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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!

February 22 to March 1, 2017: Wine Structure

Comments often heard at wine tastings include “This wine’s structure is well-developed” or “This wine does not have any structure.” What does this mean and why should you care?

Structure is typically evaluated by examining the balance of four basic features of the wine: acid, tannin, alcohol, and glycerol or viscosity. Does the wine make your mouth water (acid)? Does the finish have a little grip to it (tannin)? Does the wine taste “hot” (alcohol)? Does it feel silky and coat your mouth or does it just go away (glycerol)?

Structure is not about taste, but the sensations that enhance or detract from the experience. Also, well-structured wines tend to age better while wines lacking in structure will probably not improve much in the bottle and could possibly spoil sooner.
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February 15 to February 22, 2017: Entertaining Made Easy

On Valentine’s Day, we are host 20 people for a five-course winemaker dinner. Our three must-do tips to make entertaining less stressful include:

1. At least a week ahead plan the menu, make the shopping list (check it twice), and prepare a detailed meal prep time schedule. The menu should allow you prepare some items ahead or at least prep items (e.g. chop vegetables, make dessert).

2. Two days ahead, do as much shopping as possible. You will forget some items. Last minute shopping is done the day before and not the day of the event.

3. Set the table the day before and prepare flower arrangements. I also do table cards to assign seats to ensure great conversations.

More tips on Food & Wine Pairing, join the LDV mailing list HERE.
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February 8 to February 15, 2017: Chocolate + Wine = Sensual Pairing

Chocolate is decadent particularly paired with wine. Why? One of the reasons is that chocolate has different levels of tannins as does wine. When pairing a chocolate think about the tannin level in both. Typically, darker chocolate bolder tannins. Two pairing tips.

1. Consider intensity of both the chocolate and wine. Lighter milk chocolate pairs with lighter red wines like a Grenache. A bittersweet chocolate pairs well with a more tannic wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Petite Sirah.

2. The chocolate’s creaminess will also assist with an appropriate wine pairing. White chocolate is a bit more creamy or buttery than many darker chocolates so you might want to pair a Muscato or Viognier.

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Wineries along the Scottsdale Wine Trail will be pairing 3 wines with chocolates for $5 Feb. 11-12; Noon-5 PM
each day. LDV will hosting a workshop Feb. 12 at 5 PM to delve deeper into this topic. Register: 480-664-4822.

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February 1 to February 8, 2017: Let’s Do Supper

We grew up in an era when supper was the time that families and friends truly connected. At the supper table, anything and everything was discussed over a meal prepared with love.

At our house, there was no topic off base and opinions were loudly discussed with great enthusiasm. However, the discussion was civil and personal attacks were not made when voicing differing opinions. Supper was special and we hold cherished memories.

At LDV Winery we are introducing our own type of supper – Vineyard to Table Supper Club. First Tuesdays of the month, we will host a limited group at the LDV Wine Gallery supper table for a wine-driven meal.
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Photo Circa 1976 Fiandaca Family Supper Table

The Supper Club will allow us to have fun talking about wine, food, and whatever else comes up over a three-course wine-focused supper served family-style.

Come have supper with us. There is still room at the supper table for Tuesday February 7 at 6:00 PM. Call 480-664-4822 for reservations.

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January 25 to February 01, 2017: New Girl Scouts Cookies and LDV Wines

2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the first-ever sale of cookies by Girl Scouts.

Two new cookies introduced this year are versions of s’mores. One is a crisp cookie covered in a layer of crème icing then double-dipped in chocolate. The other is a graham cracker with marshmallow filling covered in chocolate.

We suffered through a lot of cookie eating to determine which LDV Winery’s wines might be the best pairing with these new cookies.

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Our choice is our new release 2013 Sky Island Petite Sirah. This Petite Sirah pairs well because it is aged in neutral barrels with dark fruit flavors of black raspberry.

LDV’s other cookie/wine suggestions include: Savannah Smiles with 2013 Sky Island Viognier, Samoas with 2012 Grenache, Thin Mints with 2012 Petite Sirah, and Tagalongs with the 2012 “The Signature” Petite Sirah. Learn about all the Girl Scout cookies at this link.

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January 18 to January 25, 2017: Wine Diamonds

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but why are they in my wine? The crystals are tiny, crystalline deposits that occur in wines when potassium and tartaric acid, both natural products of grapes, bind together to form a crystal. The scientific term is potassium bitartrate which is the same as cream of tartar used in cooking.

Tartrates are a normal byproduct of the aging process. As a wine is exposed to cold temperatures, the wine’s tartaric acid compounds naturally combine with potassium to form crystals.

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These crystals do not affect the wine’s quality. In fact, the presence of tartrate crystals is viewed by many winemakers, sommeliers, and academics as a sign of quality, indicating that the wine was not over processed.
For aesthetic reasons, many winemakers use a process called cold stabilization to remove tartrates or wine diamonds.

LDV Winery’s philosophy is to minimally process our wines. You may notice wine diamonds in the 2013 Sky Island Viognier as well as some sediment in LDV red wines. But that is another topic.

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January 11 to January 18, 2017: Unintended Consequences

When your tree falls on your neighbor’s roof, you are most likely responsible for the damages.

But what happens when a farming operation applies approved herbicides on his fields and does it in the correct manner and it drifts into your vineyard damaging or killing the plants? Who is responsible?

That is what many Texas grape growers are concerned about. In this example, it is herbicides but it could be landscaping plants that attract insects that are deadly to grapevines. With the amount of wind in Arizona’s wine region, how do we protect the industry against these unintended consequences? Article at this link.
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One of the key reasons we chose our vineyard land was that it had never been cultivated and is located far away from any existing agriculture other than ranching. However, that can all change if ranch land around us gets developed. What recourse would we have? Particularly since the devastation might occur over  time.

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January 4 to January 11, 2017: Good Wine Defined

We all know when we taste a wine we like. It is an experience that is unique to every palette. But just because a wine tastes good, is it really well made? Not necessarily.

A wine with a little residual sugar might taste good but sugar can hide quite a few flaws. It can also make the wine unstable and not age-worthy.

A wine that is produced in less than sanitary conditions can also have problems down the road. There are a plethora of chemicals and additives that can be added to “fix” a wine that didn’t turn out so well to begin with including enzymes, color enhancers, fining agents, and artificial tannins.

These may all improve the wine’s drinkability but does their presence qualify the wine as well made? You be the judge.
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