Posts Tagged ‘Winemaking’

Good Things Come In . . .

. . . thousands of packages, of course! Even while we’re busy finishing blends, while we’re checking on vineyards, while we’re planning out the next harvest, the cycle must keep going. Wines must be bottled. Three to four times a year, a semi-truck pulls up in front of the winery, I put on a ball […]

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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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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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Flower Power in Sonoma Vineyards

Winemakers are an excitable species. We like to enthusiastically declare “this is the most exciting time of year!” …. several times a year. Not everyone is so unabashed in their outbursts. I’ve come across the handful of us who hate harvest, which is understandable given the way it saps the life out of you and […]

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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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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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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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