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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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  • Brown Brothers Orange Muscat Flora Muscat North East 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Tinyboz

  • Corte Alla Flora 'Giugglio' Bianco IGT Tuscany 2006


    Refreshing and reminiscent of a pinot blanc; would pair well with cheeses Read More

    Wine review by kboof

  • Flora Springs Out of Sight 2006


    Great value for the quality. This Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of bright raspberries, blackberries and currants with subtle but noticeable notes of leather, graphite and herbs. Strikes a great balance between alcohol, tannins and acid with a well rounded fruit flavor. Smooth finish that tops off a wine with solid character and gre... Read More

    Wine review by Mimi Kim

  • Corte Alla Flora Rosso di Montepulciano 2009


    This wine is absolutely wonderful. As it was a gift, I did not know the price until now. It compares with $50 bottles. Read More

    Wine review by el gordo

  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


    Enjoyed it. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by Middletucky

  • Bodega Casa Montes Viognier Ampakama 2009


    This is a lovely wine with a flora taste and smell to it. Perfect,chilled, for summer. I have become a fan of it even though I am not much of a white wine drinker. Read More

    Wine review by Weremonkey

  • Corte Alla Flora 'Giugglio' Bianco IGT Tuscany 2006


    A refreshingly light white with sufficient body to demonstrate its chardonnay/sauvignon blanc mix (allegedly, according to the restaurant. With fish, scallops, even beef with mushrooms it was a terrific wine at a modest price. Read More

    Wine review by monibambo

  • Flora Springs Soliloquy 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by bigdaddy686

  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2007


    Full bodied with a little zing. Lots going on. Dark fruit flavors dominate, while the blend adds plenty of depth and length. Great with steak. Read More

    Wine review by Middletucky

  • The cork vs. screwcap as a wine bottle closure argument/discussion has been done more than once on these pages.  My point here is to encourage some discussion around the merits (or lack-there-of) of arguments in favor of cork as an ethical choice, similar to choosing organic wines, etc.The journalof the Ecological Society Of America published th... Read More

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