Events at the WineBar Ann Arbor North Campus

3601 Plymouth Rd

ancwinebar

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.

 

 

thurs28Wines Rated 90+ Points, for $30 or Less | Thursday, February 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Who doesn’t love a Steal, stunning deals that taste like “more”!  For the Plum Market Wine Team it’s always a great pleasure to discover, stock, and recommend excellent wines that we’ve had the good fortune to taste.  We happily stand behind these wines, placing them in your basket without hesitation if they fit your needs.  However – we recognize that some guests prefer to read our signs and decide on their own.  Often these signs have a score from reputable, trustworthy publications and wine professionals.  This is an appreciated tool!  For this event, we want to present wines which have scored 90+ points (On a 100 point scale) but will not cost you an arm and a leg.  All the wines showcased tonight will sell for $30 dollars or less, but with the quality and pedigree we insist on. Purchase tickets online.

thurs7The Old, Old World of Wine | Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Wine has been around for a very, very long time. Ancient fruit-lovers started saving grape bunches in large containers, and because their weight and soft skins the ones at the bottom would burst and start to ferment naturally, a method of winemaking still used today. Some of the oldest evidence of wine production is evident within a cave in Armenia, but wine consumption goes far back in other places like China, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and the Levant.  Georgia in particular has gained relevance recently as a source of “natural wines”, a trendy phenomenon, by using centuries-old methods. Join us for an exciting exploration of the old, old world, the wines of Georgia, Armenia, Lebanon, and Israel, made by both modern and traditional methods. Purchase tickets online.

thurs14Let’s All Get High (UP)! Elevation Excellence in Wine | Thursday, March 14 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Amazing, transformative things happen to wine grapes at significant altitudes above sea level: with vine roots struggling to find nutrients, yields plummet, intensifying and flavor concentration; blazing sunshine thickens grape skins resulting in shocking color saturation; acidity levels rise in response to nighttime temps up to 50 degrees colder than daytime. And, best for us attentive tasters, seductive rocky tones appear in the wines’ flavor depth, reflecting the unforgiving soils.  Struggling vines make great wine.  We’ll taste terroir packed examples from around the globe: poignant whites from Alto Adige’s stunning Italian slopes and Austria’s Wachau, a cool white from French Savoie close to the Swiss border, muscular Cali Cab from Spring Mountain, high-toned Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains, ultra-dense Malbec & Cab from both sides of the soaring Andes, Mt. Etna’s volcanic born beauties, and more. We’ll start upwards of 500 feet (150 meters) and surge onwards! Purchase tickets online.

thurs21The Sundrenched Languedoc | Thursday, March 21 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Olive trees, garrigue (shrub brush), lavender, thyme, and miles of vineyards set on rolling hills along the Mediterranean… This is the landscape of the Languedoc region, a sundrenched part of southern France that produces a myriad of wines from sparkling, rosé, and white, to red and dessert-style. Many noble native grape varietals thrive in that hot and dry climate, including Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre. The Mediterranean breezes are a cooling climactic influence, and white wines are becoming more important with Picpoul, Marsanne, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc growing successfully.  “Languedoc” is no longer synonymous with commercial bulk wine!  Come taste its breadth. Purchase tickets online.

thurs28The Best White Grape in the World? | Thursday, March 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Because of both its stunning capacity to age (better than most reds!) and its ability to maintain poignant varietal identity while reflecting the singularity of its terroir, Riesling may be the best of all the white wine grapes. Its homeland is Germany, where it has been cultivated since the 1400s or earlier, and where it is made into wines which vary from bone dry to the complex sweet wines made from botrytis-affected berries, individually late-picked.  Riesling is a darling grape of sommeliers as its wines are arguably the most versatile at the table. However, it suffers from a misguided reputation for being “too sweet.”  Let’s explore the diversity of this most noble varietal, from its homeland in Germany, to Alsace and Austria, to examples from the USA, Australia and New Zealand.  Hopefully, you will leave fully surprised! Purchase tickets online.