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  • The Vintage Room: Wine Library at Sheldrake Point

    The Vintage Room: Wine Library at Sheldrake PointThe Vintage Room at Sheldrake Point Winery is open! Located just a few steps from our Tasting Room, the newly renovated area will provide display space for our older library wines while serving as an exclusive tasting room for special events and small groups.

    What’s a wine library, you ask?

    Wineries typically hold on to a cache of older vintages, for both aesthetic reasons and for future winemaking reference, and this collection is called a wine library. Sometimes library wines are displayed, and sometimes they are cellared, but any wines purposely held by a winery are still considered library wines.

    Having a well-stocked wine library is very unique because it takes patience. The wine The Vintage Room: Wine Library at Sheldrake Point library at Sheldrake Point has been decades in the making, and contains over 4,000 bottles. We owe our collection to the foresight of one of our original co-founders, Bob Madill, who began cellaring wine from every vintage starting in 1997.

    Sheldrake Point is lucky to have one of the most successful library programs in the Finger Lakes. Library wines provide reference for both the vineyard and winemaking teams; to get a sense of how our vineyard is developing and to see how our wines evolve in the bottle over time.

    We created the Vintage Room to showcase a selection of those wines. The new cork floor, vaulted trellis across the ceiling (meant to invoke the inside of a barrel), stained glass windows, and stone masonry showcase the talent and collaboration of several local artisans. This has transformed an old mid-19th century horse barn into an upscale space for experiential wine tasting that can accommodate up to 25 people.

    Our idea is that the Vintage Room will be used for seated tastings, special food and wine pairings, Wine Club events, and vertical tastings open to the public.

    Watch this new space for the chance to try some fabulous older wines!

  • Wine Club Dinner 2016


    Sheldrake Point Winery owners Chuck Tauck and Fran Littin chat up Wine Club members. Our 2016 Wine Club Dinner featured live music, special hors d’oeuvre pairings, and library wine tastings in the Vintage Room.

    The Sheldrake Point Winery annual Wine Club Dinner took place on the
    perfect summer evening of August 6, 2016. Our guests tasted library wines in the new Vintage Room, toured the vineyard, and were delighted by Serendipity Catering’s menu resplendent of the season’s bounty, paired with estate wines from our cellar.

    First Course

    Caprese Salad with fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, local basil jus,
    and strawberry balsamic “pearls,” 2015 Dry Rosé.

    Second Course

    Smoked Cobia on Sopes topped with grilled corn and cabbage slaw with cilantro avocado crème, 2014 Riesling.

    Third Course

    Dai-lai braised Wixom Farm beef short ribs with house-made fettuccini, charred eggplant puree, and ricotta in a mushroom merchant du vin topped with Chaseholm Farm Stella Vallis cheese served with haricots verts in preserved lemon gremolata, 2012 Cabernet Franc.


    Ile Flottante with dark chocolate mousse, amaretto crème anglaise, and almond lace tuille, 2013 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine.

    • First Course

      First Course

    • Second Course

      Second Course

    • Third Course

      Third Course

    • Dessert


  • Upcoming Events

    sheldrake-point-goes-good-with-turkey-eventVisit our event calendar page for details.

    November 19 – 2 to 4 p.m.
    Goes Good with Turkey: Wines for your Thanksgiving Table
    With so many delicious dishes on the table, which wines should you serve? Join us as we taste a flight of Sheldrake Point wines, and pair them with classic Thanksgiving foods.
    20 seats available
    $35 per person
    For more information and to register for this event, contact Wine Club Manager:
    Whitney Elrod
    607.532.9401, ext. 107

  • Awards and Accolades

    Ice Apple

    GOLD – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

    2014 Chardonnay

    SILVER – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

    2015 Pinot Gris

    90 POINTS – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
    91 POINTS AND GREAT VALUE – Ultimate Wine Challenge

    2014 Dry Riesling

    90 POINTS – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
    JEFFERSON CUP – 2015 Jefferson Cup Invitational
    CHAIRMAN’S AWARD (equivalent to Double Gold) – 2016 Dan Berger International Wine Competition
    SILVER – 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

    2014 Riesling

    89 POINTS – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
    DOUBLE GOLD – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    90 POINTS – Wine Enthusiast

    2015 Rosé

    89 POINTS – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
    SILVER – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    GOLD – Dan Berger International Wine Competition
    91 POINTS AND GREAT VALUE – Ultimate Wine Challenge

  • Tasting Points

  • Spotlight: 2014 Dry Riesling

    In the Glass

    A well constructed estate bottled Dry Riesling with classic acidity and striking citrus dominance.

    The versatility of Dry Riesling with food is astounding. A remarkable pair to sushi or ginger-based Asian dishes, citrus/mineral driven Rieslings like the 2014 accompany seafood in a variety of styles, such as blackened catfish or fish tacos with mango salsa. Delightful before dinner with a caramelized onion and apple

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    Jefferson Cup

    Jefferson Cup Invitational, 2015

    Chairmans Award

    Dan Berger International Wine Competition, 2016

    92 Points


    90 Points

    Wine Advocate

    Silver Medal

    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, 2016

    Silver Medal

    New York Wine & Food Classic, 2016

    89 Points/ Bronze Medal

    Canberra International Riesling Challenge, 2016

  • Recipe: Fresh Pasta with Cream and Lemon Sauce

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

    Extend summer with this meal, made surprisingly light thanks to fresh pasta. The zest and juice of a lemon in the creamy sauce is a subtle compliment to the citrus notes of the Sheldrake Point 2014 Dry Riesling. Smooth on the palate, both the wine and the dish shine.“Lemon brightens

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