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.



Totally Sake, the Other White Wine! With Special Guest Rick Lopus, Certified Sake Professional | Thursday, June 1 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
We’ll explore this mysterious, intriguing beverage that shares characteristics of both beer and wine.  An alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, Sake is every bit as much as sophisticated and complex a subject.  Our fast friend Rick Lopus, CSP (Certified Sake Professional) will lead us through a comprehensive range of Sake styles.  He’ll educate us on how Sake is made (much more involved than wine!), what foods best pair best with Sake and plenty of local lore.  Rick spent a week working at a Sake brewery in Japan!  We’ll explore the different quality designations, including Junmai, Honjozo, Ginjo, Daiginjo.  You’ll also taste some specialty Sake such as Namazake (unpasteurized), Nigori (unfiltered), Jizake (from a small brewery) and Genshu (undiluted).  As a special treat, Rick will present an eye-opening comparison of a sake from one brewery with three different rice-polishing ratios, what fun! Purchase Tickets Online


Sauvignon  – Blanc & Cabernet | Thursday, June 8 | 6:30 to 8pm |$20
“Brothers from a different mother” – who would have thought that a crisp, grapefruit-scented white wine and an opaque, tannic red would be closely related?  In 1997, Sauvignon Blanc’s standing in the world of wine ascended: DNA profiling showed that it’s a co-parent (along with Cab Franc) of Cabernet Sauvignon, the world’s most renowned red wine grape, as a result of a spontaneous field crossing.  We’ll explore a wide range of styles of both grapes.  With its signature blackcurrant and cigar box tones, Cab has excelled in the Médoc, Pessac-Léognan, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Washington State, Bolgheri, Coonawarra, Margaret River, Chile and Spain’s Penedès.  Sauvignon Blanc is the wildly popular white variety producing aromatic dry whites in the Loire (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé), Bordeaux (blended with Sémillon), Italy’s Friuli, Austria’s Burgenland, Chile, Napa and most notably New Zealand.  It’s instantly recognizable aroma is described as grassy and  herbaceous. Purchase Tickets Online


Classical Wines of Spain | Thursday, June 15 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
“Classical Wines of Spain” is actually a pioneering importer of Spanish fine wine.  Alumdena de Llaguno and Steven Metzler, a beautiful couple by any measure, founded their firm in the 1980’s when Spanish wine was barely known in the U.S.  They were the very first to put notable Ribera del Duero estates on the map with Americans.  Steven, Juillard-trained in classical piano, was inspired by “Classical” style concepts which can be applied to timelessly great wines.  We’ll cover Spain’s wine map with their exceptional standards:  Penedès (Mont Marçal Cava), Rias Baixas (Morgadio), Navarra (Principe de Viana), Ribera del Duero (Vina Gormaz & Dominio Basconcillos), Rioja (Bodeguera de Valenciso), Jumilla (Agapito Rico), Priorat (Pasanau) and Jerez (Aurora dry Amontillado).    Purchase Tickets Online


thurs22Italy’s Friuli, An Intimate Exploration with Tenuta Angoris  | Thursday, June 22 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a happy cultural confluence of Slavic, German and Italian cultures in Italy’s far northeast.  Friuli was the undisputed innovator of modern Italy white wine-making techniques, influenced by their Austrian and German neighbors. Tenuta Angoris is purportedly the oldest estate in Friuli!  In 1648, Emperor Ferdinand III gifted Locatello Locatelli 300 fields in an area known as “Langoris” in the province of Gorizia.  Part of the Hapsburg Empire, the wooded property in Friuli became a retreat for royalty.  An actual 17th century villa, Villa Locatelli, is still the estate’s home.  Three centuries later, Tenuta di Angoris is owned by our special guest Marta Locatelli.  Marta will give us an insider’s view, leading us through her fresh “Villa Locatelli” wines and stylish Angoris estate wines.  We’ll explore Sauvignon Blanc, Friulano (formerly Tocai, now “Tai”), Ribolla Gialla, and Collio Bianco (white blend).  We’ll also taste super-interesting native reds such as Pignolo, perfumed Schioppettino, and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso (“of the red stem”). Purchase Tickets Online

thurs29Everything’s Comin’ Up Rosé | Thursday, June 29 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Refreshing dry pink wines come in a range of styles and shades from around the world. We will be unveiling our expansive rosé selection for the summer season – from the classic rosés of Provence, to modern California versions, to stylish Mediterranean pinkies made from native varietals, we’ll show them all.  Many are quite limited, pre-ordered months ago.  You can look forward to a fabulously diverse range, including: Rustenberg from South Africa (100% Petit Verdot), Ostatu from Rioja, Il Poggione from Tuscany, Gobelsburg from Austria, Eugène Carrel from Savoie, Dupeuble from Beaujolais, Domaine de la Chateleuserie from Bourgueil, Mas Champart from Saint Chinian, Ott from Provence, Marquiliani from Corsica, Bonny Doon from California.  What fun! Purchase Tickets Online