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, Robin Westphal, 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. The price per event does not include tax. Located in the Lounge of Plum Market West Bloomfield.

 

The French Burgundy Estates of Devillard | Thursday, May 4 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Nothing says “Refined Pinot Noir and Chardonnay” like Burgundy. We’ll explore noble Burgundy through the estate wines of the Devillard family, including AOP Bourgogne, Château de Chamirey in Mercurey (Côte Chalonnaise) and Domaine de Perdrix in Nuits-St.-Georges (Côte de Beaune & the Côte de Nuits). In 1934, Marquis de Jouennes, father-in-law of Bertrand Devillard, produced his first bottle of Mercurey rouge. Today, Bertrand & Christiane Devillard and their children Amaury and Aurore work together caring for their Burgundy estates. And, under the name ‘Le Renard’, a limited number of Bourgogne appellation wines are selected from top Burgundy estates by the Devillards. Our special guest, Cédric Ducoté, export manager for the Devillard family, is a native of Burgundy – his parents are vinegrowers in Saint-Véran. He studied oenology at Dijon before working in the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise.    Purchase Tickets Online

 

Masi’s Veneto, Amarone & Beyond | Thursday, May 11 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Veneto, with Venice as its capital, produces exotic, luxurious wines under the DOCG Amarone della Valpolicella. Amarone’s  raisinated (“recioto”) style represents the height of complexity for the Valpolicella region, with its dried fruit tones and rich mouthfeel. Hugh Johnson defines Masi as “a touchstone for Veronese wines.” Though the history of Masi dates back to the 12th century, Masi is forward-thinking, having updated their appassimento (grape drying) and winemaking techniques. Masi’s “Campofiorin” was the first in reinventing “ripasso”, the technique of double fermentation. This singular tasting will include a deep range of Veronese wines, including three of Masi’s famed Amarone Crus – Campolongo di Torbe, Costasera (Classico & Riserva) and Mazzano. Antonio Galloni of Vinous: “The current crop of (Masi) Amarone releases is terrific … These are some of the best wines I have tasted from Masi.” We’ll sample the 2007 Amarone “Campolongo di Torbe” and “Mazzano”, rated 94 and 93 points respectively. We’ll also taste Masi’s unique Corvina-Malbec blend from Tupungato, a wine of “Argentinean soul, Venetian style”.
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Cabernet Around the World | Thursday, May 18 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s no secret that America adores Cabernet Sauvignon, and California certainly makes some of the world’s best examples. We all know Napa Valley is a superlative growing region for this noble variety, but so is Paso Robles, and Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Hey, Washington State’s Columbia Valley is no slouch for Cab.  Moving further south in the Americas, what about Argentina’s Mendoza, and Chile’s Colcahgua Valley? Don’t forget that Coonawarra in South Australia excels too. Breaking into the Old World, Cabernet loves Tuscany’s coastal vineyards, Spain’s Penedès region and even Israel’s Galilee! And, of course, we won’t forget Left Bank Bordeaux, ancestral home to this small, thick skinned grape. For this heroic tasting, we’ll showcase the many beautiful faces of Cabernet, don’t miss our boldest tasting yet!  Purchase Tickets Online

 

The Zinfandel Mastery of Ridge Vineyards | Thursday, May 25 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
“Exceptional single vineyard wines since 1962” – Ridge is as famous for old vine Zinfandel as for the iconic Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet “Monte Bello”. Searching for the most expressive sites, their first Zinfandel was made in 1964, followed in 1966 by Geyserville Zinfandel, from vines now over 130 years old!  Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, was first made in 1972. We’ll taste several Ridge Zins including East Bench, Three Valleys, Paso Robles, Geyserville and Lytton Springs, as well as an older vintage library selection.  Santa Cruz Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon will “book end” the tasting. Winemaking at Ridge for the last fifty years can best be described as “hands off”.   Winemaker Paul Draper, Professor Emeritus of California winemaking, says, “Pre-industrial winemaking begins with respect for the natural process that transforms fresh grapes into wine, and the 19th-Century model of minimum intervention.” Purchase Tickets Online

 

thurs15Luxury Spring Tasting | Thursday, June 15 | 6:30 to 8pm | $40 | The Reserve 245 South Eton St. Birmingham, MI
Please join us for our inaugural Luxury Spring Wine Tasting with over 40 premium selections from around the  world. Iconic California labels you can look forward to seeing – Bucella, Dalla Valle, Eisele, Ramey, Frank Family, Regusci, O’Shaughnessy and Mt. Eden Vineyards. Stellar European wines will include Barolos from Paolo Scavino and Oddero, Louis Latour’s Coton Charlemagne, Felsina Chianti Riserve and Muga Rioja. And, beautiful French estates from Kermit Lynch imports including grower Champagnes. Don’t miss this terrific start to summer! Purchase Tickets Online