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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...

  • 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...

  • 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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Orange on Snooth

  • 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

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  • "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

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  • JD, that Dragonette sounds nice...   As much as I have enjoyed ... ... pale peach in color, nice orange/peach notes- very Provencal in style.  Truly an excellent rose.  Although my favorite still has to be Soliste's Rose.... but I don't think they've released any this year- not even sure if they're making a 2014 Rose. Read More

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  • What is Charles Shaw Ceres Cabernet Sauvignon? Don't call it Napa Cab ... ... a triple gold medal at the Orange County Fair and we all know what wonderful palates those folks have in the OC. I'm 94 points on that! Interesting enough some of our grapes may come from areas just to the south of the official border where real Napa Valley Cabernet ... Read More

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  • Lindeman - what DV said. Try it and see what happens. Sometimes it's really ... colored and the apricots are orange, you know there was some sulfur added.Same with wine - w/out sulfur the juice will turn brown and taste bad. The Romans used to burn some sulfur in the amphora or barrel before adding the wine, and in many places that's still done... Read More

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  • Last week I met Jon to trade some bottles.  We met at Hi Time Liquor in ... in ... lavender, beeswax, orange blossom, white peach, and a lush, elegant finish. Mountain Chenin Blanc.12.6% alc. 2013 Trousseau – Sonoma Coast – 5 barrels producedPlanted at 1400 feet 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, our section of the Bohan Vineyard sits in gravell... Read More

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  • I definitely cannot post this one under v v's "completely ... winner, winner.  Orange blossom on the nose.  Light on the tongue with hints of citrus and tart peach.  Not a big buttery California Chardonnay.  This one seems to be lightly oaked with wonderful acid refreshness Read More

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  • Wow! This thread is getting a lot of responses! Way to make me feel welcomed! ... reference! I remember the Orange robes and tambourines too. I finished off the Brewer Clifton tonight and always enjoy how a wine tastes the second day. My wife is out of town otherwise it would have been gone yesterday! Here's a picture of her and her girlfriend... Read More

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  • Horton Vineyards Concord Orange County Sweet Concord NV

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