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.

 

Veuve Clicquot – Harvest Champagne Party! | Thursday, September 28 | 5 to 7pm | $20
On this grand evening of fun, you’ll enjoy music with a live DJ, interactive games, plenty of appetizers and, of course, French Champagne! Each ticket included two glasses of Veuve Clicquot – Yellow Label Brut and Rosé – with delectable small bites from Plum Market’s Executive Chef Kyle McCaffery. We’ll offer special pricing on additional glasses and bottles, and you’ll receive the always super-stylish Clicquot party favors.  Don’t miss this end-of-summer party! Purchase Tickets Online

 

Turn the Bottle Around! Profile of an Eclectic Importer | Thursday, October 5 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
If wine professionals admire a wine, they always spin the bottle around looking for the importer’s name, the fingerprint of who vetted this specific selection. Tonight, we profile a home-grown supplier with fine eclectic taste. Exactly ten years ago, the first U.S. Wine Imports selections made the journey from Italy to a residential garage in Ann Arbor. Business partners Chaad Thomas and Jon Bullock stuffed the back of their cars and hit the streets, preaching the gospel about small producer wines, impeccably made. Your head will turn happily with this eclectic mix. From Italy, we’ll sample Aglianico from Basilicata (Grifalco), Cabernet Franc from Friuli (Villa Rubini), standout Gavi from the Piedmont (Olim Bauda), and a Roma Rosso blend (La Rasenna). We’ll also taste Grand Cru Champagne from Ay in the Marne (Coquillette), estate Priorat (Sangenís i Vauqué), Luján de Cuyo Malbec (Durigutti), natural wine from Chile’s Secano Interior (Garage Wine Co.), and Tannat from Uruguay (Bodega Bauza). There’s too much to choose from, so don’t be surprised if we mix up the selection! Chaad Thomas will be on hand to guide us. Purchase Tickets Online. 

 

New Releases from Kermit Lynch With Special Guest, Anthony Lynch, Kermit’s Son |Thursday, September 7 | 6:30pm-8pm | $20
We’re always excited to present fresh releases from our special relationship with Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants, unequaled in the world of European imports. Kermit’s growers speak to the essence of their regions’ terroir. At this special end-of-summer tasting, we’ll offer over fifteen wines, brand new faces and fresh vintages from fast friends. You can look forward to: Reverdy’s Sancerre Rosé, Bernard Dichon’s old vine Moulin-à-Vent, Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc (un-oaked Chardonnay), Thivin’s Côte de Brouilly, Olivier Savary (Chablis star) Bourgogne Blanc Epineuil, Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron Aligoté, Eric Chevalier Muscadet, Salvard Pinot Noir (the best Loire value producer), Henri Perrusset Mâcon-Villages (killer terroir…), and a Sancerre producer new to us, Roger Neveu. Let’s dig into these newest wines from a superb importer, offered at spectacular prices. Cheers! We are honored to welcome the incredible Anthony Lynch, Son of Kermit Lynch, as a very special guest to share his valuable knowledge and expertise. Purchase Tickets Online 

 

The Truth About Noble Merlot | Thursday, October 12 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
The movie “Sideways” derailed, for a time, the perception of Merlot which had been historically associated with the great wines of St-Émilion and Pomerol. Often blended with its Bordelaise half-brother Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot shares  a similar profile (black currant fruit, forest floor and cedar scents) with more red berry fruit, herbs and softer tannins. Wine Team Leader Jorge comments, “It is simply sad that a movie about a wine snob had to damage the reputation of one of the world’s noble grapes! Being a hardy and early-ripening variety it traveled happily from Bordeaux, its original home,   across the world.” We’ll demonstrate Merlot’s delicious noblesse with wines from all over: Fronsac, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, Tuscany, Livermore Valley, Chile, Sonoma, Napa Valley, and Walla Walla, among others.  Ironic postscript: the 1961 Château Cheval Blanc that +Miles was drinking at the end of Sideways contained a large percentage of Merlot…  And, it’s the most widely planted red wine grape in France, so there.  Purchase Tickets Online

 

California’s Rhône Rangers | Thursday, August 10 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Who doesn’t love the ripe, peppery expressions of France’s Rhône reds, with their signature scents of dried herbs, potpourri, and raspberry fruit? A slew of American winemakers calling themselves the Rhône Rangers (whimsical play on “Lone Ranger”) has passionately, and very effectively, promoted the production Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and their oeno-family members in the U.S. We’ll highlight standard bearers for this category, including Randall Grahm, the original Rhône Ranger in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Qupé and Beckmen Vineyards from Santa Barbara County, Tablas Creek from Paso Robles, Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, and Cline Cellars from Sonoma-Carneros. We’re excited to show the “natural wines” from the Donkey and Goat, sourcing grapes from Mendocino vineyards, and from La Clarine Farm in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Purchase Tickets Online. 

 

Our Own Larry Mawby, Michigan Star | Thursday, October 19 | 6:30 to 8pm $20
Nobody has single-handedly done more to put Michigan on the international wine map than Larry Mawby. A master of the methode classique (champagne method), he speaks to his “stated winegrowing rules”: #1 Moderation in all things #2 If in doubt, don’t #3 Act naturally #4 Interest before correctness #5 Keep it complex. We can ask Larry what he means in person – he’s coming downstate especially for this tasting as he’s done with the 2017 harvest ahead of his winemaking brethren up north. (Sparkling wine grapes are picked earliest). We’ll taste a range of his award-winning bottle fermented cuvées, including Grace, Blanc de Blancs, Cremant, Talismon and J’Adore, a demi-sec. From his playful M. Lawrence line, developed intentionally for the young wine-tasting generation, we’ll sample a few cuvées including Sex and Detroit. Larry, besides being a sterling ambassador for our state’s wine culture, you come up with the most whimsical names! Purchase Tickets Online

 


wed25The Italian Gems of Importer Marc Degrazia,with Special Guest Llano Degrazia | Wednesday, October 25 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
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