Holiday Shipping Guide: Get It On Time

December 9, 2021

Your gifts and wine shipments are important to us. You may have heard that shipping is expected to take longer this year. Order deadlines start today, December 9. See our Holiday Shipping Guide for details.

Holiday Wines

We Make It Easy for You to Share the Best of Wine Country This Holiday

Our wine experts are standing by to assist with all your shopping needs – including unique gift ideas, custom gift cards, special delivery requirements, and large corporate or group orders. Simply make a note during checkout, or contact us at info@florasprings.com or (800) 913-1118. See our 2021 Holiday Guide or shop now.

A Treasured Holiday Tradition

November 23, 2021

Since 2004, our etched and hand-painted Holiday Wines have been one of our most treasured holiday traditions. Created especially for our wine club members, these limited edition bottles are a way of thanking members for their loyalty and providing them with uniquely elegant bottles ideal for festive holiday celebrations and thoughtful gifts.

Holiday Wine Bottles 2021

A Labor of Love: One-of-a-Kind Holiday Designs

Meticulously etched and painted by hand, with capsules and back labels applied one by one, Flora Springs’ Holiday Bottles are a labor of love from start to finish. As the only Napa Valley winery to offer new holiday designs each year, we pour ourselves into this annual project, ensuring that each bottle is absolute perfection inside and out. Our holiday illustrations this year were inspired by Flora Springs’ matriarch and muse, Flora Komes, whose love for all living things, both great and small, was legendary.

Peaceful Dove Design

Peaceful Dove

For millennia, the dove has been a universal symbol of hope, purity, gentleness and devotion across many cultures. It also represents the renewal of life, which is why our family chose the dove as a particularly meaningful illustration for our Holiday Bottles in 2021. Framed in seasonal holly and carrying an ornament gift, our dove welcomes the season of love with outstretched wings. See design.

Festive Fox Design

Festive Fox

Foxes are known to be clever, and a single fox crossing one’s path is said to bring good luck. Sitting in a bed of holly wrapped in his luxuriant, white-tipped tail, our Festive Fox is back on our Holiday Bottles for the second year in a row due to his popularity and our love for the design. No wonder, since the hand-painted gold of his fabulous fur coat glimmers more brightly on the “real-life” bottle than can be captured in a photo. See design.

Solstice Hare Design

Solstice Hare

As farmers we are always aware of the relationship between the earth and our sun and the solstices that mark the seasonal transitions. Attired in a golden crown and necklace, our Solstice Hare celebrates these cosmic occurrences from his perch on our Holiday Bottles. We like to imagine him watching over our dormant vineyards as the Winter Solstice approaches on December 21st. See design.

Bearing Gifts Design

Bearing Gifts

Polar bears are one of nature’s most majestic creatures, symbols of strength and endurance, and as a spirit animal, a signifier of transcendence. Representing this regal creature on our Holiday Bottles was a challenge because of his size and our desire to include as much detail as possible. Gazing at us as he makes his way through a snow shower, our polar bear carries a bright red bagful of gifts to ensure a merry and bright holiday for family and friends. See design.

Holiday Order Deadlines

Shipping is expected to take longer this year. Get ahead of the holiday rush and shop early. Order deadlines for delivery by the holidays are in effect. Check shipping times.

What Is Friendsgiving? Your Guide to this New(ish) Holiday Tradition

November 11, 2021

Friendsgiving Table Setting

What Is Friendsgiving?

Friendsgiving is a blend of friend and Thanksgiving. According to dictionary.com, Friendsgiving is “a gathering of friends to celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast, falling near or on Thanksgiving Day, in contrast to the traditional celebrations that typically involve family.” While the word first appeared around 2007, it’s actually new enough that Friendsgiving didn’t make it into the dictionary until January 2020.

When Is Friendsgiving?

Friendsgiving can be celebrated any day, any time of year, but most gatherings take place in November, particularly the weekend before Thanksgiving. Many people celebrate Friendsgiving on Thanksgiving Day too.

How to Celebrate Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving can be as formal or as casual as you and your crew want. We suggest a balanced “Napa Valley Casual” theme – take the food and wine seriously (but not too seriously), but mostly importantly have fun.

Friendsgiving Appetizers

Friendsgiving Menu

Set the tone with hors d’oeuvres that look fancy, but are easy to make. Bonus points for appetizers that can be made or prepped in advance. And don’t be shy about asking your guests to each bring a dish to share. Here are a few of our favorites.

Gougères
Recipe from Bon Appétit
These delicate cheese puffs always impress. Once you get the hang of the dough, you’ll serve them at every opportunity.

Ingredients
Makes about 50 Servings
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of nutmeg
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
6 ounces (1½ cups) grated Comté cheese or Gruyère
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg yolk

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Bring butter, salt, nutmeg, and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until butter is melted. Remove from heat, add flour, and stir to combine.
  2. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon, until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and forms a ball, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring vigorously, until a dry film forms on bottom and sides of pan and dough is no longer sticky, about 2 minutes longer. Remove pan from heat and let dough cool slightly, about 2 minutes. Mix in whole eggs one at a time, incorporating fully between additions. Mix in cheese and pepper.
  3. Scrape dough into a piping bag fitted with a ½” round tip (alternatively, use a plastic bag with a ½” opening cut diagonally from 1 corner). Pipe 1” rounds about 2” apart onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Whisk egg yolk and 1 tsp. water in a small bowl; brush rounds with egg wash.
  4. Bake gougères until puffed and golden and dry in the center (they should sound hollow when tapped), 20–25 minutes.
  5. DO AHEAD! Dough can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill. Gougères can be baked 2 hours ahead; reheat before serving.

Crostini
Recipe by Flora Springs Wine Club Manager Madeline Nossiter

Ingredients
Makes about 50 Servings
2 French-style baguettes
12 oz plain goat cheese
Mixed fresh greens herbs of your choice (we recommend thyme, basil, tarragon)
Red Relish – can be store-bought or made with tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, onions

Preparation

  1. Cut baguettes into ¼-inch thick slices.
  2. Arrange in one layer on sheet pan and brush each slice with a nice olive oil.
  3. Toast in 350 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes, toasts are done when slightly brown and crispy – let cool.
  4. Spread room-temperate goat cheese on toasts in thin layer.
  5. Top half of toasts with herb mixture and other half with red relish.

Friendsgiving Menu Ideas - Salad

Autumn Mixed Greens Salad
Recipe by Flora Springs Wine Club Manager Madeline Nossiter

Ingredients
Makes about 10 Servings
Approximately one pound of fresh mixed greens/mesclun
4 ounces aged Asiago or Parmesan Reggiano
3 ounces roasted hazelnuts

Dressing
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons vinegar of choice (balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. If greens aren’t washed, wash and dry.
  2. Put greens in large salad bowl, toss with vinaigrette.
  3. Garnish with saved cheese and nuts.

Dressing

  1. In a liquid measuring cup or bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Stir well with a small whisk or a fork until the ingredients are completely mixed together.
  2. Taste, and adjust as necessary. If the mixture is too acidic, thin it out with a bit more olive oil or balance the flavors with a little more honey. If the mixture is a little blah, add another pinch or two of salt. If it doesn’t have enough zing, add vinegar by the teaspoon.
  3. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for future use. Homemade vinaigrette keeps well for 7 to 10 days. If your vinaigrette solidifies somewhat in the fridge, don’t worry about it—real olive oil tends to do that. Simply let it rest at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes or microwave very briefly (about 20 seconds) to liquify the olive oil again. Whisk to blend and serve.

Regarding the sides and main dish – go traditional Thanksgiving with turkey and all the trimmings, or try something new; we’ll let you decide!

Friendsgiving Wine

Friendsgiving Wine

Err on the side of more is better—you don’t want to run out. Like purchasing Thanksgiving wine, figure one bottle per drinking person, and offer a nice mix of red, white, and rosé. Be sure to offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages as well. You don’t want anyone over-consuming either. Our wine experts are available via phone at (800) 913-1118, email, or chat if you’d like a hand putting together a mixed case that will please your crowd. Shop now, and see our Holiday Shipping Guide for helpful ordering details including Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving shipping deadlines.

Friendsgiving

Relax, have fun, and enjoy your friends’ company – cheers!

This Year’s Etched Holiday Wines: The Inspiration

November 10, 2020

Etched Holiday Wines

Our etched and hand-painted Holiday Bottles are one of Flora Springs’ most treasured traditions, a way for us to give you exclusive access to rare wines in festive, one-of-a-kind bottlings.

This year Nat Komes found inspiration from a vintage greeting card he uncovered in his Grandmother Flora’s attic, an illustration of a cardinal perched on a holiday wreath. Christened the “Christmas bird” for its spectacular red color, the cardinal is a symbol of the beauty and warmth of the holiday season. This brilliant bird found its way onto each of our holiday designs, our Holiday 2020 Gift Guide, and even throughout our holiday photo shoot.

Etched Holiday Wines - Flora's Cardinal

Etched Holidy Wines - Festive Fox

Etched Holiday Wines - Joyful Skater

Trilogy

See our entire collection of Holiday Wines.

Preferred Palates Pick Up Party at The Estate – SOLD OUT!

December 8, 2019

This Pick Up Party is sold out. Please contact Madeline at wineclub@florasprings.com to be added to the wait list.

Exclusively for Preferred Palates Wine Club Members- Preferred Palates Pick Up Party

Join us at The Estate to toast the season and pick up your December shipment, the 2016 Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Stay tuned for more details!

Complimentary for Wine Club Member, plus up to three guests
Additional guests: $50 per person

Learn more about Wine Club member benefits, including our Members-only pick up parties.

 

Holiday Shop Event at The Room

December 1, 2019

Join us for a delightful holiday shopping experience at The Room.

Every December, our tasting room transforms into a Winter Wonderland. Come raise a glass with us and toast to the holidays, while shopping our exclusive Holiday Wines and Gifts, including our etched and hand-painted Holiday Wines are one of our most treasured traditions, a way for us to give you access to rare wines in one-of-a-kind bottlings. This year’s Holiday Cabernet-based blend features three festive etched designs:

Snowflake Ornament
Gingerbread Estate
Silver Bells

Daily, 10 am – 5 pm

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

Preferred Palates Pick Up Party at The Estate

December 8, 2018

Exclusively for Preferred Palates Wine Club Members

Join us at The Estate to toast the season and pick up your December shipment, the 2015 Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Complimentary for Preferred Palates Members, up to four guests
Additional guests: $50 per person

Limited spots available, please contact Wine Club Manager Madeline Nossiter directly at wineclub@florasprings.com to join the wait list.

We look forward to seeing you!

Learn more about Wine Club member benefits, including our Members-only pick up parties.

 

Making Spirits Bright at The Room

December 2, 2018

Note: The following article was originally and published in The Mercury News and can be found here.

4 spectacular Sonoma and Napa wineries dress up for the holidays

St Helena Tasting Room

Countless wineries offer suggestions and specials on their wares to make the yuletide merry, but there are some that go way beyond the bottle to make spirits bright. These Sonoma and Napa estates and tasting rooms take bedecking and bedazzling to the next level as proof that it’s not just harvest that’s the most wonderful time of the year. Here are are four special spots to explore….

Winery namesake Flora Komes loves the holidays and each year, her grandkids and winery employees go up to her attic for decorations and inspiration. The main estate on Zinfandel Lane is always decorated, but it’s the main tasting room on Highway 29 that gets the full tree and tinsel treatment. A giant wreath and ornaments outside make the already eye-catching modern building even more noticeable. Inside, it’s wall-to-wall trees, wreaths and garlands.

They even bottle up their contagious Christmas cheer in special seasonal releases, including a cabernet called Holiday Helper, and a holiday red blend in a trio of etched bottles with artwork inspired by Flora’s Christmas card collection, such as this year’s toy soldier and snow globe of the estate. For true cabernet connoisseurs, the Three Kings vertical includes the 2014-2016 vintages for a gift that’s fit for, well, a king.


Helpful Links:
Visit The Room
Holiday Wines
2016 Holiday Helper Cabernet Sauvignon
Three Kings Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 3-Bottle Vertical

Holiday Shop Event at The Room

December 1, 2018

Join us for a delightful holiday shopping experience at The Room.

Every December, our tasting room transforms into a Winter Wonderland. Come raise a glass with us and toast to the holidays, while shopping our exclusive Holiday Wines and Gifts.

Daily, 10 am – 5 pm

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

The Making of the 2016 Holiday Helper Cabernet

November 5, 2018

Our one-of-a-kind Holiday Wines are a year-round labor of love. Each year, the artwork changes and provides a unique, limited-edition Napa Valley wine to give or collect for yourself.

We’re excited to expand our annual tradition with a beautiful new holiday-themed release, our 2016 Holiday Helper Cabernet Sauvignon. The charming label artwork was created for us by self-taught artist and illustrator Ruth Harper—who is best known for her work in many New York Times #1 best-selling children’s picture books.

This is the second wine label Ruth has created for us, and her whimsical watercolor of those hard-working but ever-cheerful elves wrapping their holiday gifts is a reminder that even Santa needs a little help!

Ruth began work back in December of last year. “Now that the holiday rush is over (and what a LOVELY Christmas we had!), I’ve settled down to resume creating – all warm and cozy, with a shivery snow-covered landscape outside. You should see the gorgeous frosty designs on my windows. Dark chocolate syrup in my freshly-ground coffee and a sweet Aussie at my feet warm my fire as I work…”

We love the comforting setting Ruth describes, and we love the final illustration even more. Below you can see the progression and evolution of this year-long project.

Holiday Helper Christmas WineHoliday Wine

2016 Holiday Helper Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


2016 Holiday Helper Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

See the final 2016 Holiday Helper Cabernet Sauvignon label and browse all of our Holiday Wines and Gifts.

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