Events at the WineBar Ann Arbor North Campus

3601 Plymouth Rd

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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.

 

 

thurs6Oregon Pinot Noir, Bridge between the Old & New Worlds | Thursday, June 6 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s been a quite a while since David Lett’s Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir shook the wine world by coming in tenth place at the Wine Olympics held in Paris in 1979.  From these humble but impressive beginnings the wine industry in Oregon has grown exponentially, and today there are over 1,000 vineyards and 750 wineries.  Pinot Noir comprises two thirds of the grapes grown in the state, producing by far its most iconic wine, in a unique style that reflects America’s forward fruit within a restrained structure reminiscent of France. And legendary Burgundy houses like Joseph Drouhin and Louis Jadot have recognized the terroir here, creating ventures in the Willamette Valley.  A few months ago, we explored “Everything Oregon”, including white wines, but this time we’ll focus exclusively on finicky, magical Pinot Noir.  We will explore the greater Willamette and its sub-appellations like Eola-Amity Hills, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, and, hopefully, Ribbon Ridge.  This promises to be excellent! Purchase tickets online.

thurs13Italy’s Singular Native White Grapes! | Thursday, June 13 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
When a wine department guest approaches us saying, “I have been drinking a lot of Pinot Grigio lately and would like to try a different Italian white wine,” we rejoice!  Our team shares an especially strong affinity for all of the Italian indigenous white varieties.  In a not too distant past, much of what passed for Italian “bianco” was frankly lackluster, dull wines which often lacked acidity. Not so today! The boot expands 736 miles as the crow flies from north to south and the variation in climate and terroir among all 20 regions makes for a wide range of styles.  We will explore some our favorite grapes like Friulano, Cortese, and Trebbiano from the north, Vernaccia and Verdicchio from the center, and Fiano and Greco from a little farther south.  We’ll try to avoid grapes of French origin like Chardonnay or Pinot Bianco, but we might throw in a truly great Pinot Grigio just for fun. Purchase tickets online.

thurs20Madeline’s Adventures in Australia | Thursday, June 20 | 6:30 to 8pm | $30
Early April found our own Madeline Triffon in South Australia and Victoria, exploring the exciting wines of ‘The New Australia’.  With sommelier friends, she trolled beautiful Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley and Macedon Ranges.  Every day was flooded with sunshine, ideal for taking gorgeous vineyard shots. “I can’t wait to share a slew of pictures from the trip, the stunning landscapes and smiling faces behind the wines.  I’m excited to share stories of the winegrowers, and the meals we shared together.  We’ll taste several of my very favorite wines from the trip, including:

  • Old vine Grenache – the big revelation!  Elegant, ageworthy, delish
  • Cool climate Shiraz – tender and seductively fragrant
  • Dry Riesling – poignantly beautiful
  • Pinot Noir & Chardonnay – as lifted & sophisticated as Burgundy
  • Italian varietals – Fiano, Sangiovese & Nebbiolo, who knew!
  • Natural wines – from thoughtful young producers

Producers will include iconic names as well as newer labels. This tasting is limited to 30 guests, please purchase advance tickets on line. Purchase tickets online.

thurs27Quaffable, Chill-able Summer Reds | Thursday, June 27 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It is definitely rosé season and the happy hordes are coming to get them!  We love seeing guests of all (legal-drinking) ages asking for our recommendations for anything pink, and even buying them by the case.  Summer is the season for these popular refreshing beauties, as well as for another summer staple, Sauvignon Blanc.  But – there’s no need to park your love for reds.  Warm weather months can be a time to enjoy a lighter-bodied red, a wine that shows a sleek texture or biting acidity, lower tannins, or maybe just a joyous fruitiness.  Often these wines are served with a slight chill and can be wonderful companions to light fare and barbecue meats sans the sweet sauce.  Come try our favorite light reds and take some home for those gorgeous summer days coming our way. Purchase tickets online.