Brianna’s Winery Visit

- Entrance to the Vineyard

– Entrance to the Vineyard

I decided to go to the Shinn Estate Vineyards located in Mattituck, New York for my winery visit assignment because it was conveniently one of the many wineries that was in a closer proximity to my residence. Originally, I was going to take public transportation to get there but it would’ve been too expensive so my mother volunteered to drive me instead. I opted to do a winery tour but could not partake in the wine tasting as I am not of drinking age yet. The winery provided me with a great learning experience yet neither Barbara nor David, the owners of the vineyard was present when I visited which ultimately ruined my time spent at the vineyard. The tour guide that I had was not very patient with me and when I asked him questions about the vineyards such as the grapes grown or the history of the vineyard, he nonchalantly told me that he did not have much knowledge about the vineyard at all. He simply instructed me to use the website to receive the information that I needed. So I continue to walk around the vineyard but was, unfortunately, finished with the tour in about a half hour yet I was still uninformed about the vineyard.

- The Wine Tasting Room

– The Wine Tasting Room

- The Stainless Steel Barrel with a Traditional Oak Barrel Behind It

– The Stainless Steel Barrel with a Traditional Oak Barrel Behind It

I later called the vineyard and told them about my uneventful visit and I had finally gotten my question answered over the phone. I forgot to get the woman’s name but she informed me that when the Shinn Estate Vineyards opened, it was the first farm winery to open in Long Island and one of the first to use alternative energy whether solar or wind powered. She described to me that the vineyards houses many grape varieties, the grapes grown are Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Malbec. The grapes even naturally have yeast in them that directly help in the production of wine by rapidly improving the fermentation process. She widely talked about the vintage wines that are available despite its specifications; they still have vibrant, fruitful undertones. The vineyard uses reclaimed ancient heartwood pine to age the wine diligently in the cellar. She further explained that the vineyard struggled over the past summer as it was extremely dry for the soil which lead them to irrigate which they usually do not readily do to nourish the vines. She also informed that about the American Viticultural Area (AVA) which was the “North Fork of Long Island and how it must be placed on the label of the bottle, I explained to her how we studied this in our wine class and she was thoroughly intrigued by the methods used in the class.

- The Rows of the Vines

– The Rows of the Vines

- The Grapes on the Vines

– The Grapes on the Vines

Honestly, this trip surprised me as I couldn’t believe how much I understood the wine terminology that was being used. If I had taken this trip just this past summer, I would’ve been so confused by the beautiful process of wine production. I love that I understand this much information about wine despite not being of drinking age yet. I hope that many other people learn about wine production as it is very interesting and it makes for drinking wine, beer, or spirits to be a better experience as you have a greater understanding of the lengthy process that was endured before it made it into the glass in front of you.



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Retail Analysis of a Wine Shop

I decided to visit the Heights Chateau which is located fairly close to New York City College of Technology so I took a short walk over there. The neighborhood is very quiet and I was eagerly anticipated for the experience but I was also a tad wary as I doubted the information that I have already learned about wine. I met with my mother in front of the wine shop so we could be able to purchase some wine, seeing as I am underage. When I first walked in I was overwhelmed by the selections of wines that were from all over the world. There were wines from Israel, Portugal, Greece as well as the usual prospects like France, Italy, and Germany.

I actually met with a store clerk there named Rebecca who was very helpful in answering all my impending questions about the wines. I first asked about how the wines were situated and what the concept of the placement of each wine was. She told me that the wines were separated by country from north to south which was executed by the country’s name tags with the country’s flag even more extensively the wines were separated by year, appellation, and whether it was red or white wines. Then, I asked about the way the wine bottles were positioned whether vertically or horizontally and what was best for the wine, in terms of flavor. She explained how the differing positions of the bottles in this particular establishment were specifically for space as the bottles’ shapes vary; some can be stacked while others must be vertical. But she said that to age wine better, it is best to lay them horizontally yet the wines they sold were already properly aged. She informed me that they had vintage wines dated back to ’98 which were the most expensive and were located in the temperature-controlled cellar downstairs as for the upstairs the vintage wines dated to ’07.

I also learned about kosher wines which I was completely clueless about but Rebecca kindly explained that kosher wines similar to kosher foods had to be blessed by a rabbi who is a Sabbath observant. The rabbi must also supervise it through the entire winemaking process from the grapes being picked to it being bottled. The grapes that are used for the wine also must have never been touched by any grains, breads, or dough to be pure. Each bottle of kosher must be certified by a specialized stamp located on the back of the label.

Finally, I asked Rebecca, how does she suggest wines and could she make a wine suggestion for my family, she said that she certainly could suggest a wine. She replied that she usually need to know what preferences that we had to a specific alcoholic beverage or the region that is particularly favored, then the occasion that the wine will be served, and the price range. My mother and I wanted a light wine which was on the sweeter side which meant we’d need a white wine that had residual sugar. Rebecca chose two wines for us, one was from Spain it was a 2014 Entremares blanco coupage and the second one was from France it was a 2013 Jovly chenin blanc. Both wines are medium bodied and well balanced; I cannot wait to try them. Rebecca described the secret about food pairing and said that usually wines should be paired with regional foods. As my mother purchased the two wines, I began to realized how beautiful of a learning experience learning about wine truly is. I am not only able to taste wine but understand wine as well.



The Wine Shop Storefront



The Interior of the Wine Shop



The Sparkling Wines of Italy



The Red Wine Selection



The White Wine Selection