Posts Tagged ‘Harvest’

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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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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Off-Season Sounds of a Winery

In a winery, the off-season sounds like the forklift charger’s occasional, throaty buzz in the quiet cellar. The barrel room door’s sharp snap as it shuts and closes. A pallet jacket rumbling across the cement floors. The ubiquitous winery sound of steel on steel – a metal bucket clanging against a tank. These sounds all […]

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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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Donelan Harvest Images: Pressing Pinot Noir and Syrah Fermentaions

In this continuing series of harvest images, here are a couple sights in the cellar from pressing red fermenations of Syrah and Pinot Noir.  The process is fairly straightforward, use a pump to drain any wine that comes freely from the tank.Then, to unlock the rest of the wine still soaked in the skins, we […]

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Donelan Harvest Images: The Punch Down of Pinot Noir

During fermentation, the massive production of carbon dioxide sends the skins and stems we leave in red wine ferments floating to the top (pictured left).  All those elements have goodness that we want to extract from them and as a result we need to work to submerge and mix them with the warm Syrah, or […]

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Donelan Wine Harvest: Why harvest at night?

  One increasingly common practice at harvest is the night pick.  Night harvest are really a win win for vineyard and winery.  That is of course if you exlude the fact that all parties involved lose sleep, but we lose so much sleep anyway during harvest than another few hours doesn’t seem to matter. I […]

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Harvest Images: Sampling Wine Grapes

Sure, you’ve imagined what it must be like to be in a wine growing valley during harvest, but what does it really look like?  One common sight besides vines filled with Charonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah: dirty cars.  Wine growers drive from vineyard to vineyard collecting grapes to taste and analyze for ripeness.  With no time and […]

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