Wine Tasting with Sheldrake Point Wines

If you’ve never attended one of the many Virtual Wine Tastings offered by wineries since
Covid-19 started, now’s your chance!

Chuck Tauck ’72 will take a deep-dive into Dry Riesling—that versatile and age-worthy wine that is too frequently dismissed as sweet.

Join your fellow WNS alums to learn about flavor profiles, balance, terroir, food pairings and more! Take advantage of a special offer from Sheldrake Point Winery or purchase your own from your local wine shop. We’ll be tasting and discussing three wines from Chuck’s Finger Lakes, New York winery:

  • 2016 Reserve Dry Riesling
  • 2019 Wild Ferment Dry Riesling (pre-release)
  • 2020 Riesling Bubbles (pre-release)

These wines are available as an exclusive bundle for Williston Northampton alums for
$75 and FREE SHIPPING with code: WILLISTON2021.
Order must be made by June 3 for June 10 delivery.  

Click here to access the exclusive Williston Northampton bundle.

Any additional wines you wish to add to your Cart are also eligible for Free Shipping. Delivery requires adult signature—ship to your workplace if nobody is home. If you live in a state that Sheldrake Point cannot ship to, visit your local wine shop and seek out any Dry Riesling(s). 


About Chuck Tauck '72

Most of Chuck’s career has been spent in travel and hospitality. Following his undergraduate years at the University of Vermont, he guided groups through Nova Scotia and Quebec, New England, the National Parks and Hawaii. Those experiences landed him a desk job in the family firm where his responsibilities involved operating over 2500 vacation tours each year across North America, Europe and into Asia, hosting over 90,000 guests every year.

In 1992, Chuck took a break from all that, moved to Ithaca, NY, and enrolled in the graduate program at the Cornell Hotel School, where he focused on Organizational Change in Family Business, returning to the family firm with a succession plan in 1994. In 1996, he left the day-to-day management of the travel business in order to pursue his growing interest in horticulture and a smaller, more manageable, and more local business venture. This led him to explore the possibilities of wines and winery tourism in the Finger Lakes.

His exploration took him to a wine management course at UC Davis in California where he met a colleague who was involved in a startup venture on Cayuga Lake. The project involved the transformation of an abandoned and derelict 150 acre lakeside dairy farm about 20 miles north of Ithaca, where the sloping fields of deep gravelly soils proved to have excellent potential for growing wine grapes.

That was 1997. Today Sheldrake Point Winery boasts over 60 acres of vineyards producing about 8000 cases of wine and hosts over 20,000 visitors each year.

At Williston, Chuck served on the Board of Trustees for 11 years from 1997 to 2008 and was president of the Board from 2001 to 2008.

See Chuck and learn more about
the Finger Lakes on an episode of
V is for Vino! Watch it here.