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Tara Randall
August 19, 2019 | Tara Randall

Scheid Family Wines First in Monterey AVA to Kick Off Harvest 2019

SALINAS, California – August 16, 2019 – Monterey County’s harvest has officially begun. Scheid Family Wines picked their first lot of Pinot Noir on August 15 from their small, cold-climate Isabelle’s Vineyard. The grapes are earmarked for Scheid Vineyards ‘Isabelle’ Sparking Wine, a méthode champenoise brut cuvee that retails for $50 a bottle and is available through the winery’s tasting rooms and website.

Located on River Road just north of Chualar and a scant 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the 2.5-acre Isabelle’s Vineyard is one of the most northerly grape growing sites in Monterey County. The property was originally planted in 2014 to Pinot Noir (50%) and Chardonnay (50%). Named after founder Al Scheid’s mother, Isabelle Adolphin Pearce, it is typically the first vineyard to be harvested by Scheid Family Wines each year.

According to Greg Gonzalez, Director of Vineyard Operations, “2019 has been an effortless growing season. The weather has been mild, the fruit set was beautiful, and we’ve not had to do much to the vines. The Pinot Noir block we harvested came in at 19.5 degrees brix with 2 to 2.5 tons per acre. Next week we expect to pick the Chardonnay, which is currently running about 3 brix behind the Pinot. On a scale of 1 to 10, this harvest looks to be a 9 or 10.”

2019 also marks the fourth “all-employee harvest” with tasting room employees, administrative staff, and the sales and marketing teams working under the watchful eye of the vineyard managers to hand pick the grapes

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About Scheid Family Wines

Scheid Family Wines has farmed wine grapes in Monterey County, California since 1972. With 4,000 acres of sustainably certified vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley and a state-of-the-art winery, Scheid Family Wines is fully integrated to bring high quality estate grown wines to the marketplace. The Scheid Family Wines nationally distributed portfolio includes Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Ryder Estate, Ranch 32, Metz Road, VDR, Stokes’ Ghost and Roku. In addition, Scheid Family Wines produces over 20 regionally distributed brands for specific clients or distributors. For more information please visit

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2019 at 9:11 AM
Tara Randall
July 17, 2019 | Tara Randall

Ryder Estate Wines Announces Executive Sponsorship of Real Men Wear Pink LA

Salinas, Calif.—Ryder Estate Wines has formed a strategic partnership with Real Men Wear Pink LA to raise awareness and funds to support breast cancer research. The Central Coast winery, owned and operated by Scheid Family Wines (SFW), is an Executive Sponsor for Real Men Wear Pink LA in 2019 and will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks.

According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 12% of US women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. In 2019, it is estimated more than 250,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and more than 40,000 will die from breast cancer. But, thanks to the efforts of groups like the American Cancer Society, there have been great advances in treatment and prevention through education, awareness, early screening and new treatments.

“Every year breast cancer affects both women and men around the world,” said Heidi Scheid, Executive Vice President of Scheid Family Wines. “It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. But there is hope. Today there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States alone. Early detection and new innovative treatments have made impressive inroads against this pernicious foe. To help continue the fight, Scheid Family Wines is partnering with Real Men Wear Pink LA to help raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause.”

Throughout the second half of 2019, SFW’s Ryder Estate will do the following to raise funds and awareness to combat breast cancer:

        -Be an Executive Sponsor for Real Men Wear Pink LA in 2019

        -Sponsor and provide wine for numerous Real Men Wear Pink LA events beginning July 18th in Pasadena, CA

        -Field “Ryder Striders” teams in several cities to raise money and awareness in the Making Strides Against

        -Breast Cancer Walks in October

        -During the month of October, donate $1 for every glass of Ryder Estate Rosé sold in participating US restaurants to Real Men Wear            Pink LA

        -During the month of October, donate $1 for every bottle of Ryder Estate Rosé sold at participating US retailers to Real Men Wear              Pink LA

About Scheid Family Wines

Scheid Family Wines has farmed wine grapes in Monterey County, California since 1972. With 4,000 acres of sustainably certified vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley and a state-of-the-art winery, Scheid Family Wines is fully integrated to bring high quality estate grown wines to the marketplace. The Scheid Family Wines nationally distributed portfolio includes Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Ryder Estate, Ranch 32, Metz Road, VDR, Stokes’ Ghost and Roku. In addition, Scheid Family Wines produces over 20 regionally distributed brands for specific clients or distributors. For more information please visit

Time Posted: Jul 17, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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!


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."


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."


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."


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."


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."


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."


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."


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, 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, 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. 

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.


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 


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.


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.

More on the California Green Medal at

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!


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."


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."


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


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."


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


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."


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."


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."


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


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."


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."


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."


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


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



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. 


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.



"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 


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." 


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. 


The screwcap decision was finalized, and we all quickly became accustomed to twisting instead of pulling. More on screwcaps from Spirited Magazine at

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:


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