Events at the WineBar Ann Arbor North Campus
3601 Plymouth Rd
Join 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.
For the Love of Beaujolais! The Nobility of Its Crus & Gamay | Thursday, March 2 | 6:30 to 8PM | $20
Gamay, the darling red grape of today’s sommelier, is no longer considered a simple, fruity shadow of Pinot Noir. Thanks to superlative Beaujolais growers, Gamay’s best wines are as smooth, complex and seductive as Burgundy, of which Beaujolais is the southernmost extension. Craggy granite hillsides are home to the Crus, 10 communes (villages), and contribute terroir expressions that vary tremendously, from the delicacy of Chiroubles to the dark grip of Moulin-à-Vent. We’ll explore several Crus through family domaines including Domaine de Vissoux (Brouilly), Domaine du Moulin d’Eole (Chiroubles), Domaine de Roche (Fleurie), and Domaine des Gaudets (Morgon). The depth and ageability of Moulin â Vent will be shown by Champs de Cour and Ligier-Belair, the latter known for fine Vosne-Romanée. These wines represent some of the only significant values in today’s Burgundy! We’ll finish playfully with Kir Royale made from Domaine de Vissoux’s wonderful crème de cassis (blackcurrant) and pêche (peach). Our dear friend Joe DeRose, from importer AHD Vintners will be on hand for cheer and info! Purchase Tickets Online
Spain, South of the Tajo | Thursday, March 9 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Wine is produced everywhere across the stunning, arid landscape of southeastern Spain below the River Tajo (Portugal’s Tejo). The hot, dry climate of Castilla-La Mancha, Europe’s largest wine region, is dotted with windmills (Don Quixote!) and thriving vineyards planted to Tempranillo, “Cencibel” here. The single vineyard estate Pago appellation was born here, thanks to Dominio de Valdepusa. The sandy soils of Jumilla, along with Yecla, Almansa and Alicante, are home to the drought-resistant, thick-skinned Monastrell (Mourvèdre) which produces gloriously deep reds. Andalucía, spanning Spain’s southern coastline, is famously home to bullfighting, gazpacho, and Sherry of course! The Levant on the east coast gives us Murcia and Valencia, paella & oranges. We’ll explore it all, even tasting a pretty Airén, the white variety that covers more vineyard area than any other in the world!
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The Breadth of Our Pacific Northwest | Thursday, March 16 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
When thinking wine from Oregon and Washington State, “Pinot Noir” and “Cabernet Sauvignon” leap to mind. Certainly these states lying well north of California make plenty of these, and very well indeed. But they also offer surprising diversity beyond their most famous products. Wine Team Leader Jorge and his staff are eager to show you a range of Pacific Northwest wines they love and champion in the store. The sun-drenched vineyards of Washington State, stretching out in the rain shadow of the Cascades, excel at ripening red Bordeaux varietals (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon), but also produce beautiful Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. We’ll showcase the Januik and Andrew Will wineries, as well as Chateau Ste. Michelle’s single vineyard wine and Eroica. In Oregon, the Willamette Valley’s cool climate hills are home to classic European white varietals – Pinot Gris for sure but also Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay. And very good sparkling wine comes out of Oregon too. Argyle, Elk Cove, Four Graces, Domaine Drouhin and Adesheim will demonstrate the subject, with pretty Pinot Noirs along for the ride. Purchase Tickets Online
What Makes Napa So Special? A Friendly Shootout | Thursday, March 23 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
“Napa” speaks “Great American Wine” to the most casual wine drinker, or even non-drinkers! This magic vineyard corridor in California’s North Coast is famous for gorgeous, pricey Cabernet Sauvignon. But with 40 miles in length and over 2,000 in elevation, Napa Valley produces a broader range of beautiful American wine. So – does the overall quality of Napa Valley wines bear muster? Meaning, does Napa deserve its platinum rep? We’ll playfully juxtapose Napa Cabernet, Bordeaux blends, Chardonnay and Zinfandel with the same types of wine from other West Coast regions, such as the Russian River Valley, the Santa Cruz Mountains and Washington’s Columbia Valley. Napa wineries taking the stage will include Chappellet, Blackbird, Neyers, Paoletti, Regusci, and Frank Family. The outlier producers going head-to-head? Mt. Eden, Ramey, Martinelli, Andrew Will and Hedges. All the wines will be premium, and each winery is a leader in its varietal category – what fun! Purchase Tickets Online
Best Buys from Classic France | Thursday, March 30 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s easy to spend money buying Great French Wine – Burgundy (Domaine de La Romanée Conti), Champagne (Dom Pérignon), Bordeaux (Château Lafite Rothschild) all provide beautiful, pricey options. But what if we want classically elegant wines for everyday sipping? We’ll present an array from historic growing regions, all over-performing in their price points. You can look forward to Crémant de Bourgogne (Domaine Thibert), the best alternate to Champagne; Alsace Pinot Blanc (Domaine Frey-Sohler); northern Rhône Marsanne (Cave de Tain); Petit Chablis (Seguinot-Bordet); Loire Valley Pinot Noir (Patient Cottat), a way-better buy than Sancerre Rouge; estate Beaujolais-Villages (Domaine Dubost); Cabernet Franc from Chinon (Couly-Dutheil); red Bordeaux made by the Cuveliers of Leoville-Poyferré). And, luscious red blends from the south – Provence, St. Chinian and Madiran (Brumont). Plenty of bubbles, whites and reds under $20 to fulfill our refined (spoiled…) palates! Purchase Tickets Online