LDV Winery owners and winemakers Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca have been bringing their easy recipes and wine tasting tips into the homes of wine aficionados via Facebook since the COVID-19 spread changed the way happy hour and getting together happens. The popular virtual happy hour and cooking series From the LDV Kitchen allows wine lovers and home cooks to join in on a relaxed approaching to simple yet delicious home cooking along with a casual “wine pairing 101” for each meal.
Each free virtual happy hour includes interactive preparation discussion, instruction tips and step by step meal tutorial. Recipes are posted prior to each session, which takes place Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.; weekly themes through July 16 are as follows:
Thursday, June 18
Herb Crusted Grilled Rack of Lamb with Haricots Verts Salad with Champaign Vinaigrette paired with 2015 Syrah
Thursday, June 25
Jamaican Spiced Chicken with Coco Crazy Risotto and Caribbean Salad with Honey Lime Dressing served with 2015 Grenache
Thursday, July 2
Grilled Spice Rubbed Baby Back Ribs with Homemade BBQ Sauce and Watermelon Salad complemented by the new 2015 Sky Island Petite Sirah
Thursday, July 9
Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini with Fresh Marinara and Chopped Salad Italian Herb Vinaigrette with homemade croutons served with 2015 Decasde Red Wine Blend
Thursday, July 16
Grilled Firecracker Spice Rubbed Rib Eye Steak with Oh-So-Impressive Spinach Souffle paired with 2014 Building Block Petite Sirah
To join each complimentary class, guests can simply log onto the LDV Winery Facebook page. Participants are invited to “drink along” by purchasing the featured wines, and those that order the entire selection of wines in the series will receive 10% discount. Wine club members receive enhanced discounts as well. Tasting Room hours are Sunday through Thursday noon to 6:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday noon to 8:00 p.m. Call 480-664-4822 to place an order to pick-up curbside or for tasting reservations at the LDV Winery Tasting Room in Old Town Scottsdale; local delivery can also be arranged. Visit LDV Winery Facebook page or www.ldvwinery.com for more information on the live series as well as pick-up and tasting opportunities.