Blog » Category: Our People

  • Staff Spotlight: Whitney Elrod, Wine Club Manager

    Next in our series introducing (or re-introducing!) our staff, we visit with Whitney Elrod. Whitney joined the Sheldrake Point Tasting Room staff in the early spring of 2015 and soon after accepted the role of Sheldrake Point Winery wine club manager. She takes care of our wine club by helping to plan and host events, and making sure countless bottles of Sheldrake Point wine make it to the doorsteps of our members. more»

  • Tales from a Finger Lakes Winery Owner

    In this first of a series introducing (or re-introducing!) our staff, Sheldrake Point Winery co-owners Chuck Tauck and Fran Littin share their stories of owning a Finger Lakes winery and being part of the Finger Lakes wine industry.  more»

  • Finger Lakes Maple Syrup: How We Eat Patience for Breakfast

    It all began last fall when Fran and I were up in the far vineyard with the excavators grading the new Cab Franc block that will be planted this spring. A colorful walk in the forest made us aware of how many mature sugar maples we had, so we marked them with tape for the coming spring. Two weeks ago, we returned to that forest with a drill, taps, and 65 buckets, all bought on eBay from a guy in northern Vermont. more»

  • Finger Lakes Ice Wine Harvest

    Once the holiday season is behind us, there is really only one other cause for celebration in our vineyard before bud break, and that is a Finger Lakes ice wine harvest. more»

  • Wine Lover’s Wish List

    Friends and family frequently joke about never wanting to buy me wine-related gifts. They are afraid that because I am in the wine industry that whatever they buy will be kitschy or useless. I always tell them, I have a wine lover’s wish list! Ask me! more»

  • Vineyard Work Takes Many Hands

    Growing season on Sheldrake Point is well-underway and this is a time of year when vineyard work means there is a job for everyone. Sometimes that job is bottling. Or prepping and assembling wine club packs. Since Sheldrake Point Winery as a business works a farm, makes and markets wine, and manages a tasting room, all of us here have at some time “changed hats” for hours or days to lend a hand outside our “standard” job descriptions. more»

  • Help Wanted: Work in a Tasting Room

    Sheldrake Point Winery - Cayuga Tasting Room

    Prime Finger Lakes wine tasting season is about to begin! To get ready, this is the time of year we add seasonal part time staff to the Sheldrake Point tasting room. Are you qualified to work in a tasting room? Let’s find out: more»

  • Winter on Sheldrake Point

    The winter solstice is just one week past, and meteorological winter almost four weeks gone by. Visitors this time of year stopping by for a holiday tasting often ask, “So, what do you do in the winter on Sheldrake Point?” Many assume that we roll up the carpets and head for the Bahamas until April. more»

  • Introducing Whitney Elrod, Wine Club Manager

    Whitney Elrod

    Ithaca native Whitney Elrod got here the way so many others have—through the tasting room! Sheldrake Point Winery’s new wine club manager joined us this past spring. Here’s a bit more about Whitney: What’s your background and how did you get into the wine industry? I grew up in Ithaca and studied English and teaching at Hobart and William Smith more»