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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!

March 22 to March 29, 2017: Wine with Dessert

I recently attended a winemaker dinner where our dessert wine was paired very poorly with the dessert served. Both were beautiful on their own, but together, they clashed.

Here are four tips to consider when selecting a wine to pair well with dessert.

1. Bold, dark fruit flavored Syrah or Petite Sirah pair beautifully with a chocolate dessert. A high tannin wine is needed to stand up to the tannins in the chocolate.

2. Determine the dominant flavors of your dessert to pair the right wine. Sweetness level, fruit flavors, and spices provide clues to the right wine to choose.
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3. Texture is the last component to consider. Is the dessert smooth, creamy, chunky, crunchy, or nutty?

4. Sweet on sweet is not always the best answer. Many dry wines will pair beautifully with your favorite dessert. When in doubt, ask your local wine expert or give us a call.

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March 15 to March 22, 2017: What’s Neutral About Aging Wine in Oak?

LDV Winery ages red and some white wines in oak barrels. That may seem obvious but it is not necessarily the case for all wineries. Many wines never see an oak barrel with wood chips or staves being added to a tank or vat to create that oaky flavor.

While we probably use more new oak per gallon than any a lot of wineries, there are times when we want the wine’s flavor to shine through without the oak influence. These are our Sky Island wines. As a wine ages in newer oak barrels, the flavor of the barrel will be infused into the wine.

Each time a barrel is used, the flavors are leached from it until no or very minimal oak flavors are imparted into the wine.

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After about three to four vintages, we consider a barrel to be neutral. We continue to use the barrel until it no longer holds wine. Up until last year, we had to purchase neutral barrels since all the new barrels purchased over the years had not yet reached neutrality. Last year was the first year that we began using our own homegrown neutral barrels – a real milestone!

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March 08 to March 15, 2017: Library Wine Tasting

In the LDV Winery tasting room on our “Upcoming Events” display is posted a Library Wine Tasting. We didn’t realize an explanation was needed.

But after receiving several questions about which library we were pouring our wines at or how are you partnering with the library, we recognized that not everyone understands the significance of library wines.

It is amazing how wines continue to change in the bottle as they age. To us, that is the exciting experience of wine collecting or winemaking. LDV Winery has maintained a wine library of all the winery’s wine releases since it began.
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As a young winery, we now have wines that have been in the bottle for over five years and it is time to evaluate how they are doing. Hence a library wine tasting. Learn more about this upcoming event March 24 and how to register HERE.

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March 01 to March 08, 2017: Decanting Wine

Decanting ensures that wine sediment in the bottle does not end up in your glass. Wines that are not fined or filtered can have some sediment. Ports and older red wines naturally produce sediment as a byproduct of aging.

Slowly pouring the wine into a decanter separates this sediment from the clear wine. Decanting can also help aerate wine enhancing the aromas and flavors. Three tips:

1. Stand the wine bottle upright for up to 24 hours to allow sediment to fall to the bottom.

2. After removing the capsule and cork, wipe the inside of the bottle neck of any sediment using a clean cloth.
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3. Pour the wine slowly and steadily into a clean vessel or decanter until the sediment approaches the bottle’s neck. The use of a lit candle under the bottle neck can assist you in seeing the sediment as it reaches the neck. Discard the remaining few ounces of wine left in the bottle. The decanted wine is ready to serve.

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MORE WINE TIPS:

01-04-17 to 03-01-17

11-02-16 to 01-04-17

09-07-16 to 11-02-16

06-29-16 to 09-07-16

05-04-16 to 06-29-16

03-02-16 to 05-04-16

01-06-16 to 03-02-16

10-28-15 to 01-06-16

09-02-15 to 11-04-15

07-15-15 to 09-02-15

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