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Wine enthusiasts enjoy spirits at Shinn Estates

Michelle Clark, of Mattituck, and Rachel Johnson, of

Michelle Clark, of Mattituck, and Rachel Johnson, of Aquebouge, enjoy a glass of wine at the Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse Wine Tasting and Palm Reading event. (Dec. 30, 2011) Credit: Ursula Moore

Rachel Johnson spent Friday night at the Shinn Estate Vineyards sipping on Coalescence, a tangy and refreshing wine.

“This is delicious,” the Aquebogue woman said.

She was enjoying not just the wine but also the spirits.

A few tables away sat Greenport resident Beth Winkler getting her palm read by professional palm reader Joan Bernhardt, of Riverhead.

Winkler sat in amazement as Bernhardt traced the lines of her palms and spoke to her.

“She affirmed some things I am going through. She told me to keep going on the path that I am on. I am working on getting my master’s degree. She said I will be successful,” Winkler said.

The Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse Wine Tasting and Palm Reading in Mattituck is held Friday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The palm reading is $20 per session and $5 per wine glass.

Shinn Estate owners Barbara Shinn and her husband, David Page, decided that it would be interesting for the participants to experience palm reading while sampling different wines.

“We had been to a bar called Raoul’s in Soho and they had a tarot reader there and they were very successful so we thought it would be a good idea to have a palm reader here,” Shinn said. “So far, everyone loves it. We have a lot of fun.”

Joe Fortunato, of Aquebogue, said the cozy and intimate atmosphere at the Shinn Estates is the right place for sampling tasty wines.

“It’s really cool here. This is a great place,” he said.

The wines on the 22-acre farm are grown organically. There are more than a dozen wines available including cabernet franc, chardonnay, merlot and sauvignon blanc.

The tasting and palm reading was also the perfect setting for a walk down memory lane for former owner David Tuthill, of Sayville, who stopped for a visit.

“I haven’t been here in 10 years. I love it,” Tuthill said. “When we sold the property to them, it was just a homestead. I think they did a fantastic job here.”

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