I have been working too much over the last fortnight - family life is struggling - the house is a mess - but it was nice to come home last night after two intense days of teaching plant identification and enjoy some local wine.
We are part of a wine syndicate the Dad's work which gives us access to a great range of Australian wines. We have ordered wines seasonally for the last 5 years or so - but for our last order I decided to reduce our wine syndicate order and source some of our local wines, cider and beer. It has been a worthwhile choice and we will continue to sample from the wide range of vineyards around Orange - this has truly been a great spin off from our relocation to Orange a few years ago.
I thought it appropriate to mention some of our local bargains and great drinks we have found to date.
Starting with bargains - Totally Local sources local clean skins to put their stickers on - for around $10 a bottle these are a bargain.
Being in Orange however we have enjoyed exploring the local Sauvignon Blancs and cider.
My favourite local drop at the moment is the Brangayne Sauvignon Blanc and Mayfield Vineyard's Icely Road Sauvignon Blanc. With the large choice around Orange we are still sampling the local produce and I am sure their will be more favourites put on my list. We have also been enjoying some of the local apple ciders produced by Small Acres Cyder.
Dad enjoys a wide range of local reds - some of his favourites being from Word of Mouth on the slopes of Mt Canobolas and Printhie near Molong.
Within the 100 mile diet radius of Orange we are also able to pick up locally brewed beer from the Mudgee Brewing Company.