Events at the WineBar West Bloomfield

6565 Orchard Lake Rd

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Join the Plum Market Wine Team for these fun and informative tastings. Sommeliers Patrick Peterson, Chris Arnold, and Madeline Triffon 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. Located in the Lounge of Plum Market West Bloomfield.

 

 

thurs29Sangiovese’s Many Faces | Thursday, August 29 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Tonight we’ll explore the ‘Blood of Jove’ grape in all its expressions, from delicate and floral to deep and bold.  The grape’s signature stamp includes notes of dried cherry, black tea, dusty earth, citrus peel, Mediterranean herbs and a unique tension between acidity and tannin.  Though grown outside Tuscany, the magnificence of this noble red varietal is virtually exclusive to this most picturesque region in central Italy.  We’ll travel throughout Chianti, Montepulciano (Vino Nobile) and Montalcino (Brunello), and then head to coastal Maremma, hot bed of the on-going Super-Tuscan movement.  We’ll showcase classic producers as well as outliers. Comprehensive Sangiovese by anybody’s measure! Purchase tickets online.

 

thurs5All Things Natural – Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable | Thursday, September 5 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Good wine is made great by using more natural methods, right?  One would hope so!  And as evidenced by biodynamic producers in particular, this is very true.  We’ll explore all things natural with regards to growing and making wine. “Organic” has become a very important tag for American consumers in the grocery store. The specs for organic wine vary widely but all happily include low amounts of added sulphites. Biodynamics is a holistic way of farming started in the 1920’s; it’s the oldest, anti-chemical, “green” movement, predating organic farming by 20 years!  Biodynamic vineyards go way beyond organic, with planting, pruning, picking, and bottling timed to planetary, solar and lunar rhythms. Sustainable viticulture is equated to the French “lutte raisonnée” or ‘reasoned struggle’, with agrochemicals used only when absolutely necessary.  We’ll explore this fascination topic with wonderfully eclectic producers.  Brick and Mortar in Yountville focuses on out-of-the-box Napa Chardonnay & Pinot Noir production.  Raventós is one of the only Spanish estates that practices biodynamic viticulture exclusively. La Palazzetta’s Brunello di Montalcino production was organically certified with the 2018 harvest. Herdade do Rocim in Portugal’s southern Alentejo region is a celebrity of natural winemaking, and in amphora! Purchase tickets online.

 

thurs12Intimate Italy – Marc De Grazia’s Family Estates | Thursday, September 12 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
We’re lucky to enjoy a fast friendship with this superlative importer, specializing in family estates throughout Italy.  Fine Italian wines from small growers were virtually unknown in 1980 when Marco De Grazia first offered a handful of estates from Tuscany and Piedmont. Today, his portfolio spans The Boot, encompassing 14 provinces and over 60 estates. “Marc De Grazia Selections” are committed to native varietals, significant terroirs and natural viticulture. We’ll taste a broad array, up to 15 wines from wonderful producers we’re happy to support:  Bortolotti from the Veneto, Le Calcinaie from San Gimignano, Malabaila from the Piedmont, Chianti Classico, Gianni Brunelli from Montalcino, Marengo from Barolo and Moccagatta from Barolo. Purchase tickets online.

 

thurs19While Pat’s Away, Chris Will Play! Wine Team Tag | Thursday, September 19 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Ever wonder what happens at the West Bloomfield Wine Bar when our beloved Sommelier extraordinaire Patrick Peterson is away?  We invite you to join us this Thursday to find out!  Madeline and Denny have turned over the reins that night to our own Certified Sommelier Chris Arnold to put together a selection of some of his favorite wines.  Chris, a retired Architect and long-time wine lover, passed the Certified Sommelier exam in 2015, and joined the Plum Wine Team in 2016.  He and his wife Sharon have traveled to some of the world’s best wine regions.  Chris has definite ideas of what he likes, and wines from the Napa Valley head his list.  They are followed closely by reds from the Southern Rhône, northern Italian whites, Australian Shiraz, and even a favorite or two from Michigan.  Chris is excited to share these wines with you, so we hope you can join us!  Purchase tickets online.

 

thurs26Wines Rated 90+ – Wines Rated 90+ – A Celebration of Top Rated Quality | Thursday, September 26 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Savvy consumers and newbie tasters alike will understandably rely on critics’ ratings when educated wine staff aren’t around to give direction.  Sophisticated buyers even familiarize themselves with specific writers from The Wine Advocate, Vinous and The Wine Enthusiast, be it Monica Larner, Josh Reynolds, Antonio Galloni, Stephen Tanzer, or Jeb Dunnuck. All of us can relate to critical ratings like *** 3 stars, A+, and 90 out of 100 points. But: are highly rated wines obviously better? Can we tell the difference? We’ll have the great fun of tasting a line-up of wines all rated 90 points or above from a favorite portfolio of ours, ironically called TWP, The Wine Poor Distribution; not so poor in quality!  You sample 90+ rated French Champagne, elegant white Burgundy, thrilling dry Mosel Riesling, top Austrian Blaufrankisch, and a slew of West Coast artisan stars including a Napa Zin field blend from a vineyard planted in 1885, Cabernets sourced from iconic sites such as Beckstoffer To Kalon, and Petite Sirah made by Randy Dunn’s son! Purchase tickets online.