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December 2017

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58  /  the tasting panel  /  december 2017 COVER STORY THE SCHEID FAMILY, THEIR EXTENSIVE MONTEREY VINEYARDS AND POWERFUL, INNOVATIVE WINERY by Jessie Birschbach / photos by Jeremy Ball Ingenious GENEALOGY Scheid's 400-foot-high wind turbine generates 100 percent of the winery's power. Before I really dive into this story, I want to make sure you understand one thing—the Scheids make damn good wine. My first sip ever of the velvety, savory, and bright Scheid Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir stopped me dead in my tracks. The District 7 (a label from the Scheid portfolio) Chardonnay is a wine director's by-the- glass dream come true that overdelivers on price, especially as a genuine representation of Monterey. When a group of high-level Angeleno somms encountered the Scheid Vineyards 667 Pinot Noir at a recent Tasting Panel blind tasting, they all immediately knew it was Pinot Noir: a tribute to the wine's typicity. With terms like "pretty and

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