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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!

June 28 to July 05, 2017: Wine Flavorings

How’d you get cherry flavors in your wine? Do you add ripe cherries to the grape juice? We get these questions daily. No, the flavors are created only by the grapes. Barrel type and toasting also impact the wine’s flavor and aroma. The yeast used can also influence the wine’s taste.

A current trend is to introduce additives that change the natural wine flavors such as adding peach and ginger flavorings to white wine or jalapenos peppers for added spice. In our opinion, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

The magic and mystery of the winemaking process is how the grape flavors are expressed in the finished wine. What is exciting about wine grapes is that it is the only fruit that drastically changes in flavor after it is fermented. It takes on nuanced flavors of cherries, stewed strawberries, tobacco, etc. If you ferment peaches or cherries, the finished product still tastes like peaches or cherries. Our philosophy is to let our grapes express all the wonderful flavors and aromas of nature.
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June 21 to June 28, 2017: Wine Clones, Not Clowns

A wine clown is someone trying out his latest pickup lines at a wine tasting. A wine clone is something totally different.

Wine grape clones present very specific attributes that are expressed in the finished wine. Clones are chosen because of the vineyard site terroir or the desire to produce a certain style of wine from the varietal.

There can literally be dozens of clones for a given grape varietal and it is rare to see that information available on the bottle or in the wine description. You will usually need to ask. At LDV Winery, we have several clones. We have our Road Block Petite Sirah planted with an Entav clone (France) and our Building Block Petite Sirah planted with Tablas Creek A clones (California).
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Photo by Charleston City Paper; Jonathan Boncek

2015 will be the first year we will have the two distinct Petite Sirah clones. We have kept all this Petite segregated by clone to be able to compare. This should be the basis for some good debates among our tasting panels!


June 14 to June 21, 2017: Bold Reds for Dad

Think big, bold reds for dad this year! What goes better with a mesquite grilled Porterhouse Steak or Prime Rib than red wine? Beer is for the Stanley Cup hockey games or baseball. But for Father’s Day, pull out all the stops and choose a special wine like a multi-layered, spicy Petite Sirah with a smooth, long finish.

Skip the ties or another shirt and stop at your favorite wine shop for something dad will truly enjoy. If you do not know anything about wine, don’t be afraid to ask. The cellar masters at your favorite store are just waiting for someone to ask for a recommendation. Or give us a call or email and we will make suggestions.

Bring dad down to LDV Winery Wine Gallery in Downtown Scottsdale on Father’s Day and let him pick out his wine. LDV Father’s Day Special: 25% off LDV Winery’s Petite Sirah (by the glass, by the bottle, or by the truckload)! It’s a manly wine for those manly dad’s in your life.
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June 07 to June 14, 2017: Intriguing Vanilla

An aroma can create a memory that is so powerful it can transport you back to a different time and place. Vanilla can do that. Vanilla bean ice cream is obvious but vanilla in savory foods is incredible. A vanilla beure blanc sauce sends us right back to Les Crayeres in Reims, France where we had a once-in-lifetime wine lunch.

Like wine, vanilla is terroir driven and one of the most complex spices with hundreds of different flavor and aroma profiles. A commonly recognized vanilla is Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla and is not made from bourbon but from the Indian Ocean island of Reunion (formerly known as Bourbon). Mexican, West Indian, and Tahitian vanillas are also common, each with its distinctive flavors. French vanilla is not a place but a type of cooking technique that uses intense vanilla flavors.

The new LDV Winery 2014 Viognier has a burst of honey and vanilla which inspired this recipe - Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc Sauce. Pick up a bottle and try our recipe! RECIPE HERE
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May 31 to June 07, 2017: 2017 Vintage Begins

LDV Winery’s 2017 Vintage is off to a great start. Our grape varietals have successfully reached and in most cases completed the “flowering” stage. This is when the grape buds flower, which upon successful pollination, evolve into grapes.

Grapes do not need bees to pollinate, they are self-pollinators. This is always an exciting but anxious time. Spring in southern Arizona often brings high winds. Too much bluster in the vineyard can impact fruit set by blowing off flowers and newly pollinated grapes that are very tender and vulnerable. The wind may cause the flowers not to pollinate.

The term for poorly formed clusters is called shatter. It leaves behind clusters that are not properly formed which can greatly impact the vine’s fruit quality and quantity. Additional weather impacts at this stage include cold temperatures, frost, and heavy rains. So far, the fruit set at LDV Winery is looking good. This flowering stage lasts approximately three weeks. Each varietal has its own timetable!
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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!



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