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.

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.

 

 

Sixteen Spirits Historical Ghost Winery Tour & Tasting

May 19, 2019

This event is sold out. Future dates are still available!

The Flora Springs estate in St. Helena is home to one of the few remaining ghost wineries in Napa Valley, and one of the very few that have been revived as a working winery. We’ve often wondered about the history of our 19th century building. If its thick stone walls could talk, what would they say about this historic winery’s former inhabitants and passers-through? This longstanding intrigue was the inspiration for our Ghost Winery Malbec, an estate-grown wine we release each year at Halloween. It is also what led us to find out for ourselves if there are spirits still lingering in this place.

Introduced in 2018, our Ghost Winery Historical Tour and Tasting is one of Napa Valley’s most unique wine experiences. One Sunday each month we partner with a team of paranormal investigators from Napa City Ghosts & Legends for a fascinating walking tour of our Ghost Winery accompanied by a tasting of our Ghost Winery Malbec and other Flora Springs wines. On this trip back in time, we meet the spirits who can’t quite tear themselves away from the place they once inhabited. Past encounters have included a Scottish barrel-maker with a taste for whiskey and a 1920s flapper who didn’t want the party to end. Our investigators tell us there are sixteen souls who still roam our old stone winery, and they are anxious to make themselves known. This is a fascinating, thought-provoking tour for believers and skeptics alike. And no matter which way you lean, you’ll enjoy our Ghost Winery Malbec, a wine we make in honor of our ethereal history.

Price: $75
Wine Club: $60
The May 19 tour is sold out. Future dates are still available, see our Events page.
Questions? Contact us at (800) 913-1118 or info@florasprings.com.

As seen in Wine Spectator and the Napa Valley Register

Ghost Tours in Napa Valley Ghosts in Napa Valley Ghost Wineries in Napa Valley

 

About Napa City Ghosts & Legends
Ellen MacFarlane is a native Napan who has lived in Napa for over 30 years. She is the proud mother of three boys, likes writing, ghosts and travel. She grew up in Napa and knew by the age of 11 she wanted to work with ghosts.

Devin Sisk is a Paranormal Investigator and creator of the Benicia Ghost Walk. He has been in the paranormal field for 11+ years, and has logged over 650 cases. He has been featured on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Eye on the Bay and More.

Recently Ellen & Devin worked on the Travel Channel’s #1 Show, Ghost Adventures.

Create Your Own Flora’s Five Cabs & Five Cuts Feast

May 8, 2019

When John Komes bottled Flora Springs’ first Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – the Rutherford Hillside Reserve in 1989 – it became a benchmark for Napa Valley Cabernet, bringing awareness to the concept of site-specific wines. Since then Flora Springs has enhanced its Single Vineyard Program, and today we offer five elegant and powerful wines that reflect the small vineyard sites and even individual blocks in which they are grown – wines so outstanding they deserve to be bottled on their own.

Flora's Five Cabs & Five Cuts
Download our Flora’s Five Cabs & Five Cuts Pairing Guide

 

The idea for “Flora’s Five Cuts and Five Cabs” dinner—which has been one of our most popular events since its inception four years ago—is a nod to John’s early days of selling these Single Vineyard Cabernets. Back then he developed a successful winemaker dinner pairing each Cabernet with a specific cut of premium beef. He found that the words used to describe the texture and tenderness of a steak enhanced the understanding and enjoyment of Cabernet. In true John fashion, he was well ahead of his time, and his innovative concept is still relevant today.

John Komes Greets Guests to Flora’s Five Cabs & Five Cuts Wine Dinner, May 2019
Dinner Guests Enjoying a Perfect Summer Evening at Flora Springs Family Estate
Filet Mignon Paired with Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

 

We’ve made it easy for you to find your perfect pairing with our Single Vineyard Cabernets. Download our Flora’s Five Cabs & Five Cuts Pairing Guide, then select your beef and order your Single Vineyard Magnum to pair it with.

Through May 31, we are offering rare special pricing on our 2014 Etched Single Vineyard Magnums. At twice the size of a standard wine bottle, magnums are ideal for entertaining—and also make stunning gifts. Only a handful of these bottles exist in the whole world, just 15 full sets of all five wines are available.

Explore the magic of Cabernet and how it enhances the enjoyment of food. Start planning your epic feast now, shop the 2014 Etched Single Vineyard Magnums.

The 2014 Etched Single Vineyard Cabernet Magnums

Are you looking for a specific vintage you don’t see here? Give us a call at (800) 913-1118.

Flora’s Five Cabs & Five Cuts Wine Club Dinner at The Estate

May 4, 2019

Exclusively for Wine Club Members

When John Komes bottled Flora Springs’ first Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – the Rutherford Hillside Reserve in 1989 – it became a benchmark for Napa Valley Cabernet, bringing awareness to the concept of site-specific wines. Since then Flora Springs has enhanced its Single Vineyard Program, and today we offer five elegant and powerful wines that reflect the small vineyard sites and even individual blocks in which they are grown. The idea for the “Five Cuts and Five Cabs” dinner is a nod to John’s early days of selling these Single Vineyard Cabernets. Back then he developed a successful winemaker dinner pairing each Cabernet with a specific cut of premium beef. He found that the words used to describe the texture and tenderness of a steak enhanced the understanding and enjoyment of Cabernet. In true John fashion, he was well ahead of his time, and his innovative concept is still relevant today.

Join John Komes at The Estate for an evening of stories where we’ll explore the magic of Cabernet and how it enhances the enjoyment of food. Find your perfect pairing with Flora Springs’ Single Vineyard Cabernets, wines so outstanding they deserve to be bottled on their own.

Flora’s Five Cabs & Five Cuts Wine Club Dinner:

5 pm: Wine Reception on the Patio
6 pm: 19th Century Stone Winery & Cave Tour
6:30 pm – 9 pm: Decadent pairings of our five Single Vineyard Cabernets – including large-format Library Wines – with the finest cuts of sustainably-raised and locally-sourced cuts of beef

$300 per person – Please note: ticket pricing reflects Wine Club Member discount, no additional discounts apply.
Limit four tickets per membership

Space is limited and will sell out quickly. RSVP by April 23, contact James Porter directly at (707) 967-6776 or JPorter@florasprings.com.

Sixteen Spirits Historical Ghost Winery Tour & Tasting

April 14, 2019

This event is sold out. Future dates are still available!

The Flora Springs estate in St. Helena is home to one of the few remaining ghost wineries in Napa Valley, and one of the very few that have been revived as a working winery. We’ve often wondered about the history of our 19th century building. If its thick stone walls could talk, what would they say about this historic winery’s former inhabitants and passers-through? This longstanding intrigue was the inspiration for our Ghost Winery Malbec, an estate-grown wine we release each year at Halloween. It is also what led us to find out for ourselves if there are spirits still lingering in this place.

Introduced in 2018, our Ghost Winery Historical Tour and Tasting is one of Napa Valley’s most unique wine experiences. One Sunday each month we partner with a team of paranormal investigators from Napa City Ghosts & Legends for a fascinating walking tour of our Ghost Winery accompanied by a tasting of our Ghost Winery Malbec and other Flora Springs wines. On this trip back in time, we meet the spirits who can’t quite tear themselves away from the place they once inhabited. Past encounters have included a Scottish barrel-maker with a taste for whiskey and a 1920s flapper who didn’t want the party to end. Our investigators tell us there are sixteen souls who still roam our old stone winery, and they are anxious to make themselves known. This is a fascinating, thought-provoking tour for believers and skeptics alike. And no matter which way you lean, you’ll enjoy our Ghost Winery Malbec, a wine we make in honor of our ethereal history.

Price: $75
Wine Club: $60
The April 14 tour is sold out. Future dates are still available, see our Events page. Please contact us at (800) 913-1118 or info@florasprings.com with any questions.

As seen in Wine Spectator and the Napa Valley Register

Ghost Tours in Napa Valley Ghosts in Napa Valley Ghost Wineries in Napa Valley

 

About Napa City Ghosts & Legends
Ellen MacFarlane is a native Napan who has lived in Napa for over 30 years. She is the proud mother of three boys, likes writing, ghosts and travel. She grew up in Napa and knew by the age of 11 she wanted to work with ghosts.

Devin Sisk is a Paranormal Investigator and creator of the Benicia Ghost Walk. He has been in the paranormal field for 11+ years, and has logged over 650 cases. He has been featured on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Eye on the Bay and More.

Recently Ellen & Devin worked on the Travel Channel’s #1 Show, Ghost Adventures.

Arts in April: Artist Reception with John Bonick

April 12, 2019

 

We invite you to join us for an Artist Reception with John Bonick on Friday, April 12 at The Room.

Purchase your reception tickets online by April 11.
$20 per person
$16 Wine Club Members

Questions? Call (866) 967-8032 or email theroom@florasprings.com.

Mix and mingle with John and other local artists, community members, and the Flora Springs team while taking in the new art installation. Experience our Arts in April Artful Wine Flight – featuring 2017 Dashaway Chardonnay, our just-released 2012 Wine Love Stories Napa Valley Red Blend, and 2016 Ghost Winery Malbec, along with light appetizers.

For this year’s Arts in April installation, John has created “Flora’s Garden” – a series of eye-popping 8-ft x 3-ft tulips of dibond aluminum adorning the exterior façade of The Room in St. Helena. He has also created a 10-ft wine bottle made entirely of grapevine cuttings from Flora Springs’ estate, a signature piece that John originally developed for BottleRock Napa Valley. Several of John’s paintings, which have been featured in San Francisco’s Andrea Schwartz Gallery and shown in museums in the Bay Area and beyond, will also be on display.

About Arts in April
Each year Flora Springs participates in Arts in April, a month-long, Napa Valley-wide celebration of the arts which promotes local talent and brings the community together through live music, art exhibits, theatre performances, arts advocacy and more. This year we’re partnering with artist and longtime Napa resident John Bonick, who takes inspiration from the agricultural community in which he lives. Many of John’s paintings and abstract works are centered on the idea of connectivity through ribbons of color and light, with imagery that is evocative of stems, branches, arteries, veins, fiber optics and other “channel-like” phenomena.

Can’t attend the Artist Reception on April 12?
Drop in to The Room to view John’s art installation and enjoy a wine tasting of our artful labels series at our tasting room in St. Helena anytime April 1 – April 30. The Room is open daily, 10 am – 5 pm, and is located at 677 St. Helena Highway/Hwy 29, next to Dean & DeLuca. Reservations only required for groups of six or more guests.


John Bonick’s working sketch for his Arts in April installation at The Room – ultimately 8-ft x 3-ft tulips of dibond aluminum to be placed on the buildingArts in April Napa Valley - Tulips

 

The Stand by Jon Bonick

Arts in April Napa Valley - The Stand

❤ the Arts

April 10, 2019

For both Nat and Anne Komes, art – in its many forms and varieties – plays a central role in their busy lives. “Just as you must have wine on your table, you must have art in your life,” says Anne. “It gives you more perspective and depth, it makes life more beautiful.”

The Komeses both have artistic backgrounds: Nat was an English Literature major in college and once published a book of poetry. Anne, a native of France, is the daughter of a painter and a music agent who represented Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. She herself is a sculptor who works in clay. The couple often go to museums and galleries with their two children and enjoy collecting artistic works during their travels. They recently brought home a piece from a local artist exhibiting at the Brinton Museum near Big Horn, Wyoming where they were vacationing with their family. “It’s wonderful to have a reminder of the places we’ve been, and Nat and I love to support local talent,” says Anne.

Nat and Anne Komes
Nat & Anne Komes

 

At Flora Springs, Nat flexes his creative muscle by working with an array of artists on special wine labels, including those he develops for his annual Halloween-themed wines. He finds inspiration all around him – from album cover art and children’s books to the skateboarding culture that has fascinated him since he was a teen. “There’s art everywhere once you look for it,” says Nat, whose recent project, Wine Love Stories, (a 2012 Red Blend) features a label straight out of the romance comics genre of the 1940s and 50s.

Wine Love Stories

The wine is one of the featured offerings during Arts in April at The Room in St. Helena, a month-long celebration of the arts with a special installation by Napa-based artist John Bonick. “Each year in conjunction with Arts in April we commission an artist or artists to create original artwork for display on the exterior and interior of The Room,” says Nat. “It’s is our way of bringing wine and art together, celebrating the roles they each play in enhancing the quality of our lives.”

Flora Springs Featured in Napa Valley Register

April 4, 2019

Note: The article excerpted below was originally published in the Napa Valley Register and can be found here.

Arts in April reception with John Bonick at Flora Springs Winery April 12

Flora Springs will hold an artist reception with John Bonick, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at The Room in St. Helena.

Arts in April Napa Valley

For this year’s Arts in April installation, Bonick has created “Flora’s Garden” – a series of 8 feet by 3 feet tulips of dibond aluminum adorning the exterior façade of The Room in St. Helena.

He has also created a 10-feet tall wine bottle made entirely of grapevine cuttings from Flora Springs’ estate, a signature piece that Bonick originally developed for BottleRock Napa Valley. Several of his paintings, which have been featured in San Francisco’s Andrea Schwartz Gallery and shown in museums in the Bay Area and beyond, will also be on display.

Flora Springs’ “Arts in April Artful Wine Flight,” featuring the 2017 Dashaway Chardonnay, the just-released 2012 Wine Love Stories Napa Valley Red Blend, and 2016 Ghost Winery Malbec, will be served, along with light appetizers.


See event details.

Presenting the 2016 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons

April 3, 2019

Single Vineyard Cabernets Napa Valley 2016

In Europe it is not uncommon to find winemaking dynasties that go back dozens of generations. We can’t say the same for Napa Valley; after all, wine grapes weren’t even planted here until the 19th century. But we like to think that Flora Springs, now in its third generation, is a dynasty in the making. That’s why the term Grand Estates Tradition appears on the back label of each of our Single Vineyard Cabernets. These wines are produced from estate vineyards in Napa Valley that our family has farmed for decades. They represent some of the finest micro-sites in Napa Valley, blocks that are so distinct and outstanding they deserve to be bottled on their own. With less than five hundred cases produced each year, and consistently among our highest scoring wines, our Single Vineyard Cabernets are in high demand.

Regarding the 2016 vintage, Winemaker Paul Steinauer says, “An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to an ideal 2016 growing season, one with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest in our Napa Valley estate vineyards.”

Our Preferred Palates Wine Club Members have a guaranteed allocation of these very limited wines. Learn more about the benefits of membership.

“Captivating from top to bottom…The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignons are gorgeous wines endowed with striking aromatic intensity, nuance and depth…2016 is second only to 2013 among the top vintages of this decade so far.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018

2016 Rutherford Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon Accolades

2016 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Napa Valley Cabermet Sauvignon Accolades

2016 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon Accolades

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