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

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

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  • Hi everyone,My name is Alex, I'm retired and living in Thailand where I spend time on my passions, Sailing, Biking and of course wine and sake making. I`ve been making wines with my dad since my early childhood and so it is something genetic I guess.I actually found this community while searching for Clinto (Clinton) vines which I would love to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi from Thailand


  • I absolutely love wine. Snooth is one of the reasons I love the mystique of wine because it  offers me a forum to discuss wine and all of it's nuances, it's history, it's wonder, it's character, it's beauty. I work very hard at my profession even though I have scaled it down to 3 days per week. After my work I love good food and love to imbibe i... Read More

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  • Bourassa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Symphony3 2005

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    Deep rich flavors with a lasting flavor I would definitely buy this again. Read More

    Wine review by cadfactor


  • Seven Daughters White Blend California Seven Daughters Winemaker's Blend NV

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    had this at a restaraunt tonight with a blooming onion, sreak and coconut shrimp.Just wanted something light.this really hit the mark. very nice, not to pricey. I could enjoy it out on the patio this summer.not bad at all. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • I noticed that OutThere purchased seven bottles of a particular wine at $14 and it occurred to me that it was a $100 purchase, and enough to last about a week.  So I got curious, and mentioned in the thread that it would be interesting to know how much per week people spent.  Well, Emark has better records and more time on his hands than I do, a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic You've got $100 a week to...


  • Long Shadows Wineries Merlot Blend Columbia Valley Pedestal 2007

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    Tremendously enjoyed this symphony in a bottle. I will hold the remaining to 2015+... Just YUMMY! Read More

    Wine review by Mspips


  • Customers are a fickle lot. Their favorites of yesterday are their forgotten of ... of ... consumer, but recent Symphony IRI studies show that these consumers are shifting their affections toward red blends. In fact, red blends were up by a whopping 25 percent last year compared to a total market growth of 6.2 percent.Of course traditionally, ... Read More

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  • Bovin Vranec 2007

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    Excellent wine varietal for those looking for something out of the ordinary. If ... as well as a white blend - Symphon Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • I'm heading to LA for a dinner with Numanthia on Thursday June 14th, hopefully I'll see some of you there, but if anyone is up for dinner on the day either before or after that day let me know. I'm making plans soon so I just want to line something up before b uying the tickets! Read More

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  • Ironstone Obsession Symphony United States Ironstone Vineyards 2009

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    This wine was made form the Symphony grape which is a cross between Grenache Gris and Muscat of Alexandria. It has a light floral nose and a soft fruity taste with a little tannin in the middle and ends very smoothly.This was a very pleasurable wine I would purchase again. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


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