Ghost Winery Tasting at The Room

October 1, 2018

It’s no secret that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and it’s that time of year again when we conjure up the ghosts of spirits past. October 1 – October 31, join us at The Room for a frightful good time.

Enjoy an exclusive tasting of our seasonal, winery-only Halloween wines that will send shivers down your spine, including our limited-production 2016 Ghost Winery Malbec.

Learn more about visiting The Room.

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How to Host an At Home Wine Tasting

May 10, 2018

White Tasting Mat with Red Wine in Glasses Set Up for a Wine Tasting

Wine tasting should be fun and exciting and by no means overwhelming or stuffy. Wine is a beautiful thing and we at Flora Springs, enjoy educating and hosting people from all over the world. Wine appreciation doesn’t just have to happen at a winery or tasting room, but it can also happen in your very own home. Here are our tips for pulling together a fun and educational wine tasting event that you can host with family and friends from the comfort of your own home.

Tasting wine is a tactile experience that allows a person to use all five senses. When tasting wine there are typically five different components a balanced wine will have. Look for sweetness, acidity, tannin, fruit and body.

There are also different ways that you can run the tasting:

  • Do you want to do a vertical tasting of the same wine with different vintages or do you want to consider doing a horizontal tasting which includes different wines from the same vintage?
  • Another thing to consider is doing an unbiased tasting by running it blindly. Blind tastings are always educational and fun to see which wine comes out on top. Be sure to bag each wine so your guests won’t know what they are tasting until the big reveal at the end. It will also help to have a pen and paper for guests to record their notes and rank the wines based on their preferences.

Now for the process of tasting, an easy way to remember the steps of winetasting is to remember the five S’s listed below. A few things to remember, it is always better to use a white tablecloth and the same type of glass when doing a wine tasting so that you can truly see the color of each wine and have an equal comparison by having each wine hit the same part of your palate, especially when comparing wines against each other.

  • See – Once you have wine in your glass, look at its color. Look at the wine in the bowl of the glass as well as the color of the wine on the edge of the glass. Is it different? The color can offer clues as to whether the wine has been aged in oak, is oxidized or can offer hints to the variety of the grape.
  • Swirl – Next, before tasting, swirl the wine in your glass and give it some air by allowing the aromatics and bouquet to fill up the bowl of the glass.
  • Sniff – Now, use your sense of smell to assess the wine’s bouquet or aroma. Is it intense or subdued? Is there an odd smell or a pleasant smell that reminds you of something familiar?
  • Sip – Fill your mouth with a generous taste of wine and hold it on your palate for a few seconds. It is common to also slurp in some air with the wine to help your palate appreciate and recognize all the textures, flavors, weight, and overall structure that the wine has to offer. How does the wine travel across your palate? Is it full and broad in body? What is the fruit or oak profile like as it travels across your palate?
  • Savor – Now swallow the wine and make note of its finish. How long does the taste stay with you? Was the wine balanced in only a few or all of its components?

By following these steps, you are now ready to host your very own wine tasting at home! Below is a recommended list of items you will need:

  • Flora Springs Wines: Visit Our Shop
  • White Table Cloth or Placemat
  • Wine Opener
  • Drop Stop
  • Wine Glasses
  • Spit Cups
  • Wine Bucket
  • Pen
  • Paper for Notes
  • Water Crackers to Help Cleanse Your Palate During the Tasting
  • Single-bottle Wine Bags
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Ghost Winery Tasting at The Room: September 1 – October 31

September 1, 2017

It’s no secret that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and it’s that time of year again when we conjure up the ghosts of spirits past. September 1 – October 31, join us at The Room for a frightful good time.

Enjoy an exclusive tasting of our seasonal, winery-only Halloween wines that will send shivers down your spine, including our limited-production 2015 Ghost Winery Malbec.

Learn more about visiting The Room.

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Purple Teeth Barrel Tasting -SOLD OUT-

March 17, 2017

Led by our winemaking team Paul Steinauer and Enrico Bertoz, explore the impact of different barrel coopers by tasting eight different barrel samples of the same wine. Experience the art of barrel making with a demonstration of firing and building a barrel. Small bites included. Limited to only 50 guests.

$80 per person | Wine Club: $64

Contact Margaret at 707-967-6723 or margaret@florasprings.com to purchase your tickets today.

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2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

March 16, 2017

Join Flora Springs General Manager Nat Komes for a Wine Education & Tasting Seminar at the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival on March 16th, 17th and 18th.

Explore the artistry that goes into making a glass of wine during informative tasting seminars, held daily throughout the festival.

For more information and to make reservations visit Disneyland.com/FoodandWine.

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