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Initially known as the Central Highlands, the Orange region, centred on the slopes of Mount Canobolas, has long been an important orchard area producing apples, pears and cherries. An experimental viticultural station was established at nearby Molong in the 1940’s, but vines were first planted commercially in 1980. Due to restricted opportunities for irrigation, major vineyard development has slowed since 2000 and much effort is now being put into raising the profile of the region on the national and international stage. The region is home to many small premium operators. The climate is strongly influenced by and largely dependent on elevation. Overall, mild to warm midsummer mean temperatures, seldom rising above 32°C (90°F), are offset by cool to very cool nights during the growing season. The rainfall predominates in winter and spring while the three driest months are February, March and April, making supplementary irrigation highly desirable. Wind is both friend and foe. On the one hand it Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Mayfield Vineyard

    Our single-vineyard wines are hand crafted to produce wines of great complexity without a winer...

  • Philip Shaw

    The dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo (vineyard site) in 1988. Philip spent ...

  • Dindima Wines Pty Ltd

    Dindima (din-dee-ma) in the language of the Wiradjuri people means "group of stars". Our Dindima ...

  • Cumulus Wines

    Share our passion for wines made from grapes grown in the high altitude region of Orange and the ...

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  • This is essentially a modified Negroni (equal parts Campari, gin, and rosso ... vermouth1.5 oz gin1 slice orangeStir the liquid ingredients on ice in a shaker, strain either into a cocktail glass or over ice in an old fashioned glass, garnish with the orange slic Read More

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  • Wines Tasted:Flight 1 _ Sangiovese2005 J Pedroncelli Alto Vineyard Dry Creek ... ... dried apricot and burnt orange peel tones. With time a touch of violet and white pepper gets added to the mix. A bit fat in the mouth, languid and lacking a center with very loose structure this is relaxed but offers up adequate plum, cocoa and oak spice flav... Read More

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  • Though examples exist on the web (ie, ... by or make it)dash or two of orange bittersShake well over ice and pour through a concave strainer, holding a lemon peel in the concavity, into a cocktail glass. Rim the glass with the peel, and leave it in the drink Read More

    Forum post in the topic Recipe: the Cloister


  • What Wine for Thanksgiving Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes West ... ... fresh fruit with a kind of orange thing going on. Jamie though it was a bit simpler adding, cherry coke, it tastes just like cherry coke. This was certainly fruit driven but it played that riff very well.     Groups 8th/ my 10th  -2006 Duckhorn Migration Ander... Read More

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  • What Wine for Thanksgiving Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes West ... ... fresh fruit with a kind of orange thing going on. Jamie though it was a bit simpler adding, cherry coke, it tastes just like cherry coke. This was certainly fruit driven but it played that riff very well.     Groups 8th/ my 10th  -2006 Duckhorn Migration Ander... Read More

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  • Wines tasted:1959 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 84pts1967 Beaucastel ... ... ... balance. Rich notes of orange marmalade and tropical candy on the palate that yield to a tangerine flush of lychee on the moderately long finish. Drinking well now I see no reason to hold this. Drink 2008-2011 89pts1959 Beaucastel Opening with a very evolved no... Read More

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  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 Pedroncelli ... grace notes of tree bark, orange peel, and backing spices. The texture is a bit thick and slick with integrated acidity and soft, ripe tannins. Clean and brisk on the finish with a core of woodsiness and raspberry jam that leads to a final touch of spicy heat. S... Read More

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Redz


  • Domaine la Soumade Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays de la Principauté d'Orange 2004

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    This is a great table wine if you can find it. I have had most of the wines from this estate and they are all good. Read More

    Wine review by sapatero


  • Wines tasted for this report:2006 Budini Malbec 85pts2007 Finca Flichman Malbec ... ... with a touch of bitter orange jam. This smells both modern and expensive. Very smooth and rich in the mouth with a suave, cashmere fell that belies the wines extraction. The tough, woody tannins pop out, marring the finish but the core of fruit with rich wi... Read More

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