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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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  • 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


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession White 2010

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    Wine review by ffchick


  • Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession White 2010

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    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

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  • 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

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    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


  • Michael David Symphony 2009

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    Wine review by raimonnemar


  • Conundrum Conundrum White Blend 2009

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    I really like this - a bit sweet for a sipper I think (my tastes) but would ... ... me a bit of Ironstone "symphony", but smoother and bigger - not as acidic. Muscat definitely dominates (honey sweet) but is lighter and more acidic than muscat. Really great! White wine lovers will love this one - especially if they prefer a wine that is a bit... Read More

    Wine review by Vicola54


  • Symphony-Pinot Noir Perrymoore Wine Santa Maria Valley Red 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by sdwineguy1965


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