Sheldrake Point Winery on Cayuga Lake

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Sheldrake Point Winery is sometimes easy to miss as it is not directly on Route 89 the way most of the Cayuga Lake wineries are. However, if you like dry and semi-dry wines it is well worth the few mile drive off Rt 89.  The winery sits down on County Road 153 in Ovid on the Western shoreline of Cayuga Lake and just being that close to the lake is worth the short drive down the hill. 

The Wine

The winery produces mainly vinifera wines in the Dry and Semi-Dry range however they do have a few sweet wines in their "Summer Series" so there is something for all palates.  We particularly enjoyed their Gamay and Merlot.  I did note that many of the Red wines were light in color and very clear.  I tend to like them a little darker, but that has more to do with appearance than taste.  We also enjoyed the Riesling.  Typically I am more drawn to Dry Rieslings, but was surprised to actually like the Riesling better.  It had a very nice balance that made it both crisp and smooth.  Over the past year or two I have noticed a trend of more Finger Lakes wineries producing a dry Rose of some kind.  I am happy to say that Sheldrake Point is one that is joining that movement.  Their Dry Rose had some nice complex fruit hints that were easy to like and makes it very pairable with a wide variety of food.   

Overall Sheldrake Point has some very likable wines and their prices seem are in line with the other wineries of the region.  $9-$27.  We did not try the $50-$70 ice or straw wines.  Partly because I'm not that fond of ultra sweet wine and partly  because I am unwilling to buy anything that cleans out my wallet so much and leaves me with so little.    I'm sure their are some ice wine lovers who will indulge themselves with it and enjoy it immensely.  That's just not me.

The Setting

As I mentioned, the winery sits within clear sight of the water of Cayuga Lake.  The tasting bar is fairly large and can accommodate roughly 20 people at a time.  The tasting has several options with a few complimentary tastings followed by a pick several for a small fee section then with a more expensive per-sample tasting for the reserve and icewines.  The notes are very clear about what is covered by each of the choices so it was easy to figure out where the boundaries were.

Adjacent to the tasting room and wine shop is the Simply Red Bistro which offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.  The menu looks well suited to a day of wine tasting while the arrangement offeres lawn seating under umbrellas and indoor seating near a large wall of windows.  Either seating choice can provide great views of the lake and is a nice setting for a bite to eat before heading back up the hill to the other wineries.

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