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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  • 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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  • 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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