Great Tastes Newsletter

Welcome Great Tastes members. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Wine Club shipment wines in your Notes.


Current Issue: November 2019

2016 Holiday Blend - Gingerbread Estate & 2016 Holiday Blend - Silver Bells

"My grandmother Flora loved sending and receiving holiday cards. I have fond memories of her sitting at her dining table with a seemingly endless stack of cards in which she’d handwrite personal notes to family and friends both near and far. And the cards she received were always proudly displayed in a long garland placed over the fireplace mantel.

I like to think of our etched and hand-painted Holiday Bottles as an extension of Flora’s holiday card tradition, an annual custom we undertake exclusively for our Wine Club members. It’s one of my favorite projects each year..."

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September 2019

2017 Ghost Winery Malbec & 2017 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc

"What happens at night in our Ghost Winery? Is that when the spirits come out? One of our cellar workers won’t go up to the second floor after dark…he was spooked once and that was enough for him. The label on our 2017 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc reflects my imaginings on this topic. I collaborated with comic book artist Steve Ellis, who created an eerie depiction of our Ghost Winery at full moon during harvest..."

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July 2019

2018 Soliloquy & 2015 Three Keys Cabernet Sauvignon

"Have you ever had a wine and then later on, you just can't get it off your mind? That's the premise behind the 2018 Soliloquy in your shipment. Soliloquy is named for Flora Springs' proprietary Sauvignon Blanc clone, a singular clone entirely unique to us. It nearly went extinct when the vines became diseased a couple decades ago, but through various heroic measures we were able to preserve the clone in our Crossroads Vineyard. Recently I decided to re-create Soliloquy, relying on my early memory of the wine to produce what I think could be the finest white wine we’ve ever made..."

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May 2019

2016 Petit Verdot & 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

"Like all small family-owned businesses, when the Komes-Garvey family holds a family reunion some of it occurs around a conference table where we discuss the future of the winery. But the really important part – the time we renew our familial ties and celebrate what binds us together – happens elsewhere. Recently I hosted a family reunion here at the Estate, with aunts, uncles and cousins arriving from near and far for a party that extended into the wee hours. It was gratifying to see my extended family enjoy this place that our grandmother, Flora, loved so much. There was a little magic in the air that evening, and I know she would have approved..."

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March 2019

2016 Trilogy & 2018 Pinot Grigio

"Lion dancing, living statues, incredible food, live music – there was something for everyone at our 2016 Trilogy Release Party in February! But my favorite part was the great compliments our family and winemakers received about the newest vintage of Trilogy. For all of us, it’s the opinion of club members like you that counts more than anything; it makes what we do worthwhile. I hope you were able to join us at the party, but if not, the 2016 Trilogy in this shipment will make you feel like you did. Stilt walker not included..."

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January 2019

2016 Napa Valley Merlot & 2016 Poggio Del Papa

"Since 1980 when we produced our first vintage of Merlot, we’ve always admired the varietal for what it offers: approachable, fruit-forward flavors, a round, plush texture and a ready-to-drink profile. Today, the quality of Merlot is higher than ever, especially in Napa Valley, which, according to Wine Spectator’s Kim Marcus, “is by far the variety’s powerhouse appellation.” (November 30, 2018) Brag alert: Did you happen to see the photo of my dad, John Komes, in this issue of the Wine Spectator?..."

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November 2018

2015 Etched Holiday Wines: Estate Snow Globe & Toy Soldier Bugle

"My Grandma Flora loved the holidays. The baking, the decorating, the celebrating and even the gift wrapping brought her such joy. But I think her greatest satisfaction came from giving, and it is in this spirit that we share our annual Holiday Wines with you. There is no greater honor for our family than to be part of your family’s holiday celebrations. Knowing that you’ve chosen our wines to help ring in the season inspires us to create these beautifully etched bottles each year..."

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September 2018

2016 Ghost Winery Malbec & 2016 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc

"When I was growing up the Ghost Winery on our property was a source of endless fascination. I didn't really understand what a "ghost winery" was, so you can guess how my young imagination might have run wild. I remember hearing about the fire that ravaged the winery in 1900, and in fact we can still see burn marks on a wall of the upper floor..."

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July 2018

2017 Sauvingon Blanc & 2014 Three Keys Cabernet Sauvignon

"When my parents moved to Napa Valley in the late 1970s there were lots of different grape varietals planted here – Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, even Riesling, to name a few. Today, most of those varieties - except for Cabernet Sauvignon - are rare, and while Sauvignon Blanc is still grown here..."

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May 2018

2015 Petit Verdot & 2015 Poggio Del Papa

"Your Great Tastes wine club membership gives you access to wines that Flora Springs makes specifically for you, wines that are not available anywhere else. An example is the 2015 Petit Verdot in your May shipment."

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March 2018

2015 Trilogy & 2017 Pinot Grigio

"My son was born in the Chinese Year of the Dog. Although he hasn’t always cared for this astrological sign – dog - I remind him that I am a rooster. Grandma Flora, who was big on the Chinese astrological signs, was very proud that she was a pig. If you ever visited her house you’d see she was very proud of her ceramic pig collection. Although I am not superstitious, I have found the Chinese signs to be very reliable, especially when it comes to my son. "

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January 2018

2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon & 2015 Napa Valley Sangiovese

"Flora Springs is excited to kick off 2018 with your first Great Tastes shipment, which includes our beloved 2015 Napa Valley Sangiovese, a wine we make only for wine club members. We first made Sangiovese in 1992; we were one of the first Napa Valley wineries to work with the varietal, a grape that is a mainstay of the great Chiantis of Italy. The second wine is our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon..."

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