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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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  • Long Shadows Wineries Merlot Blend Columbia Valley Pedestal 2007


    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

    From the article Chile: Producing What Your Customers Want

  • Bovin Vranec 2007


    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

    Forum post in the topic Dinner in LA? June 13 or 15.

  • Ironstone Obsession Symphony United States Ironstone Vineyards 2009


    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

  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession White 2010


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    Wine review by ffchick

  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession White 2010


    Very citrus and floral on the nose. Scents of green apple and pear. Slight alcohol. Evident muscat effervescences with slight oak finish. Slightly tangy.Enjoyed this very different white. A moderate to high in terms of its refreshing factor. A light white with greenish tinge. The wine proved to be particularly memorable because the grape blend i... Read More

    Wine review by NiagaraWiner

  •  We have a neat event coming up, we'd love if you could list or talk ... by Seattle Symphony Guild Read More

    Forum post in the topic 3rd Annual Sips for Seattle...

  • This comment might be considered a timely follow-up to the recent Snooth items on BYOB restaurants.Over the last thirty-something years my wife and I have enjoyed several cruise vacations.  We are now booked on a 14-day cruise to Hawaii that departs from and returns to Los Angeles.  It had never really occurred to me that I could bring my own wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic BYOB on a Cruise

  • Vendange Symphony Premier 2007


    This wine is one of our favorites, similar to the Sebastani symphony. We give it the highest recommendation. We are finding it increasingly hard to find in Indiana. Many of the stores that used to carry it no longer do. Please tell us where we can buy this wine in Indianapolis. Read More

    Wine review by CarolynBarker

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