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.

 

thurs27Rare Euro Quality, from The Rare Wine Co. | Thursday, July 27 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
We encourage our guests to flip a bottle of wine around and note the importer’s name on the back label.  This is a simple way to empower oneself in finding wine sources that are like-minded to our idea of what tastes great.  The Rare Wine Co., founded in 1989, is one such importer to remember.  They represent three dozen revered European producers, including Giacomo Conterno, Pingus, Bartolo Mascarello, Alvaro Palacios, Jacques Selosse and Domaine Huet.  Their goal is “…not to concentrate on a single country or region but to have a portfolio that represents ‘the best of the best,’ with a strong emphasis on classic winemaking.”  In France, we’ll visit Burgundy (Jean Philippe Fichet) and the Loire (Huet’s Vouvray, Domaine de Pallus Chinon).  From Hungary, we’ll try dry Kiralyudvar Furmint.  In Italy, we’ll touch down in the Piedmont (Elio Perrone Barbera) and in Bolgheri (Montepeloso).  We’ll have a field day in Spain, in the Priorat (Alvaro Palacios), Jumilla (Bodegas Olivares), Bierzo (Descendientes de Jose Palacios), and Ribera del Duero (PSI). Purchase Tickets Online 

 

The New World, on Three Continents | Thursday, August 3 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
In wine-speak, “Old World” telegraphs a subtle, earthy style – like a gift box that unwraps itself slowly. In contrast, “New World” winemaking celebrates a generous style with delicious fruit. We’ll spotlight three superstar leaders, two from the Americas, North and South, and one from Down Under. From New Zealand’s Marlborough district, Cloudy Bay’s iconic Sauvignon Blanc, as well as their little seen Pinot Noir; from Argentina’s towering vineyards, Terrazas de Los Andes Reserve Malbec, Cabernet and ‘Cheval des Andes’, the luxury collaboration with St. Émilion’s Château Cheval Blanc; from the Napa Valley, historic Newton’s unfiltered Chardonnay and Merlot and just-released single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.  If you love the up-front decadence of modern wine production, don’t miss this tasting! Purchase Tickets Online

 

California’s Rhône Rangers | Thursday, August 10 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Who doesn’t love the ripe, peppery expressions of France’s Rhône reds, with their signature scents of dried herbs, potpourri, and raspberry fruit? A slew of American winemakers calling themselves the Rhône Rangers (whimsical play on “Lone Ranger”) has passionately, and very effectively, promoted the production Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and their oeno-family members in the U.S. We’ll highlight standard bearers for this category, including Randall Grahm, the original Rhône Ranger in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Qupé and Beckmen Vineyards from Santa Barbara County, Tablas Creek from Paso Robles, Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, and Cline Cellars from Sonoma-Carneros. We’re excited to show the “natural wines” from the Donkey and Goat, sourcing grapes from Mendocino vineyards, and from La Clarine Farm in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Purchase Tickets Online. 

 

The Many Faces of Noble Chardonnay | Thursday, August 17 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
“Chardonnay” is instantly recognized as “white wine”, but not always understood to be a grape variety! Its most famous expression is White Burgundy (Puligny-Montrachet, Chablis), but Chardonnay is an enthusiastic world traveler with unlimited quality potential, happily responding to a many a winemaker’s vision. If you walk into a barrel room of freshly made Chard, it smells like thousands of just-cut apples laced with fresh vanilla bean! Made in to a Blanc de Blancs Champagne, it will resonate with chalky minerality.  Crafted through malolactic fermentation, it smells like buttered popcorn. Grown in California’s Central Coast, its pineapple-mango-melon notes are positively tropical. We’ll present the widest range of Chards: White Burgundy and Champagne for sure, multiple West Coast AVA’s, New Zealand, South America, oaked, un-oaked, buttery, austere and in-between. Maybe even a sticky!  Purchase Tickets Online

 

Best Values on the Planet – Wines Around $10! | Thursday, August 24 | 6:30 to 8pm |  $20
“Back to School” means buying laptops, cell phones, printers, all sorts of pricey electronics, and expensive textbooks, digital or print versions. We’re going to make it easy to keep on sipping really good wine all along, because our definition of “value” is wine that tastes more expensive than it actually is!  This tasting is chock full of shockingly good wines that way over-deliver in their price points. What kinds of wine? From everywhere – European, American, earthy, fruity, rosé, white, red, the whole gamut of styles.  Who doesn’t adore a great deal? Purchase Tickets Online

 

What Goes with What, and Why
Wine & Food Pairing Class with Madeline Triffon, MS | Thursday, August 31 | 7pm | $25
An interactive adventure in food and wine harmony, with our own Madeline Triffon, MS, who loves nothing better than demystifying everything wine related. You’ll experience food-and-wine pairings that demonstrate super-easy principles. We’ll taste eight wines that express key textures – acidity, tannin, alcohol and sweetness as well as primal flavors of fruit, oak and earth. Each wine will be paired with a food component – sweet, sour, bitter, salt, fat, protein and heat. Then, we’ll sit back and watch what happens! This will not be a dinner, but will include light wine bar munchies. Only thirty seats are available; you can reserve your tickets online now.  Please arrive by 6:45pm as the seminar will start promptly at 7pm.