Posts Tagged ‘Wine Harvest’

From the Archives: Intern Reflections

Every year, we ask our interns to write about their experience of harvest at Donelan Wines. Here is a message in a bottle from Derek Plance, 2013 Harvest Intern:   Harvest is where hard work, a lot of hurry up, and occasionally a bit of waiting, make up a very special time of the year […]

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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: Chardonnay has arrived.

The Chardonnay grapes have begun pouring in.  This cool finishing weather in September has been perfect for dialing in the ripeness of our mountain grown, Sonoma County, cool climate Chardonnay.  Our process is simple: get great grapes, press them patiently and gently, move them to primarily nuetral oak barrels, and let them ferment to dryness. […]

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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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Veraison is here: time to step up to the plate and get ready to make wine!

  Now that we are at the end of August nearly all our Syrah, Pinot, Chardonnay, and Grenache vineyards have either progressed through or are currently in a process called veraison.  Veraison, a widely adopted French viticulture term, does not have a direct translation but defines the inception of ripening and more or less means […]

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Pinot Noir: a thin veil over your vineyard and winemaking.

  I once heard it said that if you want your heartbroken make Pinot Noir.  I think the wine’s delicacy is a thin veil over vineyard quality and skilled management.  Winemakers repeatedly give people the impression that Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grapes to grow and produce.  How true is this?  Is Pinot […]

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Big Winery Land and Tiny Winery Land – new perspective and a lot of water.

Want to find out what a wine grape harvest really is?  Follow our intern, Sarah Green, as she chronicles her experience as a first time cellar rat.  This entry highlights the close of her new perspective as she navigates a large winery experience. At my new winery adventure, let’s call it Big Winery Land, the […]

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Crushed Chronicles – notes from the intern: A New Scale of Winemaking from Donelan

  Want to find out what a wine grape harvest really is?  Follow our intern, Sarah Green, as she chronicles her experience as a cellar rat.  This entry highlights the beginning of a new adventure of a completely different scale than with Donelan Wines. I don’t even know where to start. I have made my […]

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Donelan Video: How do you discover a great vineyard?

How is it that we know that a vineyard will produce exceptional grapes and terrific wine?  Our winemaker Tyler Thomas provides some principles that we utilize when scouring Sonoma County for the best new terroirs.

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Crushed Chronicles – notes from the intern: the Donelan experience ends, yet lives forever.

Want to find out what a wine grape harvest really is?  Follow our intern, Sarah Green, as she chronicles her experience as a first time cellar rat.  This entry highlights the close of her time with Donelan Wines. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: my time in Sonoma and at Donelan has officially come […]

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