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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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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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  • I've tasted an entry level Turgy product and really liked it for the money. ... rose with its lovely blood orange note)For the best non-Champagne but still French sparklers, the Lucien Albrecht variants of Cremant d'Alsace are an easy recommendation.&nbs Read More

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  • Rosemount Estate Merlot Diamond 2003


    I had a bottle of rosemont 2003 merlot. Opened it the other night and it had gone off - vinegar almost. Anyone else have this experience with this wine? Read More

    Wine review by Jkwine53

  • You guys should try a Wilde Farm Chard that OT recommended to me.. ... notes:Orange rind, wet marble, green papaya and kefir lime zest on the intense aromatics of this brilliantly bright Chardonnay. The palate is streamline and alive w/ minerals, citrus and a distinct note of honeysuckle. Only 71 cases produced. The perfect companion to a brigh... Read More

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  • Hi.  The Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery is in the Chiltern hills near ... ... Strawberry, mead, blood orange and wild peach.and ales:Gold, dark roast, damson ale.  We would have tried the barn ale but it it wasn't ready for drinking at the time we were ther Read More

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  • Food pretty successful, plating/photography ok, wine not so much.Wild mushroom ... we thought :-(Lemon chiffon orange cakeGarfield Estates Vin de Glaze, it's hubbies wine candy so we had to have i Read More

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  • I think that Cline Mourvedre comes from the same vineyard that used to provide ... down around LA and a lot of orange trees - those are pretty well gone. There used to be a lot of apple farms in and around NYC, those are pretty much gone. There used to be a lot of agricultural areas in the country and land that's good for agriculture is genera... Read More

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  • I sent Greg my long discourse this morning.  I am guessing it goes up ... ... ... with cumin, coriander, orange zest, duck fat and duck broth; more basic black beans but with a little orange zest and juice, no duck fat added; and some Spanish-style rice.  Main thing was to create a backdrop for the duck and wine.&nbs Read More

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  • Hello oenophiles!I am a young wine novice looking to bank on the experience of ... ... (not too bad coming from Orange County) and have been learning about and enjoying wine for the last two years and would like to learn far as our wine preference goes, our tastes outstrip our wallets, but here's what we tend to like:I am into big reds... Read More

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  • Thank you, Richard Foxall, for approving the post!  I am on LinkedIn, my ... One in San Diego and one in Orange.  If you're interested, I'm sure they would love to set something up with you!And ditto for you, Outthere.  We aren't a wine club, so you don't have to try to wrap your head around signing up for monthly shipments from one place or a... Read More

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Orange County 2008


    Tasted alongside their 2009 Merlot and preferred the Merlot at first, but while I didn't love the thinner body and strong black licorice notes of this Cab...I find myself still thinking fondly of it a week later. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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