Events at the WineBar Ann Arbor North Campus

3601 Plymouth Rd

ancwinebarJoin the Plum Market Wine Team for these fun and informative tastings. The Plum Market Wine Team will provide a light-hearted exploration of the newest and best products available. Reservations are not necessary unless otherwise noted. All tastings commence at 6:30 pm and end at 8 pm, unless otherwise stated. Products will be available for purchase on site. For premium tastings, a link for on-line ticket sales is provided. The price per event does not include tax. Located in the Lounge of Ann Arbor–North Campus.



Elena Walch’s Stunning Alto Adige | Thursday, March 1 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20      
Northeastern Italy’s Alto Adige is an enclave of two distinct cultures—Italian and Austrian.  On most of this province’s wine labels you’ll find the German name of the appellation, Südtirol.  The narrow valley is a primary route uniting Europe’s north and south, a passage through Alpine snow-capped mountains.  300 days of brilliant sunshine attracted Elena Walch so much that she abandoned her architectural practice in Milan to start her own winery. Falling in love with native Werner Walch may have had some play in the story…  Elena’s wine ambassador will expand on the amazing wines from her estate, as well as a few others from the Alto Adige region.  We’ll showcase her Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, and an intriguing Schiava. Our appreciation of the Südtirol will be completed with Kerner, Müller-Thurgau, and an indigenous red blend. Come bask in northern Italian charm!    
Purchase  Tickets Online.  


thurs8Sonoma County Cab – Out of Napa’s Shadow | Thursday, March 8 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
Although Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon plantings represent about 20% of the county’s vineyards, the region is more famous for its Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.  This perhaps has something to do with the preponderance of Bordeaux varieties planted in Sonoma’s behemoth next door neighbor, Napa. We’d be well-served to notice the exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon found in this more pastoral area of California wine country.  And, these Cabs usually offer a (much…) better value for apples-to-apples quality.  We’ll explore several of Sonoma’s districts, including the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Mountain, and Knights Valley.  You can look forward to different expressions of Cab from Beringer, Louis Martini, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Rodney Strong, Laurel Glen, and several more.  Hey – this tasting is a fine way to celebrate International Women’s Day!
Purchase Tickets Online. 



The Ides of March: Wines from Lazio, Campania & Abruzzo | Thursday, March 15 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Living in infamy as the day that Julius Caesar was murdered, the Ides of March (March 15, or mid-March in the earliest Roman calendars) was also considered a time of renewal and rebirth.  In ancient Rome, it was considered the beginning of the New Year and a time for celebration.  Of course, wine was hugely important for the Romans as it is today, and wines from Lazio and Campania were often drunk as they were found in close proximity.  Today, Lazio, the province that encompasses Rome in the center of the Boot, is known for fresh, charming Frascati and Est! Est!! Est!!!  Just south of Lazio, Campania’s volcanic soils boast seriously good reds and whites made from Aglianico, Falanghina, Greco, and Fiano.  Abruzzo, tucked to the east of Lazio, gives us deep, rustic reds from Montepulciano vineyards that slope down to the Adriatic. The ancient Romans don’t mind that we’re tucking in Abruzzo for more red wine diversity, in the spirit of Bacchanalian excess! Purchase Tickets Online.


thurs22The Different Shades of Oregon | Thursday, March 22 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
“Oregon” and “Pinot Noir” are synonymous for sure, but there’s far deeper oeno-diversity to explore! Although wine has been made here since the late 1800s, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that true development of a wine industry started, based in the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills.  Today, there are over 700 wineries, with French Burgundy houses and prominent American sommeliers making wine here. Oregon actually has a wide range of climates and terroirs, from the cool and wet north (Willamette) to the drier, warmer south (Rogue and Umpqua valleys), and this range spells variety. Pinot Gris has long dovetailed with Pacific Salmon, but Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and rosés are notable. In the south, you’ll find plantings of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Tempranillo.  We’ll look for a range of varieties to add spice, but King Pinot Noir will show its face, maybe from one of the newer AVA’s such as Ribbon Ridge, Eola-Amity Hills, Chehalem Mountains, Columbia Gorge… Purchase Tickets Online.


thurs29The Greater Basque Region: Rioja Alavesa, Navarra, & Txakoli | Thursday, March 29 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Wine-making is nothing new to the Basques. Like many parts of Spain, vineyards in the Basque Country have been tended since the Iberian Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire. This autonomous region sits on the extreme western end of Spain’s border with France in the north where the western Pyrenees Mountains lie and has hundreds of miles of coastline on the Bay of Biscay.  Basque natives are fiercely independent, and many of its wines reflect this spirit. The light, semi-sparkling fresh whites like Txakolina are great companions to all the fresh seafood being consumed here since time immemorial. Farther south in Navarra, and the Basque province of Alava where the Rioja Alavesa lies, we find heartier, wood-aged whites and legendary reds.  Let’s explore this unique, fascinating region! Purchase Tickets Online.