Symphony

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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  • Duncan, the NSO is the National Symphony Orchestra, which plays at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, USA.  This was a classical performance; follow the link for details.   Johannes Brahms:Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a;  Oliver Knussen:Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 30;  Robert Schumann:Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97,... Read More

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  • Today was both my birthday and another day of protest in the district - the ... to park our car (we had a symphony tonight).  We walked over to the Lincoln Memorial and listened to about an hour of speeches before the march started.  We were able to get near the front, which was a first for us.  Again we marched past the White House and yes, T... Read More

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  • Update:  Where are all the revelers? Is Snooth approaching demise?Quahogs ... ... no.5. (Murray Perahia), symphony no. 5  (Carlos Klieber), and symphony no. 9 (Gearge Szell).Next up:  Johnny Ca Read More

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  • Thanks, Al.  I am completely unfamiliar with that piece.  I admire ... Grimes," "Simple Symphony" and "Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell."I have a few Moon Mountain Cabs in my inventory--none from Repris.  I think I'll be leaving them sideways for several more year Read More

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  • We enjoyed a very nice Italian symphony (with Martha Argerich) last night at The Kennedy Center.  Prior to that, we dined in Georgetown at Unum, enjoying scallops for Sandra and hanger steak for myself.  Sandra had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre) and I selected their best Cabernet Sauvignon (Freemark Abby, Napa Valley).  After that, it was... Read More

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  • Friday was interesting.  A morning symphony, a nice lunch, then dinner, and then ballet, all in the district.  We got home around 2330 and had to be up at 0530 for an 0800 yoga class on Saturday morning.  I'll talk about Saturday in the Weekend topic.Our foster kitty Izzy is settling right in too.  She met our other indoor cat Julie-Anne on Satu... Read More

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  • EMARK  Looks like a good concert. Over here in London we also got ... had ... had Rachmaninov's second symphony. After all this I returned to the hall for the late night prom which consisted of a choir specially imported from Latvia singing Rachmaninov's Vespers.All of this was recorded by the BBC and can now be seen and heard on-line either a... Read More

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  • I missed the link, Al.  My bad.  I should have noticed that.After ... Director of the Long Beach Symphony.  He knew her well enough to engage in hallway/elevator chat, but that was about i Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age ... were ... were they rehearsing at the symphon Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age well?We ... ... the organ played in the symphony hall, with all those pipes up behind the main stage.  Our favorite was Scheherazade.We both started off with a prosecco to pair with the dozen oysters on the half-shell and the king crab, and then I followed that with a glass of their ... Read More

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