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Big Rivers is a catch-all name for the large geographic zone that spans several wine regions within New South Wales and parts of Victoria, Australia. It’s named for the Murray, Darling, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers. This is bulk wine central of Australia’s wine industry, and produces nearly three quarters of all of the wine in New South Wales. 
It is divided into four subregions:
Riverina is the largest of them and produces most of the wine of Big Rivers, with perfect conditions for ample yields. The Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers run through it, providing much-needed irrigation to this hot, dry climate. The subregion Griffith, home of the famous sweet wine, Noble One, is located within it. 
Murray Darling is the second largest of the subregions and is just behind it in bulk wine production. As one would be right to assume, the Murray and Darling rivers provide the region’s irrigation for its wines, that are produced from Chardonnay 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...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Tall Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon Select 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Teresawine2

  • Tall Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon Select Premier


    First thing that hits you in the face is a buttery smell, that you just can't forget while trying to drink. Definitely a diacetyl issue. Read More

    Wine review by dilligaf33

  • I'm not sure you need any help, .You're off to a great start.I am a Zinfandel bigot.  So, I would certainly endorse Mauritson and Ridge in the Healdsburg neighborhood.  (People on this board are pretty tired of me rhapsodizing about the Ridge Lytton Springs field blend.)  Both those wineries, of course, have excellent examples made from other gr... Read More

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  • "Guess what day it is"  It's Wednesday, April 15th 2015. Aside from being Tax Day it means time for the annual Las Madres Vineyard Winemakers Luncheon. 2014 marks the 15th leaf and will be the 12th vintage for this cool climate Syrah vineyard nestled in the rolling hills of Carneros in Sonoma. It's been cool, foggy and windy the past few days le... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A day in the life, 2015 Las...

  • Richard:I did work in the aerospace industry (as a contractor) but I'm now retired.  For what it's worth, I had not heard of Mauritson wines out here, but that Mirassou 2011 'Sunset Red' Pinot Noir blend at our wine tasting party comes from the same location (Healdsburg, CA). My wife has developed her own spreadsheet to track our wines in the ba... Read More

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  • Darrin Vogler is about to take the "Snarky in a nice way" title from ... mostly).  I think the big rivers in Burgundy are the Saone and the Yonne, while the Loire forms one boundary of the region.  (The Loire--it's everywhere!) Lots of vines and wineries on the Rhone, but my last TGV from Geneva left the side of the Rhone before crossing into ... Read More

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  • Nugan Estate Shiraz 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • De Bortoli Willowglen Old Tawny Port NV


    Took half a sip, instantly spit it back out. The whole bottle went down the drain. Read More

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Nope, just a normal 375 sample bottle DV. As for the notes... Got to taste a bunch of Cabs yesterday on a visit to see Mike Smith and had a couple for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Mike was topping his '12 Myriads so I tasted though the whole lot and he also did a sample blend of his 7 Dr Crane Reserve barrels of which he also gave me a small... Read More

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  • De Bortoli Db Cabernet Merlot 2008


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    Wine review by rvy aurora

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