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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  • Trius Brut Vqa Hillebrand Estates Winery Ltd Wine Sparkling Wine White Sparkling


    After tasting this sparkling wine tonight from the Trius Winery at Hillebrand ... yeasty notes played like a symphony over my taste buds. On my second sip, sweet apple was pronounced followed by a long, elegant, crisp finish. I just wanted to jump up and yell "Bravo"! But I restrained myself, stayed seated, and drank a bit more of this wonderf... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash

  • Leonard Cohen!!!  That's pretty darned cool.Darrin, it was a ... ... ... about Brahms' First Symphony being labeled "Beethoven's Tenth" threw you off.  A travel commitment prevented me from catching Jon Derry and some of his friends in March.I thought that cellar article was a a Read More

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  • Marco Digiulio Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    this was a phenomenal wine. Still quite young, and could benefit from some time ... fuits which worked like a symphony transitioning into incredibly dark, rich complex mid-palate, with a full array of spice, blackberries, a nice show of cocoa and light oak flavors like dinner biscuit, and finishing with a coat of fruit and spice that sticks wit... Read More

    Wine review by allenmadison

  • Hello,My name is Kim and I just happened across this site tonight and was quite impressed with it.  To be as brief as possible, I love wine and would love to learn as much as possible about it, particularly so that I can better contribute to my Facebook page I just started called "For The Love Of Wine."  I impulsively decided to start it last ni... Read More

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  • Emark, you sat through Beethoven's Fifth twice?That's pretty funny, ... never get a symphony written. You've no conception of what it's like to hear a giant's footsteps marching behind you.After 21 years of false starts, rewrites and overcoming doubt, at the age of 41, Brahms' first symphony was performed in 1876.  Conductor Hans von Bulow is a... 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

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