Taste Jon Nathaniel Wines with The Fabulist Himself!

June 15, 2019

This is a rare opportunity to taste wines in an intimate setting with the legendary storyteller John Komes, founder and proprietor of Flora Springs. John’s recent project, Jon Nathaniel Wines, is a boutique-scale winery that allows him to get back into wine on a more personal level, much as he did when he started Flora Springs: “I always envisioned myself sitting on my porch, telling stories and pouring wines for friends, family and customers.”

With this tasting in the cave room at The Room, John – known for the devilish twinkle in his eye – does just that, personally sharing tales of his 40+ years of winemaking in Napa Valley along with the small-batch wines of Jon Nathaniel. This entertaining tasting includes six exclusive, critically-acclaimed Jon Nathaniel wines.

Offered by advance appointment only on select Saturdays: May 11, May 25, June 1, June 15, June 29 & July 6
$85 per person
Allow 90 minutes

Limited to 8 guests, reserve your spot now:

June 15 at 12 pm

Questions? Contact us at (800) 913-1118 or info@florasprings.com.

Presenting the 2018 Soliloquy: A Singular Wine

June 11, 2019

By General Manager Nat Komes

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.

It was a long process, three years of countless blending trials, but today I’m proud to say that the 2018 Soliloquy has earned its place as Flora Springs’ flagship white wine, a fitting companion to our flagship red, Trilogy. I could not be more excited to introduce this singular white wine. Watch our newest video and learn more about its fascinating history.

Learn more about this wine.

Taste Jon Nathaniel Wines with The Fabulist Himself!

June 1, 2019

This event is sold out. Other dates are still available.

This is a rare opportunity to taste wines in an intimate setting with the legendary storyteller John Komes, founder and proprietor of Flora Springs. John’s recent project, Jon Nathaniel Wines, is a boutique-scale winery that allows him to get back into wine on a more personal level, much as he did when he started Flora Springs: “I always envisioned myself sitting on my porch, telling stories and pouring wines for friends, family and customers.”

With this tasting in the cave room at The Room, John – known for the devilish twinkle in his eye – does just that, personally sharing tales of his 40+ years of winemaking in Napa Valley along with the small-batch wines of Jon Nathaniel. This entertaining tasting includes six exclusive, critically-acclaimed Jon Nathaniel wines.

Offered by advance appointment only on select Saturdays: May 11, May 25, June 1, June 15, June 29 & July 6
$85 per person
Allow 90 minutes

Limited to 8 guests, reserve your spot now:

The June 1 tasting is sold out. Other dates are still available, see our Events page.

Questions? Contact us at (800) 913-1118 or info@florasprings.com.

Wine Dinner at Le Colonial in San Francisco

May 31, 2019

Join Flora Springs Director of Winery Relations Richard Tiedemann for a five-course wine dinner at Le Colonial.

Located just minutes from Union Square in San Francisco’s downtown district, Le Colonial evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam and has welcomed guests for over twenty years. Learn more.

Menu

First Course
Softshell Crab Rolls with avocado, red lettuce leaf, carrots, vermicelli & tamarind nouc cham
Paired with 2017 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course
Saigon Style Poke with salmon, mango, red jalapenos, rau ram, cucumbers, cilantro & jalapenos
Paired with 2017 Family Select Chardonnay

Third Course
Five Spiced Duck Breast with pineapple, bamboo shoot, shiitake mushroom & tamarind sauce
Paired with 2016 Napa Valley Merlot

Fourth Course
Bo Luc Lac with wok-seared filet mignon, sweet & savory soy sauce, pickled red onion, butter lettuce watercress, cherry tomatoes & crispy shoestring potatoes
Paired with 2015 Trilogy

Fifth Course
Passion Fruit Cheese Cake with guava caramel & candied macadamia
Paired with 2018 Napa Valley Rosé

Reception: 6:30pm
Dinner: 7:00pm
$150 Per Person (not including tax and gratuity)

Seats are limited and reservations are required. Please make your reservations directly with the restaurant at (415) 931-3600 or online.

Flora Springs Wine Dinner at Basalt

May 29, 2019

Join Flora Springs Director of Winery Relations Richard Tiedemann for a four-course wine dinner at Basalt, located in the heart of downtown Napa.

Menu

First Course
Fluke Crudo with Cherry-Lemon Grass, Aguachile, Pickled Ramp, Avocado, Puffed Rice
Paired with 2017 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course
Stone Fruit Salad with K&J Fruit, Whipped Ricotta, Caramel Crumble, Nasturtium
Paired with 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Third Course
Smoked Short Rib “Au Pair” with Espresso Rub, Crushed Fingerling, Creamed Spinach
Paired with 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet & 2017 Napa Valley Merlot

Fourth Course
Silverado Strawberry Shortcake with Angel Food Cake, Strawberry Sorbet, Whipped Crème Fraiche
Paired with 2015 Trilogy

$150 Per Person

Seats are limited and reservations are required. Please make your reservations directly with the restaurant at (707) 927-5265 or jjohnstone@basaltnapa.com.

Also, as their featured winery for May, you can enjoy Flora Springs wine specials at Basalt all month long.

Taste Jon Nathaniel Wines with The Fabulist Himself!

May 25, 2019

This is a rare opportunity to taste wines in an intimate setting with the legendary storyteller John Komes, founder and proprietor of Flora Springs. John’s recent project, Jon Nathaniel Wines, is a boutique-scale winery that allows him to get back into wine on a more personal level, much as he did when he started Flora Springs: “I always envisioned myself sitting on my porch, telling stories and pouring wines for friends, family and customers.”

With this tasting in the cave room at The Room, John – known for the devilish twinkle in his eye – does just that, personally sharing tales of his 40+ years of winemaking in Napa Valley along with the small-batch wines of Jon Nathaniel. This entertaining tasting includes six exclusive, critically-acclaimed Jon Nathaniel wines.

Offered by advance appointment only on select Saturdays: May 11, May 25, June 1, June 15, June 29 & July 6
$85 per person
Allow 90 minutes

Limited to 8 guests, reserve your spot now:

May 25 at 2 pm

Questions? Contact us at (800) 913-1118 or info@florasprings.com.

Flora Springs Napa Night at Basalt

May 20, 2019

As their featured winery for May, you can enjoy Flora Springs wine specials at Basalt—located in downtown Napa—all month long.

Basalt also invites the local and wine industry community to Napa Night at Basalt on Monday, May 20 from 5 pm – close. Enjoy fried chicken, drink specials, raffle prizes, and more. Reservations are not required, but RSVP to jjohnstone@basaltnapa.com for a raffle ticket.

For questions or to RSVP, please contact the restaurant directly at (707) 927-5265.

 

 

How to Open a Older Bottle of Wine

May 20, 2019

By Winemaker Paul Steinauer

Now that you have acquired an older wine, often referred to as a library wine, you might be asking, “How do I open this without making a mess of the cork?”—or—“What’s the best way to serve this wine once opened?”

How to open old wine bottles

First, the basics—it’s natural that a cork will soften with age. It’s also natural that a wine may develop some sediment as it ages. Well fear not, with the proper tools and technique, you shouldn’t have too much difficulty.

Let’s go through the steps.

1) First, store your bottle in an upright position several days prior to opening, preferably in a cool location. Doing so will allow any suspended sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle.

2) Next, choose the cork extractor you prefer—here are my recommendations:

  • Best – The Durand is a two-pronged wine opener—also known as an “Ah-So”—but with a built-in corkscrew. This is not an inexpensive item, but if you open a lot of older wines it could be a nice addition to your cellar.
  • Good – A standard two-pronged cork puller is also known as an “Ah-So.” Gently insert the longer tip between the glass and the cork, and gently rock back and forth until it is fully inserted in the bottle. Then slowly twist—while pulling up at same time.
  • Good – A pressurized cork extractor (like Cork Pops) is a device comprised of a needle and a carbon dioxide cartridge. Center the needle in the cork and penetrate it all the way through, then press the cartridge until the cork extracts. Hint: It’s best to cover the neck of bottle with a napkin or paper towel, as sometimes a bit of wine and/or sediment can also be extracted when under pressure.
  • OK – A corkscrew with a long, grooved shaft will make extracting an older, soft cork easier than using a shorter corkscrew without the grooving. Make sure it is centered directly in the cork, then twist it well into the cork. Be sure to pull up slowly.
  • If none of these methods work for you, as a last, last resort, find a blunt instrument that is narrower that the cork. Put the bottle in a sink and then place a plastic bag (or something similar) over the bottle neck. Then slowly and carefully push the cork down until it is no longer blocking the neck of the bottle. Hint: You definitely want something covering the opening of the bottle—as the wine will have a tendency to push upwards and out as the cork is pushed down.

3) Now that you have the cork out, you are ready to serve your wine.

  • Best – Carefully and slowly pour the wine into a decanter. Once you start to see sediment, stop pouring.
  • OK – If you don’t have a decanter, line up your wine glasses on a counter. Take a glass in one hand, and carefully pour the wine with the other hand. Be sure to keep the neck of the bottle in the same position, and fill the next glass…and so on. Hint: You want to minimize turning the bottle upright as doing so will disturb the sediment that has settled into the bottom of the bottle.

4) Maybe you didn’t have time to let the bottle sit upright for a few days, or perhaps you see pieces of cork floating in the bottle. As a last, last resort, you can pour the wine through a fine screen or coffee filter to a decanter, or even a pitcher. If you don’t want to serve from that vessel, you can always rinse out the wine bottle well, and pour the now-filtered wine back into it.

5) Remember, most older wines only require decanting to ensure that the wine is clear—not to allow the wine to “open up” or “breathe.” Library wines do not need more oxygen at this point.

6) Also, I recommend you serve and drink the wine soon after opening. The older the bottle, the sooner you will want to drink it to retain as much fruit expression as possible.

Cheers!

How to open a library wine

Texas WineTastic Takeover

May 19, 2019

This event is Sold Out – please contact Wine Club Manager Madeline Nossiter at madeline@florasprings.com or (800) 913-1118 for a spot on the wait list.

Texas Flora Springs Wine Club Members, we’re bringing the party to you!

Please join the Flora Springs team in Dallas, Texas for a wine tasting of 2016 Petit Verdot, 2018 Rosé, 2016 Trilogy, and 2015 Trilogy paired with small bites. Proprietor John Komes, Richard Tiedemann, John Schulz, and Wine Club Manager Madeline Nossiter will be at the WineTastic Wine Bar to share newly released club wines, two vintages of Trilogy, and some great stories.

Complimentary for Wine Club Members (2 Members)
Additional guests: $50 per person

Limited to 100 people. Reservations are required. Please RSVP by May 3 to Wine Club Manager Madeline Nossiter – madeline@florasprings.com or (800) 913-1118. Please note: reservations cannot be made through WineTastic.

Small Bites Menu to pair with our wines:
Mini Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli
Grilled Steak Bites with Garlic Butter
Caprese Skewers
Chicken Pot Stickers
Brie Toasts with Honey and Pecans
Short Rib Sliders
Stuffed Mushrooms

We look forward to some southern hospitality and toasting to our Wine Club Members in Texas!

Taste Jon Nathaniel Wines with The Fabulist Himself!

May 11, 2019

This is a rare opportunity to taste wines in an intimate setting with the legendary storyteller John Komes, founder and proprietor of Flora Springs. John’s recent project, Jon Nathaniel Wines, is a boutique-scale winery that allows him to get back into wine on a more personal level, much as he did when he started Flora Springs: “I always envisioned myself sitting on my porch, telling stories and pouring wines for friends, family and customers.”

With this tasting in the cave room at The Room, John – known for the devilish twinkle in his eye – does just that, personally sharing tales of his 40+ years of winemaking in Napa Valley along with the small-batch wines of Jon Nathaniel. This entertaining tasting includes six exclusive, critically-acclaimed Jon Nathaniel wines.

Offered by advance appointment only on select Saturdays: May 11, May 25, June 1, June 15, June 29 & July 6
$85 per person
Allow 90 minutes

Limited to 8 guests, reserve your spot now:

May 11 at 12 pm

Questions? Contact us at (800) 913-1118 or info@florasprings.com.

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