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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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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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  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... Brkic makes an orange/amber wine with grapes farmed from a biodynamic vineyard. He calls it "The Moonwalker"--very charming name huh?)3. Croatia: Boskinac (There are over 3,000 registered producers in the country but I'm dying for a Boskinac red blend now!)4. France... Read More

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  • Pretty good price allowing a bigger plunge--get this Gattinara while the ... ... quickly moves to amber and orange hues on the rim. Classic Nebbiolo aromas of strawberry, redcurrant and sour cherry are laced with fragrance of the alps including pine needles, alpine herbs and fennel over notes of dried tobacco and leather, sandalwood, dried ros... Read More

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  • I'm glad I finally attended a Chicago performance.  I won't forget ... Car for a new 2016 white / orange Smart Car.  She test drove this car a few days ago and she liked it .  I wanted to get the new model because it's much improved over our old one, both with a better transmission, a new engine (turbo 3-cylinder) and better handling.  It took ... Read More

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  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... but ... for example, makes orange Muscat. Kiona in Washington makes sweet wine. BV makes a sweet dessert wine. If you're near a trader Joe's, you might try IPSUS Pantelleria Passito. It's not made like Sauternes, but it's sweet and not too bad - tastes a little like swe... Read More

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  • One other difference for the Finger Lakes:Current drought map for New York State. Orange is bad. Red is very bad. Supposedly worst since record taking began 16 years ago. Finger Lakes environs are starting to look like Paso Robles hillsides in August. Only green apparently is in watered planters and flower pots. Read More

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  • Been on a bit of a syrah kick recently myself but tonight we had our weekly ... of Semillon, Sauv Blanc and Orange Muscat. On the nose there's some orange and a hint of honeysuckle. The flavor profile has ripe lime, peach pit and honeycomb that slides down the throat with a waxy, viscous texture. This is not an overly complex white but definit... Read More

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  • 2014 Diochon Moulin-a-Vent Cuvée V.V. tonight for a song at the local, ... plenty of tang here, like an orange peel added to the blackberry, and blueberry fruit. I pick up some decent tannic structure here, but nothing overt other than the acidity, though it comes off as carbonic and slightly bitter. It should all integrate with several years ... Read More

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  • Do not be put off by the color of this wine, which is a dark gold, slightly orange hue. As the Montenidoli web site states, the must macerates long on the skins before fermenting. This is a big, complex white wine that is better when it is closer to room temp. On the tongue there are nice layers of orange peel, honey, ginger snap and honeysuckle... Read More

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  • Something to digest: When one thinks of Barbaresco the names that most ... bright red berries, blood orange and white pepper are some of the signatures in a brilliant, finely-cut Barbaresco that captures the best of both the vintage and this site. Don't miss it! (AG)" (12/2015)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "his vineyard site seems t... Read More

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  • Thoma Coyne made wine in the LV and seemed like the best prospect, but they ... ... a lifestyle more like Orange County than SF.  That area also includes areas of Contra Costa County from, say, Walnut Creek to San Ramon.  when I was a kid, there was wine out there, and lots of cattle, but we would never have gone there for the wineries, since... Read More

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