Join John and Carrie Komes in the Mediterranean: Venice to Monte Carlo

October 11, 2022

Sail away with John and Carrie Komes and cruise the Mediterranean from Venice to Monte Carlo aboard the Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ elegantly refreshed Seven Seas Voyager.

Together, we will explore incredible ports of call. Witness the Mediterranean’s magnificent sunsets from the pool deck or from the comfort of your suite’s private balcony. Enjoy spacious accommodations and common areas with exquisite design style and superb dining opportunities. Only 700 guests.

Carrie and John—Napa Valley’s legendary storyteller—will host intimate receptions and wine and food pairings featuring our limited-production artisanal Flora Springs and Jon Nathaniel 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. Every luxury is included, see more details. Please feel free to invite your friends and family.

Seven Seas Voyager

Fresh from her complete and total refurbishment, the Seven Seas Voyager now 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, she features the modern French restaurant Chartreuse and the largest specialty restaurant at sea Compass Rose with its brand new menu.

All bookings must be made though Alamo World Travel. For more information and reservations, contact info@alamoworld.com or (800) 848-8747.

Limited Time Special Offer
Complimentary Two-Category Upgrade and 50% Reduced Deposit
Promotion is subject to availability, may not be combined with certain fares or other amenity offers, is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions apply. Please contact Alamo World Travel for more information.

Join John and Carrie Komes in the Mediterranean: Lisbon to Portugal

April 15, 2022

Sail away with John and Carrie Komes and cruise the Mediterranean from Lisbon to Barcelona aboard the Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ elegantly refreshed Seven Seas Voyager.

Together, we will explore incredible ports of call. Witness the Mediterranean’s magnificent sunsets from the pool deck or from the comfort of your suite’s private balcony. Enjoy spacious accommodations and common areas with exquisite design style and superb dining opportunities. Only 700 guests.

Carrie and John—Napa Valley’s legendary storyteller—will host intimate receptions and wine and food pairings featuring our limited-production artisanal Flora Springs and Jon Nathaniel 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. Every luxury is included, see more details. Please feel free to invite your friends and family.

Seven Seas Voyager

Fresh from her complete and total refurbishment, the Seven Seas Voyager now 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, she features the modern French restaurant Chartreuse and the largest specialty restaurant at sea Compass Rose with its brand new menu.

All bookings must be made though Alamo World Travel. For more information and reservations, contact info@alamoworld.com or (800) 848-8747.

Limited Time Special Offer
Complimentary Two-Category Upgrade and 50% Reduced Deposit
Promotion is subject to availability, may not be combined with certain fares or other amenity offers, is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions apply. Please contact Alamo World Travel for more information.

Cabernet Day 2021

September 2, 2021

Join the 12th Annual Global Celebration of Cabernet.

Cabernet Day is a global celebration of the Cabernet grape, intended to give Cabernet lovers around the world a fun opportunity to express their passion for the grape. Cabernet lovers come together in person and online to discover and share everything about Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet-based blends.

We are proud to say that after almost 40 years of winemaking and more than 30 years of crafting Trilogy – our flagship Cabernet-based red blend – Flora Springs is still breaking new ground. We credit the consistent organic and sustainable farming practices of our vineyard team as well as the focus and direction of our winemaking team.

How to participate:

  • Order your favorite Flora Springs Cabernets.
  • Join us online September 2. We’ll be talking about Cabernet all day.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on September 3rd using hashtag #CabernetDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan to win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

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

National White Wine Day 2021

August 4, 2021

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:

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


How to Open a Older Bottle of Wine

July 20, 2021

Now that you have acquired an older wine, often referred to as a library wine, you might be asking, “How do I open this without making a mess of the cork?”—or—“What’s the best way to serve this wine once opened?”

How to open old wine bottles

First, the basics—it’s natural that a cork will soften with age. It’s also natural that a wine may develop some sediment as it ages. Well fear not, with the proper tools and technique, you shouldn’t have too much difficulty.

Let’s go through the steps.

1) First, store your bottle in an upright position several days prior to opening, preferably in a cool location. Doing so will allow any suspended sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle.

2) Next, choose the cork extractor you prefer—here are our recommendations:

  • Best – The Durand is a two-pronged wine opener—also known as an “Ah-So”—but with a built-in corkscrew. This is not an inexpensive item, but if you open a lot of older wines it could be a nice addition to your cellar.
  • Good – A standard two-pronged cork puller is also known as an “Ah-So.” Gently insert the longer tip between the glass and the cork, and gently rock back and forth until it is fully inserted in the bottle. Then slowly twist—while pulling up at same time.
  • Good – A pressurized cork extractor (like Cork Pops) is a device comprised of a needle and a carbon dioxide cartridge. Center the needle in the cork and penetrate it all the way through, then press the cartridge until the cork extracts. Hint: It’s best to cover the neck of bottle with a napkin or paper towel, as sometimes a bit of wine and/or sediment can also be extracted when under pressure.
  • OK – A corkscrew with a long, grooved shaft will make extracting an older, soft cork easier than using a shorter corkscrew without the grooving. Make sure it is centered directly in the cork, then twist it well into the cork. Be sure to pull up slowly.
  • If none of these methods work for you, as a last, last resort, find a blunt instrument that is narrower that the cork. Put the bottle in a sink and then place a plastic bag (or something similar) over the bottle neck. Then slowly and carefully push the cork down until it is no longer blocking the neck of the bottle. Hint: You definitely want something covering the opening of the bottle—as the wine will have a tendency to push upwards and out as the cork is pushed down.

Trilogy Library Wines

3) Now that you have the cork out, you are ready to serve your wine.

  • Best – Carefully and slowly pour the wine into a decanter. Once you start to see sediment, stop pouring.
  • OK – If you don’t have a decanter, line up your wine glasses on a counter. Take a glass in one hand, and carefully pour the wine with the other hand. Be sure to keep the neck of the bottle in the same position, and fill the next glass…and so on. Hint: You want to minimize turning the bottle upright as doing so will disturb the sediment that has settled into the bottom of the bottle.

4) Maybe you didn’t have time to let the bottle sit upright for a few days, or perhaps you see pieces of cork floating in the bottle. As a last, last resort, you can pour the wine through a fine screen or coffee filter to a decanter, or even a pitcher. If you don’t want to serve from that vessel, you can always rinse out the wine bottle well, and pour the now-filtered wine back into it.

5) Remember, most older wines only require decanting to ensure that the wine is clear—not to allow the wine to “open up” or “breathe.” Library wines do not need more oxygen at this point.

6) Also, we recommend you serve and drink the wine soon after opening. The older the bottle, the sooner you will want to drink it to retain as much fruit expression as possible.

Cheers!

How to open a library wine

International Rosé Day 2021

June 25, 2021

Rosé is so nice, we’re going to do it twice!

Join our international friends in celebrating pink wine.

How to participate:

  • Order our new release 2020 Rosé.
  • Join us online June 25. We’ll be talking about rosé all day.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: TwitterInstagramFacebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on June 25 using hashtag #InternationalRoséDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan to win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

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

National Rosé Day 2021

June 12, 2021

Let’s #RoséAllDay! Join the 8th Annual Celebration of Rosé.

Rosé is so popular for a reason—it’s delicious! Join us in celebrating pink wine and the start of summertime.

How to participate:

  • Order our new release 2020 Rosé.
  • Join us online June 12. We’ll be talking about rosé all day.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: TwitterInstagramFacebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on June 12 using hashtag #RoséDay and tag @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan to win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

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

Chardonnay Day 2021

May 27, 2021

Join the 12th Annual Global Celebration of the Chardonnay Grape.

After more than forty years of crafting world-renowned wines, the Flora Springs name has become synonymous with perfectly balanced Napa Valley Chardonnay. The legacy began when our inaugural vintage in 1978 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.

How to participate:

  • Order your favorite Flora Springs Chardonnay.
  • Join us online May 27. We’ll be talking about Chardonnay all day.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: TwitterInstagramFacebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on May 27 using hashtag #ChardonnayDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan to win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

Recent Press

9 Places to Taste Excellent Napa Valley Chardonnay
NapaValley.com
“While officially founded in 1978, grapes were first planted on this St. Helena property, located at the foot of the Mayacamas, in the late 1800s, which marked the start of Flora Springs’ fascinating history. The winery produces several different chardonnays, each with a unique flavor profile, from the juicy and tropical Family Select Chardonnay to the limited-production Flora’s Legacy Chardonnay, made from a barrel selection of the finest chardonnay of the vintage, in honor of Flora Komes, the inspiration for the winery.

Insider Tip: Flora Springs feels so strongly about the quality of their chardonnay and other white wines that the winery has been a leading proponent of the movement to introduce the #whitewineemoji.” Read more. March 2021


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

Wine Weirdos on the 2018 Trilogy

May 26, 2021

“…decadent and lush, this is really a hedonistic Cabernet Sauvignon, really terroir driven as well, good acid and absolutely brilliant finish. I want to pair this with grilled meat – of any sort…I just want to keep savoring this wine…”

National Wine Day 2021

May 25, 2021

On May 25th each year, wine lovers everywhere pour a glass of their favorite wine to celebrate National Wine Day.

How to participate:

  • Order your favorite Flora Springs wines.
  • Join us online May 25. We’ll be talking about wine all day.
  • Follow us on your favorite social site: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.
  • Enter to win: Tweet or Instagram with us on May 25 using hashtag #NationalWineDay and @florasprings in your tweets/posts.
  • We will pick one lucky Flora Springs fan to win a Flora Springs prize pack.*

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

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