Sparkling Wine Blind Tasting: Virginia vs. The World


On Sat. Dec 3rd, Michael Shaps hosted a blind tasting of Sparkling Wines, Virginia vs. The World. The wines were selected by Michael in terms of similarities, with each group featuring a Virginia Wine and three other international contenders including both the Michael Shaps and the Maison Shaps sparklings.  With tasting notes of crisp green apple, honey soaked strawberries and freshly baked bread, the group was treated to a wide selection of Blanc de Blancs, Bruts, Cuvees, Roses and Champagnes. A cheese board for pairing was prepared by the C&O Restaurant and the tasting ended with a pairing of local Gearhart's chocolate brownies. A list of the wines is as follows:

Flight One

•      Jansz Premium Cuvée (Tasmania)

•      Afton Mountain 2013 Bollicine Brut (Virginia) 

•      Maison Shaps Crémant de Bourgogne (France)

•      Domaine Carneros 2012 (California) 

Flight Two

•      Michael Shaps 2012 Méthode (Virginia) 

•      Chapuy Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blanc (France)

•      Veritas Scintilla (Virginia)

•      Voirin-Jumel Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs (France)

Flight Three

•      Gatinois Grand Cru Brut (France)

•      Thibaut-Janisson Brut (Virginia)

•      Michael Shaps 2011 Méthode (Virginia)

•      RH Coutier Grand Cru (France)

Flight Four

•      Mirabelle Brut Rosé (California)

•      Maison Shaps Rosé Crémant de Bourgogne (France)

•      André Clouet Rosé Brut (France)

•      Michel Arnould Grand Cru Rosé Brut (France)