LDV Winery: Elegant Wines for any Celebration


By Linda Kissam “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva”


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Celebration time brings out the craving for rich foods, beautiful wines, and special food pairings. LDV Winery is up to the task, crafting wines that pair perfectly with special dishes of all kinds. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with co-owner Peggy Fiandaca to taste three of their wines and one wine made with their grapes. Each wine was paired with a very special dish crafted by Peggy. It was a delightful afternoon, and I came out of it a fan of what Arizona can do with their grapes.

The family-owned estate winery and vineyards are located at 5,000-feet in the Chiricahua Mountain Foothills in Southeastern Arizona which is considered part of the Sky Island Mountain range which has been producing award-winning Rhone variety wines since 2002. The winery produces 3,000 cases of wine annually and LDV wines are vegan, gluten-free, and sustainably grown.

This winery has a razor-sharp focus on what success looks like for their winery. They concentrate primarily on single-varietal wines. Careful processing with limited winery manipulation lets the grapes and the end product do the talking. I think you’ll enjoy these posh, elegant wines.

Warm environment wines can be so big and bold they often miss the mark. The slow drop-off from summer into fall gives grapes ample opportunity to become fully ripe but the negative is that more natural acidity in the grapes is lost. You can generally assume that warm climates produce grapes with more ripe fruit flavors and less acidity. Somehow this winery beats all the negative predictions, producing world-class wines that please the nose and palate while exceeding expectations.

Guests can visit the tasting room in Scottsdale, Arizona. Located in the upscale shopping district of Old Town Scottsdale, there is plenty to see and do all afternoon long.  At the tasting room, enjoy a wine flight, a glass, or a bottle of LDV wine inside or on the patio. For groups larger than ten, reservations are required. Contact them directly 480-664-4822.

Location: 7134 E. Stetson Drive; #B110 (south of Camelback Road, west of Scottsdale Road at South Bridge)

To make your special and everyday meals spectacular, you need the perfect wine. LDV owner Peggy Fiandaca suggests you choose the wine first, then find the food that compliments the wine.

Here are four wine and food pairings, plus a recipe for you to consider for your table.

2020 Viognier

Twisted Union Winery purchased LDV Winery estate Chardonnay to produce this 100% Viognier aged in neutral oak barrels. Tantalizing aromas of apricot, pear, and pineapple herald a complex medium-bodied wine buzzing with flavors of citrus, vanilla butter, and honey.

Pairing: Spicy Thai Noodles, recipe below

2015 Grenache
$38.00 / 750 mL Bottle
AZ – Cochise County

100% Grenache fruit aged for 35 months in 50% new French oak and 50% one-year French oak with medium-plus toasting. The wine has beautiful floral aromas, giving way to rich fruit & spice on the palate. It is not fined or filtered. A powerfully perfumed nose with delicate fruit. Perfect paired with California roll, roasted salmon, or grilled chicken.

Alcohol 14.30%

Pairing: Shrimp Tostado

2014 Sky Island Petite Sirah
$32.00 / 750 mL Bottle

AZ – Cochise County

The Sky Island Petite Sirah is 100% Petite Sirah that showcases the intensity of the fruit and is a true reflection of the 2014 vintage. It was aged for an extended period of 35 months in neutral barrels. It was bottle aged an additional 18 months. The wine is very fruit-forward with loads of blackberries and blueberries.

Alcohol 15.40%

Pairing: Spicy Meatballs

2015 Petite Sirah

This versatile food wine should pair beautifully with smoked baby back ribs, pizza, cheeseburgers, rack of lamb, or marinated beef kabobs. 100% Petite Sirah barrel-aged for 35 months showcases lush blackberry and smoky cassis fruit. ($40.00).

Alcohol 15.3%

Pairing: Dark Chocolate Brownies

¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter
2 T hoisin sauce
1 T soy sauce
1 T sriracha hot sauce (or more if you like extra heat)
1 tsp fresh lime juice; Additional lime slices for garnish
1 medium clove garlic grated
1-inch fresh ginger, grated (or finely chopped)
Noodles (angel hair, soba, or what you desire)
Unsalted peanuts (about ½ cup)
Cilantro (about ¼ cup chopped)
4 green onions
Peanut oil

Whisk together the peanut butter, hoisin, soy sauce, sriracha, lime juice, garlic, and ginger in a medium bowl.

Whisk in 4 tablespoons of water. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but still drip off lightly.
Add more if the sauce needs thinning. Set aside to let flavors meld.
Cook noodles to al dente according to the package. Drain thoroughly.

Add to noodles, chopped unsalted peanuts, finely chopped cilantro, and chopped green onions.
Toss all ingredients and add a drizzle of peanut oil.
Garnish with a lime slice and a sprinkle of nuts.
Wine Pairing: Light, crisp LDV Winery Viognier or a dry New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ is a professional travel, food, and wine writer who specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. Visit www.AllInGoodTaste.info

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