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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Dindima Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Mayfield Vineyard

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

  • Cumulus Wines

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

  • Philip Shaw

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

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2006


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    Wine review by kuene212chow

  • Horton Niagara White Usa Virginia NV


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    Wine review by DCwinefiend

  • Horton Vineyards Viognier Orange County 2006


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    Wine review by DCwinefiend

  • Lovingston Red Blend Orange County Rotunda Red 2006


    I was pleasantly surprised by the bright, fruity flavor of this wine. I tasted lots of berries and a slight sweetness making this a perfect red for sipping alone. Read More

    Wine review by meganmarco

  • Horton Vineyards Rkatsiteli Orange County 2007


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    Wine review by meganmarco

  • If ever a visit with a man would make me more inclined to enjoy his wines it ... a deep, chewy core of burnt orange tinged fruit. This is such a treat and a testament to the vintage. * 1974 Cappellano Barolo - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo Beautiful youthful color, this is young looking. Very minty and packed with medicinal licorice... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In memoriam: Teobald Cappellano

  • Okay, I've been procrastinating on this long enough. I started getting snobby ... ... "to taste" hereafter) orange bitters (Jamie Boudreau, always complicating things, calls for a dash each of Regan's and Fee's, while Regan himself calls for regular Angostura, not orange at all; I just use whatever orange bitters comes to hand)The 50/50 Marti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Recipes: Martini

  • This is a variation of the traditional Daisy (see ... half lime juice, and no orange juice; other bases are appropriate and also listed there) that came about because I was out of grenadine. It took a couple of tries to get the balance right.!!1½ oz London dry gin (I used Hendrick's... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Recipe: Daisy Heering

  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Orange County 2006


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    Wine review by ktodd14

  • This is a classic, that I keep meaning to post about and then either forget or ... like Cinzano)½ fresh orange juice (ideally, squeeze this from juice oranges, rather than pouring it from a carton)Shake on ice, strain into a cocktail glass.The Canonical recipes for this drink call for equal parts of those same ingredients (usually ¾ each), but... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Recipe: Blood & Sand

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