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  • Riesling Tutorial

    Riesling. The lovely way that word rolls off the tongue is a sneak-peek at what it’s like to enjoy drinking this aromatic and food-friendly wine. Riesling has long been considered King of the Finger Lakes wines, and for good reason. The dynamic Riesling grape is used to make wines that range from dry to medium sweet, from sweet to dessert wines, and even sparkling wines. more»

  • Gamay Noir Tutorial

    Summer wraps up in just two weeks, and soon harvest will be in full-swing at Sheldrake Point Winery. As the sunny days of summer (we hope slowly!) wane, and the air beckons us to sweaters and pumpkins, what wine should we open to span the seasons? Gamay Noir, of course! more»

  • Wine Industry Trends: Riesling Experiments and Screw Caps

    Winemakers are, at heart, scientists. Part chemist, part botanist, perhaps even part alchemist. We are always experimenting to coax new experiences out of wine, and sharing that information. Our experiments—at least the successful ones!—could be future wine industry trends. more»

  • Summer Wine Pairing Recipes

    Fresh Pasta with Cream and Lemon Sauce, Wine Pairing: 2014 Dry Riesling

    For all of us at Sheldrake Point Winery, a close-second to wine is food. We think when it comes to food and wine, each is made better by the other. Join us around the table with these summer wine pairing recipes: more»

  • Pinot Gris Tutorial

    Flipping the calendar over to June means making refreshing summertime wine selections, so there is no better time than now for our Pinot Gris tutorial! more»

  • Sheldrake Point Winemaker Dinners

    The kitchen is bustling. The wine is poured. The table is set. When you attend a winemaker dinner, you are in for an experience that likely transcends all other dinner parties. Why? A winemaker dinner is carefully orchestrated by the people most intimately acquainted with, and invested in, everything on your plates and in your glasses. Winemaker Dinners Near and more»

  • Finger Lakes Pinot Noir Tutorial

    Pinot Noir is one of the five varieties we first planted in the Sheldrake Point vineyard 20 years ago; these are the vines you see first while gazing up from the meadow outside our Tasting Room. A Finger Lakes red, you ask? Absolutely. The cool climate of our AVA is on the same latitude as the region of France where this old world grape originated—the 10th most-planted variety in the world and one that is trending in popularity worldwide. more»

  • Gewürztraminer: In the Glass and in the Ground

    Pronunciation of this varietal might seem like a mouthful, but here in the Finger Lakes wine region it rolls easily off the tongue. Our cool-climate AVA is a great place to make white aromatics like Gewürztraminer, so we take full advantage of this versatile grape that we first planted at Sheldrake Point 20 years ago. more»

  • Sheldrake Point Winery in Winter

    It’s hard to believe that nearly four months have passed since harvest! One marker of time passing for the winery in winter is that we are now pouring our 2016 Dry Rosé in the Tasting Room. It is a welcome respite from gray days and blankets of snow, and a reminder that spring is on the way. more»

  • What’s all the Hype about the Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé?

    Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé

    If you don’t know much about rosé, or haven’t heard about the Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé, we forgive you. Many of us at Sheldrake Point, myself included, first fell in love with this wine style through our experiences with the Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé—long before we worked here! So, what’s all the hype? For one thing, we really know what we are doing. Sheldrake Point has been making Dry Rosé continuously since 1997, longer than any other Finger Lakes winery.  more»

  • Cabernet Franc Tutorial

    Sheldrake Point Winery Reds

    At Sheldrake Point Winery we produce distinctive estate wines that showcase the quality of our Finger Lakes vineyard. One of those grapes is Cabernet Franc. Once we plant 5.5 more acres of the variety this year that will mean Sheldrake Point will devote one third of our total vineyard plantings to Cabernet Franc. 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 and Movies for Winter

    As the holidays wind down and winter piles up, staying in all weekend with wine and movies seems like a solid plan, don’t you agree? To help you plan out your next several weekends of cocooning, below are some examples of great wine-themed movies we love, with wine pairing suggestions, and a decadent dark chocolate drizzled popcorn recipe to complete your winter wine and movies experience: 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»

  • Wine for Your Holiday Table

    Are you still full from this week’s big dinner? Or, are you already looking forward to more feasts coming up this season? If the latter, planning wine for your holiday table is not as hard as you might think. To get you primed for the next event, let’s review what is freshest in memory: Thanksgiving. more»

  • Postcards from a Sheldrake Point Harvest

    It’s harvest season at Sheldrake Point! We harvested our Cabernet Franc fruit on the weekend of October 15, destined for our 2016 Dry Rosé. Everyone is pitching in, so while we are out in the vineyard, enjoy these postcards from the 2016 Sheldrake Point harvest. more»

  • Sheldrake Point Winery’s Luckystone Red Makes its Stage Debut!

    Sheldrake Point Winery is 20 miles north of Ithaca, New York, a Finger Lakes hub for food, wine, and the arts. Our wine is well-represented on menus throughout the city and surrounding area, but I was taken by surprise to see our Luckystone Red on stage at the Hangar Theatre early this summer. more»

  • Finger Lakes Rosé Horizontal Tasting

    Sheldrake Point Winery is riding high on a wave of rosé, as is the entire Finger Lakes AVA. So for our most recent special winery event, we led a Finger Lakes Rosé Horizontal Tasting. more»

  • Dry Riesling Vertical Tasting with Stuart Pigott

    The continuing construction on our soon-to-be Wine Library made for a great excuse for us to hold a Dry Riesling vertical tasting. Our large collection of Sheldrake Point library wines, wines we have cellared since our beginning, gives us an opportunity to revisit our work. By conducting a vertical tasting, we can investigate and evaluate our library wines to determine more»

  • Gamay Noir, Uvae Incognitus

    Gamay Noir is a light-bodied red wine that’s a wonderful little secret for anyone who loves Pinot Noir, but seeks a more affordable alternative. The variety, a cousin of Pinot Noir, hails from Beaujolais, the region just south of Burgundy (Pinot motherland). Gamay’s reputation dates back to the late 14th century when Philippe the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy, decided he didn’t like the grape’s flavor. At all. more»

  • Harvest 2015 Part II: The Fog

    Harvesting Caberent Franc on Sheldrake Point

    The dry 2015 season also kept berry size down. Both of those factors prepared me for less fruit coming in than expected as we began picking in mid-September, but the quality was really good and that weather was certainly beautiful. more»

  • Sheldrake wins big at Canberra International Riesling Challenge

    We knew our 2014 Wild Ferment Riesling Ice Wine was rather spectacular. Now the whole world knows it: just two weeks ago, the Sheldrake Point Winery 2014 Wild Ferment Riesling Ice Wine took the top prize at the Canberra International Riesling Competition in the Australian capital city, beating nearly 500 Rieslings from around the world for Best Wine of the 2015 Challenge. more»

  • Sheldrake Point is a Wine & Spirits 2015 Top 100 Winery

    Wine & Spirits magazine’s 2015 Annual Buying Guide issue has hit the newsstands and Sheldrake Point is a Wine & Spirits 2015 Top 100 Winery! more»

  • Aging Wine 101

    A common assumption about aging wine is that that longer that you keep it, the better it will get. However, it is a misconception that wine must be aged. So when we hear the frequent question “how long do I keep wine before drinking?”—the short answer is: It depends. Throughout the world, most wine is meant to be consumed ‘young,’ more»

  • Is Estate Bottled Wine a big deal?

    Sheldrake Point Winery wines are nearly all estate bottled wines. Is estate bottled wine a big deal? Depends on who you ask. It’s just the way we make our wine, and ‘estate wine’ is even part of our mission statement. However, we don’t get to arbitrarily call our wines estate bottled. The U.S. government, through the Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and more»

  • Our Wine Library

    Our Wine Library at Sheldrake Point Winery contains over 4,000 bottles that we have set aside since 1998, saving small quantities of every single vintage. What’s a wine library, you ask?

    Wineries typically hold on to a stock of older vintages, for both aesthetic reasons and for future winemaking reference, and this collection is called a Wine Library. Sometimes Library wines are on display, and sometimes they’re just stored somewhere safe, but any wines kept by a winery is still referred to as “library wines.” more»

  • 2014 Vintage Report highlights sweet success

    This Sheldrake Point Winery 2014 Vintage Report highlights the sweet success of a spectacular growing season last year. In the months since harvest, Dave Breeden, our winemaker, and Julia Hoyle, our assistant winemaker, have been hard at work guiding the juice through fermentation, with a couple of notable revelations: 2014 Gewürztraminer First, Dave says it is important to know the more»

  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon: Why We Waited

    We are pleased to announce the release of the Sheldrake Point Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, and just as pleased to tell you why we waited so long to release this magnificent red wine. Sheldrake Point Winery is beginning a bottle aging program to deliver to our customers red wines that have had time to develop for a year or more. more»

  • Time for a new Tasting Experience

    It’s time for a new tasting experience at Sheldrake Point Winery! In the spirit of education, we will be offering an opportunity for our patrons to ‘train’ their palates and olfactory nerves to detect ALL the notes that professional sommeliers use to describe wines. more»

  • 2014 Dry Rosé: What every Rosé wants to be

    Sheldrake Point Winery 2014 Dry Rosé

    Sheldrake Point Winery is pleased to announce the release of our 2014 Dry Rosé, estate grown and bottled, and made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes. It’s what every Rosé wants to be! As many of our fans know, Dry Rosé is also one of our top selling wines. But it wasn’t always that way. more»

  • Pairing Riesling Ice Wine: Not Just for Dessert

    Sheldrake Point Ice Wine is for dessert, and more!

    We are well into the season of feasting and entertaining, and you’re likely picking out wines for your table. Sheldrake Point Winery Dessert Wines are always crowd-pleasers, whether you’re serving guests or you’re bringing a bottle as a gift. Our Riesling Ice Wines, though, are not just for pairing with dessert! At Sheldrake Point Winery, we want to help you more»