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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • Lively aromatics upon rind, tangerine, strawberry, lemon/lime. Full of flesh in the mouth with good weight, and flavors of underripe strawberry, lemon/lime. Medium acids, and soft tannins lead to a nice finish with good intensity and length. On par with what I'd expect from this producer. Read More

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  • Rombauer is great.  Ramey is also buttery.  Rusack.  ... ... ... wise, I prefer Cappola (orange label), Simi, Fess Parker or Bridlewood. Hope this helps.  There is such a large market out there for buttery wines, why no winery is really in tune or investing in us winos, is beyond me. Fabulous money to be made.  Buying lotto tickets.  If I win... Read More

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  • My friend has no trouble finding work in movies, but his family obligations ... asked me if I watch "Orange is the New Black" after I answered that I don't watch TV.  Called me a Babbit, more or less.  I find that in an hour of television, even if I speed through the commercials via DVR, I could use the equivalent time to read a couple article... Read More

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  • "So what does improve crap wine?" Need some specifics. E.g.:crap sparkling: orange juicevirtually all kinds of Bourgogne Aligote: creme de cassismany cheap mittel-european whites: sparkling water and a lemon twistmany (but not all) reds (and some whites): long slow braise with meat, a la daube...Gallo's Carlo Rossi: a good Sangria recipeThunderb... Read More

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  • Take one if the few things that is working and change it. Zuf, you should be a ... berry fruit, pine needles, orange zest and an almost full bodied texture but not in a blowsy over-ripe way. The old vines from the Summa vineyard produce fruit with great intensity resulting in a wine with verve and personality. Really striking. Good wine might ... Read More

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  • For acid lovers only. These days that's me so bonus time. First time with ... Zinfandel. Packed with blood orange, chewy fruit and bracing acidity. Really enjoying this. Not a wine for fans of big jammy fruit. Abe hit the mark for me he Read More

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  • Where is everybody?Pulled this one out, tonight. Initial impression is ... some mineral flavors, some orange oil flavor and some clove.  I am a Zinfandel bigot, but this, to me, is a very unusual Zinfandel.  I like it and will look for more examples from Monte Rosso.   &nbs Read More

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  • Tonight I am having a disappointing  experience with this wine. ... with ... with the color.It's too orange!! Is It normal Read More

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  • Highly interesting...don't make it down to San Diego very often though ... ... ... around the coastline of Orange County, but wonder why it hasn't been done. Would be some expensive land I suppose.That vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga is really interestin Read More

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  • Napagirl will probably be disappointed that I actually bought this on at the ... ... some brightness and that orange peel I loved.  Brick colored, and maybe on the flabby side now.  Held too long in uncontrolled conditions..... Learn by my mistakes.&nbs Read More

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