Arizona Wines At Their Best
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!

May 24 to May 31, 2017: Weddings and Wines

The wedding invitations are arriving and bachelorette parties are filling the LDV wine tasting room. So how much wine should you plan on serving at the wedding?

That depends on the venue, time (summer vs. winter; dinner vs. brunch), theme, guests’ preferences, and other issues.

Three tips for choosing the right amount assuming red and white wine consumption is equal.

1. Sparkling wine for toasting the new couple is estimated at two glasses per guest. There are 6 glasses per bottle. Assume about three cases for 100 guests.

  LDV Winery

2. On average, your guests will consume about one glass of wine per hour. There are 5 glasses to a 750ml wine bottle. A four hour, 100-person reception requires 80 bottles.

3. Don’t buy the most expensive or cheapest wines. Choose quality but don’t break the bank. However, you can do what we did at our wedding, reserve a couple of special bottles for the two of you!


May 17 to May 24, 2017: Chilly Reds

So how cold is too cold to serve red wine? There is a lot of confusion around this topic. There is no right or wrong answer, it is all about what you like.

Most red wine that is stored outside any type of refrigeration is too warm to serve. The perfect temperature is between 60 to 70 degrees. There is a difference between slightly chilled and cold. If a red wine is too cold, you are not able to enjoy the aromas and nuances of the flavors.

White wine and Rosé are typically served cold (40 to 45 degrees). Try our LDV Winery Sky Island Grenache slightly chilled. It is a great summer red.

Here are two tips to serving red wine at the perfect temperature.

1. If you have your red wine in a refrigerator, take it out for 15 minutes before serving.
  LDV Winery

2. If you have been storing your red wine outside any kind of wine refrigerator, put it into the refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving.


May 10 to May 17, 2017: Pre-Memorial Day Party Tips

Memorial Day weekend ushers in summer weather, trips to the beach, and firing up the BBQ.

Three party tips to consider:

1. Outdoor entertaining should be fun. Choose a theme or create a tablescape that reflects your surroundings by using things you have on hand. Be creative.

2. Keep the menu simple and grill the entire meal – grilled caprese salad skewers, steaks, asparagus tossed with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and peach halves drizzled with balsamic reduction.

  LDV Winery

3. Pair the wine with the entire meal and not just the protein. Our go-to is a Grenache or a Syrah that pairs well with a variety of foods. Join us Monday May 15; 6:00 PM Pacific Time for a Facebook LIVE. Tasting/discussing LDV 2013 red wines – 2013 Sky Island Grenache, 2013 Grenache, 2013 Sky Island Petite Sirah, and 2013 “The Signature” Petite Sirah.


May 3 to May 10, 2017: Let’s Talk Dirty

While soil is a complex issue, how it impacts grape growing breaks into three major factors: drainage, ability to absorb nutrients, and minerals and trace elements.

Grape plants do not like to have “wet feet.” They like to be hydrated and then have the water go away. The balance between drainage and moisture retention based on the local climate is important. We chose to plant LDV Winery’s grapes in rocky soil with a natural grade draining to Ash Creek.

The ability to absorb nutrients is directly related to pH; soil’s acid versus alkalinity balance based on a scale of 0 (full acidity) to 14 (full alkalinity). Grapes will grow in the 3-10 range although the sweet spot for high nutrient absorption seems to be 5.5 to 7.0. LDV’s vineyard averages in the 5.8-6.0 range.

Minerals and trace elements not only impact what the plant can feed on but can add flavors and characteristics to the grapes and resulting wines.
  LDV Winery

LDV chose volcanic soil hoping some of those unique flavors would materialize. After reading this, we hope you never look at dirt the same way again!



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

09-02-15 to 11-04-15

07-15-15 to 09-02-15

Back to Current Wine Tip Wednesday


Join us on Facebook   Join us on Twitter   Join LDV on YouTube   spacer
Join LDV on Google Plus   Join LDV on Instagram   LDV on Pinterest  

Click to add the Pinterest "Pin It" button to your web browser

Copyright LDV Winery® 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Web Development & Webmaster: Media People International


Send this site to a friend

Member, Arizona Wine Growers Association

Local First Arizona Member
  HomeOur Story - Wine & VinesGet InvolvedWine ShopJoin Us - Blog
News & Events - Photo GalleryFAQsWine ClubeNewsletterOur Neighbors
Contact UsSite Use Policy - Privacy PolicySite Map