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
Michael Shaps Chardonnay (review) | Crystalpalate.com
Virginia Wine Summit 2014 | Fearrington.com
Photos by Kim Veillon