Eat, play, love Orange wines

21 September 2012

Wine week Orange

Usually it’s only the wine judges who get to taste the pick of the crop at wine events so Orange Wine Week is good news for food and wine fans. $40 will get you into the public wine-tasting that’s part of Orange Wine Show – that’s 250 wines, a tasting glass and food to snack on. For a whole week in October, cellar doors, wine stores cider and beer “doors” will be open for tastings. I fancy the idea of eating out at a communal table in the main street of country town, Millthorpe, where fellow diners are friendly local food and wine stars.

I love reds so I’m keen to find out everything I can about Orange’s cool-climate shiraz. There’s a whole symposium dedicated to this important topic!  According to the symposium’s blurb, I should then be able to figure out the different flavours in wines made from shiraz grapes grown at 600-750m, 750-900m and above 900m. Apparently flavours range from cherry/ red berries to plum/liquorice and white pepper/green herbal tones.

To be included in the exclusive Orange wine region, vineyards need to be at or above 600 metres which is why cool-climate wines from here are so delicious. The closest match elsewhere in terms of climate and geography is Burgundy in France.

Orange is a very pretty country town, especially in spring. During Orange Wine Week, there’ll be special food and wine trails to follow, taking you to all the top spots in the area. Tick off gardens, cheese-tasting sessions, sunset picnics, art classes, balloon flights, golf and master classes with chefs and/or winemakers.