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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  • The lowly potato. We fry them, mash them, boil them, and bake them, but rarely ... ... nutty and subtly sweet symphony of flavors. Pair it with some great cheese and salumi and you've got a meal fit for a king. Anything else you do will obscure rather than highlight the gorgeous flavors of a great potato, but if you can't get your hands on so... Read More

    From the article The Amazing Potato

  • Bourassa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Symphony3 2005


    Wow. It is obvious from the list of wines tasted in My Wines that I seldom spend half this much on a bottle of wine. I would more often if the quality/cost ratio in pricey wine was consistently as high as it was with this bottle. I enjoyed half this bottle (with Mary) over an eight hour period. So good you just had to go slow, and it was better... Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Dave, I can see that, once again, you and I are on the same page.  Thanks ... you not agree that the 9th Symphony of Beethoven is 100 points, and that Bruckner 8th Symphony is underrated at 87 points?  In all honesty I'm afraid that resolving the Middle East/Ciley Myrus problems would make my head hurt--unless, of course, we moved deeply into ... Read More

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  • Hello,I am new to the community and wanted to say hello. I also wanted to introduce you to a great wireless wine tool that monitors temperature and humidity anywhere you store your wine, so it helps to ensure that your wine is always stored in proper conditions and does not spoil.You can get unique insights with easy to read graphs, where you ca... Read More

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  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that ... you’ll be treated to a symphony of tobacco and spice, velvety richness and  wild red fruits.   Dessert wines After weeks of writing about wines for the holidays I’ve realised that I haven’t even mentioned dessert wines. It might seem odd to finally do so here, while re... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy

  • Bourassa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Symphony3 2005


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    Wine review by mark

  • Foxall- Gaige house is $500 + a night!  I don't plan on being in the ... had a Semillon blend called Symphony that I liked in my early wine tasting days. You know, I getting really excited about going to that area again...   with the exception of some brief stops only in Glen Ellen for dinner, and one overnighter, I have not really "been" to t... Read More

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  • So I am sneaking away to Sonoma for a few days.  I have spent tons of time up in RRV and Sebastopol, and I think I want to revisit the lower valley this time- Kenwood, Glen Ellen...  I would love recommendations for wineries, hotels, motels, vac. rentals, and restaurants.  Sonoma proper would be ok to stay, as is close to those areas.  Plan on h... Read More

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  • Malk Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012


    We havent been this excited about a white wine in a long time. The 2012 ... ... ... Opening to peach, the symphony of savors moves through apricot to a tropical mélange, highlighted with delicious pineapple. Then comes the most wonderful of surprises just when one might expect a Sauvignon Blanc to simply end, an astonishing finish begins... Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire

  • Pahrump Valley Winery Symphony 2011


    Bursting with honeysuckle and apricot. Light, tasty and refreshing.85 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

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