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An elegant cheese board makes for the perfect appetizer – with a quick visit to your local cheese shop or specialty cheese section and a few minutes to assemble, you have an appetizer that is a definite crowd-pleaser. Pair different styles of cheeses with different wines to accommodate red and white wine drinkers and include a variety of dried and fresh fruits, cured meats, and nuts to round out the selection. A few fresh rosemary sprigs make for a beautiful holiday-ready garnish. Pair with a large format bottle for extra effect!
The perfect cheese board includes a wide variety of cheeses, fruits both fresh and dried, cured meats, and nuts. Start by choosing one cheese from each of the following categories:
Young and Fresh – this includes fresh cheeses like mozzarella and riccotta, but goat cheese is the most wine-friendly of this category. Try both spreadable goat cheese and the harder and more pungent aged crottin style. Pair young and fresh cheeses with rosés, sparkling wines, dry white wines, and low-tannin reds like Pinot Noir.
Soft, Medium-Aged – this includes cheeses that are still soft but are aged for a few months like Brie and Camembert. These cheeses are some of the most versatile on a cheese plate, pairing well with both white and red wines and with a variety of fruits as well. Not too soft and not too strong, these cheeses still have enough flavor to stand up to a wide range of wines.
Semi-Hard, Medium-Aged – Emmental, Gruyere, Jarlsburg, Monterey Jack and young Cheddar make up this category. Medium-bodied whites like Pinot Blanc, Viognier, and white Rhone Blends and fruit-forward, lighter-bodied reds like Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Zinfandel pair well with these cheeses.
Hard, Aged – Aged Cheddar, Gouda, Parmesan, Asiago. Pair these cheeses with bold reds and full-bodied white wines. The aging process concentrates the flavors of the cheese meaning they can hold their own against bold red wines. Look for cheeses aged longer than six months.
Try these simple Thanksgiving recipes with Scheid wines this holiday!
RED WINE CRANBERRY SAUCE
Yield: 8-10 servings
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 cup Scheid Cabernet Sauvignon
1.5 cups white granulated sugar
12 ounces fresh cranberries
1 orange peel zest
1 cinnamon stick
Combine sugar with red wine in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Add cranberries, cinnamon stick and orange peel. Bring the mixture back to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir often to help break down the cranberries. Remove from stove and allow to cool to room temperature prior to serving. Leftovers may be refrigerated.
CRANBERRY BRIE TARTS
Yield: 12 servings
Total Time: 15 minutes
12 mini phyllo cups (in the frozen section)
6 teaspoons creamy brie
6 teaspoons cranberry sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the frozen phyllo shells on a baking sheet, and fill with a ½ teaspoon of brie. Bake for 7-10 minutes, until the cups are golden and the cheese is melted through. Top with ½ teaspoon cranberry sauce and serve immediately with a glass of Scheid Dolcetto!
Here at Scheid, we adore Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but we’ve also been known to work with a plethora of slightly more obscure grape varieties, and we feel proud to be able to show off the wonderful diversity of the Monterey growing region. The many varied soil types and micro-climates of Monterey County allow us to produce close to 40 different varietals in all. Our newest darling is Dolcetto, which hails from the famed Italian region of Piedmont (Piemonte). The name translated, means “little sweet one,” which doesn’t refer to the sugar content, but rather is an endearing moniker for this much loved yet lesser-known variety. The moderate climate and coastal fog that define our estate Riverview Vineyard provide a favorable local site for what is one of Northern Italy’s premier varieties.
Our inaugural vintage exudes dense, dark fruit and a medium body made for early enjoyment. Flavors of ripe black currants and red cherries lead to a hint of pepper and finish with juicy, supple tannins. The 2015 growing season delivered a stellar vintage in terms of quality although yields were down in almost all of our vineyards. Despite a lighter crop from one of the earliest seasons on record and a fourth year of drought, quality was high across the board. A mild winter caused early bud break and was followed by protracted bloom, and cool, cloudy weather in May—impacting berry set and contributing to smaller grape clusters and crop size. The silver lining to the lower yield was the exceptional quality, with vivid, intense flavors. The wine is part of our November Vin’s Club release and small quantities will be available in our tasting rooms. With just barely over 100 cases produced, this “little sweet one” will disappear rather quickly. Visit us soon to try this limited bottling before it’s gone. Salute!
As a family-owned winery, we are committed to sustainability throughout the operations at Scheid Vineyards. From our founding in 1972, we’ve held firm to the belief that this can only be achieved through following the three E’s of sustainability: Environmentally sound practices, social Equity and Economic viability. When the land is respected and the people who farm it and live in our community live well, true sustainable quality can be attained.
All 4,000 acres of our estate vineyards are officially certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. 100% of our wastewater is recycled and all our grape must is composted and spread as nutrition in the vineyards. We use 100% drip irrigation and low impact farming methods. We even have 250+ owl boxes to control rodent populations naturally. Our commitment to environmental stewardship and equitable treatment of our employees is woven into the fabric of Scheid Vineyards. We are dedicated to adhering to sustainable farming practices every day and investing in our workforce through real, meaningful programs.
Installing a new wind turbine is yet another facet of our desire to be good stewards of the environment. In July, we erected a huge wind turbine on our estate property in Greenfield. The windmill’s blades reach 396 feet into the sky and will generate 100% of the power needed to run the winery and bottling operations—185 megawatts annually. It’s the perfect power source for the inexhaustible winds of the Salinas Valley and a new reason to feel great about pouring yourself a second glass of your favorite Scheid wine!
After you've enjoyed the wine, try this easy DIY to repurpose those beautiful wooden engraved wine boxes!
Wooden wine box
Plastic liner or trash bag
Coco liner (optional)
Cactus or succulent soil
Variety of succulents
Decorative rocks or pebbles
1. Line box with plastic to protect it from moisture damage.
2. Add coco liner to prevent water from pooling at the bottom of the box.
3. Add a layer of activated charcoal for drainage and filtration.
4. Fill with soil. Cactus or succulent soil is best but any soil will do!
5. Trim excess plastic and add a variety of different succulents.
6. Add layer of decorative rocks or pebbles and admire your work!
To celebrate the recent release of our 2015 Late Harvest Riesling, we are excited to share a unique cocktail idea perfect for summer!
It is well known to many of our club members that Tasting Room Manager Scott Tidd is a gifted home chef and grill master. He regularly regales both guests and coworkers with his tales of family dinner menus and holiday meal productions. Our office staff anticipates Monday mornings for the opportunity to hear what weekend-warrior feasts he whipped up. Stories of his middle school-aged sons amuse us with their sophisticated palates for delicacies such as raw oysters which they choose as their special treat for good grades and little league championships—a far cry from pepperoni pizza! We finally realized that his recipes and food pairing ideas are just too good to keep to ourselves and we have launched a new series in which to showcase them called Tidd-bit Tuesday. We will have demonstrations and samples in the tasting rooms on select dates to help you break up your work week and we will be featuring the recipes in our newsletters and here in our blog. The first Tidd-bit is this heavenly cocktail, the inspiration for which, Scott describes below:
"I created this drink a few years back to entertain my wife and her friends. We have a swimming pool and every summer we do a lot of entertaining with friends and family. Instead of making stronger drinks like a Margarita in the middle of the day, I wanted to find something lighter for the adults to enjoy. For the first timers to our house it is always a fun conversation piece as well. Finally, one day, one of my wife’s friends asked what the drink was called. My wife responded with, 'it’s his get-out-of-jail-free card—when he makes it he can disappear with his friends!'"
1oz Ice Cube Tray
Scheid Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling
Scheid Vineyards ‘Isabelle’ Sparkling Wine
1. Pour Late Harvest Riesling into ice cube tray 2/3rds of the way to leave room for the raspberries. Place in freezer for 30 minutes, pull from freezer and add 1 raspberry per cube. Place back in freezer until frozen. Make 1-2 days ahead of time for best results.
2. In a glass of your choice (I would recommend a Champagne flute) add one cube of Late Harvest Riesling to 2 or 3 ounces of Scheid Vineyards ‘Isabelle’ Sparkling.
3. Enjoy! As you drink this great summertime cocktail it will start off dry and as the ice cube melts you will get subtle hints of sweet apple and pear. As you finish the sparkling, you will be left with a sweet slushy and a fresh bright raspberry to cleanse your palate.
Two 8-ounce filet mignon steaks
½ pound fingerling potatoes, rinsed and trimmed
1 small bunch asparagus
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
¼ cup chicken stock
Preheat oven to 425° F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil, spread rinsed and trimmed fingerling potatoes in one layer; drizzle with olive oil then season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 - 45 minutes, until potatoes are golden brown. While potatoes are roasting, rinse and trim tough ends of asparagus; set aside. Season steaks on all sides with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a cast iron skillet medium high heat until pan is very hot, then add two tablespoons olive oil. Add steaks to pan and allow to cook undisturbed for 4 minutes (set timer). Turn and cook another 4 minutes for medium-rare (internal temperature of 135° F), 6 minutes for medium (140° F) or 9 minutes for medium-well (150° F). Remove steaks from pan and cover with foil. While steaks are resting, add one tablespoon butter and ¼ cup chicken stock to steak pan, keeping flame on medium high. Add asparagus, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook for 4 – 7 minutes, depending upon diameter of asparagus, until bright green and tender. Serve potatoes, asparagus and steak immediately.
We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. On behalf of all of us at Scheid Vineyards, I would like to extend warm wishes for a very happy New Year! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your membership and support and share a very special new offering with you. Those of you who celebrated with us last month at our annual Holiday Party in the Hangar had the first opportunity to join our new Vin’s Library Club. This exclusive club is now available by invitation only to our Estate and Reserve Club Members.
Al Scheid first planted vineyards in Monterey County in early 1972 and then started making Scheid Vineyards wine with the 1989 vintage. Throughout 45 years of hard work, with more than a few challenges along the way, we’ve always taken time to savor the proverbial fruits of our labor. We never forget how blessed we are to do the work we do—we get to make an amazing product and share it with people like you!
It’s that sharing part that got us thinking about opening up the Scheid cellar and ultimately inspired us to create our new Library Club. You see, several times a year our winemaking team sits down and tastes through older vintages of our wines. It’s both an intriguing process of tasting how a wine changes as it ages and also seeing the viticultural and winemaking decisions from previous years play out in the glass. Frankly, it’s really fun too!
Properly cellaring wine takes patience, but the good news is that we started doing this more than 20 years ago and through the years have determined which wines are truly age-worthy. While we don’t have a lot of wine, we do have enough for about 100 guests to join us in tasting through the decades with a quarterly shipment of three bottles each. We also have some special Library Club events and tastings planned for the upcoming year featuring vertical flights and winemaker insights. Please contact us directly to be added to this exclusive list. We hope you’ll enjoy this journey as much as we have!
Wine Club Manager
For more information, or to reserve your spot in our Library Club, please contact Michelle McDaid by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (831) 455-9990.
5 tbsp apricot preserves
1/2 cup dried mission figs, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
1/3 cup walnut hearts, roughly chopped
3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 round of French brie
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Thoroughly mix the apricot preserves, chopped figs, cranberries, pistachios, and chopped walnuts in a small bowl until well coated. Place the round of brie in a small cast iron skillet or oven-safe dish and top the brie with the apricot mixture. Bake at 400F for ten minutes or until brie is warm and softened. Once the brie is softened, turn the oven to broil and broil the brie for 30 seconds or until the nuts begin to brown (be careful not to burn the top). Remove from the oven and decorate with fresh rosemary sprigs. Serve immediately with sliced baguette or crostini.