The Wanderlust of Wine Yeast

Laying on the compost pile, my back to the ground with eyes closed, I feel the warmth of the microbes working below me. It is as warm as a heating blanket, gentle and steady. The mound is only half built and hasn’t begun to release the intense heat of a fully working...

The Gentle Tread of Earth into Wine

November 2010 The wine is almost finished fermenting. What was once a grape, a perfect circle of sugar and juice drinking in sunlight, is now transforming itself into another existence. Anthony Nappa, our winemaker instills a sense of calm from the time the first...

The Everlasting Grace of the Vine

October 19, 2010 Yesterday morning Nicholle, who works at our Farmhouse Inn, came into the kitchen and said “Barbara, there are about 10 deer in the vineyard, don’t you want to keep them out?” It was a honeyed moment for me as I answered “No, they are just eating the...

Things Get Interesting at Shinn Estate

6:30 am, Thursday morning, September 30, 2010 I am watching the weather on radar as a gruesome tropical storm is covering the east coast from Florida all the way north to Canada. Out here on the North Fork we have had only a mist of precipitation but there is no way I...

First Oragnic Harvest at Shinn Estate in Long Island

September 22, 2010 Yesterday the beautiful sun was rising at 6:30 in the morning through the group of trees to the east of the vineyard. It was like red-orange velvet fire, promising only a softness so kind you couldn’t reprove it in any way. I silently welcomed its...