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Symphony Grape and Wine

The Symphony grape, a relatively new grape varietal on the wine scene is found frequently on the West Coast. Dr. Harold Olmo, at UC, Davis crossed Grenache Gris and Muscat of Alexandria in 1948. However, it was not until 1981 that development was completed. In 1983 the grape was patented. Symphony grape is primarily grown in California where the grape does well in hot weather. Virginia vineyards are beginning to introduce Symphony. Winemakers can either produce a single varietal wine or use Symphony as a blending grape.

The aroma of Symphony features a deep floral aroma with a significant fruity taste. This wine offers a nice alternative for a white wine drinker who wants something different from a Chardonnay or Riesling. When you have an opportunity to taste Symphony, do not pass it up, as it is somewhat unusual to find. California is most known for the grape and due to it’s love of warm weather, Symphony can be found in Hawaii at Volcano Winery and in Virginia at Oak Crest Vineyard and Winery.

For me, while I prefer a fruity Riesling before a Symphony, I did enjoy the opportunity to taste this unique wine last week. If you have an opportunity to taste, Symphony, I hope you will respond and let others know how you liked the wine.

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