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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  • 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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  • I mentioned this a while ago, but didn't get around to the post.  We stayed from September to end of December at a condominium in a complex built in the '70s. They've renovated and rebuilt since then (there were several major lawsuits for construction defects--built on fill!), but the architecture and the vibe is still very of that period. Our u... Read More

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  • Duckhorn the Discussion 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Young at the time of tasting. Full of rich tannin which will soften and create a layered symphony of an experience. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Amid the symphony of sporting sounds which will volley back and forth between stadiums at Wimbledon this week is one sound that's been 138 years in the making: the gentle gurgle of an English wine being poured by all the event's catering outlets and hospitality areas.The lucky winner this year? Bolney Estate's 2014 Pinot Gris, a sumptuous slice ... Read More

    From the article Love-Love: English Wine Featured For First Time at Wimbledon


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