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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!

July 26 to August 02, 2017: Pre-Harvest Prep

Wine Country comes alive this time of year no matter where you are in the country. In Arizona, it appears that harvest may come early. In fact, our neighbor harvested Sauvignon Blanc last week. There is so much to be done at LDV Winery in preparation for harvest.

The key activity is to finish bottling a lot of wine to empty and prepare the barrels to receive wine from this vintage. Unfortunately, our 22,000 corks have taken a 6,000-mile road trip across the country for three weeks instead of taking the direct route from California to Arizona which should have taken a day. We are still waiting.

Other pre-harvest activities include: Checking all equipment in the lab and winery to ensure it is in good working order. Check all drains and replace any cracked or damaged drain covers. Ensure extra hoses and parts are on hand.

Come visit LDV Winery on August 5 for our annual BBQ to see first-hand how we prepare for harvest. In fact, we may even be beginning the process. Call to register 602-320-1485.
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July 19 to July 26, 2017: Heat Stress

Hot. Hot. Hot.

Perfect description for the 2017 wine grape growing season in Arizona. Unusually hot temperatures in Southeastern Arizona has had some impact on our vineyard.

In June, we have experienced ten days in a row over 100 degrees. It stayed extremely hot until July 4th this year.

Since 2008, when we planted our vineyard, we have never seen temperatures this high.

Following are some of the vineyard indicators of heat stress.
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  • Yellowing of the leaves indicates that the vine is not getting adequate nutrients and water.
  • Canopy development stops resulting in less leaves impacting photosynthesis sun and shade for the grapes.
  • The berry stops growing in size resulting in smaller crop yields.
Unfortunately, only time will tell if heat stress will impact the berry flavors or juice quality.

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July 12 to July 19, 2017: Wine Reduction

It’s a fallacy that everyone knows how to cook basics. Case in point, someone asked for a wine reduction recipe recently. A wine reduction is a great way to enhance a dish, but also a great excuse to drink wine while cooking. Here are 3 tips for reducing wine.

1. Sangiovese or Tempranillo have an earthiness to them which when reduced are perfect with beef and mushrooms.

2. Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or Syrah are bolder wines and the fruitiness will be expressed when reduced. These wines are sometimes higher in alcohol and when reduced will be sweeter as the alcohol breaks down into sugar.

3. Recipe: Add wine to a sauté pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer and reduce by ½ volume. A cup of wine will produce a ½ cup when reduced. You can vary the flavor by adding springs of rosemary, sauté shallots first then add to the wine, add some balsamic vinegar, or other flavorings. Salt and pepper to taste.
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July 05 to July 12, 2017: What’s Table Wine?

I’m Italian and I grew up drinking table wine in grape jelly glasses at every dinner. This might be red or white wine usually from a big jug. The label really didn’t tell you much about the wine grapes or where they originated. From my memory, the wine seemed lighter and sweeter than the wines I enjoy today.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau that regulates the wine industry defines table wine as grape wine having a maximum content of 14% alcohol by volume. Table wine may also be designated using terms such as light wine, light white wine, red table wine, or sweet table wine.

As we have discussed in the past, we hope your interest in what you put into your body goes beyond just organic food to include your wine. There is a reason cheap table wine is cheap. It is directly related to the grape quality and winemaking process. Buy local and get to know your winemaker.
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MORE WINE TIPS:

05-03-17 to 07-05-17

03-01-17 to 05-03-17

01-04-17 to 03-01-17

11-02-16 to 01-04-17

09-07-16 to 11-02-16

06-29-16 to 09-07-16

05-04-16 to 06-29-16

03-02-16 to 05-04-16

01-06-16 to 03-02-16

10-28-15 to 01-06-16

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07-15-15 to 09-02-15

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