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This crossing of Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris, was created by Dr. Harold Olmo at UC Davis in 1948. As is the case with most of Dr. Olmo’s crossings, this white wine producing grape varietal was originally developed to be utilized in hot growing conditions of California’s Central Valley.

Today, the variety’s acreage is rather limited in California (just 612 total acres in 2003) with perhaps the most significant plantings being those of Ironstone Vineyards in the Lodi and Sierra Foothills AVAs. It is somewhat surprising that Symphony has not found more widespread popularity given the commercial success Ironstone has had with the grape in the form of their seductively aromatic wine known as “Obsession”; a wine with a pronounced Muscat-like bouquet and palate that deftly balances sweetness and acidity. Still, this impressive aromatic grape has found a few other followers in the state, such as Yorkville Highlands’ Maple Creek winery who fashions both off-dry and full fledged late harvest Read more »

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    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • New York

    Though the first successful North American wine production is often credited to California, New...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Santa Barbara

    The Santa Barbara County AVA lies within the Central Coast territory of California. Like much o...

  • El Dorado County

    The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado Count...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

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  • Canada

      Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of th...

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

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  • DV, I think the statements in the last paragraph of Fox's post were really ... ... of the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony.  Y'know, if I was to get married again, I think the finale of that would make a sensational recessional--not that there's anything wrong with the traditional Mendelsohn.  I am now very much mellowing out wtih Erik Satie.  I gue... Read More

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  • Del Dotto Vineyards Family Reserve Cinghiale Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2010

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    Purely a symphony of flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Ah, another beautiful weekend out here in Virginia.  Last night Sandra and ... ... Oregon) and the National Symphony Orchestra.  We really enjoyed the music and dinner table conversatio Read More

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  • I got so excited about dolcetto this year, see my report on The Return of ... ... fats in the oil to create a symphony in your mouth. All the grilling also helps to temper and evidence of barrel ageing should there be any.I will come out and say that I do not like new oak with barbera, though a little bit can help add some tannin to the wine w... Read More

    From the article Barbera is Taking on Airs


  • Boy EM, you are making the most of the Hollywood Bowl this summer.  My ... listened to the Baltimore Symphony [BSO] perform Vivaldi's 4 Seasons, interspersed with Piazzolla's Argentinean 4 Seasons at the Strathmore in Washington DC back in 2007.  She said there is nothing like Balachine's La Vaise, with the arrival of Death and the black glove... Read More

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  • Second trip to the Hollwood Bowl this summer. The program:Concerto in C ... Piano, Ludwig van BeethovenSymphony No. 5 in C Minor, Ludwig van Beethoven It is unusual that the concert did not start with an overture, but that being the case, the "Dude" hustling through the last movement of the symphony and omitting the repeat of the exposition of... Read More

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  • Hollywood Bowl, last night.  First time this season.The Program:Symphony #1, Sergei ProkofievPiano Concerto #1, Dmitri ShostakovichIntermissionPiano Concerto #1, Sergei ProkofievSymphony #1, Dmitri Shostakovich Los Angeles Philharmonic OrchestraEsa-Pekka Salonen, ConductorYuja Wang, PianoYes, this program was all #1s. The Picnic:Olive MedleyBrus... Read More

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  • Sandra and I enjoyed that 2012 Ridge Zinfandel blend 'Geyserville' last ... ... Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.  Now I'm sure this wine would have continued to improve over the next ten years (it was bottled in Jan 2014), but hey, I had to try it sometime!  We enjoyed crackers, cheese and basically charcuterie with the wine; the pairing was just f... Read More

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  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely with my previous posting 'Weekday Wines'; well here it is - Weekend Wines.  Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to pat myself on the back for my quick wit but alas, this isn't one of those times.  Anyway, why not talk about wines we enjoy on weekends?  These ... Read More

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  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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