Posts Tagged ‘Donelan Wines’

Creative Inspiration for Wine Blending

April showers have given way to the new growing season and for me, it’s a chance to dust off my green-thumb and create the gardens I have daydreamed about all winter. At the winery, this time coincides with a new season of wine blending trials for the 2014 vintage.  I find myself thinking about these […]

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Harvest Winery Internship 2013

At Donelan Wines, harvest is an opportunity to open our doors to eager, hardworking individuals who want to learn more about winemaking and to be exposed to some exciting terroirs in northern California.  Every year we hire a few harvest interns to participate in the many facets of the winemaking process.  We are happy to […]

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The Wine Nose: its more than the thing on your face. #Donelanpedia

Donelanpedia: wine terms defined with cheeky alacrity. Nose: that thing on your face below your eyes, also a reference to the entirety of a wine’s smell.

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Wine Racking: air and removing settled material #Donelanpedia

Donelanpedia: wine terms defined with cheeky alacrity. Racking: often used to give wine a bit of air; process of removing wine from settled material at bottom of an aging vessel.

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Acidity in wine: compounds that give pucker to life. #Donelanpedia

Donelanpedia: wine terms defined with cheeky alacrity. Acidity:  compounds that give pucker to life.  Backbone of wine, too little = fat, too much = sour, right amount = supple balance.

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Restaurants with Donelan: Boulevard in San Francisco

  At 1 Misson St in San Francisco stands Boulevard Restaurant.  Consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in the city as well as across the country, we are honored to now don their wine list.  You may find the 2010 Cuvee Moriah Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend amongst their award winning wine list curated […]

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Wine Structure: the basis for wine texture. #Donelanpedia

Donelanpedia: wine terms defined with cheeky alacrity. Structure: Architecture 4 wine texture, the wire all is hung on, the scaffolding, the bones 4 flesh; firm, supple, or missing?

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Donelan grapevine flowering: how spring impacts the way your wine tastes.

  This Spring in the vineyards is springing with incredible alacrity.  It now seems it will not be long before we’ll be sampling vineyards of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah!  We’ve written of bud break, and the next major development in grapevines related to harvest and wine is flowering. Very simply flowering is the period […]

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Flowering: when, what and how. No insects needed. #Donelanpedia

Donelanpedia: wine terms defined with cheeky alacrity. Flowering: 6-8 wks after budbreak grapevine’s perfect flowers undress losing petals creating “cap fall”. No insects needed for sex.

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Alochol in Wine: what is it exactly? #Donelanpedia

Donelanpedia: wine terms defined. Alcohol: Byproduct of yeast’s desire to be inefficient sugar consumers, & as a chemical in your brain requires government warning.

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