2016 Trilogy Release Party at The Estate

February 2, 2019

The Legendary Release Party…

Experience the generous hospitality of Flora Springs at our annual Trilogy Release Party, where we pull out all the stops to celebrate our newest vintage of Trilogy at our lovely estate in St. Helena. In an effort to capture the sense of the vintage, with wine, food, music and excitement each year we plan surprises that make each Release Party special. You’ll be treated to an assortment of experiences to please the palate and awaken the senses and have the most fun wine country has to offer. See more details and watch our latest video to see what we have in store for you!

Black Friday Weekend at The Room

November 23, 2018

Over the years, our Black Friday offers have become legendary. This year, don’t miss out.

Join us at The Room all weekend long and enjoy special pricing on select wines, Mystery Four-Packs, and merchandise up to 40% off. Inventory is very limited – first-come, first-served!

Can’t make it to The Room?
Join our mailing list now, and you’ll be among to first to hear when we announce our online sale.

HOLIDAY HOURS AT THE ROOM:
Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 10 am – 2 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 10 am – 2 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

It’s in the Details: Flora’s Legacy

November 20, 2018

The idea for Flora’s Legacy wines – a tribute to Flora Komes, the woman who inspired Flora Springs – came from third generation family member, Nat Komes, Flora’s beloved grandson.

With its etching of a crown, the bottle itself is a nod to this amazing woman, who was born in Hawaii and often told stories about being descended from Hawaiian royalty.

Napa Valley Wine Gifts
Every year, we involve the whole family in the creation of these wines, selecting the finest barrels in the cellar and gradually narrowing it down to a blend of the few barrels we like best.

Learn more about these small, sometimes single, barrel lots hand selected by our family members. We would be honored to be a part of your family holiday gathering.

Napa Valley Wine Gifts

 

 

Wine Dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois on Main in Santa Monica

November 5, 2018

A sophisticated, iconic eatery owned by Wolfgang Puck, since opening in 1983 Chinois on Main has boldly combined Chinese tradition and fresh California ingredients with contemporary French techniques, and introduced the world to Asian fusion cuisine. Today, Chinois remains a culinary landmark.

Join Flora Springs National Sales Director John Schulz for a spectacular evening of exquisite cuisine and fabulous wines. Enjoy a special menu created by Executive Chef Rene Mata to pair with our best wines and served in the Private Dining Room.

This evening of indulgence begins at 7:00 pm.

MENU

~Passed Hors d’oeuvres
2017 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

~Pan Roasted Loup de Mer with fresh Santa Barbara uni
2017 Family Select Chardonnay

~Pan Roasted duck breast with foie gras potstickers, cabernet, port wine, 5 spice sauce
2013 Trilogy (library selection)
2014 Trilogy (library selection)
2015 Trilogy (current vintage)

~Seared Wagyu Rib Eye, cauliflowers puree, warm ponzu sauce
2013 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

~Dessert

$175 per person, all inclusive
Limited seating
For reservations and more information, please contact Bella at the restaurant at 310-392-9025.

Chinois on Main
2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Flora Springs’ Ghost Winery Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

October 30, 2018

Note: The following article was originally written by Chris Macias and published in the San Francisco Chronicle on October 30, 2018 and can be found here.

The Napa Ghost Wineries You Can Visit

Napa Valley Ghost Winery

Trek around Wine Country, near its luxury hotels and fine-dining destinations, and you’ll find the remnants of wineries that date back to a time when Napa wasn’t so flush. These are vestiges of the Dark Ages for California wine. They’re known as ghost wineries, not because they’re haunted (though that’s up for debate in some cases), but because they serve as an important link between Napa’s early years as a wine region and the bustling destination it is now.

Napa Valley had a thriving wine industry in the 19th century, with more than 140 operating wineries opened by the final decade. But starting in the late 1880s, the region was hit with a triple blow that left the local wine industry reeling for decades. First, an outbreak of the lethal grapevine virus phylloxera crippled wine production for 20 years. Then the Great Depression arrived, which dovetailed with Prohibition from 1920 to 1933.

This half-century of setbacks left many California wineries in ruins. Although a few were able to stay in business by selling sacramental wine or grapes for home winemaking, the industry had withered to about three dozen by the time Prohibition was repealed. Many of the buildings remained vacant for decades, falling into ruin. Halloween notwithstanding, Napa’s ghost wineries are worth visiting any time of year. They’re scattered throughout the valley, offering a peek into a storied history and a spirit of perseverance that defines the area.

Here are a handful of the ghosts you can visit:

Flora Springs: This former home of the 1900 Rennie Brothers Winery in St. Helena, suffered a one-two punch at the turn of the 20th century. Not only were its vineyards hit by phylloxera, but a fire in its wine cellar decimated its production capabilities. After decades of inactivity, the property was purchased in the mid 1970s and renamed Flora Springs. The ghost winery has since been renovated and serves as a production facility, which visitors can see during tours of the Flora Springs estate. Flora Springs plays up its ghost winery heritage with Halloween releases including All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc and Ghost Winery Malbec…

Read the full article.


Learn more about our Ghost Winery and our Halloween Wines.

Happy Birthday, John Komes

October 2, 2018

Happy Birthday

Please join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to John Komes, our patriarch and President & Proprietor of Flora Springs Winery!

It was in 1977 that John’s father and mother, Jerry and Flora Komes, retired to the Napa Valley and purchased a home that included an abandoned stone winery and vineyards. The potential of the property piqued John’s interest and fueled a dream of owning his own winery in Napa Valley someday. In 1978 he took the leap and established Flora Springs with his parents, his sister, Julie Garvey, and his brother-in-law, Pat Garvey.

While John is quick to share the credit, it is under his watch that Flora Springs has become one of the most respected and beloved family-owned wineries in Napa Valley, producing a portfolio of wines that consistently garner critical acclaim.

John Komes

Ghost Winery Tasting at The Room

October 1, 2018

It’s no secret that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and it’s that time of year again when we conjure up the ghosts of spirits past. October 1 – October 31, join us at The Room for a frightful good time.

Enjoy an exclusive tasting of our seasonal, winery-only Halloween wines that will send shivers down your spine, including our limited-production 2016 Ghost Winery Malbec.

Learn more about visiting The Room.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…

August 29, 2018

This past weekend, we took Wine Club Members and Flora fans to watch the San Francisco Giants as they took the win over the Texas Rangers.

It was a gorgeous, sunny day at AT&T Park. Guests enjoyed the weather and stunning city and bay views from the McCovey Cove Portwalk and Triples Alley where we hosted a rousing pre-game party – complete with a posh buffet of ballpark favorites and plenty of Flora Springs wine, including our highly-acclaimed 2015 Trilogy.

A big thank you to everyone who joined us – you made it a grand-slam day!

Interested in attending our next game? Be sure to join our mailing list and you’ll receive invitations to all of our events, as well as priority notice of exclusive offers and access to wines made in limited quantities or available only at the winery.

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Napa Valley Wine Club at San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Flora Springs Featured in Capital Press

August 10, 2018

Note: The following article was originally written by Julia Hollister and published in the Capital Press on July 22, 2018 and can be found here.

Western Innovator: Vineyard, winery work in progress
John Komes constantly experiments with new techniques at Flora Springs Vineyards and Winery.

John Komes and Nat Komes of Flora Springs Winery in Napa Valley
Flora Springs Winery John Komes and his son, Nat, sort grapes at Flora Springs Winery in the Napa Valley of California.

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. — John Komes can tell you a lot about viticulture and the changes he’s witnessed; he’s been at it for 41 years.

“My ‘first’ career was as a contractor, and I worked on construction projects all over the Bay Area,” he said. “But in the early 1970s I took a wine appreciation course and my fascination with wine just took off. When my parents bought the Flora Springs property in 1977, I convinced them to let me start making wine from the vines there.

“Part of my motivation was that I wanted to move my family to Napa Valley. It was so unspoiled, so bucolic, and it seemed like a good place to raise children. And I loved the idea of having the whole family involved in the winery. Today I work closely with my son, my brother-in-law and my nephew, which is very satisfying.”

Komes said there have been many changes in viticulture since he got started, and he’s learned much over the years. At Flora Springs he is constantly experimenting, both in the vineyard and the winery. They were one of the first wineries to try barrel fermentation with Chardonnay.

“Our flagship wine, Trilogy, which we introduced in 1984, was one of Napa Valley’s the first proprietary red Bordeaux-style blends,” he said.

“Because we’ve owned our vineyards for so long we’ve had several opportunities to replant, and every time we do, we experiment with different spacing, rootstocks, clones, trellis systems, you name it,” he said. “It’s all about fine tuning as you go along, and I can tell you that the wines we make today are more compelling than ever because of the experimenting we’ve done over the years.”

Napa Valley is a superb place to grow grapes, but over time Komes admits he has learned a lot about which varieties grow best here. This is a region where Cabernet Sauvignon thrives, and the Sauvignon Blanc also grows well.

“I guess to answer the question, the hardest grapes to grow are the varieties that are planted in the wrong place,” he said.

The family has 500 acres throughout the Napa Valley, 300 of which are planted to vineyard.

“We have estate properties in Carneros, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena, and we produce varietal wines ranging from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varietals,” he said. “All of our vineyards are sustainably farmed, and many are farmed organically.”

Wine tastes are changing, and Komes sees more people gravitating to reds these days, but that’s not to say there aren’t a lot of white wine lovers out there.

“In fact, we happened to notice recently that there is no white wine emoji, just a red one! So Flora Springs launched a ‘Where’s the #WhiteWineEmoji’ campaign, and we’re inviting people to sign a petition to have one created,” Komes said. “People can go our website at www.florasprings.com to learn more.”

In spite of the excellent weather and high-quality grapes, Komes said two challenges stand out.

“The two that stand out to me are climate change and labor,” he said. “But the wine industry has faced a lot of challenges, and when we work together we usually find solutions.”

One more thing: What about the big wineries in Napa?

“People often ask me if I think there are too many wineries in Napa Valley. I don’t think there are too many wineries; I just think there are too many big wineries,” he said. “In the last couple of decades the wine industry has experienced what many American industries have undergone: conglomeration. A few big guys buying up the little guys.

“But the little guy is the genius of this industry. The one who discovers new techniques in the vineyards and wineries, who finds and develops small plots of land that produce outstanding grapes, who innovates and creates. I like to think we still have that spirit at Flora Springs, and I certainly think it shows in our wines and hospitality. I also think there will always be little guys, people willing to risk everything to pursue their life’s passion. And to them, I raise my glass!”

John Komes

Residence: Napa Valley

Occupation: Founder, president and proprietor of Flora Springs Vineyards and Winery

Years in Business: 41

Family: Married to Carrie Komes. Son is Nat Komes. Sister and brother-in-law are Julie Komes Garvey and Pat Garvey.

A Special Invitation for Our Wine Country Neighbors

July 1, 2018

We invite our Wine Country Neighbors to join us at The Room. Stop by for a wine flight, check out our new tasting experiences, or enjoy our Vineyard Courtyard picnic area and Rooftop Lounge, both with stunning views of Napa Valley’s western hillsides and vineyards.

Enjoy extended benefits and offerings just for locals:

  • Complimentary “The Room” Tasting and 10% off wine purchases at The Room – now available seven days a week for the month of July!
  • Valid for Wine Country residents plus one guest, with proof of residency
  • Please make a reservation for groups of six or more, contact us at (866) 967-8032 or theroom@florasprings.com

Located directly on Highway 29 next to Dean & DeLuca in St. Helena, our friendly, relaxed tasting room is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm.

We are open the Fourth of July. If you’re in town for the holiday, come on in – we look forward to hosting you!

The Room’s modern design mimics the hillside caves and natural springs of our Estate winery, located just down the road. Our Cave Rooms are available for private group tastings hosted by our friendly, informative hospitality staff.

Learn more about visiting The Room.

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