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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!


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
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