Events at the WineBar Ann Arbor North Campus

3601 Plymouth Rd

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Join 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.

 

 

thurs29Schramm’s Meads, Michigan Finest Buzz | Thursday, August 29 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20

Mead, defined as “a fermented alcoholic drink made from honey”, probably pre-dates either wine or beer as the ancestor of all alcoholic beverages, drunk by Greeks, Egyptians, and Vikings alike. Chinese pottery depicting the fermentation of mead has been found dating back over 9,000 years! This category of beverage is going through a resurgence, and a lot of it has to do with artisanal meaderies popping up throughout the USA and Europe. One of the best in the world is located very close to us, in Ferndale, Michigan, just 33 miles away from our tree-town. Owner Ken Schramm, the author of “The Complete Meadmaker”, is a foremost authority in the field. Ken himself will be joining us this evening to show a range of these great beverages, including some small batch meads that never remain on our shelves for long. Come taste beautifully balanced, modern examples of an ancient noble drink! Purchase tickets online.

 

thurs5Malbec & Carmenère, Completely at Home in South America | Thursday, September 5 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Malbec and Carmenère are “Expatriate Grapes” who have made big names for themselves in the New World, much more so than in their ancestral European birthplace! 70% of the world’s Malbec is now grown in Argentina, and 98% of Carmenère is grown in Chile. The original home for Malbec is Cahors in southwest France; a little bit is still grown in Bordeaux, which also happens to be Carmenère’s original home of before phylloxera decimated Europe’s vines.  Chilean Carmenère was actually thought to be Merlot until 1994 when a French ampelographer realized that the “Merlot” vines ripened much more slowly than other vines in the same vineyard.  Voilà, it was not Merlot after all! Malbec simply crossed the Andes from Chile after cuttings were brought over from Bordeaux.  But Argentina’s Malbec wines have very different characteristics than their French counterparts, much more floral and smooth than the tannic, rustic reds from Cahors. Carmenère, rarely if ever bottled solo in France, tends to be earthy, spicy, and peppery in Chile. Come appreciate these two South American star varietals for yourself! Purchase tickets online.

thurs12Intimate Italy – Marc De Grazia’s Family Estates | Thursday, September 12 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
We’re lucky to enjoy a fast friendship with this superlative importer, specializing in family estates throughout Italy.  Fine Italian wines from small growers were virtually unknown in 1980 when Marco De Grazia first offered a handful of estates from Tuscany and Piedmont. Today, his portfolio spans The Boot, encompassing 14 provinces and over 60 estates. “Marc De Grazia Selections” are committed to native varietals, significant terroirs and natural viticulture. We’ll taste a broad array, up to 15 wines from wonderful producers we’re happy to support:  Bortolotti from the Veneto, Le Calcinaie from San Gimignano, Malabaila from the Piedmont, Benito Ferrara from Campania, Terre Nere from Mt. Etna, Fiorini from Emilia-Romagna, Il Palazzino from Chianti Classico, Gianni Brunelli from Montalcino, Marengo from Barolo and Moccagatta from Barolo. Purchase tickets online.

 

 

thurs19All About Greece | Thursday, September 19 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
A.K.A. Way Beyond Retsina!  A trip to a modern Greek winery is a real eye-opener, revealing that this ancient land is once again a source for some of the world’s greatest wines. With its stunning terroir of mountain vineyards, volcanic soils, maritime climate and over 200 ancient grape varieties, the diversity and quality is amazing.  We’ll explore the northwestern reaches of Macedonia, over to the Halkidiki peninsulas south of Thessaloniki in the northeast, then down to Mt. Olympus, Attica and the peninsula of Pelopponese, ending up in the stunning Aegean Islands, notably Santorini and Crete.  These unique wines have terroir galore, expressed through noble native grapes such as the white Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Malagousia, and Vidiano and the red Aghiorgitiko, Xinomavro, Liatiko, and the sweet Mavrodaphne.  We’ll have beautiful examples from leading producers such as Gerovassiliou, Katsaros, Alpha Estate, Sigalas, Skouras, Douloufakis, and Kir Yianni. Our own Greek Sommelier Madeline Triffon will be on hand to provide homegrown commentary, and to demonstrate correct pronunciation! Purchase tickets online.

thurs26Rhônes to the Rescue | Thursday, September 26 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
The immensely popular wines of the Rhône Valley represent more than 30 appellations and 21 grape varieties and is divided into two regions:  Northern Rhône, where Syrah is foremost, and Southern Rhône, where Grenache plays the lead in various blends. Our interest is with the South which dominates production in the Rhône Valley and where values proliferate.  A myriad of styles and grape blends exist from the mighty Châteauneuf-du-Pape to the more modest Côtes du Ventoux. Plum’s Rod Johnson will be on hand to present many of his favorites from Châteauneuf, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Tavel, Lirac, and a smattering of Villages Rhône as well as Rhône’s workhorse, Côtes du Rhône. There will be an array of Southern Rhône wines — red, white and rosé — guaranteed to tickle you fancy and please your pocket book. Purchase tickets online.