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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  • Tonight we attended the Symphony at The Kennedy Center.  The highlight was Hilary Hahn and her wonderful ability with the violin.  If you ever have a chance to hear her play, by all means get there.  Prior to the symphony, we dined once again at Fiola Mare on the waterfront in Georgetown (a short walk from The Kennedy Center along the Potomac Ri... Read More

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  • Obsession Symphony White Grape California Ironstone Mo 2008


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  • Ah, another evening in the District.  Last night we attended the National Symphony performance of Tchaikovsky (Symphony #3 'Polish') and Marsalis (Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra).  Quite enjoyable really, but the dinner at Dish was even better with a nice 2014 Ruvei Barbara d'Alba red wine.  This is a relatively cheap wine in retail, but... Read More

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  • Last night we enjoyed a very tasting dinner in the district at Notti Bianche, ... ... Center was the National Symphony Orchestra playing with the Second City players and Colin Mochrie.  Many of you might remember Colin as a star on "Who's Line is it Anyway".  There was comedy and a bit of music too, so it was a fun time overal Read More

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  • V V - Have you tried a Duckhorn Merlot?  They are probably the best Merlot ... ... played with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) too, so you know a good time was had by all.  Storm Large was their singer tonight and what a voice.  Oh, she looks pretty nice too!We started with a nice 2010 'Ten Degrees' Pinot Noir from Goldeneye paired with c... Read More

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  • Interesting evening. We started at the German Ambassador's residence (Dr. ... ... Center for the National Symphony Orchestra 'Declassified' performance of Richard Rodgers 'Carousel Waltz' and then Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill's 'The Seven Deadly Sins' featuring Storm Large.  Storm Large then performed several additional songs that we really en... Read More

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  • As a follow-on to the Phillips Museum performance Thursday evening, the ... ... ... prior to our National Symphony Orchestra performance at The Kennedy Center later that same evening.  Yes, we've been busy - and we did attend the event at the Ambassador's residence.  He met us at the door after we walked over from the Dupont Circle Metro stat... Read More

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  • Quick lunch this afternoon, back in the district.  We attended an early ... the header:  National Symphony Orchestra: Cristian Macelaru, conductor: Nikolaj Znaider, violin, plays Brahms / Works by Fauré, Jalbert, & Debussy. Sandra's the classical music enthusiast but I've been coming around the past decade or so.  I recognized a few of the pie... Read More

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  • That silly cat does not yet understand the joy of a good cab.  I'm ... ... with an NSO (National Symphony Orchestra) rehearsal at The Kennedy Center at 10 AM.  We left that a bit early to go see the cherry blossoms - but there were very few blooms out.  The peak period is next week and of course we'll be in Oregon tasting wine in the Willamet... Read More

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  • I hyperbolize, of course, v v.  I have yet to try anything with beets that ... school kids by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Ford Auditorium in the spring of 1960.  When people ask if I play any instrument, my standard response is, "Yes, the stereo."  Also, believe me when I tell you, you do not want to hear me sing.And it sounds like yo... Read More

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