It’s Alive! In Time for All Things Spooky, Flora Springs Releases Ghost Winery Petite Verdot

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Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards has announced the upcoming October 31st release of its 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot. The one-of-a-kind limited edition bottling, packaged in a black, coffin-shaped wine box, will be made available on a pre-release basis to Flora Springs’ club members and via its website mailing list starting October 1.

Flora Springs 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot label

Each year we create a one-of-a-kind wine to honor the historic "ghost winery" here on our St. Helena property.

Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards has announced the upcoming October 31st release of its 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot. The one-of-a-kind limited edition bottling, packaged in a black, coffin-shaped wine box, features original label artwork by artist Wes Freed. The wine, available to Flora Springs’ club members and via its website mailing list starting October 1, is accompanied by the debut of an originally-produced video, It's Alive, along with three special events, including a virtual live tasting, scheduled at Flora Springs’ The Room in St. Helena on October 5, 2013.

“Each year we create a one-of-a-kind wine to honor the historic “ghost winery” here on our St. Helena property,” said Nat Komes, general manager of Flora Springs, “mastermind” behind the Ghost Winery label, and director and star of the It’s Alive video. “This being the year 2013, we decided to have even more fun with it.”

The 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot is sourced from the Komes family’s Komes Ranch at the northern end of the Rutherford appellation in Napa Valley. Aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, the 100% Petit Verdot wine retails for $50 and is available through the winery’s website.

As with all wines in the Ghost Winery series, the 2011 Petite Verdot features a skeleton-themed label designed exclusively for the vintage by Virginia-based artist Wes Freed, best known for his Drive-By Truckers CD cover art. Each bottle is topped with either a black or orange wax-dipped capsule and is packaged in a black, coffin-shaped box inscribed with the words “D.I.P. Drink in Peace.”

The It’s Alive video is the brainchild of General Manager Nat Komes, the son of Flora Springs founder John Komes and a published poet and artist. Playing a Dr. Frankenstein-esque character who brings the 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot to life in his century-old wine cellar cum laboratory, Komes channels his inner Gene Hackman in his spoof of the age-old horror story.

“Let’s just say I got to flex my creative muscle with this one,” says Nat Komes.

On Saturday, October 5th Flora Springs will hold three special events to celebrate the 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot, including a release party, a virtual live tasting with Nat Komes and a Ghost Winery Murder Mystery Dinner and Movie. All events will take place at The Room, Flora Springs’ popular St. Helena tasting room located at 677 St. Helena Highway (Hwy. 29). More information is available at https://www.florasprings.com/events/ or by calling 866-967-8032.

About Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards
Founded in 1978 by John and Carrie Komes and Julie (Komes) and Pat Garvey, Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards is located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the northwest corner of Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation. Named after John and Julie’s mother, Flora, and for the natural springs on the winery property, Flora Springs has been a family affair through three generations. As both artisan winemakers and growers, the family is committed to the traditions of fine winemaking and the responsible stewardship of its 650 acres of vineyards. Today, ninety percent of Flora Springs’ red wines are sourced from its organically-farmed estate vineyards.

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For more information and inquiries about Ghost Winery, contact:
Mora Cronin
Cronin Communications
moracronin(at)comcast(dot)net
707-227-2641

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