Events at the WineBar West Bloomfield

6565 Orchard Lake Rd


Join the Plum Market Wine Team for these fun and informative tastings. Sommeliers Patrick Peterson, Robin Westphal, and Madeline Triffon 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 Plum Market West Bloomfield.


thurs1 Sangiovese’s Many Faces | Thursday, March 1 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Tonight, we’ll explore the ‘Blood of Jove’ grape in all its expressions, from delicate and floral to deep and bold.  The grape’s signature stamp includes notes of dried cherry, black tea, dusty earth, citrus peel, Mediterranean herbs and a unique tension between acidity and tannin.  Though grown outside Tuscany, the magnificence of this noble red varietal is virtually exclusive to the region.  We’ll travel through Tuscany Old & New: Chianti, Montepulciano (Vino Nobile) and Montalcino (Brunello), and then head to coastal Maremma, hot bed of the on-going Super-Tuscan movement.  A-list producers that will demonstrate the subject include Dievole, Monsanto, Fèlsina (for Chianti Classico); Caparzo, Pieve Santa Restituta, Gianni Brunelli (for Montalcino); and Morisfarms, Tolaini and Sette Ponti (for outlier expressions).  Comprehensive Sangiovese by anybody’s measure! Purchase  Tickets Online. 


thurs8 Kermit Lynch’s 2015 Burgundies! | Thursday, March 8 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
Who doesn’t love seductive, ethereal French Pinot Noir and Chardonnay?  We’re celebrating our on-going close relationship with Importer Kermit Lynch by sharing the newest releases from his lauded Burgundy growers.  Burgundy has basked in a seemingly impossible string of excellent vintages starting with 2009 and culminating with ‘15.  2015 is a wonderful vintage for the entire Côte d’Or, especially for reds from both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.  We’ll showcase Kermit’s domaines of de Villaine, Bruno Colin, Gachot-Monet and Regis Bouvier.  The wines will represent communes from greater Burgundy including Bouzeron, St. Aubin, Marsannay, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny.  What a treat, and a fine way to celebrate International Women’s Day! Purchase Tickets Online. 


thurs15Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Friends | Thursday, March 15 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
“CDP” embodies the Southern Rhône’s culture of rich red blends, with Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah leading the pack of 13 (yes!) permitted grape varieties.  Warmth and generosity typify the region’s style, with 12.5% minimum potential alcohol, the highest for dry French wines.  Without a doubt the premier Southern Rhône appellation, the quality of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is uniformly fine; producers have to set aside at least 2% of their harvest, a safeguard against under-ripeness.  The commune is very large with estates ranging from garage-level tiny to big historic estates, in a myriad of terroir expressions.  Our stellar line-up, some from the stellar 2015 vintage, will include Domaine de la Tourade (Vacqueyras), Domaine de l’Espigouette (Gigondas), Château de la Font du Loup, Domaine Charvin, Domaine du Pegau, and Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, culminating with the legendary Château de Beaucastel. Purchase Tickets Online.


thurs22 “Grapes of Spain”, A Sommelier’s Import Co. | Thursday, March 22 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
We’ll explore the Spanish estates of an award-winning sommelier from Madrid who was named one of Robert Parker’s Wine Personalities of the Year: “Aurelio Cabestrero is a serious importer of high quality Spanish wine who will gain ever-increasing recognition as his name becomes better known … there is no question he has a brilliant palate as well as a knack for finding tiny, un-heralded estates.”  The Grapes of Spain portfolio encompasses 36 producers with young talented winemakers, many of whom have inherited old vineyards.  We’ll showcase wines from Rias Baixas in Galicia, Campo di Borja and Calatayud from Aragón in the northeast, Ribera del Duero and Toro from north central Castilla y León, as well as elegant Cava from Requena and fine aged Rioja.  Aurelio’s eloquent ambassador will be on hand to guide us and provide illuminating info. Purchase Tickets Online.


thurs29 Up and Coming from Down Under | Thursday, March 29 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s high time we re-visited Down Under with fine wineries a little under the commercial radar from both Australia and New Zealand.  Australia especially is an expansive friend that deserves a close look as its wines begin to surge once again in quality and popularity.  From New Zealand, we’ll meet the Kumeu River winery, as well as Peter Yealands and Mud House from Central Otago, hotbed of lauded Pinot Noir production.  Kumeu River, an Auckland pioneer, has long made super-elegant Chardonnays.  Peter Yealands in the Awatere Valley is one of the world’s very few wineries certified as carbon neutral!  From Australia, we revel in Barossa Valley beauties from Grant Burge (established in 1855), Hewitson, and Schild Estate – ambassadors for Barossa’s great strength, very old vine Grenache and Shiraz.  Two neat treats:  Durif (‘Petit Sirah’) from Riverina in New South Wales, and Adelaide Hills Riesling from Egon Müller, Mosel’s superstar! Purchase Tickets Online. 


David Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars A Master of Modern Wine-Making | Thursday, April 12 | 7pm Reception, 7:30pm Tasting | $50
Meet a master of out-of-the-box winemaking! Robert Parker says of Dave Phinney: “His Midas touch with grapes from seemingly anywhere in the world, is unusual, but the brilliance of the wines, his creativeness and unparalleled blending talents have built an incredible portfolio.” Dave founded Orin Swift Cellars in 1998; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. Based in St. Helena, Dave sources fruit from throughout California’s North Coast. Dave Phinney himself will lead us through a tasting of his current California releases:

  • ‘Abstract’ and ‘Machete’ – Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah blends
  • ‘Palermo’ and ‘Papillon’ – Napa Valley Cabernet-based Bordeaux blends
  • ‘Mercury Head’ – 100% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from top Napa vineyards

These wines typify the Orin Swift house style of wine: accessible, powerful, complex and intensely delicious. Dave will be on hand to sign your bottles personally! Purchase tickets online.