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Divya Gugnani

Divya Gugnani

Posted: June 22, 2010 06:00 PM

No Need for Napa: The 4 Long Island Wineries Not To Miss

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If you're looking for an escape from the concrete jungle this weekend that involves a bit of vino, forget heading west and redirect your compass to Long Island, home to some of the fastest up-and-coming vineyards. We've been to North Fork and back in search of the best summer wines, and here is our quick guide to the wineries not to miss.

Shinn Estate
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Although they may be newcomers to the Long Island wine scene after planting their first vine in 2000, the husband and wife team David Page and Barbara Shinn have made quite a splash with their organic and biodynamic wines. With their philosophy of sustainable farming practices that includes hand-harvested grapes, this duo continues to produce a variety of 13 different consistently balanced wines.

Not to be missed: Their 2009 First Fruit is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc with hints of ripe pear and fresh herbs. And don’t leave without trying the 2006 Nine Barrel Reserve Merlot—think elegant flavors of blackberries, plums and violet.
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