In a large pot of boiling salted water cook linguine, according to package directions until tender but firm; drain and return to pot.
Mix 2 tablespoons of the wine with cornstarch until smooth; set aside. In a large skillet, melt butter over meduim-high heat; cook shrimp, garlic, red pepper and hot pepper flakes, stirring for about 5 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl; set aside.
Pour remaining wine into same pan; increase heat to high and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Boil for about 3 minutes or until wine is reduce by about one-third; stir in cream and return to boil. Whisk in cornstarch mixture; boil, stirring for 1 minute.
Stir in shrimp mixture with any juices and spinach. Cook stirring for 1 minute or until spinach is wilted and shrimp are hot. Season to taste with up to 1/4 teaspoons salt. Pour over linguine and toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with basil.
COOKING TIP: let shrimp thaw in the package set in a bowl overnight in the refrigerator or empty into a colander and run under cold water. Peel and devein, if necessary, and pat dry.
FOR THE ADVENTUROUS: Increase the hot pepper flakes to 1/2 teaspoons and add 1 tablespoons drained green peppercorns, or 2 tablespoons drained capers with the spinach.