Cabernet franc spotted April 25 at Shinn Estate Vineyards.
Bud break began on the North Fork last week with cabernet franc vines peaking through April 21 at Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck.
Though that date is somewhat earlier than average — North Fork buds generally break around the first week of May — April 21 is by no means unusual. The earliest bud break at Shinn took place on April 15 in 2010 and 2002, co-owner David Page told us last year. (more…)
Rich Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Bedell Cellars. (Katharine Schroeder file photo)
When Barbara Shinn and David Page moved to the North Fork to establish Shinn Estate Vineyards in 1998, they had to learn everything there was to know about winemaking from the ground up — starting with the vines.
They began by researching how other local grape growers worked. It didn’t take long for the couple to realize modern farming was less about understanding the rhythm and cycle of nature than about the timely application of pesticides and herbicides.
“We were a little surprised that there seemed to be more farming by recipe,” Shinn said. “And not only out here – a lot of farming was that way in the country and all over the world. (more…)
Barbara Shinn shows sap “weeping” from a sauvignon blanc vine after a pruning cut. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
When Barbara Shinn of Shinn Estate Vineyards posted a Facebook photo of sap starting to “weep” from the vines and then freeze as it dripped, we knew we had to see it for ourselves. I stopped in to see her Saturday morning after a couple of rainy days and she directed me to the sauvignon blanc vines. (more…)