December 2018

Before they were a West Coast family of grape growers and earth-tillers, the Donelans were East Coast islanders raising towheaded kids (Keltie, Tripp, Cushing and Moriah) on Nantucket Island. An island more than 30 miles out at sea was where the Donelan family warmed up in the cedar-shingled restaurants, scanned for the buzz of radio surf reports, and gathered in the wharf bars, discovering a lust for life always accompanied by one, undeniable common denominator — wine. This vintage-fueled hunger for celebration and experience that they reared in each other eventually carried them to Sonoma County, California, and it all started back in Joe’s college days.It was a