National White Wine Day

August 4, 2020

After thirty years of crafting world-renowned wines, the Flora Springs name has become synonymous with perfectly balanced Napa Valley white wines. The legacy began when our inaugural vintage in 1978, when our Napa Valley Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal at the Los Angeles County Fair. A few years later our status of gold was bronzed when James Laube selected Flora Springs as one of his “First Growth” producers of Chardonnay in his book California’s Great Chardonnays. We now proudly craft Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and our flagship white wine Soliloquy.

How to participate:

  • Order your favorite Flora Springs white wines.
  • Join us online August 4. We’ll be talking about white wine all day.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: TwitterInstagramFacebook or Pinterest.
  • Tweet or Instagram with us on August 4 using hashtags #WhiteWineDay and #NationalWhiteWineDay, and tag us @florasprings in your tweets/posts.

*Must be 21+ to enter. Void where prohibited. Wine will not be included in prize pack. Chance of winning depends on number of entries.

 

Spring in Napa: Sunset Over Flora Springs Vineyards

May 22, 2020

If you miss visiting Napa Valley we invite you to sit back, pour yourself a glass of Flora Springs wine, and watch our new video of Sunset over Flora Springs Vineyard. Filmed spring 2020 in our Crossroads Vineyard in Oakville, home of our Soliloquy and Holy Smoke wines, this relaxing montage will transport you to the Napa Valley you love and miss, and give you a peek at a vintage in the making.

Located off the Oakville Cross Road, the 95-acre Crossroads Ranch is home to Flora Spring’s eight-acre Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard. This property is the site of a previously unknown Sauvignon Blanc clone – Soliloquy – which was discovered by the Komes and Garvey family and certified by UC Davis. The soils are a mix of clay and well-drained sandy loam with a reddish hue from the traces of oxidized iron deposited by the Napa River over time. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, this site hosts Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Our single vineyard Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Crossroads Ranch.

Video production: @celiacareymedia

Sauvignon Blanc Day

May 1, 2020

Join us as we raise a glass to International Sauvignon Blanc Day!

#SauvBlancDay is a global celebration on Friday, May 1, 2020 of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, intended to give SB lovers around the world a fun opportunity to express their passion for the grape. Sauvignon Blanc lovers come together in person and online to discover and share everything about this tasty grape.

How to participate:

  • Order a bottle of Flora Springs Sauvignon Blanc or Soliloquy
  • Join us online May 1. We’ll be talking about Sauvignon Blanc all day, then the conversation really picks up at 5:30 pm Pacific time.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on May 1 using hashtag #SauvBlancDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan to win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

Today is also a great opportunity to learn more about our Soliloquy clone and our journey to save it. Watch our award-winning Soliloquy video. Or, read about our plea for the #whitewineemoji.

 

*Must be 21+ to enter. Void where prohibited. Wine will not be included in prize pack. Chance of winning depends on number of entries.

Flora Springs Receives Honorable Mention in Wine Spectator Video Contest

September 23, 2019

We are thrilled to announced that our video “Soliloquy: A Singular Wine | In 7 Acts” – which details the decades of work it took to recreate the 2018 Soliloquy from memory – received a distinguished Honorable Mention: Best Historical Journey in the 2019 Wine Spectator Video Contest.

With hundreds of entries along the theme of “Wine Wanderlust,” Wine Spectator recognized our work and says, “follow the Flora Springs family as they overcome great hurdles on this epic odyssey of wine and rebirth.”

The video was edited and renamed “Soliloquy: A Three-Decade Odyssey” in order to comply with the contest rules. You can learn more and view the full-length video here.

Wine Spectator Video Contest

White Wine Day

August 4, 2019

After thirty years of crafting world-renowned wines, the Flora Springs name has become synonymous with perfectly balanced Napa Valley white wines. The legacy began when our inaugural vintage in 1978, when our Napa Valley Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal at the Los Angeles County Fair. A few years later our status of gold was bronzed when James Laube selected Flora Springs as one of his “First Growth” producers of Chardonnay in his book California’s Great Chardonnays. We now proudly craft Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and our flagship white wine Soliloquy.

How to participate:

  • Join us online August 4. We’ll be talking about white wine all day.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: TwitterInstagramFacebook or Pinterest.
  • Tweet or Instagram with us on August 4 using hashtags #WhiteWineDay, #NationalWhiteWineDay, #InternationalWhiteWineDay, and tag @florasprings in your tweets/posts.

 

Share Your Summer #WhiteWineEmoji Adventure & Win a YETI Cooler

April 25, 2019

YETI Cooler Contest

The latest round of emojis has been announced, and a total of 230 new ones will be coming out this year—but #wedidntgetawhitewineemoji (insert the new yawning face emoji).

So we are renewing our call for the establishment of a #whitewineemoji. We think every wine lover deserves the opportunity to fittingly share their #currentstatus while drinking white wine. There’s a rainbow of cocktails – and even two beer options – so why is there only a red wine emoji?

Help us get the word out again by sharing your summer white wine adventure story on Instagram or Facebook and use hashtag #whitewineemoji – you’ll get a chance to win a YETI cooler and Flora Springs swag!

The contest ends May 16, and the winner will be announced on #ChardonnayDay—May 23, so see the contest details and enter to win today.

ENTER NOW

2017 Soliloquy – An Evolution in Style

August 21, 2018

Soliloquy White Wine Flora Springs Winery Napa Valley

History of Soliloquy

  • The Komes-Garvey family has spent thirty years nurturing our Crossroads Vineyard in Oakville where our proprietary Soliloquy clone of Sauvignon Blanc is planted.
  • The Soliloquy clone is unique to Flora Springs, certified by UC Davis as distinctive and unlike more common Sauvignon Blanc clones in Napa Valley.
  • Flora Springs admires the clone for its purity of flavor, and has preserved it in a block that is easily the finest in the Crossroads Vineyard.
  • Our 2017 Soliloquy is an evolution of this wine, the upshot of vineyard experience and winemaking innovation.
  • The wine is the result of five years of winemaking trials as we experimented with a variety of blending, fermentation and aging techniques to create the best possible Soliloquy.
  • The 2017 is unlike anything we have made before: a wine with our Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc at its core, blended with portions of Chardonnay and Malvasia for an intriguing and thoroughly modern white wine.
  • With a nod to our history of innovation, Soliloquy is a wine worthy of its portfolio companion, our flagship red wine blend, Trilogy.

Winemaking Techniques

  • In 2017, we used two kinds of yeast, fermenting and aging the Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc in large wood oval casks to minimize exposure to oak and preserve the wine’s fresh fruit flavors and bright acidity.
  • The Chardonnay comes to us from a new vineyard in the south Napa Oak Knoll district. We fermented these small lots in French oak barrels, stirring the lees every two weeks to lend a creamy texture to the wine.
  • We sourced Malvasia – an aromatic varietal rarely grown in California – from a small vineyard in Russian River Valley. We fermented this lot in stainless steel and aged it in seasoned French oak.
  • Only 300 cases were made

Tasting Notes

Our 2017 Soliloquy is a complex, multi-layered white wine blend offering bright flavors of grapefruit, lime, fresh apricot, and yellow peach along with distinctive floral notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and white gardenia. The Chardonnay anchors the wine with a soft, round mouthfeel, but this richness is balanced with the crisp acidity, bright flavors and minerality of the Sauvignon Blanc and the uplifting, aromatic tones of the Malvasia. A worthy companion to Trilogy, this is a mouthfilling, rich and layered wine with vivid, forward fruit, a pleasant creamy mid-palate and a long, smooth floral/spicy finish. Learn more about this unique wine.

Note: The infamous wildfires that swept through Napa Valley started on October 8, 2017, just one day after Flora Springs had completed its harvest. Grapes for our 2017 Soliloquy had already been picked and fermented by this date. Read more about the 2017 harvest and fires.

First to Call for the White Wine Emoji

July 31, 2018

Today we raise a glass to you. For those of you that are part of our digital community that emailed, signed, tweeted, messaged, liked or shared our plea for a white wine emoji, we are so grateful. If you proudly wear our button. If you always comment, tag, and like our content then we owe you our gratitude. Our efforts are paying off, as the campaign we launched last year calling for a new wine emoji is gaining traction. It has been embraced by the global wine community, including several large wineries in California.

Flora Springs Recognized

It’s not everyday we are featured in major publications such as: Forbes, Today, Decanter, and Wine Spectator. So you can imagine the happy dance we were doing in the cellar today! We were given credit as the first winery to launch a campaign around the white wine emoji!

Flora Springs White Wine Emoji

Wineries Unite

“It’s gratifying to see other wine companies follow our example of making wine fun and relevant with their own petitions to establish a White Wine Emoji,” said Nat Komes, General Manager of Flora Springs. “The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee encouraged us to work as a global community on the project. And these additional efforts of wine companies and of course white wine lovers around the world will help us reach the goal Flora Springs sought when we started this movement.”

Flora Springs White Wines

 

It’s because of our dedicated community on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest that we feel so passionate about the missing emoji. People from all over post messages to us. And we always have to respond with the red wine version of the wine glass emoji. As a family that has led the way in white wine since our founding over 40 years ago, we’re proud you trust us with this initiative.

White Wine Emoji

Join the #whitewineemoji Campaign

Join us in celebrating each and every white wine by using hashtag #WhiteWineEmoji. Also tag us @florasprings. Make your voice heard and sign the #WhiteWineEmoji petition now. Learn more about our Emoji campaign.

Dallas Wine Chick Says Our Sauvignon Blanc is a Spring and Summer Standout

June 10, 2018

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc White Wine Emoji

This wine had depth and layers. I kept discovering new things in the glass as I tasted. There was grapefruit, pear, nectarine, honeydew melon, tropical fruit, floral notes, brown sugar and it brought me back to remembering what I loved about the Orange Julius drink of my childhood. Flora Springs is also on a mission of creating a white wine emoji and has launched a “Where is the #WhiteWineEmoji” campaign. Because that should be a given! Why should red wine have all the fun?

Read the full blog post.

Learn more about our White Wine Emoji campaign and use #WhiteWineEmoji.

Winemaker Update 2017 #4

September 8, 2017

Merlot in Our Estate Vineyards

We have officially picked all of our Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc for the year. We started the Pinot Grigio on August 15th, and finished the Sauvignon Blanc on August 31st.

We then started harvesting the Lavender Hill Chardonnay in Carneros on September 6th. The very next day, we received Merlot from the Estate. This is the earliest date on record for reds.

Harvest 2017
Vineyard Crew at The Estate

The last week was pretty crazy…Phoenix-like temperatures in the 115 degree range! On top of that, the valley was blanketed with smoke from a fire burning in Butte County. Fortunately, both have subsided and we are back to average harvest temperatures once again…at least for the time being.

We will be bringing in additional Merlot, as well as Petit Verdot from Oakville, on Monday and Tuesday. Then we will finish up with the last of the white grapes on Wednesday.

The harvest has been pretty fast and furious thus far – keeping things exciting. We were very proactive with our irrigation regimen before and during the heatwave, so the fruit is still in excellent condition. We are extremely pleased with the quality thus far, and expect to make some fantastic wines!

Menu