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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  • Well, we went to the symphony, last night:London Symphony OrchestraMichael Tilson Thomas, ConductorYuja Wang, Piano SoloistBritten:  Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes"Gershwin:  Piano Concerto in FSibelius:  Symphony No. 2Obviously, the LSO is on tour.  Interestingly enough, though, MTT, who I have learned is the LSO Principal Guest Conduct... Read More

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  • Mt. Etna is located in northeastern Sicily in the province of Catania. ... ... like a perfectly composed symphony. The ruby, rosy hue is reminiscent of Burgundy's Pinot Noirs. The brilliant yet pale color may deceive the taster into believing that the wine will be light bodied. But they have power and complexity, stemming from the black soil m... Read More

    From the article The Magic of Mt. Etna

  • Sandra and I enjoyed the evening last night at The Kennedy Center Opera House, ... heard were by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).  I was worried a bit that this would be like a few of the NSO rehearsals, where they suddenly stop and redo a piece a few times.  But fortunately for us this performance was more like a regular opera, with onl... Read More

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  • Yesterday Sandra and I attended another 10 AM NSO rehearsal at The Kennedy ... ... ... were Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and works by Stravinsky and Bruch - featuring Vilde Frang in the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.  I must say that Vilde is fantastic, so if you ever get a chance to listen to her playing the violin, make sure you do it.  After... Read More

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  • Yesterday (22 Jan 2015) was a day spent entirely in Washington DC.  We ... ... to listen to a National Symphony Orchestra rehearsal.  That was followed by the best lunch ever at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.  After walking around to view exhibits at a few museums (including the viewing of the El Greco exhibit at the National Galler... Read More

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  • Pictures?  I can't take pictures in symphony hall silly.  I can say that she was wearing this dress below, and Sandra bought her latest release, also shown below.  We saw her once before, according to Sandra, the keeper of all records.  She is beautiful in both looks and ability, no doubt about that. Read More

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  • Today Sandra took a vacation day with the intent of getting us to visit the ... Since we had a symphony tonight - Chinese National Orchestra with Yuja Wang on the piano - we parked at The Kennedy Center and walked into Georgetown.  Several hours later it was too late for the museum, but we did manage to put several more miles under our belts an... Read More

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  • This past summer, rosé took the United Kingdom by storm. Exports of ... to industry research firm SymphonyIRI, global rosé consumption has increased every year since 1990. In that time, the total amount of rosé consumerd has jumped three-fold.Wine drinkers worldwide drank 22.3 million hectoliters of rosé in 2012, a 15 percent jump from the 19 m... Read More

    From the article UK's Oenophiles Looking Pretty in Pink

  • DV, I think the statements in the last paragraph of Fox's post were really ... ... of the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony.  Y'know, if I was to get married again, I think the finale of that would make a sensational recessional--not that there's anything wrong with the traditional Mendelsohn.  I am now very much mellowing out wtih Erik Satie.  I gue... Read More

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  • Del Dotto Vineyards Family Reserve Cinghiale Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2010


    Purely a symphony of flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

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