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to availability, may not be combined with certain fares or other amenity offers, is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time.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.

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.

The Beginning, Middle and End: The Story of the 2018 Trilogy

February 19, 2021

by Enrico Bertoz, Winemaker

2018 Trilogy Red Blend

The 2018 Trilogy is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot, and if you’ve been keeping track, you’ll note these are the same three varieties that have comprised Trilogy since 2013, although in different percentages. The blend is not a given; each year we start from scratch, evaluating the wine lots and determining what will make the finest wine.

Of course Trilogy is always centered around a strong core of Cabernet Sauvignon…that much we do know. Cabernet gives the wine its strongest, most concentrated fruit component, as well as its full body and fine tannin structure. Cabernet endows the wine with aging power. Malbec, on the other hand, gives the wine an opening, with rich, dark fruit that makes you sit up and take notice right away. Petit Verdot, in contrast, stretches the wine, leaving you with a long, satisfying finish. It adds color too, but it’s the lingering quality of Petit Verdot that I really love.

So you see, at least in 2018, and in the previous five vintages, Malbec and Petit Verdot provide the framework for Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s like a painting you’d find in a museum, where the gilded frame is the platform and the finishing touch on an otherwise beautiful portrait. Next year may bring a different blend, with other varieties. We never know until we start to taste the new lots. What we do know is that our mission with Trilogy, since the beginning, is to create the best wine possible from our estate vineyards in Napa Valley. In that we will never waver.

Learn more about this wine.

National Drink Wine Day

February 18, 2021

Join the Annual Online Celebration of Wine

While humans have been making wine for thousands of years, no one is certain who was the first to ferment grapes into the beverage we now call wine. Evidence of ancient wine production has been found in China, the Middle East, and Greece.

The process of making wine has changed very little in the thousands of years since its invention. Grapes are crushed, pressed, and fermented, and then sealed into barrels. The mixture is aged, and then bottled. Using these simple steps, an infinite variety of wines can be created, and different regions of the world are known for the distinctive vintages they produce.

Celebrate National Drink Wine Day by trying a new bottle, and enjoy that you’re celebrating a long, long human tradition.

How to participate:

  • Shop our wines online
  • Join us online on February 18. 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 February 18 using hashtag #NationalDrinkWineDay 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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