All posts in the ‘General Musings’ Category

Our Fall 2016 Release is Here!

After three vintages under the direction of our winemaker, Joe Nielsen, we are pleased to announce the Fall 2016 release, which encompasses wines from each vintage he has produced so far. We are truly excited about how he has made his mark on these carefully crafted wines, honoring the terroir of each vineyard—leaving us totally […]

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How to have a Donelan Wine-soaked summer!

The signs of summer are in full effect here in Sonoma County. Our vineyards have nearly finished flowering, the hills have returned to their famous golden hue, and crews are working hard to keep up with the vigorous vine canopies. With warmer weather, it does become more difficult to ship your wines but we want […]

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The Second Installment of the Warehouse Talks!

  Announcing the second installment of the Warehouse Talks! Join us for a conversation with Robert Tracy, expert wine microbiologist and founder of BevTrac Mobile Quality Systems, Wednesday, April 27th 6-8 pm Donelan Family Wines, Santa Rosa Myth-Busting the Wine Microbiome from Grape to Bottle It was a pleasure to kick off our Warehouse Talks series […]

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This Just In: High Praise from The Wine Advocate and Robert Parker

In the most recent issue of The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker spoke highly of our 2013 and 2014 wines and we wanted to summarize his comments for your perusal here. It can be so gratifying to feel as though our wines convey what we want them to. In blending trials and team tastings – whether […]

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This Just In: Kind Words from Vinous & Antonio Galloni

As with every aspect of winemaking, there is a life cycle to what we’re working on. The growing season, the ageing process, the bottling rituals – each of our many and varied tasks has a time and place in the year. By the same token, every year around this time, we share our wines with […]

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The House Palate Prevention Program

Call it the House Palate Prevention Program, call it the Palate Road Trip, call it the Donelan Wines Big Day Out. Call it a crisp fall day, post harvest, young wines entering the quiet stage, finishing slowly in barrel, and aging wines moving towards completion to be bottled next year. This time of year is […]

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This Ship Has Sailed

One, you’re writing about the magic of the first fruit, the next, you’re writing about the inevitable: this harvest’s ship has sailed. After a year of planning and months of preparation, the 2015 harvest is over – a mere 43 days from start to finish. 43 days sounds like a long time, but in harvest […]

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The Magic of the First Fruit

There’s nothing like the magic of the first fruit. By the end of harvest, fruit pulling up outside the winery produces a double-edged-sword kind of feeling. Each pick brings a new chance to make an amazing wine, to learn, to contribute, to leave a mark on the vintage and to let the vintage leave a […]

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Vineyard on the Fog Line

As our Sonoma County vineyards enter the active phase of 2015 harvest (!!!), we spend a lot of time on the road. Vineyards are an aesthetic paradise – disappearing into the fog line and the sunlight, those neat rows that can have so much personality, from the taught and tidy to the lush and unruly. […]

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Hens & Chicks & Harvests

This is a hen:   This is a chick:     And this, is millerandage – or, “shatter” in a Sonoma County vineyard:   Grapevines are self-pollinating, which means that they rely entirely on the short window of time in which they flower to successfully fertilize and begin normal development of a seed. If conditions […]

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