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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 28 to March 07, 2018: Cooking with Wine – 6 Tips - View Peggy's video below

The key to cooking with wine is to allow the wine to complement the dish rather than over power. Here are 6 tips.
1. Cook with the same wine to cook with that you will serve.

2. Consider the type of flavor the dish should express. Use a white wine for Risotto Milanese but serve a Pinot Noir or Grenache with the meal. White wine adds depth but because the finished product has a variety of richness & flavors from the saffron, butter, & parmesan it needs a bolder wine.

3. Simmer or cook the wine enough to burn off the alcohol.
If not, your dish will have an unappealing taste.

4. Choose a dry wine to allow you to control the sweetness of the dish.

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5. Adding a bouquet of fresh herbs & butter can add more flavor nuisances and a silkiness to a wine sauce.

6. Cook with your leftover wine. Though smell the wine to ensure it is not too old to use.

View the video to see Curt and Peggy discussing Cooking with Wine.


February 21 to February 28, 2018: A Terrific White Wine – Choose Viognier - View Curt's video below

LDV vineyards are in the Sky Island region which is defined by a series of mountain ranges in southeastern Arizona, Southwestern New Mexico, and Northern Sonora, Mexico with distinct flora and fauna. The rocky, volcanic soils and 5,000-foot mountain elevation, influences LDV’s Viognier (v-own-yay) grapes allowing more citrus and minerality to be expressed than the typical Viognier characteristics of tropical or floral notes.

To celebrate this special place, LDV’s “Sky Island” wines are produced in stainless steel, like the 2015 Sky Island Viognier, or aged in neutral oak barrels, like the 2014 Sky Island Grenache.

The 2015 Viognier vintage was unique because it resulted in a very high yield. This Viognier bottling is the largest single bottling to date – over 500 cases. The 2015 Sky Island Viognier expresses a nose of lemongrass and honeysuckle, while the wine’s flavors punch through with pink grapefruit and minerality. It pairs beautifully with salads, poultry, or fish but it can be a wonderful compliment to spicy Asian and Indian cuisines.

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Purchase a bottle at the Wine Gallery or online HERE.
Watch LDV winemaker Curt Dunham discuss the 2015 Sky Island Viognier:


February 14 to February 21, 2018: Valentine’s Day for Lovers - View Peggy's video below

Have fun this Valentine’s Day. Here are 4 tips to make your Valentine’s Day experience special.

1. Create an Experience – Skip the red roses and get creative to create a special experience. Think about what the other person enjoys – a hike & picnic, wine & cheese pairing, or a trip to the perfume counter where together you can pick the perfect one.

2. Choose Wine – The wine does not have to be expensive just interesting. Choose one your Valentine would like not one that is your favorite. If your Valentine likes Pinot Noir and you like Cabernet Sauvignon, choose a great Pinot.

3. Create a Wine Story – Choose a wine that can ignite a conversation. If your Valentine is from Oregon, choose a wine from there. Learn about the wine and growing region so you can talk about that while you enjoy the wine. Your Valentine can tell stories about Oregon as you sip away together. It will be the stories that are remembered.

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4. Wine + Chocolate – When pairing wine + chocolate, match tannin levels. Bolder wines like a Petite Sirah, pair best with darker chocolates. Creamier the chocolate, less tannic the wine.


February 07 to February 14, 2018: Color, Swirl, Sniff & Taste - View Peggy's video below

Enjoying wine takes all your senses, particularly eye sight, nose, and taste. Here are 4 tips to enjoy your next glass of wine.

1. Color – You are looking for clarity and basic color of the grape; if you know your varietals you know the color – Grenache is opaque vs. Petite Sirah you can’t see through. Tilt the glass where the wine is thin, so you see the full color.

2. Swirl – Purpose is to oxygenate the wine. The whole winemaking production is to keep oxygen away from the wine. The only time oxygen is good is when you are tasting it. It is getting oxygen for the first time, so you want to give it some time to taste and smell the best it can.

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3. Sniff – You want to get your nose in the bowl like you are trying to get your nose wet. You want to interpret what you have. You really want to understand the wine is expressing.

4. Taste – The first taste doesn’t count. Your mouth is not ready, and the mind is not acclimated to the wine. Second taste is when you get a full expression. Let the wine roll off your tongue and over all your receptors in your mouth.


January 31 to February 07, 2018: We Love Cork - View Peggy's video below

We fell in love with cork visiting Portugal picnicking in a cork field after harvest and the corks was rolled sunbathing in the field for 6 months. Stripping the outer bark is done by hand by families that have been doing it for generations. Four other reasons we love cork.

1. Cork is truly renewable. It is harvested every 7 years and a cork tree regenerates its outer layer 12 or 13 times during its 150-year life span.

2. Natural cork preserves the wine’s flavor by only allowing a smidgen of oxygen into bottled wine. Over time oxygen can break down the sulfites in the wine that are there to preserve it.

3. Synthetic corks & screw caps are cheaper, predictable, & great for everyday use. But natural cork is the only enclosure proven for long-term wine aging.

4. Natural cork is an important tradition (appeared over 150 years ago) that connects families to their environment and regenerates itself.

At LDV these attributes matter. There is a reason why our tagline is earth’s fruits come full circle.

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January 24 to January 31, 2018: Wine + Cheese Pairing Tips - View Peggy's video below

Every comfort food includes cheese for a reason – it is lusciously good. As a general pairing rule, the whiter and fresher the cheese the crisper and fruitier the wine.

Heavier, richer soft cheese can be paired with a big white wine like a Chardonnay or light red. The harder and darker the cheese, the bolder and richer the wine. In any case, the wine or cheese should be complimentary. Here are three more tips.

1. Fresh cheese such as mozzarella can be overpowered by a bold wine unless it is on a pizza. Choose a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or stainless steel produced Viognier like LDV Winery’s 2015 Sky Island Viognier.

2. Think about the nuances (e.g. saltiness or creaminess) of soft white cheese such as brie or triple cream. They might pair well with a fruitier wine such as a Pinot Noir or Grenache.

3. Blue cheeses vary greatly in their flavors. Choose a Rosé wine for a mild blue cheese while a strong Point Reyes blue cheese can hold its own with Australian Shiraz, Sangiovese, or LDV Winery 2013 Syrah.
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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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