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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Philip Shaw

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

  • Cumulus Wines

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

  • 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...

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  • Not really under $20, sometimes I cook with Bella Serra and think it's fine ... the appearance more of an orange color. Anyhow, it tastes fantastic and that's what counts.Here's a link to where you could purchase if so inclin Read More

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  • Went to Murphys, CA today for lunch, and ended up with a few bottles of ... ... cardamom, nutmeg, a bit of orange peel, along with that note I find hard to describe- it is that specific earthiness that I pick up in Sierra Foothills wines.  A winner here! This has similar elements that I enjoy in Pinot.  I personally decanted for a few hours to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Extremely interesting articles, Greg.  Thanks for the links.Way back when ... we were given two tubs (both orange) and were asked to put paper in one and glass/plastics/aluminum in the other.  Every Monday evening I would carry these tubs down to the curb and leave them next to my trash barrel.After about a year, the protocol changed.  We were... Read More

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  • our habit of buying a bottle of what tastes best when we visit a tasting room ... wine.  A floral nose of orange blossom.  A big "Hello" of tropical and citrus fruits.  This wine is just so easy to drink.  My guess is that it will be gone before dinner (a trout) hits the table.Thank you, Jon.  I'll bet the PN, whenever I get to it, will be jus... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • No way that Chard was over-oaked. Ceritas is very judicious with their oak and ... presence, pine needle and orange peel. Great mouth coating texture finishing with tart red fruit. Savored this bottle for about 5 hours. Followed it up with another 2010 but this time. Holdredge appellation Pinot from the RRV. Didn't really hold a candle to the ... Read More

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  • RBA, on our last trip to Paso we found a lot more GSM/Rhone blends. Previously ... along with dried apricot, orange marmalade and just a hint of clove. The acidity is nice but not mouth puckering and the finish is fairly long, similar to a dessert win Read More

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  • Boy, Al, that pizza looks pretty good--almost as good as some that I've ... ... and crisp.  Nose of orange blossoms and melon.  On the tip of the tongue light hit of honeydew melon.  Nice acidity makes for a crisp easy-to-drink, refreshing wine.  A bit of some sort of "steely" bitterness way in the back of the tongue/palate, but not terribly d... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I'm not sure that the L.A. Times' standards are quite as bad as you ... newspapers is plummeting.The Orange County Register is the oher big newspar in the area.  A couple years ago, some entrepreneur bought it from the Hoiles family (Infighting, what a surprise), poured a lot of money into it and spectacularly increased its news staff.  Unfort... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... mostly ... mostly Chenin, with a little Orange Muscat.  The perfumey Muscat is apparent.  It's the only dry white they make.  Next was the Heritage Red.  At $15, this could be a good daily wine, really similar to dolcetto.  The tasting room attendant didn't lay out the blend--I think... Read More

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  • Good stuff. Some of my regulars back a decade or so ... cherry, black currant and orange liqueur flavors, with raw almond, floral and ground spice notes. Finishes with a lightly chalky sensation and an echo of smoky minerality. Disgorged July 2012. Drink now through 2028. 400 cases made."2005 PHILIPPONNAT CLOS DES GOISSES BRUT GRAND CRU $169!! ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


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