Events at the WineBar West Bloomfield

6565 Orchard Lake Rd

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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.

 

Classic, Beautiful Burgundy | Thursday, September 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
How often does anyone get the opportunity to open a single bottle of estate bottled Burgundy from a fine grower-producer, especially from a Premier or Grand Cru vineyard? Considered the “holy grail” by wine lovers and winemakers alike, Burgundy (a.k.a Bourgogne) in eastern France is the ancestral home of great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The heart of this region, a 35-mile stretch called the Côte d’Or (Slope of Gold) radiates Burgundy’s nuance of terroir – the effect of vineyard location on these two noble grapes. We’ll taste ten wines from recent vintages (2014, 2015) from the domaines of A. Guyon (Savigny-les-Beaune, Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin), Bertagna (Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée) and Coffinet-Dervernay (Chassagne-Montrachet). We may also hop up into Chablis or down into the Maconnais. Our very special guest will be Pascal Salvadori, Education Director for the Esprit du Vin portfolio. To assemble a tasting of this pedigree on one’s own would take hundreds of dollars! Purchase Tickets Online

 

An Intimate French Tasting, with Burgundy Importer David Shiverick | Thursday, October 5 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
This very special seated seminar will bring to life the most fascinating, baffling fine-wine growing region. The heart of Burgundy, aptly named the Côte d’Or (“Slope of Gold”) is the Holy Grail for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a mind-stopping maze of vineyards. You’ll be charmed and enlightened by David Shiverick’s intimate knowledge of Burgundy’s history, geology, and lore. David worked at Christie’s establishing their lauded wine auction business before developing Langdon Shiverick’s thoughtful import portfolio. We’ll touch down in the Côte de Nuits, the Côte de Beaune, Chablis and the Côte Chalonnaise through these notable producers: Jean Fournier (Marsannay), Louis Dumont (Chambolle-Musigny), Jean-Charles Fagot (Mercurey), Domaine de la Pousse d’Or (Volnay), Françoise André (Chorey-les-Beaune), Manciat (Mâcon), Samuel Billaud (Chablis). We’ll taste ten wines spanning the 2012, 2014 and 2015 vintages. Don’t miss this chance to understand Burgundy through the eyes of an expert! Seating is limited to 36 guests. Purchase Tickets Online

 

Noble Syrah’s Many Faces | Thursday, October 12 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Syrah is Shiraz, let’s just get that straight! It’s the best world traveler among all the noble red grapes, carrying its signature aromas of raspberry, pepper, smoke and dried herbs wherever it goes. France’s northern Rhône Valley is the birthplace of Syrah, producing subtle age worthy reds. Australian Shiraz is a radically different expression, with riper fruit and usually more oak. Syrahs from Washington State and South Africa are terrific New World expressions with European tones. We’ll investigate these very different terroirs through the beautiful wines of Tenet and Charles Smith (Washington State), Two Hands (Barossa), Mollydooker (McLaren Vale), Boekenhoutskloof (Franschhoek, South Africa). We’ll cover the Rhône communes of St. Joseph, Côte Rôtie and Crozes-Hermitage with the fine French domaines of Durand, Chapoutier and Chave. Interestingly, Chapoutier and Tenet’s winemaking teams handle both French and Aussie bottlings, too cool! Purchase Tickets Online

 

Cool Alto Adige Whites, Warm Tuscan Reds | Thursday, October 19 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Italy is a country of twenty provinces that until recent times were utterly isolated, geographically and politically. Every province produces wine, and very different wine, from almost innumerable native and international varieties. We’ll explore two unique regional expressions, from the soaring northeast to the sun-drenched central zone. Terlano, a superlative coop winery, is located in Alto Adige’s Dolomite Mountains in the foothills of the Alps, where vineyard slopes range up to 3,000 feet. We’ll taste their poignant dry whites including stunning single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. James Suckling writes, “To say that an Italian cooperative winery produces some of the best white wines in its region, if not the whole of the country, may raise an eyebrow or two.” In Tuscany, we’ll meet an impressive modern producer in the prestigious Castelnuovo Berardenga zone of Chianti Classico. Pierluigi Tolaini attracted Bordeaux enologist Michel Rolland, famous for high quality, sensual wines, to consult with his estate. We’ll taste rich sun-kissed reds of the central boot – “Al Passo” (Sangiovese, Merlot), “Valdisanti” (Cabernet-based blend), and more. Purchase Tickets Online

tues24Collector’s Tasting with Château Branaire-Ducru Classified Growth Bordeaux of Saint-Julien
With Special Guest, Estate Co-Owner Francois-Xavier Maroteaux | Tuesday, October 24 | Plum Market Bloomfield |6:30 to 8pm | $40
François-Xavier Maroteaux, Co-Owner of this beautiful Haut-Médoc estate along with his father Patrick Maroteaux, is making a special trip to lead us through a tasting of this over-performing fourth growth. We’ll sample the excellent 2014 (available in magnums and a rare 6-liter bottle), alongside the “dazzling” 2009, of which Robert Parker says, “Haute couture becomes a wine! 96 points!” François is sending an advance release of the 2015, a very special preview of this teriffic vintage! We’ll also sample the chateau’s second labels, 2012 Le Haut Médoc de Branaire-Ducru and the 2012 Duluc de Branaire. Purchase Tickets Online.

Spain and France through a Standout Importer, European Cellars | Thursday, October 26 | 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 dependably terrific importer of full-flavored French and Italian wines, European Cellars. Founder Eric Solomon was hailed as “one of the most influential people in the wine business” by Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate’s 20th Anniversary issue. From Spain, we’ll sample floral Rías Baixas Albariño (Burgans) and Monastrell from Yecla in the far south (Castãno). From Cataluña in the northeast, we’ll taste Garnacha from Terra Alta (Herencia Altés), and deep blends from Montsant (Capçanes) and Priorat (Black Slate). From France, you can look forward to fine expressions of grower Champagne from the Côte de Bar (Henri Dosnon), classic Chablis (Droin), Côtes-du-Rhone (Cercius) and Châteauneuf (Clos Saint Jean) Côtes du Roussillon (Saint Roch), and Languedoc (Puech-Haut). The quality of wines will prove Parker’s opinion of Solomon: “I have watched him grow as an importer to the point where he may be the finest in the United States.” Purchase Tickets Online