Wine expert David Collins is joining the Central Western Daily to write a regular column exploring wine varieties and what's happening in the Orange region and wider areas.
His first column will be in the Central Western Daily newspaper and on our website this Saturday and will then appear every fortnight.
Mr Collins, the restaurant manager and sommelier at Charred, said he had been studying wine and the wine industry for several years.
I'll be trying to de-mystify wine.David Collins, wine column writer
He said he moved to Orange in 2012 and had been involved with Charred since the restaurant opened in November 2016.
Mr Collins said Charred's extensive 600-plus winelist was one of the largest in the country and had been recognised with awards by national and international food and wine publications.
"This is my first dabble into [wine writing]. I'll be trying to de-mystify wine. I think a lot of people are fearful of it," he said.
"Orange is an exciting emerging wine region. It has got tremendous potential."
Mr Collins said sparkling wine was developing as a key variety in Orange.
"Orange is under-rated but is gaining recognition for high-quality sparkling wine," he said.
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