Small Vineyard, Big Deal

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At Shinn Estate Vineyards, proprietors Barbara Shinn and David Page are making outstanding Bordeaux-style wines – on the East Coast, no less.

With a working philosophy of low-impact, sustainable farming and high-impact, flavorful wines Shinn Estate Vineyards is making a big name for itself on the North Fork of Long Island, New York. Being great stewards of their land is extremely important to these owners. Innovative soil-building techniques along with what some have called “extreme viticulture” consistently yield wonderfully balanced fruit producing outstanding wines year after year.

Barbara and David are no strangers to food and wine. They met in Berkeley, California when both were in the food business and they came east to open Home, a restaurant in New York City that received kudos for being an early proponent of local food and wine. They have since sold their interest in
the restaurant, but the excellent cookbook Recipes from Home (Artisan) is a great introduction to their style of classic American fare.

Not only is their vineyard a no-till, yet manicured gem, their guesthouse is the only place to stay on a vineyard property on the North Fork. And the best thing? Breakfast by the fantastic David Page.

Whether pairing with good food now or laying a few bottles down for later, the wines from Shinn Vineyards are definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo Credit: Gordon Grant/New York Times