Vineyard Update from Winemaker Paul Steinauer

June 20, 2019

In Napa Valley this time of year, you’re likely to see vineyard crews scattered amongst the vines. “What are they doing,” you ask? They are Shoot Thinning and Leaf Pulling.

Shoot thinning and leaf pulling are part of overall vineyard canopy management, as seen here in Sauvignon Blanc vines at our Soliloquy Vineyard. Learn how our Soliloquy Vineyard is entirely unique to Flora Springs and distinct from more common Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Napa Valley.

Winery with vineyard views

Shoot thinning is a process in which any unnecessary shoots are removed—typically those in the lower regions of the vine. Removing select shoots allows the vines’ energy to be directed towards the primary shoots, which will ultimately bear fruit.

Leaf thinning is conducted for a variety of reasons, particularly in wet years like this one when the canopy tends to be vigorous. Too much vigor can lead to vegetative characteristics—which we don’t want! Removing the leaves curtails this issue. Leaf thinning also opens up the canopy, allowing increased air flow and quicker drying in the event of morning dew or rain, and to prevent mildew in humid conditions. This opening of the canopy also increases light penetration—which is needed for photosynthesis. Sunlight exposure improves grape quality, protects the berry, and also elevates the phenols and polyphenols that are responsible for the color, taste, and flavor of the wine.

Napa Valley Vineyards

While this work is being done, the crews are also positioning the shoots. The shoots may be 24”–36” at this point. If we are working in a vineyard that has a vertical trellis system, there will be a series of horizontal wires running from one end of the row to the other. As the vine grows, the shoots will be tucked into the wire trellis to allow for what is commonly referred to as VSP, or vertical shoot positioning. This allows further opening of the canopy. There are other types of trellises, but VSP is the primary system implemented in most Flora Springs vineyard blocks.

Napa Valley Vineyards

After the initial thinning pass, each block will be monitored in the weeks to come to determine when/if additional passes are to be made.

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.

Sixteen Spirits Historical Ghost Winery Tour & Tasting

June 9, 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. On select days each month through October, 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 June 9 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.

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.

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.

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

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