This past Halloween, I got quite the treat at the Shinn Estate Farmhouse, on the North Fork of Long Island. If you don’t know Shinn Estate Vineyards, then get on it. Husband and wife team Barbara Shinn (viticulturalist) and David Page (winemaker with Patrick Caserta) have been making wines based on organic and biodynamic methods since the early 2000’s, and every year they just keep getting better and better.
While they make a number of reds, whites and a killer rosé (which is always sold out) I’m singling out their Red Blend because it falls in the under $20 category. Me, I enjoyed sipping it by the fireplace with some excellent cheese, all part of the warm welcome guests at the inn can expect. You might want to pair it with a tomato-based pasta, chicken or even one of those famous Long Island ducks.
The Shinn “Red” is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, and its eloquence is amazing for the price (about $16 retail). Bing cherries and touch of spice greet you as you sip this terrific vin de soif. It’s a perfect balance of acid and fruit. You can’t help but like what’s going in the New York State wine world, and this is exhibit A.