Nov 5, 2019
Sheldrake Point Winery in the Finger Lakes began in
1997. For most of that time, Dave Wieman, vineyard manager, and
Dave Breeden, winemaker, have been with the winery. They dish on
what it's really like it is to make wine in this ever-changing,
Here are the show notes:
- After our weekly plug of the Wine For Normal People
Book (if you like the podcast, you will love the book and
it's a perfect companion guide to the show!) we break the news that
the audio got messed up. Aliens took over the audio for the first
quarter of the recording and so M.C. Ice and I step in to do the
- We talk about the history of Sheldrake Point Winery, it's unique location, the
importance of Cornell University, and warn you of the hilarity that
ensues in this show
- The Daves talk about how challenging it can be to manage a
vineyard in the Finger Lakes and how
moisture, drainage, slope, and microclimate make all the difference
in making great wine in the Finger Lakes. Dave Wieman talks about
whether he ever thinks about what it would be like to make wine in
Napa, where things aren't quite so hard.
- We discuss the viability of sustainable agriculture in the
Lakes and what that looks like in a climate with humidity and
- Dave Breeden, winemaker (and
self-proclaimed "inside Dave") talks about his job as the guy
whose job it is not to mess up what nature gave him! He serves all
his answers straight up -- from talking about why it makes sense to
use once used oak (it's better for the wine AND cheaper), to
questioning why Gewurztraminer isn't more popular, to why he loves
to dance the tango with Pinot Gris each year.
- We discuss the different styles of Riesling, how they are
achieved and how Dave Breeden came around to liking the Gamay he
- After many laughs, lots of honesty, and some stuff we just had
to edit out (sorry), we talk about the bright future of the Finger
Lakes and how things are only just beginning.
Sheldrake Point will be at Underground Wine Events on 11/9/19!
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