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.

 

thurs30Bordeaux Varietals, Flying Solo | Thursday, November 30  | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
A.K.A. “What Blends are Made Of”.  “Bordeaux blend” telegraphs a mélange of varietals from a family of wine grapes that have a lot in common, but sport singular characteristics too.  We’ll showcase 100% varietal examples – or as close to 100% as we can get – highlighting what each grape brings to the party, its special fingerprint that adds to the complexity of a blend.  We’ll spotlight… 

  • Cabernet Sauvignon’s cassis and blackberry fruit, scents of graphite and cedar, and its edgy tannins.
  • Merlot’s red/black fruit mix (berries and plums), smooth tannins, forest floor scents and firm acidity
  • Malbec’s floral perfume, blueberry flavors, fresh earth scents, opaque color and gentle tannins
  • Cabernet Franc’s coffee and green herb aromas, red and black currant fruit, elegant structure
  • Petit Verdot’s brooding nature (rarely seen solo), rich in color and tannin, with bell pepper tones
  • Carmenère’s scents of earth, leather scents, violet and pepper, red berry fruit and smooth tannins, so like Merlot that it hid in plain side in Chile as Merlot

We may throw in an Aussie Semillon for a little white wine relief, and perhaps a sparkler and a rosé for fun.  We’ll shop the globe, so you’ll see California and Washington State for sure, the Loire Valley, Cahors, Argentina, Chile, and who knows where! Purchase Tickets Online.

 

thurs7Grand Fête de Bourgogne – Best Burgundy You Can Afford | Thursday, December 7 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Burgundy is often referred to as ‘the holy grail of wine’ – its centuries of tradition have earned it reverence from anyone who has had the “Oh my God,” wine experience. Burgundy is also known as the heartbreak region- its wines can be very expensive and leave you wondering why these subtle, elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnays are so much pricier than their New World counterparts. Lucky for you we too are Burgundy freaks, tirelessly searching for quality wines that over-deliver for the money. Join as we show you our absolute favorite red and white Burgundies under $50. Many of these are the basic ‘Bourgogne’ from top producers such as Olivier Leflaive, Vincent Morey, Dominique Mugneret, and Lignier-Michelot. As we will show you, producer can be far more important than appellation! Purchase Tickets Online.

 

 

thurs14Champagne!  And All That Sparkles | Thursday, December 14 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
Indulge in our Annual All-Sparkling tasting, right in the heart of the holidays!  French Champagne will lead the pack, of course, with the great houses, “grand marques”, including at least one super-premium “Tête de Cuvée” (Dom?  Comtes de Champagne?…).  We’ll feature the hot category of artisan grower champagne too, and the whole range of styles – rosé, vintage, multi-vintage, extra brut, the works.  The best of American ‘methode classique’ (champ process) will be on hand, and we won’t forget the stunning values of top Spanish Cava, French Crémant and the best Prosecco.  We’ll serve plenty of crunchy munchies ideal with crisp bubbles.  Come raise a glass of bubbly cheer with us!  We encourage you to purchase tickets on-line for ease of check-in, and to arrive before 7 pm if possible.  In the interest of keeping the tasting comfortable for all, we’ll limit attendance past 7:30 pm. Purchase Tickets Online.

 

 

thurs21Last Minute Shopping?  Best Selling Stars of 2017 | Thursday, December 21 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Join us for the best end-of-year tasting possible, spotlighting wines that were 2017’s most enthusiastic best-sellers, testimonials to our guests’ strong preferences.  We cross-referenced this list with our team’s favorite wines quality-wise to come up with…wait for it… Perfect Holiday Gifts!  We won’t tease you with categories or producers names other than to say there will be the broadest range of styles and price points, with recognizable & discovery wineries, classic & obscure growing regions.  One thing these beauties will all have in common: full-proof quality and appeal. Purchase Tickets Online.