From September 26th to October 6th Edible Manhattan, Edible East End and Edible Brooklyn — in conjunction with Edibles statewide and GrowNYC — present Eat Drink Local week, our celebration of the local food chain through heirloom vegetable auctions, wine tastings, DIY challenges, lectures, garden tours, farm to table dinners and countless other events. Over the next few weeks we’re highlighting a few of the restaurants, wine shops and wineries, breweries and beer bars, farms and food artisans and cultural institutions that the week is meant to celebrate.
Shinn Estate Vineyards
Who Runs It:
Owners Barbara Shinn and David Page left behind the life of Greenwich Village restaurateurs — the pair owned the beloved locavore spot called Home — and decided to have a go at making wine and running an inn on eastern Long Island’s North Fork. It’s been a successful run, thus far, and their inventive ideas about running a sustainable vineyard challenge the notion that organic grape growing couldn’t be done in the region.
Why We Love Them:
Their wines are quite simply some of the best on Long Island. Their current winemaker is Anthony Nappa. Plus, we’re impressed with their dedication to sustainable farming practices — the place is now wind and solar powered. And if all that wasn’t enough, the couple runs a B&B out of the farmhouse on their land which offers great views of the vineyards and a fantastic — very locally sourced –breakfast, personally made by David Page.
Where to Find Them:
The vineyards and farmhouse are located in the lovely little town of Mattituck on the North Fork of Long Island, just minutes from the Long Island Sound, and their tasting room is open daily. You can order their wines here online, or pick up a bottle at dozens of wine shops and smart restaurants around the city (look for the list on their website). Last but not least, you can taste their handiwork and meet the couple in person at our annual local wine tasting each spring.