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Meet Cushing Donelan of Donelan Family Wines in Culver City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cushing Donelan.

Cushing, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Originally from the east coast, I moved to LA upon graduation and some European travel. Always involved in the arts; studio, film and television I earned an internship with a production company. That turned into an onset job as a producers assistant and taking care of the talent (actors). Making an impression on the movie star Matthew McConaughey, he hired me as his executive assistant which blossomed into a Creative Executive role at his production company j.k. livin. I eventually developed, created and produced tv and film which was the most rewarding for me. Around 2012, I transitioned into starting my own production company and then by 2014, I went into the family wine business full time. We have a vineyard and winery in Santa Rosa, which is Sonoma County. I’m responsible for the marketing, branding and business development. It’s a lot of travel, pitching and relationship building but it’s a passion of mine and the people we meet are incredible. The wine we produce is Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, all very limited production and highly regarded.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It is never a smooth road, especially in the competitive fast-paced world we live in! Hard work and perseverance are what it takes. Working in sales there are always factors and feedback you need to be in tune with. It’s important to have an open mind, be agile and strike when you see opportunity.

Donelan Family Wines – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We focus on wine; growing grapes, managing vineyards, harvest, ferment, age and bottle fine wine. Then we market, brand and sell wine to private individuals, restaurants and retail locations. We are known for world-class Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We are all about quality and customer service.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I’m in the entertainment business of pleasing people and making them happy. My success is defined by exceeding a customer’s expectations.

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