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!



I would love a Coravin, which is an awesome tool that lets you pour wine without actually pulling the cork—which is great when you can’t bring yourself to open a bottle for just one glass. No air is allowed into the bottle, protecting the wine for future pours. We do sell this in the Sheldrake Point tasting room! Stop by!

The Unfiltered Guide to Working in Wine looks like a great read that I could really get into while unwinding with a glass of wine. This wine book promises to be way more interesting than the numerous educational tomes I seem to have collected thus far.


Need more gift ideas for your wine lover’s wish list?

Our Sheldrake Point wine family shared with me their wine lover’s wish lists to help you get inside your favorite wine lover’s head when gift shopping this season:

Gifts for Winemakers…

It is not impossible to buy a wine-related gift for a winemaker!

Winemaker Dave Breeden’s wish list is, not surprisingly, all about more wine:


Cruvinet for six bottles, so I can open multiple bottles without wasting wine. This beauty regulates temperature and preserves the wine. All you have to do is open the ‘faucet’!

Wall Street Journal Wine club subscription. So I can taste and get introduced to wines I don’t already know.


Julia Hoyle, Assistant Winemaker, shares her picks:

zaltoButler’s Friend. Often I have a natural cork break or crumble when I am opening an older wine with a standard corkscrew. The two-prong design of The Butler’s Friend is a great solution to that problem, and also helps to avoid the mess of cork dust in your wine. Plus, the bottle opener built-into the handle helps for other beverages!

Zalto White Wine Glasses. I currently have a set of Zalto Bordeaux glasses. It would be great to have the matching set for white wines, which are opened more often than reds in my home. I love the Bordeaux glass, but would be thrilled to have a slimmer glass more appropriate for the nose of a white wine. …Six please!

…a Tasting Room Manager…

Christine Maguire, Tasting Room Manager, knows how to mix her wine education and her wine enjoyment:

A wine refrigeratorwine-fridge for the wine to be properly chilled to the correct temperature, while also not taking up space in my regular refrigerator. A wine refrigerator can be better regulated for temperature, and is also opened and closed less frequently. Always having wine perfectly chilled blind-sixmeans I’m always ready to open a bottle for drop-in guests!

Blind Six Subscription, which is a monthly shipment of wines from the classic producers and regions of the world that could be included in actual Sommelier exams. Since I am studying for my Level 2 – Certified Sommelier exam, the Blind Six actually qualifies as a study aid! The wines come wrapped in black tissue paper, with tasting grids and notes. I can imagine this making for fantastic wine tasting parties!

…a Wine Club Manager…

Whitney Elrod, Wine Cub Manager, mixes her wine education with recreation:

Regional wine mapswine-map-sets_large, to help me continue learning about the different wine regions of the world, the grapes grown there, and the styles of wines produced. Also, they would look great framed and on my wall!

govino-dishwasher-safe-2202_image1GOVINO, the go-anywhere wine glass, is an easy gift for people who enjoy wine on-the-go. Safe for picnics, concerts, camping, dockside, and anyplace you wouldn’t want to take your delicate stemware. GOVINO is way better than your basic plastic cup! 

…a winery Business Manager…

Lisa Morton, Sheldrake Point Winery’s Business Manager, holds this place together! We want to make her happy, and she makes it easy with this wish list:

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Bubbly. My number 2 favorite winery (after Sheldrake Point, of course) is Argyle Winery in Oregon. They make my most favorite of all: bubbles! You can never go wrong with sparkling wine and this was my pick, from my personal wine library, for Chuck’s birthday celebration. “It’s like a party in box!” – That says it all!

Jewelry. Just because this is super cool, and Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé is my favorite wine, plus this cuff bracelet would look great on my wrist when I’m lifting a glass….

 …and a couple guys in the vineyard.

Dave Wiemann, Vineyard Manager, and José Aguilera, Assistant Vineyard Manager, both apparently work up a thirst keeping our vineyard in top shape. All they want is to settle down and open a bottle:

“After a long day of work, a great gift for me would be to sit on the porch overlooking Cayuga Lake while enjoying a bottle of Sheldrake Point Pinot Gris.”  – José

 “I would like a Riesling Christmas: wines from Waipara Hills (New Zealand), Schloss Goblesburg (Austria), Trimbach (Alsace, France), Penfolds (Australia), and Chateau Ste. Michelle (Washington state). I think it would be great fun to compare all at once with friends.” – Dave

Wine lover’s wish list to make shopping easy

Here you have it directly from a group of real wine lovers! We hope these ideas will help you to surprise and delight the wine lover in your life.

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention membership in the Sheldrake Point Winery wine club! Sign up your wine lover for quarterly selections from both our recent releases as well as library wines!

From all of us at Sheldrake Point Winery, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!


A Finger Lakes native, Kyle brings longtime Finger Lakes winery experience to Sheldrake Point. After over five years combined at both Fox Run Vineyards and the Seneca Lake Winery Association, Kyle joined Sheldrake Point in March, 2016. She has earned degrees in Hospitality Management and Interior Design, as well as her Sommelier Certification via the Court of Master Sommeliers, and holds the WSET 2 Certificate. She is a founding board member of the Finger Lakes Chapter of Women for WineSense, and teaches wine education classes at the New York Wine and Culinary Center.