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Wine Tip Wednesday
LDV Winery’s award-winning wines are a direct reflection of the unique high altitude terroir in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills in Southeastern Arizona. Our monthly blog From Vineyard to Table shares how we celebrate the spirit of place through LDV’s sustainable practices, entertaining approach, food & wine pairings (including original recipes), and winemaking techniques. Wine Tip Wednesday provides you with easy to apply tips to expand your wine and food enjoyment that we have been employing for years. Share your wine tips with us!

November 22 to November 29, 2017: Pairing Wine with Thanksgiving Dinner – 4 Tips - View Peggy's video below

Four tips to pair the perfect wine with Thanksgiving dinner.
  1. It’s an American holiday, choose American wine! Better yet choose Arizona wines. Our go-to wine is a Grenache. The ripe berries and soft tannins make it a perfect match for the richness of the typical turkey spread. Also consider an Oregon Pinot Noir.

  2. Think About Flavor Profile. If you are putting a Southwestern spin on the meal, consider the spices when choosing the wine. Fuller-bodied white wines (California Chardonnay or an oaked LDV 2014 Viognier) can stand up to the spice & buttery mashed potatoes & gravy.
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3. Bubbles. Don’t shy away from a great sparkling wine like a CA Brut Rosé that can complement the intense flavors. Or consider dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer from Washington or Oregon. The acidity can cut through the richness.

4. Stay away from Sweet Wines.
Lean toward the drier profile. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the homemade pies,
not your wines.


November 15 to November 22, 2017: Nothing Petite About Petite Sirah - View Peggy's video below

Petite Sirah is one of our favorite grapes. It does extremely well in southeastern Arizona at 5,000 feet elevation in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills. Here are 5 Petite Sirah characteristics.

1. It is a small berried grape compared to most other wine grapes which increases its skin to pulp ratio that provides a beautiful dark color. Therefore, it is used to blend into other wines to darken the color.

2. You probably had a lot of Petite Sirah in your life but didn’t know it. It so commonly blended into Cabernet Sauvignon or Grenache.

3. Petite Sirah’s flavor profile is primarily black fruit like black raspberry, black currant, and blackberries.
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4. We love Petite Sirah as a single varietal wine. It is perfect with Southwester cuisine. It has great tannin structure because of the small berry making it pair well with fattier foods like rib eye steak or braised short ribs.

5. It is not a petite type of Syrah. The two grape varietals are different.


November 08 to November 15, 2017: 4 Ideas to Celebrate Fall - View Peggy's video below

1. Poach Pears – Boil 2 cups of Petite Sirah (or other bold red), ¼ cup sugar, 1 juiced orange plus zest, cinnamon stick, & a couple of cloves. Reduce & simmer 5 minutes. Peal 4 firm, ripe pears leaving stem & slice ½-inch off the bottom to allow them to stand. Poach pears for 15-20 minutes in the wine mixture covered; turning every 5 minutes to get even color. Cool & serve at room temperature with the reduced poaching liquid.

2. Get Crafty – Put those saved corks to good use – make a cork wreath or ornaments. LDV Winery Wine Gallery has classes December 2 & 9; 11-1 PM. Call 480-664-4822. $10.00.
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3. Warm Bowl of Soup – Invite friends over for Butternut Squash Soup (or pumpkin) with crusty bread and LDV Winery Viognier or Grenache. Let us know if you need a recipe.

4. Dim the Lights & Cuddle – Turn on the fireplace, put on some romantic music, make a great appetizer plate to share with someone special, & pair it with a sexy bottle of Syrah. A chunk of aged parmesan, smoked nuts, prosciutto, fig balsamic, & Italian bread with a little dark chocolate to finish.


November 01 to November 08, 2017: 5 Tips to Selecting Good All-Around Wine Glass - View Peggy's video below

There is a wine glass made for every type of wine. If you want to choose just one all-around good wine glass, here are 5 tips.

1. Choose a Bordeaux or Burgundy wine glass. They have a nice bowl, though the Burgundy glass has a larger bowl perfect for red wines. They are both tall enough to allow enough wine and space to swirl the wine properly. Typically, these glasses taper nicely to allow aromas to concentrate.

2. Ensure the wine glass has enough capacity to allow at least 12 ounces of wine but never fill the glass with more than 5 ounces leaving plenty of room between the wine and glass lip to concentrate aromas and allow the wine to interact with oxygen.
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3. A thin rim provides a better mouth feel.

4. Stemless vs. stem – we suggest a stem. If holding the wine glass by the stem, there will be no fingerprints allowing the wine to be viewed clearly and your hand is not warming the wine.

5. There are a wide range of costs, choose a nice glass that fits into your budget.



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