Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

A Winemaking Philosophy: Guest Post by Tyler Thomas, Donelan Wines

  Our winemaker, Tyler Thomas, posts again as a guest on the notable wine blog Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews.  Tyler describes the personal winemaking philosophy developed over time, as a result of many wine experiences culminating in our approach at Donelan Wines. While obtaining a B.S. and M.S. in Botany and Plant Molecular Biology, I […]

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The Humanness of Winemaking: Faith, Hope, and Love as the core of Life and Wine: Guest Post by Tyler Thomas

  This week our winemaker, Tyler Thomas, will be posting two pieces as a guest on the notable blog Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews.  The first reflects on the humanness of winemaking: One of the elements of winemaking I enjoy is how its production employs our humanness.  This topic is difficult and very broad so I’ll […]

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Creative process? Yes. Art? No. Why Fine Wine is not Fine Art

  This was original published for Wines and Vines (July 2010, copyright Wines and Vines). I (Tyler) have always wanted to be an artist. I greatly admire talent that can morph a concept into visual allegory, or capture a natural detail and evoke emotion and wonder for days on end. I don’t have a favorite […]

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The way to improve your wine? Sensory Science and Humility

  “Those who utilize sensory science make better wine.”  I recently recalled this matter of fact phrase once made by my sensory science professor during a lecture. What did she mean by that, and why did she phrase it in that “this is truth” manner?  Was she suggesting that if you wear lab coats, conduct […]

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Less water into wine? Improving our water use efficiency.

  Quality to Donelan means we try to do everything well, including our conservation. It is frost season and in the morning you can see overhead sprinklers running all over the valley to protect swollen buds from damage.  Water use in California is a hot button topic and the wine industry will play a critical […]

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Donelan Wines Video: our philosophy of wine production.

Learn a bit about our approach and how we think we can make better wine. A production of Donelan Wines and Smiling Tiger Video

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It is What It is, or what a tired sports cliché can teach us about tasting wine with a Critic

It is what it is. The use of this popular cliché swelled in sports only a few years ago.  I’ve heard it less recently (though “vanilla,” describing the unexciting nature of play calling or a baseball lineup, is on the rise to my dismay) but there was a period where “it is what it is” […]

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Donelan Harvest Wrap Up: Explaining 2011 Wine Harvest

Recently I came across a piece I wrote for Wines and Vines magazine a few years ago and caught a useful note for communicating the nature of the complex and challenging 2011 vintage. In the article I noted how I would like to see “thoughtful individuals engage the task of evolving a flexible set of […]

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Donelan Wines Video: Processing Wine Grapes after Harvest

After Donelan wine grapes are plucked from the vine, then what?  This video highlights our approach to the fruit once it arrives in the winery. Video is a production of Donelan Wines and Smiliing Tiger Video

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Donelan Wines Video: how do we become better winemakers?

The Donelan interns are about to gain experience as harvest is upon us, but how will they become better winemakers?

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