Celebrate with John & Carrie Komes in the Mediterranean

November 2, 2020

Sail away with John and Carrie Komes as they cruise the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Lisbon and Tenerife to Tangier. Share in the hospitality and high spirits as the Komes’ celebrate two very special birthdays.

This experience includes some of Europe’s most stunning sights and destinations, including Antoni Gaudi’s profound architecture, the Caves of Hercules in Tangier and the legendary white sand beaches of the Canary Islands. On board the luxurious Seven Seas Voyager, Carrie and John – Napa Valley’s legendary storyteller – will host intimate receptions and wine-and-food pairings featuring their limited-production artisanal wines.

If you’ve been on a Komes-hosted cruise in the past, you know this is a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime.

Reservations with Alamo World Travel are required. For more information and reservations, contact info@alamoworld.com or (800) 848-8747.

About the Seven Seas Voyager
Fresh from her complete and total refurbishment, she boasts a refreshed elegant style in her restaurants and lounges, as well as luxurious new décor across her 350 suites. And with 447 international crew on board, personal service is exceedingly indulgent throughout. Among her four dining options that allow guests to savor meals whenever and with whomever, Seven Seas Voyager features the modern French restaurant Chartreuse and the largest specialty restaurant at sea Compass Rose with its brand new menu.

Taste Jon Nathaniel Wines with The Fabulist Himself!

July 6, 2019

This event is sold out.

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

The July 6 tasting is sold out.

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

Taste Jon Nathaniel Wines with The Fabulist Himself!

June 29, 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 29 at 12 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Taste Jon Nathaniel Wines with The Fabulist Himself!

February 23, 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
May 11 at 2 pm

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

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

Flora Springs Featured in Capital Press

August 10, 2018

Note: The following article about John Komes 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.

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