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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!

January 17 to January 24, 2018: Tips to Hosting a Blind Wine Tasting - View Peggy's video below

Did you know that a lot of people would not be able to discern a white from a red wine if they were blind folded?

Another fun way to learn about wine is to host a blind wine tasting party.

Here are 3 tips.

1. Set a theme – Chardonnay from California under $30.00 or Syrah from anywhere under $40.00.

2. Serving order is important.
Serve the wine at the proper temperature from white to red and light bodied to full bodied.
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3. Develop criteria for the tasting. Here are examples to compare one varietal:
  a. Appearance – Is it clear or distinct color?
b. Aroma – Does it express complex aromas or little or no aroma?
c. Body – Is there texture and what is the mouth feel?
d. Taste – Does the wine have good balance, structure, and of course, taste good?
e. Finish – Do the flavors linger after swallowing? Is it a rich aftertaste or bitter?


January 10 to January 17, 2018: All About Viognier - View Peggy's video below

The Rhone varietal white grape – Viognier is a very versatile. It can express many different aromas and flavors. LDV Winery makes two different styles – one a crisp, citrus forward wine produced in stainless steel and the other made with traditional Chardonnay style winemaking techniques that features more tropical fruit and buttery characteristics with a hint of oak.

1. Viognier is a full-bodied white wine. Aromas vary depending on where it is grown. It can have floral, tropical, or citrus notes.

2. Taste can vary widely. It can include citrus (lemons, limes, and grapefruit), stone fruit like peaches and pears, or tropical fruit including pineapple, mango, or papaya. It can show a lot of minerality depending on its growing environment and production methods.

On Sunday January 14 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, stop by the LDV Wine Gallery in Old Scottsdale to taste the new 2015 Sky Island Viognier. It is free to attend. Get a taste of the new wine, some nibbles, and talk to the winemaker. Retail price is $18.00.
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January 03 to January 10, 2018: Get Your Game On - View Peggy's video below

You are hosting the party for the “big game” this year and you don’t know where to begin.

Here a couple of our favorite tips to help you get your game on!

1. Interactive Food – Instead of just having people bring something for the buffet do something more interactive with your guests. Make your own pizzas, pretzel making, cup cake icing, made-to-order chicken wings, or individual panini sandwiches. For the non-football enthusiasts, it provides something to do throughout the whole game.

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2. Beer is not the only drink that goes with football. Create a signature drink or create your own wine tasting bar.
Pair each wine with a different type of potato chip flavor.
a. BBQ with Syrah
b. Sour Cream with Grenache
c. Spicy with Petite Sirah or Zinfandel (not white Zinfandel)
d. Regular Ruffle Chip with Viognier

And always remember, if you are having fun your guests will too!



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