Arizona Wines At Their Best
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!

October 25 to November 01, 2017: Halloween Treats and Wine - View Peggy's video below

Looking for a wine to pair when you sneak into the little goblins’ goodie bag? Here are four to try.

1. Hershey’s Chocolate – a no-brainer! The richness requires a bold, tannic wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, or LDV’s “The Signature” Petite Sirah (100% Petite Sirah aged in American oak for 33 months).

2. Snickers or Butterfinger – a Rhone red blend with good tannic structure complements the chocolate, caramel and nuts.
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3. Mounds Bar – LDV Winery has a wonderful full-bodied Syrah that has a hint of coconut on the nose and finish. Another good alternative might be Merlot or try a sparkling wine.

4. Caramel Apple – Grenache has wonderful fruit and if it is aged in French oak like LDV Winery’s Grenache are it will bring a caramel flavor that will pair perfectly. Or make a red wine caramel apple to enjoy. Here is recipe from Epicurious.


October 18 to October 25, 2017: Pairing Wine with Fall Vegetables - View Peggy's video below

Fall vegetables are versatile and typically hard skinned so they can be cooked many ways. Here are 3 tips.

1. Wine pairing is impacted by the cooking method, seasonings, and sauces used.

2. Consider Sweetness vs. Savory – if sweet you want a dry, more tannic wine to cut through the sugar. For roasted acorn squash with brown sugar glaze choose a Petite Sirah or Syrah.

For acorn squash soup lean toward a Viognier because of the creaminess of the soup screams for a crisp white wine.
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3. Side dish or main course might dictate which wine you choose. A side dish of spaghetti squash with a little parmesan cheese and butter would go great with a Grenache. However, if you are serving the roasted spaghetti squash as a main course with a marinara sauce, choose a bolder wine such as a Petite Sirah or Syrah.


October 11 to October 18, 2017: 5 Characteristics of Syrah - View Peggy's video below

  1. Top 10 most widely planted grapes in the world. Loves warmer climates – France’s Rhone Valley, Australia, California, and Arizona.

  2. Small, dark skinned berry that grows in small, triangular-shaped bunches. Fairly thick-skin grape so it provides some tannins but not as tannic as Cabernet Sauvignon or Petite Sirah.

  3. Flavor profile is dark fruit blueberries and blackberries. It is almost meaty on the palate.

  4. Pair with anything off the grill or smoked meats. Use Syrah to braise short ribs and then serve with dinner. It is wonderful with a cheese course or a chocolate dessert like Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Torte.

  5. Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape varietal.
Purchase a bottle of LDV Winery’s 2013 Syrah and let us know what you think about this great grape varietal.
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October 04 to October 11, 2017: 5 Tips for Hosting a Wine Tasting
- View Peggy's video below

About 20 years ago, a group of our friends created a wine tasting club. It was a great way to learn more about wine, experience new wines, and finetune your tasting skills.

1. Develop a wine club structure (i.e. number of people, rotating homes, wine price range, blind vs. open tastings).

2. Provide guidelines to participants about the wine to bring. It might be Oregon Pinot Noirs under $25 or New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs under $20.

3. Ensure that there is enough of each wine for all participants to have at least 2-ounce pours.

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4. Create a tasting handout where participants can put their notes about each wine. Your group may include a scoring system. A downloadable Scoresheet is available at this link.

5. Learn about the wine you are presenting so you can share the information.


September 27 to October 04, 2017: 5 Fun Wine Facts

How many grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine? If you are into math,
here goes!

Here are 5 fun wine facts that will impress your friends.

1. One ton of grapes = 2 barrels

2. Approximately 120 gallons makes about 50 cases of wine

3. These 600 bottles need 2,000 pounds of grapes so each bottle will need 3.3 pounds of grapes.

4. One case of wine = 2.3 gallons of wine

5. One acre of LDV vineyards = one mile of vines Whew!

If you really want to know how many individual grapes it takes to reach 3.3 pounds, come on down to the vineyard and start counting. Knock yourself out!
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September 20 to September 27, 2017: Sweet Wine Preference? Or Something Else?

We really enjoy getting to the real issues when a wine taster states they only like sweet wines. Sweet wines are typically ones that have residual sugar that remains after alcoholic fermentation. Upon further conversation, we often find that it is not the sugar that the taster desires, they just don’t like the acidity or bitterness of many wines that the sugar masks. A significant number of wine drinkers start learning about wine with sweet or off-dry wines (e.g., White Zinfandel) and over time, gravitate toward dryer wines.

While LDV Winery ferment our table wines to zero residual sugar, which is considered a dry wine, we strive to create wines with balanced acidity and soft mouthfeel. Our mountain-grown grapes also produce very fruit forward wines (i.e. fruitiness). Many of those who thought they only liked sweet wines find our wines pleasing and are very surprised.

However, there are a lot of folks that will never enjoy dry wines and that’s ok. Variety is the spice (or sweetness) of life!
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September 13 to September 20, 2017: Regional Wine Preferences

LDV Winery tasting room has been open for a little over two years and we learned a lot about our customers’ preferences. Our non-statistically valid or unscientific research indicates that there is a regional preference for types of wines.

People from the Midwest and Upper Midwest seem to prefer sweeter wines. Visitors from the east coast ask for white wines. Folks from the northwest are interested in Arizona Grenache because it reminds them of Pinot Noir.

California and Canadiens seem to be more adventurous; willing to try anything and have fun doing it.
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There are those that prefer wine blends and others are intrigued by the fact that LDV Winery produces single varietal wines. The U.S. has many different growing areas producing wines from many varietals. When you visit the southwest you need to experience southwestern inspired cuisine. The same should go for Arizona wine. Explore and enjoy the uniqueness of each region’s wine. Don’t come to Arizona and expect a sweet Muscadine wine.


September 06 to September 13, 2017: Wine Tasting Etiquette

Rude behavior still surprises us. Restaurants and tasting rooms seem to bring out the worse in people. Someone close to us loved her chicken salad and measured every restaurant by this particular dish. She would order chicken salad at Italian restaurants and complain if it did not meet her standards.

For the most part people are at their best in our tasting room. However, we have experienced the obnoxious person that speaks so everyone around them can hear about their wine opinions or an inexperience wine taster that believes that all wine should be judged against her favorite boxed sweet Pinot Grigio.
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Wine Tip: Don’t trash wines in a tasting room if you do not like the taste. Just use the dump bucket and move on to the next wine. Everyone’s palette is different and your outbursts ruin the experience for other tasters. If you think it is bad, let the wine staff taste for quality. Wine that has passed its time or is corked does happen.


August 30 to September 06, 2017: Earth’s Fruit Come Full Circle

A key LDV Winery objective is emblazoned on every one of our wine bottles – Earth’s Fruit Come Full Circle. This is our commitment to ensure our growing and winemaking processes are as sustainable as possible while we make the highest quality wine.

From our effective water and soil management in the vineyard to our winemaking process, the LDV team is constantly identifying ways to reuse, recycle, and reduce to maximize our precious resources. If you have been to the LDV Wine Gallery in downtown Scottsdale you sat on the patio at one of our pallet tables or at the bar that is filled with our vineyard rock. Or your purchased some LDV soaps made from our grape juice, seeds, and skins. Or noticed that the size and weight of our wine bottles changed a few years ago reducing impact.

We use 100% recyclable packaging and repurpose corks and salvaged vineyard wood into retail products that we sell. The LDV rose garden keeps flowers on the tables when in bloom. As our orchard matures, LDV will have jams and other products soon for sale. We are committed to making a difference while producing great wines.
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