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Carl Hudson
June 21, 2017 | Carl Hudson

Symphony Grape Variety

Since 4.0 Cellars currently offers a bright, fresh summer white wine that contains the Symphony grape, it seems an appropriate time to tell you about this little-known grape. The wine of interest is the 2014 Lily by Brennan Vineyards. Symphony is a Californian crossing of Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris developed in 1948 by the late Harold Olmo, professor of viticulture at UC-Davis. As its pedigree suggests, it is an aromatic variety with aromas of peach, apricot and lychee with slightly spicy flavors. Symphony is mostly used in white-wine blends, where it contributes to the aromatic profile of the final product. A few varietal examples of Symphony are made in California, typically produced as off-dry or late-harvest wines.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
June 8, 2017 | Carl Hudson

Diurnal Temperature Variation – What and Why?

Let’s think about two questions. Why are 75-80% of the wine grapes in Texas grown on the High Plains, especially in Terry County? Why are pinot noir and chardonnay grapes not more commonly grown in Texas? There are probably a number of ways to answer these questions, but a key factor in any answer would relate to diurnal temperature variation (DTV).  Continue »

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