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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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  • Mayfield Vineyard

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

  • 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 ...

  • Dindima Wines Pty Ltd

    Dindima (din-dee-ma) in the language of the Wiradjuri people means "group of stars". Our Dindima ...

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  • Here's what I am drinking tonight... 2010 Windy Oaks Pinot Noir, 100% whole ... layers of amazing flavors... orange pekoe, followed by black pepper and cardamom, ending with a  very slight appearance of earthiness.  What a wine..  excellent complexity and flavors yet perfect acidity.    I think this may be my WOTY... &nbs Read More

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  • Sandlands, the new Tegan Passalacqua project, released today with an ... and ... and granite.White pepper, orange zest, bright blue fruits, smoke and leather.  Medium bodied, focused and structured. 12.9% alc. 2012 Trousseau Sonoma Coast4 barrels produced Planted at 1400 feet 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, our section of the Bohan Vineyard si... Read More

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  • Having homemade pizza on the grill... zucchini, mushroom, orange bell pepper, fontina cheese, and a beautiful locally made (well, Santa Cruz) italian chicken sausage... topped with some basil and arugula, drizzled with a bit of olive oil and shaved pecorino.   Sauce is from frozen roasted tomatoes/garlic from my garden last fall.   Since I don't... Read More

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  • DMCKER,there are a couple of Steven Harvey's in Australia, however I ... a ... ... a Cowra Chardonnay, an Orange Shiraz, some Yarra Chardonnay &Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir, anything from Beechworth, Rutherglen fortifieds, Coonawarra Cabernet &Shiraz, Barossa reds, Eden Valey&Clare Vallety Riesling, Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, C... Read More

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  • D'oh The problem is with rotating it on a PC.iPhones keep track of ... of April 12 of this year on Orange Ave NE in Roanoke VA with his iPhone 5. Scary stuff e Read More

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  • It's not the University of California at Santa Barbara. This is for Orange Countians, or refugees from Orange County.  However, specifically, it is best known among former and, I would imagine, current residents of the city of Santa Ana.Returning to the wine theme, and humbly standing in for GregT, about 10 years ago, Mt Palomar had an outstandi... Read More

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  • TASTING DIRTY AND ROWDY WITH HARDY WALLACE - Puchdown Cellars - Santa Rosa ... ... Lightly cloudy with an orange tinge. Right out of bottle the fruit is shy. The nose expressed rocks, jalapeño pith and light citrus. After swishing and warming up the mouth has mandarin and jalapeño, followed up by pineapple lifesaver. Light fruit up front, cris... Read More

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  • "I have not been back to China since a lengthy visit prior to the changes ... ... is 'moderate', orange is 'unhealthy for sensitive groups', red is 'unhealthy', purplish blue is 'very unhealthy', and that brownish-burgundy/maroon is 'hazardous'.To put it mildly, China's industrialization has its downside--both for the country's citizens, and ... Read More

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  • Easy.Garnacha.Pour it into a large container. Add some lemon juice, some lime ... sliced lime, thinly sliced orange, some sugar or simple syrup, some sparkling water, some pineapple juice or orange juice, some Cointreau, maybe some strawberries or other good ripe fruit, and maybe part of a vanilla pod. Stir it all up, let it sit for a while, a... Read More

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  • OK, I nominate this thread for the longest animated corpse in Snooth ... use ... use LOTS of pineapple and orange and lemon and.... Of course most of the worst was from Japanese winemakers, though South America was also represented. The people doing the bidding at the auction had an unerring instinct for roping out any wine worth drinking, and... Read More

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