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  • Sheldrake Point Growing Season Preview

    The snow has melted, the spring rains have come (and kept coming), and the soil is warming. My better judgement tells me to never try to predict what Mother Nature has in store for the coming months. Twenty years of experience on this land and taking into consideration the seasons just passed, while cradling hopes for those to come, does give me enough insight for a Sheldrake Point growing season preview. 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»

  • A Glorious Harvest 2016

    The Sheldrake Point Winery harvest 2016 is complete! I sat down with my colleagues Winemaker Dave Breeden, Assistant Winemaker Julia Hoyle, and Vineyard Manager Dave Wiemann to share a toast and talk about the growing season, the fruit we brought in, and what’s next: Dave Wiemann on Drought, Timing, and Harvest 2016 It is old news now that 2016 was 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»

  • 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»

  • Secret Garden on Sheldrake Point

    A few days ago, Marketing and Sales Manager Kyle Pallischeck came to me excited because she and Wine Club Manager Whitney Elrod were walking the vineyard and had stumbled across a secret garden among our new Cabernet Franc block. “There’s a vegetable patch up in the vineyard!” I had to laugh because, yes, there is a vegetable patch in the vineyard—but we didn’t exactly plan to have a secret garden. 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»

  • Solar Panels & Sustainability on Sheldrake Point

    Solar energy is heating up in the Finger Lakes. It is especially gratifying for us at Sheldrake Point to see more of our colleagues join us in pursuing clean energy options. Yes, join us! We put up our solar panels in 2004! more»

  • Macro, Meso, and Micro: Finger Lakes Climate

    Successful grape growing depends on knowing your climate. Our Finger Lakes climate is a critical concern in the vineyard, and so it is a serious course of study on Sheldrake Point. We know that vine survival, productivity, and fruit quality may be limited by temperature extremes in winter, or springtime cold episodes. For once, I’m not actually talking about the weather.  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»

  • 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»

  • Rooted in Sheldrake Point

    So much focus at a vineyard is on the vines and the fruit, and rightfully so! But growing always starts at the roots; if there’s magic in making great Sheldrake Point wine, it begins underground. Earth and water I’ve gotten to know a lot about what goes on under our 44 acre vineyard in the fifteen years I’ve been at 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»

  • 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»

  • Harvest 2014: Polar Vortex vs. The Sheldrake Effect

    View of Sheldrake Point Winery's vineyards during the Ice Wine grape harvest in 2014

    As the season of feasting and raising of glasses winds down, our Sheldrake Point Winery family is taking a moment to reflect on Harvest 2014. We are so excited about the high quality of the fruit that came in, and our 2014 vintages are expected to be stellar examples of what we do at Sheldrake Point Winery. Our vineyard crew more»