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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»

  • 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»

  • 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»

  • 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»

  • Before We Pick: Harvest Prep at Sheldrake Point

    Julia Hoyle moving equipment

    Harvest prep for the winemakers at Sheldrake Point is anything but leisure time! There is a lot of heavy lifting and elbow grease involved before a single grape is picked. more»

  • Annual Barrel Tasting: Wine With Friends

    This past Saturday, April 23, we welcomed 64 guests to our Annual Wine Club Barrel Tasting event. We dipped into and explored our 2015 red and white wines. For this event, we bring the people to our wine, setting up in our production facility, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling pallets of Sheldrake Point wine and arrays of barrels. 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 I

    During those sun-drenched late summer days when we started picking back in mid-September, someone asked me about my expectations for Harvest 2015. I began my answer by saying, “Barring a hail storm that takes out the vineyard…”—because, at the time, there had been enough summer heat to nicely ripen our fruit, rain came when we need it, and as a result there was not much disease pressure on the fruit. Harvest 2015 on Sheldrake Point started out glorious!  more»