The appropriately named Flora, a cross of Gewürztraminer and Semillon, was developed by Dr. Harold Olmo, UC Davis’ legendary geneticist, as an aromatic varietal suitable for the hot growing conditions of California’s prolific Central Valley. The grape succeeded on the aromatic side of the equation, but has largely proven unsuccessful in warmer climes due to its inability to retain acidity in these conditions.

Ultimately failing to prove its worth as a suitable grape for the blended jug wine industry, Flora has demonstrated its potential as a varietal in the cooler conditions of New Zealand, where it is known to have produced some critically applauded and stylish wines in the 1970s. Unfortunately, Flora’s aromatic and full bodied wines seemed out of place with the popular market taste of the day. Failing to meet with widespread appeal Downunder, the variety was largely forgotten about until it resurfaced more than two decades later.

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  • Stella Flora Maria Pia Castelli Marche IGT Bianco 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • "You think that by being a locavore you are also being a tree ... all ... all wine culture) had other flora in place first. Greece, Italy and the northern Mediterranean coastlines were likely the earliest but they all had other growth before grapes--not to mention the forests of France and Germany and Austria and Hungary that got cut down with... Read More

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  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to ... frequently relying on native flora for fermentation and more often than not, stored in wooden cooperage for some period of time to mature and concentrate before bottling. When Joe Swan took me under his wing in the early 1970’s, his fastidious winemaking techniqu... Read More

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  • Well, the welcome mat is usually out. We're about five degrees cooler than ... and fantastic spring flora. Plenty of deer and wild turkey- no hunting, unfortunately- and even some black bear.Gary Galleron is now the winemaker at Fiftyrows (sic), and I'm looking forward to receiving the trial bottles I ordered. I hope he hasn't lost his touc Read More

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  • I am nearing three quarters of a century on this planet. I live in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of north Georgia, in a gated community called Big Canoe. We're about seventy miles north of Atlanta. We DO have some fair vineyards in the area- not Napa or Sonoma yet, but improving yearly.I belonged to a wine tasting group here in Big ... Read More

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  • NG, I agree that you and I are not terribly apart.Darren, Governor Brown issued ... ... replacing water guzzling flora with more drought tolerant examples, communities not overwatering boulevard median dividers (a sin here in Diamond Bar where we often see water draining off the Diamond Bar Blvd. median).  There is some talk of replacing grass ... Read More

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  • Dmcker,I think it is very difficult to develop any "private" land in ... have to pull out the native flora which is a no-no in that area.  Vineyards would also have other impacts- like water use or any pesticides (organic or not) that would be used.  Access is not great- Highway one is about it, and if we ever get rain again, it usually shuts ... Read More

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  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cu... Read More

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  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Out-of-Sight-Vineyard 2002


    Slightest brown tint in the glass suggests the age. Dark fruit aromas along with some funkiness that might be described by forest floor. On the tongue this one starts out as a relatively light weight cab with plum flavor. Fairly stiff tannin then arrives that give it much more substance. Not a Napa Valley Cabernet powerhouse, but, rather a ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard Late Harvest Orange Muscat & Flora 1993


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... blend of orange muscat and flora,a blend unique to Brown Brothers.The rare flora grape is a cross between semillon and gewurztraminer.These grapes are grown on their 'Mystic Park ' vineyard and are harvested late in order to increase the sugar content because this is a desert wine.I dran... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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