Behind the Scenes at the Virginia Wine Summit with Michael Shaps

About 30 Virginia Wine Summit attendees came to Carters Mountain and the winery to taste Michael's wine. It was very exciting to see all these high profile people in the wine world LOVE Michael's wine!!! The theme was old and new. A 1998 Merlot and Cabernet Franc! Did you hear that right? 1998!!!! Some of the first wine Michael made when coming to Virginia.

Michael opened all sorts of wines, and the guests showed themselves to be true professionals: able to taste/evaluate/experience a large number of wines in a relatively short amount of time. We tasted a lot of library stuff, some bottles going back to when Michael was at Jefferson Vineyards.

The crowd of sommeliers, wine buyers and journalists are nationally recognized and hailed from around the country. They really appreciated being able to taste older wines. They also seemed to genuinely enjoy tasting in our "rural industrial" setting. No frills, just the honesty of the wines. The Petit Manseng was a standout, but so was the ageability of the wines. 

Michael Shaps Wine & VA Wine in the Media:

2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine Harvest a "Classic" | Washington Post 

From Virginia to Minnesota, This is the New American Wine Map | Food and Wine 

Virginia Producing "Seriously Astonishing Wines," Says Food & Wine Writer | LoudonTimes.com

Why You Need to Visit Virginia Wine Country | CNN  

Michael Shaps Chardonnay (review) | Crystalpalate.com 

Virginia Wine Summit 2014 | Fearrington.com

D.C. region’s pioneering vintners have wine varieties that might surprise you | TheSpectrum.com

Upcoming Events:

11/14 UVA Women's Hockey Wine Dinner Fundraiser with Michael Shaps & l'etoile (Tickets Here)

11/16 Burgundy Wine Club Launch 

Photos by Kim Veillon