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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
Leslie Hallman
September 11, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Winery Earns New Sustainability Certification

In addition to our vineyards, our winery is now certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance! The certification is measured by economic, environmental and social performance practices, and an annual audit is conducted to ensure we are meeting or surpassing all best practices. 

Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing is a statewide certification program that provides third-party verification of a winery’s commitment to continuous improvement in the adoption and implementation of sustainable winegrowing practices. We achieved certification on all eleven of our estate vineyards in 2014. In addition to environmentally sound practices, CCSW includes sections on responsible business and community practices, which is a core value of Scheid Family Wines.

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2018 at 10:15 AM
Leslie Hallman
May 9, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Dave Nagengast Promoted to VP Of Winemaking


Scheid Family Wines (SFW) announced it has promoted Dave Nagengast to Vice President of Winemaking. Dave has served as the company’s Director of Winemaking since 2006. Among other duties, Dave will direct the winemaking for all SFW’s individual wineries and brands including Scheid Vineyards, Metz Road, District 7, Stokes’ Ghost, VDR, Ranch 32, Ryder Estate and GIFFT.


According to Kurt Gollnick, COO of SFW, “Dave has helped direct Scheid Family Wines’ evolution from grape grower to one of California’s top fully-integrated wine producing companies. He played an integral part in the design and construction of our winery and its subsequent expansions and process improvements. Under Dave’s direction, Scheid Family Wines has built a reputation throughout the wine industry as a leading producer of serious wines from Monterey County.”


Dave is an early adopter of sustainable farming and winemaking practices, and an innovator in both the vineyard and cellar. In 2017, he and his team developed their In-Vineyard Native Yeast Fermentation Program to create the ultimate expression of Chardonnay from the Riverview Vineyard. To avoid the influence of yeast strains already established at the winery, they brought a small press and refrigerated container to the site to initiate a true Riverview indigenous yeast fermentation. They crushed the grapes and filled twenty new French oak barrels, half of Wente clone and half of Dijon clone 96. The resulting wine beautifully captured the true personality of this unique cold-climate site.


Dave holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture Science with an emphasis in Enology from California State University at Fresno. He joined SFW in 2002 as a consulting winemaker. Prior to that, he held winemaking positions at Storrs Winery, Mirassou Vineyards and San Martin Winery. Dave and his wife Beth have three sons who have followed in his footsteps as a collegiate discus thrower.

Time Posted: May 9, 2018 at 11:31 AM
Leslie Hallman
May 8, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Growth Is In Our Roots

"Expanding the diversity of varieties is key to what makes Scheid a standout in the industry."

More at Coastal Grower (pages 40-41). 

Time Posted: May 8, 2018 at 4:12 PM
Leslie Hallman
May 8, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

An Early Adopter Of New Vineyard Technologies

A recent article features Scheid Family Wines as an early adopter of new vineyard technologies. More at

Time Posted: May 8, 2018 at 4:04 PM
Leslie Hallman
March 15, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

2015 Metz Road Pinot Noir Earns 94 Points!

We're pleased to share the review below from the March 2018 issue of The Tasting Panel!

Metz Road 2015 Riverview Vineyard Pinot Noir, Monterey ($35) 
This esteemed 215-acre site—the Scheid family’s northernmost estate vineyard—is located adjacent to the Pinnacles on a bench overlooking the Salinas River. With its moderate microclimate and cold afternoons, the Riverview Vineyard is fortunate to have a long growing season. The savoriness of this small-production Pinot Noir, produced from Pommard clones and grown in well-drained, decomposed granite, is interwoven with juicy fruit and an undercurrent of tobacco, earth, and wet stone. Distinct tones of Cara Cara orange kissed with butterscotch weave through the wine’s silky frame. 94 Points

Time Posted: Mar 15, 2018 at 3:54 PM
Leslie Hallman
March 5, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

March 2018 Wine Business Monthly - Dave Nagengast, Winemaker of the Month

Congratulations to our Director of Winemaking, Dave Nagengast, for being selected as Winemaker of the Month in the March 2018 issue of Wine Business Monthly!

Read more at Wine Business Monthly. 

Time Posted: Mar 5, 2018 at 2:53 PM
Leslie Hallman
January 2, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

SFW Partners With Young's Market in California

Scheid Family Wines is pleased to announce Young’s Market Company will manage distribution of its wines throughout California. Effective immediately, Young’s will sell Scheid’s full portfolio of wines, including: Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, Ranch 32, VDR, Stokes’ Ghost, GIFFT, Ryder Estate, and other exceptional Monterey County wines.

Scheid Family Wines was founded in 1972 when Al Scheid planted his first vineyards in Monterey County. Today, the grapes-to-glass family business owns 11 estate vineyards along a 70-mile stretch of the Salinas Valley. In 2005, the Scheid family built a state-of-the-art winery with a crush capacity of 30,000 tons. The company also built a small Reserve Winery where their luxury-class, limited-production wines are produced. With 4,000 acres of vineyards planted to 39 varieties including 20 distinct clones of Pinot Noir, Scheid Family Wines is positioned to quickly respond to consumer preferences and market demands.

“We are excited to have Young’s Market Company represent our portfolio of estate-bottled wines throughout California,” said Scott Scheid, President and CEO, Scheid Family Wines. “In addition to their expertise, wine knowledge and professionalism, the Young’s sales team has strong relationships with key accounts in important markets. We are confident they will help us increase sales and representation in the state’s top restaurants, retailers, chains and club stores.”

With today’s announcement, Young’s Market Company now represents Scheid Family Wines in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska.

“One of the things that impressed us most about Young’s Market Company was the quality of their sales team,” said Heidi Scheid, Executive Vice President, Scheid Family Wines. “From day one, they understood the complexity and diversity of Monterey County and appreciated that each of our brands has its own unique profile based on varieties, vineyards and winemaking techniques. We are confident they are the ideal company to help us take our portfolio to market.”

Time Posted: Jan 2, 2018 at 2:49 PM