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Leslie Hallman
 
May 6, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

SFW Scores Big with James Suckling


Scheid Family Wines garnered seven 90+ scores for 7 wines from acclaimed wine critic, James Suckling!

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2016 Scheid Vineyards SLH Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir - 92 Points 
"A fresh and elegant pinot noir with plenty of red-cherry aroma, plus delicate, spicy notes. Good concentration with gentle tannins that support the medium body beautifully. Long, silky finish. Drink or hold."

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2016 Stokes’ Ghost Petite Sirah - 92 Points
"The extremely intense aromas of black raspberries lead you into a full-bodied and well-structured red that retains remarkable freshness and lightness, considering its scale and the sheer quantity of tannins. The long, dry finish has more textural complexity and vitality than you normally get with this grape. Drink or hold."

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2017 Scheid Vineyards Estate Chardonnay - 91 Points
"A very bright style of chardonnay with a ton of lemon and fresh-pineapple character. Just a hint of creaminess and surprisingly full body for this fruit-driven style, balancing the racy acidity. Drink now."

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2016 Scheid Vineyards Dolcetto - 91 Points
"Looking for a big red with more freshness than most cabernets? Brimming with black cherries and wild blackberries, the full body of this generous and joyful red is nicely balanced by the touch of moderately dry tannin. Drink now with pizza or pasta."

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2015 Scheid Vineyards Petite Sirah - 91 Points 
"The first impression that this bold yet fresh red makes, is of a certain sweetness, due to the deep blackberries. But, immediately, the generous, supple tannins kick in and it turns decidedly dry. Slightly rustic, spicy finish. Drink now with hearty food."

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2017 Scheid Vineyards Grenache Blanc - 90 Points
"This vibrant and crisp, medium-bodied dry white proves that grenache blanc is a variety with a great future in California. Tons of white peaches and lemons with a hint of lemon blossom. Drink now."

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2015 Scheid Vineyards Tannat - 90 Points
"The tannat grape has a reputation for making reds that are inky and very tannic. But this example, from Monterey, is easy to drink, thanks to the generous forest berries and plums. It’s quite juicy, too, with rather soft tannins. Drink now."

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About James Suckling:

James Suckling is one of today’s leading wine critics whose reviews are read and respected by wine lovers, serious wine collectors, and the wine trade worldwide. He is CEO/Editor of JameSuckling.com, the wine media platform and events company with offices in Hong Kong and Bangkok.

In total, Suckling spent nearly 30 years as Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of The Wine Spectator, and as European Editor of Cigar Aficionado. On his departure from the magazines, Forbes called the Los Angeles-born writer “one of the world’s most powerful wine critics.”

Shortly after in late 2010, Suckling launched JamesSuckling.com, a site that evolved from him seeing a need for wine to be communicated in a more modern way. The crux of the site are his tasting notes, and James and his team of critics rate about 10,000 wines a year—all on the 100-point scale. 

Time Posted: May 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Leslie Hallman
 
April 9, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

90 Points from Wine Enthusiast - Times Two!



We are delighted to share two new scores from Wine Enthusiast. Both our 2017 District 7 Chardonnay and our 2017 Scheid Vineyards Estate Chardonnay were rated 90 Points. Additionally, District 7 Chardonnay was awarded Editors' Choice. 
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Our 2017 District 7 Chardonnay is pure, unadulterated Monterey. The aromas are fresh and extroverted with notes of yellow apples, pears and citrus augmented by a blast of vanilla and caramel. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a bright, lingering finish. The combination of fruit, viscosity and structure ensures that this Chardonnay can accompany a wide variety of foods from soft cheese to roast chicken or seafood.

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With a fruit-driven core of pineapple, pear and citrus, our 2017 Scheid Vineyards Chardonnay is made in a bright and lively style that strikes the perfect balance between rich and refreshing.

Time Posted: Apr 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Leslie Hallman
 
April 4, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

2019 California Green Medal Environment Award

“We are honored to receive the Green Medal Environment award. Sustainability is not an initiative at Scheid Family Wines; it is a core value.”
- Scott Scheid, President & CEO 

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We are proud to announce that Scheid Family Wines was awarded the 2019 California Green Medal Environment award. The California Green Medal recognizes the leadership of wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability and is presented by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and the Vineyard Team.

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At Scheid Family Wines, we hold sustainability as a core value. We strive for sustainability in the broadest sense of the word every day in all that we do. Our wind turbine provides power for our entire winery operation plus an additional 125 homes. Skylights in the winery provide a pleasant work environment and reduce electricity usage. All our vineyards and the winery are certified sustainable through the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). We also recycle and reuse 100% of the grape pomace and wastewater generated in the winery. In the vineyard, we invest in human assisted technology to ease the physical demands of pruning and increase safety. We believe that being a leader in the wine industry requires a deep commitment to environmental stewardship and the wellbeing of our employees and local community.

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More on the California Green Medal at greenmedal.org

Time Posted: Apr 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Leslie Hallman
 
February 1, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

Master Sommelier Rates 12 Wines 4+ Stars!

Scheid Family Wines garnered 4+ stars for 12 wines across six brands from Master Sommelier, Ronn Wiegand!

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2016 Scheid Vineyards SLH Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir ★★★★★
"The 2016 is exceptional: quite rich in flavor, full bodied, and complex, with fine character, light oakiness, good balance, and a very long finish."

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2015 Scheid Vineyards Petite Sirah ★★★★★
"The Hames Valley Petite Sirah  is exceptional: an ultra-ripe, full bodied, intensely flavored wine that is fleshy in texture, balanced, and very long and mildly tannic on the finish."

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2017 Scheid Vineyards Grenache Blanc ★★★★+
"The 2017 is delicious: full bodied, supple, and rich; a wine with subtle, delicate fruitiness."

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2015 Scheid Vineyards Tannat,  ★★★★+
"The Tannat is a very impressive wine: fleshy, rich, and oaky, it is full bodied and quite powerful on the palate."

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2016 Scheid Vineyards Dolcetto ★★★★+
"The Dolcetto is excellent: red-purple in color, distinctly flavored, well balanced, and medium long on the finish."

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2017 Scheid Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ★★★★
"Very fine Sauvignon in a fairly delicate style. It is full bodied, crisp, long on the palate, moderately intense in flavor, and spicy and lingering on the finish."

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2015 Scheid Vineyards SLH Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir ★★★★
"The 2015 is in a ripe, complex style. It is very supple in texture, intensely flavored, and balanced, with a very long finish."

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2017 Ryder Estate Pinot Noir Rosé ★★★★
"Very fruity in flavor, supple in texture, and full bodied, with cherry, strawberry, and herb aromas/flavors, and a medium length finish."

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2016 Metz Road Chardonnay ★★★★
"An excellent Chardonnay: supple in texture, medium rich, and complex in flavor."

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2016 District 7 Pinot Noir ★★★★
"This is a distinctly flavored Pinot Noir, with supple texture, ripe fruitiness, a hint of complexity, and a medium long finish."

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2015 VDR ★★★★
"Very Dark Red is exactly this: very deeply colored, intensely flavored, and full bodied; a concentrated wine with a powerful, long, lightly woody finish."

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2016 Stokes’ Ghost Petite Sirah ★★★★
"Concentrated and very ripely flavored; a full bodied, fairly powerful wine, with blackberry jam, plum, cedar, and oak aromas/flavors, and a toasty, tannic finish."

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About Ronn Wiegand & Restaurant Wine:

For over 30 years, Ronn Wiegand has sourced and tasted the world’s best wines. He was the first person in the world to hold the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier wine titles.

Restaurant Wine is considered one of the world's leading wine newsletters for the restaurant and hospitality and industry, and offers exclusive wine recommendations, restaurant industry profiles, wine training tips, wine service suggestions, and wine trend commentary for cutting-edge restaurateurs, distributors, importers and exporters, wineries, wine shops and discriminating wine drinkers. 

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2019 at 12:15 PM
Leslie Hallman
 
January 22, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

In Rare Form—Scheid's Esoteric Varieties

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"Monterey County's Scheid Family Wines shows its experimental side in producing varieties uncommon in California."
- The Tasting Panel 

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Of the 23 unusual varieties we've planted on our Riverview, Mesa del Rio, San Lucas, and Hames Valley properties—11 estate vineyards over 4,000 acres within a 70-mile span—we're currently bottling ten as single-varietal wines under our namesake label, Scheid Vineyards. 

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Among the most successful of the esoteric bottle releases have been the Grenache Blanc and the Grüner Veltliner, as well as the Tannat, the Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional, and the Petit Manseng.

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"A lot of people come to the tasting room specifically because they’ve heard we have unusual varietals…We’re one of the few growers that’s gone out on that ledge.” - Heidi Scheid

Above all, the prevailing goal of this experimental project is to channel the distinctive character of Monterey County into the wines, not to simply mimic the winemaking style of the varieties native regions. Read more of the full article from The Tasting Panel.

 

Time Posted: Jan 22, 2019 at 12:45 PM
Leslie Hallman
 
January 15, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

Twist & Pour: A Case for Screwcaps

"Scheid Family Wines in Monterey, Calif., started out sealing whites and rosés under Stelvin, but since 2008, has bottled its entire production, including all reds, under screw cap. Winemaker Dave Nagengast was a big proponent of going all-in with screw caps for everything, while the marketing folks hesitated, worrying about customer perception for wines meant to age. Nagengast made the winning point that cork had become an uncontrollable variable in the finished wine product." 
- Spirited Magazine 

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Years ago, after we were forced to dump a few hundred cases of premium wine from our namesake brand, Scheid Vineyards, we went all-in with screwcaps. The cases identified had been bottled with a batch of cork containing an unacceptable amount of a chemical compound called Trichloroanisole, otherwise known as TCA. TCA can impart "musty" flavors and aromas to wine. Wines that are identified as having a detectable level of TCA are described as being "corked." 

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When deciding to make the switch from cork to screwcap, we conducted internal experiments over several vintages with different closures; we read, researched and attended comparative tastings; we talked to lots and lots of winemakers, wine buyers and sommeliers. We reached two important conclusions:  1. screw cap closures were never a negative in terms of wine quality and were often a positive, and 2. no matter what efforts are undertaken, TCA will probably infect a certain percentage of cork closure wines forever. 

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The screwcap decision was finalized, and we all quickly became accustomed to twisting instead of pulling. More on screwcaps from Spirited Magazine at spiritedbiz.com/inside-wine-twist-and-pour.

Time Posted: Jan 15, 2019 at 12:37 PM
Tara Randall
 
November 27, 2018 | Tara Randall

Heidi Scheid Appointed Chair of the Wine Market Council Board of Directors

Our own Heidi Scheid has been appointed Chair of the Wine Market Council's Board of Directors! Joining her will be Emma Swain, St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery, Immediate Past Chair; Craig Ledbetter, Vino Farms,Vice Chair; Dale Stratton, Constellation Brands, Second Vice Chair; Shawn Byrnes, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Treasurer; and Hugh Tietjen, Wine Communications Group, Secretary.

Continuing their service on the Board of Directors are Danny Brager, Nielsen; Dennis Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars; Mel Dick, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits; Jerry Douglas, Biltmore Estate Wine Company; Sam Filler, New York Wine & Grape Foundation; Ray Herrmann and E. Lloyd Sobel (alternate for Ray Herrmann), Breakthru Beverage Group; Michael Mondavi, Folio Fine Wine Partners; Michaela Rodeno, Villa Ragazzi;  Adam Strum, Wine Enthusiast Companies.

For more than two decades, Wine Market Council has provided wine market knowledge, trends, insights, and intelligence essential to all tiers of the wine industry. They conduct a segmentation study among U.S. wine consumers annually, and also quantitative and qualitative trade and consumer surveys on topics of special interest to their members each year.

Learn more: https://winemarketcouncil.com

 

Time Posted: Nov 27, 2018 at 11:28 AM
Tara Randall
 
November 20, 2018 | Tara Randall

SFW Earns 90+ Scores in Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits

Scheid Family Wines was recently award a number of 90+ points in the publications Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits. Congratulations to our entire winemaking and vineyard teams!

Wine Enthusiast

-Scheid Vineyards 2016 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands – 92 pts
-Scheid Vineyards 2016 Escolle Road Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands – 92 pts
-Metz Road 2016 Riverview Vineyard Pinot Noir – 91 pts

Wine & Spirits

-Scheid Vineyards 2016 Escolle Road Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands – 90 pts
-Metz Road 2016 Riverview Vineyard Pinot Noir – 90 pts

Time Posted: Nov 20, 2018 at 2:15 PM
Tara Randall
 
November 20, 2018 | Tara Randall

Scheid Family Wines Recognized as "Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation"

 Nov. 16, 2018

Pebble Beach, CA - Scheid Family Wines was named "Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation" for 2018 by the Central Coast chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the annual National Philanthropy Day event held at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, CA. 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Monterey Bay Chapter was founded in 1993. Its purpose is to advance the professionalism of individuals working in all fields of development and fundraising, especially at the administrative decision making level, through local networking, education and training, and national and statewide lobbying efforts. The local Chapter offers workshops and programs in conjunction with the Community Foundation for Monterey County, hosts networking opportunities and offers a mentorship program. 

Scheid Family Wines is very active within the Monterey County community. Each year, we donate over 300 cases of wine to local, non-profit organizations. We also organize the Annual Scheid Writing Contest, a writing contest that awards scholarships to local high school students. 

The Scheid Writing Contest was originally created by Al Scheid in 1984 for his high school alma mater, Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio. He launched the contest as a way to give back to the community and provide assistance to motivated high school students who wanted to attend college. Four years later, convinced that the local schools in the Salinas Valley could benefit from the contest, Al brought it to King City High School. Greenfield High School—built on land that was formerly vineyards owned by Scheid—was added to the program in 2001.

Al has always believed that being able to communicate ideas effectively is the key to success. He created the writing contest to give students the opportunity to fully delve into a subject. Each year, the winners are chosen based on their ability to research and write a 3-5 page essay on a given topic. Separate scholarships are awarded for each grade level. Past topics have included Guantánamo Bay and interrogation techniques, the Ground Zero mosque, the impact of social media on society, the death penalty, immigration reform, global warming, the USA Patriot Act and its effect on an individual’s right to privacy, the use of military tribunals in terrorist cases, and the pros and cons of the Electoral College.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary in Monterey’s Salinas Valley, the program has donated more than $320,000 to scholarships for local high school students.

 

Time Posted: Nov 20, 2018 at 9:50 AM
Tara Randall
 
October 5, 2018 | Tara Randall

Scheid Family Wines: Transitioning from Grower to Winery

"Scheid Family Wines is certainly not the only wine company to transition from a vineyard operation to a full-blown winery, but the process in doing so has likely been one of the longest arcs in the industry."

More at Wine Business Monthly Online.

Time Posted: Oct 5, 2018 at 3:14 PM