Behind the Scenes with Michael Shaps, Chef Jose Andres, and Food & Wine Magazine

Have we mentioned how excited we are for the October 2014 issue of Food & Wine Magazine? The winery was featured as part of a piece on Virginia Wine Country with Chef Jose Andres. Here's a little peek into what happened behind the scenes during the Chefs visit to our working winery.

Jose Andres visited the winery in August along with Ray Isle, the Executive Wine editor at Food and Wine, and Jose's Beverage Director Lucas Paya. Michael gave them a tour of the space -- which, if you've ever been out our way, you know includes checking out a lot of massive, stainless-steel-finish fermenting tanks, barrels upon barrels upon barrels of new and aging wines, a mini kitchen where our staff chemist works her magic, and our newly expanded crush pad and tasting room. Michael led a barrel tasting and then they tasted through about 20 different wines, with Michael and Jose trading stories about Virginia wine as they went. Jose, Ray, and Lucas all loved the wines, especially the Petit Manseng, and Jose tried to buy Michael out of his private stash. Michael was generous enough to share some. Both Ray and Jose returned to their favorites and finished the visit over a glass of wine and talking about the industry.

As you can see from the page out of Food & Wine's Dream Trip feature, Jose bought three of those reserved cases for his restaurant America Eats Tavern. Which means that's one of the only places you can taste that Petit Manseng reserve! (Unless you happen to get invited to share a bottle with Chef Jose Andres himself, over dinner one night.)

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