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, Chris Arnold, 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. Located in the Lounge of Plum Market West Bloomfield.

 

thurs10Post Xmas Steals, $15 and Under | January 10 | 6:30-8pm  | $20
Of course we’re still drinking good wine after the holiday frenzy has died down!  The question is, what to open?  Over the last couple months we’ve been pulling out special (pricey…) bottles with abandon, figuring now’s the time to share, not hoard, The Best.  But truth be told, there are plenty of modest wines that deliver pleasure, complexity, and terroir, too. We’ll showcase authentic steals from around the globe – southern Italy and France are sure to make an appearance, and own Washington State way over-delivers.  We’ll check out second labels (bumped from a winery’s ‘grand vin’), and gems made by cooperative cellars.  Buying the least expensive wine from a great producer is always a safe bet… The best buys of 2018 are still out there, and nothing’s more fun than bumping into a wine that tastes more expensive than it is! Purchase Tickets Online.

 

thurs172015 Shootout – Cali Cab & Left Bank Bordeaux, Served Blind! | January 17 | 6:30-8pm | $25
What we adore Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, is the unmistakable profile of black fruit – currant, raspberry, plum – against seductive cedar tones, nippy tannins and mouth-filling flavor.  But: can we tell really the difference between Old World and New?  Does the Haut Medoc’s “graphite and leather” born of Bordeaux’s unique gravelly soils really translate to a recognizable French stamp?  Does California’s North Coast, flooded with sunshine, produce reds that are simpler, more straightforward, more open in youth as conventional wisdom would have us believe?  Let’s find out together!  We show 10 Cabernet-based wines, most of them served “blind”, not telling you what they are, and you’ll deduce, or cheerfully guess. Recent vintages on both side of The Pond have been terrific, so there will be plenty to appreciate. Purchase Tickets Online.

 

Dead of Winter Reds | January 24 | 6:30-8pm | $20 
This is the time of year we do NOT crave for ethereal rosés, tender white wines and elegant see-through reds – Bring on Power!  We’ll explore the world of naturally concentrated red wines, made from thick skinned grape varieties grown in regions that encourage ripeness of fruit and tannins.  We’ll travel to the soaring vineyards in the foothills of the Andes; the rocky ancient vineyards of Catalonia and Ribera del Duero; Sonoma’s sunny northern AVA’s of Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley; the warm pockets of South Australia, especially the Barossa Valley; Languedoc’s Mediterranean coastal vineyards; the bottom of Italy’s beautiful “boot” … And who knows where else!  You can look forward to Shiraz/Syrah, Bordeaux varietals, Tempranillo, Grenache/Garnacha, Carignan/Cariñena, Nero d’Avola, and more.  All beautiful dense reds that warm the soul. Purchase Tickets Online.

 

Portugal’s Native Diversity | January 31 | 6:30-8pm | $20
Portugal has a very long history of winemaking: their legendary Ports and Madeiras spring to mind, with spritzy Vinho Verde as another known export. But: this is arguably the only European country who’s always championed their own native grapes, not jumping onto the bandwagon of planting “international varieties” like Cabernet, Chardonnay and the like.  We’ll explore this small terroir-packed country’s historic regions and exotic-sounding grapes, travelling through the Douro’s granite terraces, the Dao (gnarly Baga reds), coastal Bairrada, Lisboa, and warm Alentejano in the southeast (cork country).  Exotic sounding native white varietals include Loureiro, Trajadura, Maria Gomes, Encruzado, Malvasia-Fina, and Rabigato.  Reds are made from Tinta Roriz (a.k.a Aragonez a.k.a Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional (Port’s superstar), Touriga Franca (its rival), Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet, and Trincadeira.  Join us for a foray into the unknown! Purchase Tickets Online.