Michael Shaps

(434)923-8314 Virginia Wineworks
1781 Harris Creek Way, 22902
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"Virginia Wineworks" was founded in 2007. It is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Shaps. Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Wineworks is a multifaceted winery operation. Virginia Wineworks produces wines under the Virginia Wineworks label as well as the Michael Shaps label. In addition we are focused on increasing the popularity of custom wine making. "Custom crush" as it is known, allows individuals, grape growers and wineries to use our expertise and facility to create wines for their own brand. Michael Shaps, Partner Michael has been making wine for 18 years, the past fourteen in Virginia and Meursault, France. Michael studied at the Lycee Viticole de Beaune and worked two vintages at Maison Chartron et Trebuchet in Puligny-Montrachet before returning to the United States. In Virginia Michael was the winemaker at Jefferson Vineyards for six years before leaving to start his winery consulting firm and to produce wines under the Michael Shaps label. Over the past eight years Michael has consulted for over a dozen start-up wineries and has created many award-winning wines for his clients. The Michael Shaps wines have been recognized Read more »

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  • Viogner

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • The Virgnia Wineworks, I'm at least convinced, is at the heart of the Virginia Wine Renaissance. Stop by sometime. You'll taste wines off of their "state of the art" (ummm) stainless steel tasting bar, and spit into the drain at your feet. Then, after doing so, you'll realize it was a dramatic mistake to let ANY of it go.

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  • Kluge Estate New World Red 2002

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    It's difficult for me to find words that describe just how much I disagree with ... ... of phenomenal VA reds?1) Michael Shaps Merlot, 2007 (it's like something out of Pomerol).2) Chateau O'Brien, Tannat, 2007 (Freaking AWESOME. Like a second growth, easy).3) King Family, Meritage, 2007 (The addition of Malbec was much more than just a gimmick... Read More

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  • ~ From Dave McIntire, Washington Post (a usual suspect... of which I'm a ... ... a ... of course)...:"Wine: Michael Shaps, a Virginia-Burgundy blend"Choice quote:"The Michael Shaps Chardonnay may not age as well as his Shaps et Roucher-Sarrazin Meursault, but it can definitely resemble its French role model. Last year, at The Food section's... Read More

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  • I am sure this will be a taboo subject, but with the economy the way it is, does anyone have suggestions on a good (read acceptable) box wine? I vacillate between reds and whites, but tend to shy away from really heavy reds as a "daily drink". I know it may be too much to ask (or for some to admit), but any suggestions would be appreciated.Mike Read More

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  • Click here for the whole article, but here's some choice quotes regarding the ... in Aug. 9, while winemaker Michael Shaps was supervising the winery's expansion and renovation - work he'd thought would be finished before harvest."This week has been bedlam," Shaps said in an Aug. 12 e-mail. "Grapes are starting to arrive, contractors still ... Read More

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  • At least for the Atlantic Coast States and Commonwealths alike?Rather than slipping past the keys and heading into the Gulf (the more modern 'trend')- it looks like Earl is following the old fashioned path of rocking up the east coast.  States as far as Maine will be affected- SHOULD the storm move in that direction which has NOT been predicted ... Read More

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  • And here I was, all along, thinking it would be the '07 Shaps "Meritage" that ... varietals before release (Michael Shaps, comes to mind, and that's just one).But, in this case, its a Frenchman not from Bordeaux- but from the RHONE VALLEY that we see having success in the fair Commonwealth.Hmmm... how interesting the comparison is.ROCK ON King... Read More

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  • I know I know; high probability that everyone in the group BUT me has already ... ... of Viticulture, Va Tech)Michael Shaps (The MAN in Virginny vino. Baby.)Jim Law: Owner & Wine Maker at Linden Vineyards (up north)Toby Beard (or is it Tony Baird? my bad for not knowing, but he's a Snooth and don't know it.)50 minutes of pure concentrated kn... Read More

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  • Although I have long considered Cabernet Franc my favorite red, I have been sadly disappointed with nearly every one I have tried this year...except one--Heron Hill's Ingle Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes) brought back my love of Cabernet Franc. It is a 2006, though and many other wineries are on their 2007 vintage for Cabernet Franc... Read More

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  • An interesting read regarding the oft-underestimated Virginia vino and some ... fifth-place tie between the Michael Shaps 2007 Cabernet Franc ($35) and the Gordon Brothers 2003 Tradition from Washington state ($45).California also scored for value with the white wines. Our top finisher -- by a hair -- was the Chappellet 2007 Napa Valley Chardo... Read More

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  • King Family Vineyards Michael Shaps Wines Meritage 2005

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