Leslie Hallman
January 30, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

Master Sommelier Rates 2016 Chardonnay 4 Stars!

"An excellent Chardonnay: supple in texture, medium rich, and complex in flavor (white peach, pineapple, lemon, honey, vanilla, roasted nut, oak), with crisp acidity, good balance, and a very long finish. Excellent value."
-Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine  ★ ★ ★ ★

*Purchase 2016 Metz Road Chardonnay* 

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: Jan 30, 2019 at 9:59 AM Permalink to Master Sommelier Rates 2016 Chardonnay 4 Stars! Permalink
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 also includes sections on responsible business and community practices.

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2018 at 11:38 AM Permalink to Winery Earns New Sustainability Certification Permalink
Leslie Hallman
July 2, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Simple Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken

Paired with a chilled glass of Metz Road Chardonnay, this spice-rubbed grilled chicken will be the perfect accompaniment to your Independence Day celebration! 


2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Lightly brush grill with extra-virgin olive oil. Stir together paprika, chili powder, cumin, thyme, salt, garlic powder and pepper.

Toss chicken thighs with spice mixture.

Grill the chicken until it is just cooked through, 5 minutes per side. Remove from grill and place on serving platter.

Whisk together vinegar and honey, and brush mixture over grilled chicken prior to serving.


Time Posted: Jul 2, 2018 at 3:08 PM Permalink to Simple Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken Permalink
Leslie Hallman
May 25, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Cedar-Planked Salmon + 2015 Pinot Noir

Pair this Cedar-Planked Salmon with our 2015 Pinot Noir while entertaining on the deck or patio during those long, warm summer days! Our 2015 vintage was awarded 91 points from Wine Enthusiast, and is a perfect Pinot to serve grillside.

Cedar plank for grilling
8-ounce center-cut salmon fillets, 1 per person
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1½ teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Lemon wedges, for serving

Submerge and soak cedar planks in water (using sink or bowl) for at least 1 hour. Prepare the marinade by combining the extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Coat the salmon evenly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to grill. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, pat the plank dry and place the salmon on top. Place the plank(s) on the grill, cover, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is done to your liking. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve immediately.  

Time Posted: May 25, 2018 at 3:33 PM Permalink to Cedar-Planked Salmon + 2015 Pinot Noir Permalink
Leslie Hallman
March 15, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Accolades For Our 2015 Pinot Noir!

Our 2015 Pinot Noir was recently recognized by Wine Enthusiast with a score of 91 points, and The Tasting Panel with a score of 94 points

We're thrilled 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 3:42 PM Permalink to Accolades For Our 2015 Pinot Noir! Permalink
Leslie Hallman
February 13, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Valentine’s Day ❤️ Metz Road Pinot Noir + Surf & Turf for Two

Surf & Turf is perfect for special occasions, but no need to save it for a night out when it’s so simple to recreate at home! Paired with a glass of wine, this meal is perfect for a Valentine’s Day surprise. Cheers to love, delicious food and fantastic wine!


2 steaks (filet, strip or your favorite cut!)

6 large, wild-caught sea scallops

4 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

4 large garlic cloves, minced

1 lemon, freshly squeezed

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Season the steaks and scallops with salt & pepper. Melt 4 tbsp. butter in a cast-iron or other heavy pan. Let garlic cook for 3-5 minutes, or until fragrant and softened. Sear steaks for approximately 3 minutes on each side, or until a crust forms. Baste the melted butter over the steaks with a spoon, cooking until preferred doneness is achieved. Allow the steaks to rest under loosely tented aluminum foil. In the same skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat, and sear scallops for a minute and a half to two minutes on each side, until a golden crust forms. Add a squeeze of lemon, to taste. Plate steak & scallops, and include lightly dressed, mixed baby greens. Enjoy with a glass of our 2015 Pinot Noir!   

Time Posted: Feb 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM Permalink to Valentine’s Day ❤️ Metz Road Pinot Noir + Surf & Turf for Two Permalink
Leslie Hallman
January 3, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Temperature Controlled Shipping in January

Cheers to 2018! As we look forward to another wonderful year here at Metz Road Wines, we want to let you know how we'll be shipping orders to protect your wines from freezing temperatures happening throughout the country this winter.  

We are offering temperature-controlled shipping at no additional cost the month of January. We will be shipping temperature-controlled to all states except the following: 

New Mexico

We can ship temperature-controlled to any of the states above at no additional cost to you, please just let us know at the time you place your order and we're happy to assist!

This service works a little bit differently than standard ground. With this method, your order will travel in a temperature-controlled truck to a hub near you. As soon as your order is accepted by the carrier, you will receive an email with your tracking code. Total transit time will be approximately two to three weeks and you will receive your tracking code 1-5 days before delivery. 

We are so excited to be able to offer this service to you at no additional cost, knowing that your wines will arrive safe and sound to your door. If you have any questions or concerns about our temperature-controlled service, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 1-888-772-4343.

Time Posted: Jan 3, 2018 at 10:27 AM Permalink to Temperature Controlled Shipping in January Permalink
Leslie Hallman
July 12, 2017 | Leslie Hallman

Drink Sustainable: Wind Turbine FAQ's

What is the purpose of the wind turbine?
The wind turbine will generate power for our winery operations using a clean, renewable source of energy.

How does a wind turbine work?
The wind turns the propeller-like blades around a rotor. the rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins the generator to create electricity.

How tall is the wind turbine?
The wind turbine’s blades reach 396 feet into the sky (nearly a 40-story building), and the centerline of the turbine’s hub is 264 feet above ground. On a clear day, the turbine can be seen for miles.

How much power is the wind turbine capable of creating?
The turbine will generate 4.5 million kilowatt hours yearly. this is the equivalent of powering 467 homes or using 7,300 barrels of oil. The wind turbine eliminates approximately 3,162 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

How fast do the blades turn?
The blades turn at a speed of 22 RPM (revolutions per minute).

What technology does the turbine use?
The wind turbine has five internal computers: one in each blade to monitor and adjust the rotation speed when necessary, one in the nacelle (which houses the generator), and one main computer in the tower base that communicates with all the other computers. This turbine has its own server at Foundation Windpower and is monitored continuously by GE.

Why did you choose a wind turbine over solar panels?
For our local conditions in Monterey County, turbines are more effective than solar. The wind turbine generates electricity at night, it doesn’t lose efficiency due to dust, and it doesn’t use valuable agricultural land or create the maintenance issues that rooftop installations create. It is the perfect power source for the inexhaustible winds of the Salinas Valley.

How much energy does the winery use and how much will the wind turbine offset?
The winery uses about 900,000 watts at peak (0.9MW) and the turbine will generate double this load.

How does this wind turbine fit into Scheid Family Wine’s commitment to sustainability?
Scheid Family Wines has always been committed to sustainability. All 4,000 acres of our estate vineyards in Monterey County 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. installing this wind turbine is yet another facet of our desire to preserve the environment.

Time Posted: Jul 12, 2017 at 3:29 PM Permalink to Drink Sustainable: Wind Turbine FAQ's Permalink