Once you have wine in your glass, look at its color. Look at the wine in the bowl of the glass as well as the color of the wine on the edge of the glass. Is it different? The color can offer clues as to whether the wine has been aged in oak, is oxidized or can offer hints to the variety of the grape.
  • Swirl – Next, before tasting, swirl the wine in your glass and give it some air by allowing the aromatics and bouquet to fill up the bowl of the glass.
  • Sniff – Now, use your sense of smell to assess the wine’s bouquet or aroma. Is it intense or subdued? Is there an odd smell or a pleasant smell that reminds you of something familiar?
  • Sip – Fill your mouth with a generous taste of wine and hold it on your palate for a few seconds. It is common to also slurp in some air with the wine to help your palate appreciate and recognize all the textures, flavors, weight, and overall structure that the wine has to offer. How does the wine travel across your palate? Is it full and broad in body? What is the fruit or oak profile like as it travels across your palate?
  • Savor – Now swallow the wine and make note of its finish. How long does the taste stay with you? Was the wine balanced in only a few or all of its components?

By following these steps, you are now ready to host your very own wine tasting at home! Below is a recommended list of items you will need:

  • Flora Springs Wines: Visit Our Shop
  • White Table Cloth or Placemat
  • Wine Opener
  • Drop Stop
  • Wine Glasses
  • Spit Cups
  • Wine Bucket
  • Pen
  • Paper for Notes
  • Water Crackers to Help Cleanse Your Palate During the Tasting
  • Single-bottle Wine Bags
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Celebrating #SauvignonBlancDay with Flora Springs

May 4, 2018

by The Nittany EpicureanHappy #SauvignonBlancDay! In addition to being a day celebrated by Star Wars fanatics, today is #SauvignonBlancDay – a global celebration of the sauvignon blanc grape. Wine lovers and winemakers come together today across the world to celebrate this grape that makes outstanding white wines in regions across the globe. We’ll celebrate the day by enjoying this sauvignon blanc from Flora Springs:

2016 Sauvignon Blanc produced & bottled by Flora Springs (St. Helena, California).

This wine is 100% sauvignon blanc from Napa Valley. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for seven months in a combination of vessels – stainless steel tanks, large wooden oval casks, concrete tanks, small oak barrels and stainless steel drums. It comes in at 14 % ABV.

The wine showed a pale straw color. Lemon curd, peach, grapefruit, apple and whiffs of orange blossom all arrived on the nose. Apple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, slate and peach followed on a palate redolent with nuanced citrus notes. The wine exhibited great acidity and minerality, along with good structure and length. This wine would be a great aperitif on a warm day and would pair classically with freshly shucked oysters or poached shrimp.

This wine* can be purchased in a special three-pack for $69 at the winery or directly from the winery’s website.

Stay tuned for more from Flora Springs!

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Vineyard and Winery Update from Paul Steinauer

May 2, 2018

The cool and rainy spring slowed the start of the growing season at all of the Flora Springs ranches. Bud break started several weeks later than the past several harvests, however, this additional span provided more time for the vineyard crew to conduct other activities. One of which was to apply a compost tea to all of the ranches to stimulate soil microbial populations. Discing has recently been conducted at all the ranches as well. Jenny Rohrs, our Viticulturist, is examining the vines block by block to prioritize which ones will be suckered and leafed first.

In the winery, we are just finishing up our annual “Musical Barrel” routine – whereby, we move all the past years vintage into the cave, and move the previous year’s vintage (2016 in this case) into our barrel room. As noted previously, this enables us to draw from these barrels more efficiently when making blends prior to bottling. We continue to top the barrels in both the cave and barrel buildings. The wine experiences a certain amount of natural evaporation – roughly 5% or more over the barrel aging process. To ensure the barrel does not have any headspace, which would result in oxidation over time, we top them up every 3 weeks throughout the entire aging period. We are also getting into the start of the bottling season. We have bottled the Pinot Grigio and Rosé, and will be bottling the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnays over the next several weeks.

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Where’s the #WhiteWineEmoji?

May 1, 2018

Do you love white wine? We here at Flora Springs do and are asking, “Where is the #WhiteWineEmoji?

While there is a rainbow of cocktail emojis and 2 beer options, even a champagne emoji, white wine lovers only have a red wine emoji to choose from when proclaiming their love for white wine.

Help Flora Springs advocate for the establishment of a #whitewineemoji. Sign and share the official petition, and we are relying on you to spread the word with every white wine lover you know, and help us call attention to this issue. Share your posts on Instagram and Facebook. Retweet us, and for every one of your white wine posts include:

#WhiteWineEmoji and tag @FloraSprings

Only we can raise awareness together, so go ahead and document your love for white wine. Wine lovers who text, post and share their #currentstatus of #whitewinemoji wine tasting solidify this need.

For a limited time, when you purchase the #WhiteWineEmoji Napa Valley 3-pack, or complete a tasting of Flora Spring’s current white wine releases, get an exclusive #WhiteWineEmoji button.

We’ll continue to shine a light on the need for a white wine emoji until we see one loaded onto every smartphone keyboard! Don’t you think it is about time?

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