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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!

December 27 to January 03, 2018: Vegetarian Wine Pairings – 5 Tips - View Peggy's video below

Some vegetables are difficult to pair with wine, such as asparagus. However, if they are in a pasta dish, think about the sauce or other vegetables and focus on those for the pairing. Here are a few more tips:

1. Consider the seasoning profile, sauce (spicy, sweet, or acidic) and cooking methods (sauté, BBQ, roasting) when choosing the appropriate wine. Each will impact the wine pairing.

2. Tomatoes are acidic so pair with them with a wine with higher acidity such as a Sangiovese.

3. Pair dark, leafy greens like spinach or swiss chard with light reds such as Grenache or Gamay. Greens make full-bodied red wines too astringent.

4. Match mushrooms, miso and other earthy ingredients with an earthy red wine like a Pinot Noir.
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5. Tannins intensify heat, so if a dish has hot chilies, pour soft, fruity reds like a Zinfandel.

Lastly, remember if you are vegan, don’t assume your wine is. LDV Winery wines are vegan.


December 20 to December 27, 2017: Favorite Things – 5 Gift Ideas - View Peggy's video below

For that wine lover on your holiday gift list, here are 5 of our favorite wine gifts.

1. Vertical of Estate Wines – Estate wines celebrate a sense of place or terroir. Wine produced from Mount Veeder in Napa Valley or Burgundy, France produce wines with distinctive characteristics no matter the winemaker. Finding a unique area & tasting that sense of place in a glass is one of our favorite things. Consider LDV’s 2013 & 2014 The Signature Petite Sirahs.

2. Crystal Decanter – A good decanter allows the wine’s aroma & flavors to open.

3. Great Wine Glasses – The perfect wine glass plays an important role in wine enjoyment.

4. Dual Action Cork Screw – These are the perfect cork screws to opening that great bottle of wine.
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5. Join a Wine Club – Find a winery you love that produces great wines consistently & join their club. Hopefully, you will consider the LDV Winery Sky Island Wine Club.


December 13 to December 20, 2017: Discover Versatile Grenache - View Peggy's video below

Did you know that Grenache is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world? Most acres are in Spain and France. Here are 5 more facts to entice you to discover this versatile grape varietal.

1. Grenache flourishes in Arizona because it loves warm weather. It is a sun bunny. Arizona wine country’s weather is similar to the south of France and Spain where it grows well.

2. It pairs well with different types of food. It can stand up to strong flavors or complement without overpowering a delicate dish.

3. The flavor profiles include red fruit such as cherries, red currant, raspberries, and rhubarb and a finish of white pepper.

4. The sun interacting with the grape skins can throw off a brown tinge to the wine. Don’t be put off by the color.

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5. Around the world this grape varietal is used as a base grape in wine blends such as a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre) and is the dominant grape in the world renowned Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone wines of southern France.


December 06 to December 13, 2017: Wine + Chocolate Pairing - View Peggy's video below

Five tips to pairing wine with chocolate. Why is it an interesting pairing? Both chocolate and wine have different levels of tannins.

1. Darker the chocolate the bolder the tannins. Try to compliment tannin structure between the chocolate and wine. Big tannic Petite Sirah with a dark chocolate.

2. Consider the 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 a Cabernet Sauvignon or Petite Sirah.

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3. The chocolate’s creaminess should be considered when thinking about the wine pairing. White chocolate is a bit more creamy or buttery than many darker chocolates so go with a Viognier.

4. Like wine tasting, let the chocolate melt and coat your mouth to truly taste the nuances.

5. Lastly, like other wine and food pairings, experiment. Host a wine and chocolate party and rate different pairings.


November 29 to December 06, 2017: Let’s Throw a Party - View Peggy's video below

Ten tips to throwing a great party with less stress.

1. Logistics – Set date, time, place, theme & send invites one month in advance.

2. Party Flow – Consider how people will mingle & move through the party.

3. Music – It is important! It sets the party mood.

4. Week Before – Clean & determine silverware/dishes.

5. 2 Days Before – Buy groceries & wine. Put sticky notes on serving dishes for all food.

6. Day Before – Begin food prep, set the tables, arrange flowers or party props.

7. Party Day Morning – Chill the wine, set the bar with garnishes, complete food prep, identify place for dirty dishes, trash, etc. Clean bathrooms.
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8. 2 Hours Before – Finish food & check set up. Get dressed.

9. 1 Hour Before – Light candles, adjust lighting, crank up music, & have a glass of champagne!

10. REMEMBER – No one knows what you didn’t get done!


November 22 to November 29, 2017: Pairing Wine with Thanksgiving Dinner – 4 Tips - View Peggy's video below

Four tips to pair the perfect wine with Thanksgiving dinner.

1. It’s an American holiday, choose American wine! Better yet choose Arizona wines. Our go-to wine is a Grenache. The ripe berries and soft tannins make it a perfect match for the richness of the typical turkey spread. Also consider an Oregon Pinot Noir.

2. Think About Flavor Profile.
If you are putting a Southwestern spin on the meal, consider the spices when choosing the wine. Fuller-bodied white wines (California Chardonnay or an oaked LDV 2014 Viognier) can stand up to the spice & buttery mashed potatoes & gravy.
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3. Bubbles. Don’t shy away from a great sparkling wine like a CA Brut Rosé that can complement the intense flavors. Or consider dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer from Washington or Oregon. The acidity can cut through the richness.

4. Stay away from Sweet Wines.
Lean toward the drier profile. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the homemade pies,
not your wines.


November 15 to November 22, 2017: Nothing Petite About Petite Sirah - View Peggy's video below

Petite Sirah is one of our favorite grapes. It does extremely well in southeastern Arizona at 5,000 feet elevation in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills. Here are 5 Petite Sirah characteristics.

1. It is a small berried grape compared to most other wine grapes which increases its skin to pulp ratio that provides a beautiful dark color. Therefore, it is used to blend into other wines to darken the color.

2. You probably had a lot of Petite Sirah in your life but didn’t know it. It so commonly blended into Cabernet Sauvignon or Grenache.

3. Petite Sirah’s flavor profile is primarily black fruit like black raspberry, black currant, and blackberries.
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4. We love Petite Sirah as a single varietal wine. It is perfect with Southwester cuisine. It has great tannin structure because of the small berry making it pair well with fattier foods like rib eye steak or braised short ribs.

5. It is not a petite type of Syrah. The two grape varietals are different.


November 08 to November 15, 2017: 4 Ideas to Celebrate Fall - View Peggy's video below

1. Poach Pears – Boil 2 cups of Petite Sirah (or other bold red), ¼ cup sugar, 1 juiced orange plus zest, cinnamon stick, & a couple of cloves. Reduce & simmer 5 minutes. Peal 4 firm, ripe pears leaving stem & slice ½-inch off the bottom to allow them to stand. Poach pears for 15-20 minutes in the wine mixture covered; turning every 5 minutes to get even color. Cool & serve at room temperature with the reduced poaching liquid.

2. Get Crafty – Put those saved corks to good use – make a cork wreath or ornaments. LDV Winery Wine Gallery has classes December 2 & 9; 11-1 PM. Call 480-664-4822. $10.00.
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3. Warm Bowl of Soup – Invite friends over for Butternut Squash Soup (or pumpkin) with crusty bread and LDV Winery Viognier or Grenache. Let us know if you need a recipe.

4. Dim the Lights & Cuddle – Turn on the fireplace, put on some romantic music, make a great appetizer plate to share with someone special, & pair it with a sexy bottle of Syrah. A chunk of aged parmesan, smoked nuts, prosciutto, fig balsamic, & Italian bread with a little dark chocolate to finish.


November 01 to November 08, 2017: 5 Tips to Selecting Good All-Around Wine Glass - View Peggy's video below

There is a wine glass made for every type of wine. If you want to choose just one all-around good wine glass, here are 5 tips.

1. Choose a Bordeaux or Burgundy wine glass. They have a nice bowl, though the Burgundy glass has a larger bowl perfect for red wines. They are both tall enough to allow enough wine and space to swirl the wine properly. Typically, these glasses taper nicely to allow aromas to concentrate.

2. Ensure the wine glass has enough capacity to allow at least 12 ounces of wine but never fill the glass with more than 5 ounces leaving plenty of room between the wine and glass lip to concentrate aromas and allow the wine to interact with oxygen.
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3. A thin rim provides a better mouth feel.

4. Stemless vs. stem – we suggest a stem. If holding the wine glass by the stem, there will be no fingerprints allowing the wine to be viewed clearly and your hand is not warming the wine.

5. There are a wide range of costs, choose a nice glass that fits into your budget.



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