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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Mayfield Vineyard

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

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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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  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right ... shows a deep red center with orange tones circling the rim. On the nose, this wine is a mosaic of dark plum, black cherries, dried cherries,  mountain flowers, dried roses, white pepper, black truffles and fine oiled leather. Decant the wine for one hour and ser... Read More

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  • The writer for the first example writes a lot about CA and the West and the ... is even centered in southern Orange County, JD. Stephen King is *not* cool SoCal hip.  ; Read More

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  • Yesterday, being a beautiful Saturday here in Northern Virginia, started with a ... Stonewall Harley-Davidson in Orange, VA for their 24th Annual Big Damn Bike Show.  Check out the WORMS link to see some pictures of Sandra and myself, along with my buddy Woody.  We rode our 2014 Harley Ultra Limited, a big touring bike.  Even so, this ride is h... Read More

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  • Ok, I'm sitting in on the VT.  No $100 Santa Barbara County Syrah for ... flowers on the nose—orange blossom.  That’s a first for this wine.  Gentle hit of red fruit on introduction—hints of red plum, red raspberry, red cherries.  I think the plum that I am seeing is in the form of acidic tartness which makes this very drinkable.   Medium-bodi... Read More

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  • Regardless of the Barolo's style, you'll get more of its potential out ... ... crimson core with slight orange and garnet reflections on the rim. The uber-classic nose boasts aromas of blackcurrant, dried violets, pencil lead, leather, wet tobacco, wet clay, a touch of anise, and beautifully integrated baking spices. The palate is dense and ma... Read More

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  • I'm enjoying a rose' from Waters Winery (Walla Walla Washington) that ... and cofermented.  It is orange/tangerine in color and has hints of peach, melon and straw on the nose with similar palate and really nice acidity on the finis Read More

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  • Mjet's tasting of the B/R Compagni Portis inspired me to pull this one out, ... ... wine. Very flowery nose--orange blossoms.  Flavors of various tree fruits are my first taste sensations.  Clearly, I am getting a storng suggestion of apricot, but there is also some sort of citrus there--let's say tangerine.  Mid-palate sensations of earthiness... Read More

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