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  • 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»

  • 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»

  • Live Music at Sheldrake Point Winery

    Summer wine tasting in the Finger Lakes has its perks. Picture it: A wide open meadow under an expansive sky. A dual view of our vineyard stretching toward the western horizon, and Cayuga Lake rippling below our hill. A picnic. A refreshing glass of wine. What more could you possibly want? Live music! 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»

  • 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»

  • Wine with friends: Sheldrake Point Wine Club

    You plan the dinner party. You meticulously choose the appetizers, courses, and the pairings. You set the table and chill the wine. Then, you await the arrival of your guests. It goes much the same for us, except that most recently we were waiting for 50 of our closest friends to arrive for our 12th Annual Sheldrake Point Wine Club Dinner. more»

  • Boating to Cayuga Lake Wineries

    Summer is just a few weeks away, a time of year that for us in the Finger Lakes brings together two pastimes into one wonderful combination: boating to Cayuga Lake wineries. Sheldrake Point juts prominently from the western shore of Cayuga Lake. Our property extends to the beach, making our vineyard, tasting room, and artisan gift shop accessible by water. more»

  • Finger Lakes Tasting Room Etiquette

    Bud break is upon us and tasting room staff is mobilized for another season of enthusiastic visitors. Since that means you might soon plan a trip to Finger Lakes wineries, it’s a good time to review Finger Lakes tasting room etiquette.  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»

  • Winery Weekend Wisdom

    Cayuga Lake Tasting Room, Sheldrake Point Winery

    It is that wonderful time of year when a winery weekend beckons, as October is your last chance to get out before the cold winds of November begin to blow from the north. For this reason, we call October “weekend month” in Finger Lakes winery lingo.

    At Sheldrake Point, we see visitors all through the week during the summer months, but on weekends in October, visitors arrive at the winery in droves. Especially on Saturdays. 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»

  • What’s Growing at Sheldrake Point, besides grapes?

    Sheldrake Point Winery is, we always say, a farm first. So, what’s growing at Sheldrake Point, besides grapes? A lot! Our grounds are designed with you, our guests, in mind. When you visit during the growing season, you’ll see ornamental grasses, established perennials, and evergreens surrounding the Tasting Room. This is our ‘home,’ and we garden to make ourselves and 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»