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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!

June 06, 2018: Going Wine Tasting: 5 Tips - View Peggy's video below

Exploring wine regions and tasting new wines is a lot of fun. Here are 5 tips to make your next wine tasting experience truly great.

  1. Do your research before you go. Learn about the grape varietals, download a wine trail, and get recommendations from friends on where to go.
  2. You cannot do them all. Set your priorities and don’t try to power taste.
  3. Don’t be one of those rude or loud wine tasters. It is not about impressing everyone in ear shot about what you know. Unless the wine is truly flawed, keep your negative opinions to yourself or among your companions.
  4. Ask questions about the wine, winery, and what makes their wine unique.
  5. Know your limits. If you had too much to drink, don’t ask for more. You will not be served. Choose a designated driver.
Remember it is all about the experience. Watch Peggy Fiandaca, LDV owner discuss in more detail about Going Wine Tasting Tips

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May 16, 2018: Fun Wine Facts - View Curt's video below

People are always asking about how many tons of grapes it takes to make wine. They aren’t satisfied with the answer a lot. So, here are some fun wine facts to impress your friends or clients at your next party.
  1. It takes 2000 pounds or about a ton of grapes to make two barrels of wine which equals 120 gallons.
  2. 120 gallons of wine make 50 cases of wine in standard 750ML bottles.
  3. There are 12 bottles per case of wine. So, one ton of grapes makes 600 bottles of wine.
  4. To make one case of wine it takes about 40 pounds of grapes.

It takes a lot of fruit and work to make wine. To learn more fun facts, view the short video

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April 11, 2018: 4 Tips to Expand Your Wine Appreciation
- View Peggy's video below

Every day is a new day to learn more about wine. The vineyard, winery, or our customers teach us something new regularly. Even if you do not own a winery, there is a lot to learn about wine. Explore and do your own research to expand your appreciation. Here are four tips.

  1. Decide what you like about wine. Is it the agriculture or winemaking? If the farming, then learn about wine regions and why certain grape varietals are grown in different areas.
  2. Maybe you love Chardonnay than explore Chardonnay grapes grown and wine made in different regions around the world. Compare the nuances of the different regions and winemaking styles. You will find that not all Chardonnay is produced the same.
  3. Try different vintages of the same wine to understand how the year’s growing season influenced the wine.
    It is fun to try several vintages of the same wine from the same vineyard to taste the difference.
  4. Want to know more about wine? Take a class or two at a local college or winery offering wine appreciation courses.
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March 21 to March 28, 2018: What to ask a Sommelier? - View Peggy's video below

You are out with clients and the waiter hands you the wine list. Don’t panic,
ask for the Sommelier. This is person is a trained expert responsible for creating/maintaining the wine list, serving wine, and recommending appropriate wines. They are there to enhance your dining experience. Here are 5 tips.
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  1. Provide a desired price range. Doesn’t have to be expensive.
  2. Communicate your dinner choices.
  3. Provide some guidance about what you like (e.g., fruit-forward or earthy wines; I don’t like heavily-oaked wines).
  4. Ask if there is a really “hot” or exciting wine out now? A great vintage or something drinking well.
  5. Have the Sommelier suggest a new winery, grape varietal, or an up-and-coming new wine region.
If you let the Sommelier choose, you are probably going to get a memorable bottle of wine because the person’s reputation is on the line. And yes, you should tip specifically for this service depending on the type of service provided and how much the wine costs. I provide an in-person “thank you” and a cash 18-20% tip on the wine directly to the Sommelier.
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March 14 to March 21, 2018: Wine Mouth Feel - View Curt's video below

LDV Winery works very hard not only on ensuring that our wines are well balanced and tasty, but that the mouth feel is luscious and soft. How do you define a wine’s mouth feel? Astringent, bitter, velvety, or sour are not tastes, but sensations in the mouth.

LDV Winery institutes gentle treatment of our grapes and wines and extended aging to create a softness in the finished product. The result is balanced acidity and flavors with a pillowy or velvety feel when you drink LDV wines. When tasting wine, think about the following to discern the wine’s mouth feel.

1. What is the wine’s viscosity and how does it cling to the palate?

2. Does the wine have a long finish which makes it perfect to pair with foods?

3. Are there pleasant or unpleasant sensations apart from the flavors?

Enjoying wine should excite all your senses. Mouth feel is just one of the important components of truly enjoy a great glass of wine. See video, with LDV winemaker Curt Dunham discussing mouth feel
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March 07 to March 14, 2018: 2014 Wine Vintage - View Peggy's video below

LDV Winery began to release the 2014 vintage wines over the last few months with more to come. Already released from the 2014 vintage include: Sky Island Grenache, Viognier, and R.E.D. (Rhone Red Blend). Upcoming 2014 wine releases will include a new Grenache, Sky Island Syrah, and three new Petite Sirah bottlings that have been nurtured and cellared for over three years and will be released over the coming months.

2014 was an interesting year with a frost scare early and a lot of rain right before harvest. The wet period resulted in having to drop a lot of fruit, particularly Viognier, because of bunch rot. Overall yields were around average except for the Viognier.

Yields were about four tons per acre, while Viognier averaged two tons per acre. Some things to look for in these wines is more depth and complexity. Our vines are still very young, and this additional year of development helps to further define LDV’s unique vineyard characteristics.

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Purchase LDV Winery’s 2014 vintage wines and let us know what you think. Purchase online: Or stop by the Wine Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale.



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