Events at the WineBar West Bloomfield

6565 Orchard Lake Rd


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.


thurs31Best Values on the Planet – Wines Around $10! | Thursday, August 31 | 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


Ruinart Champagne with Lacey Burke Ruinart Ambassador | Thursday, September 7 | 6:30-8pm | Tickets $25
The House of Ruinart is truly unique – it is France’s oldest Champagne House, established in 1729! Today, Ruinart produces among the region’s most beautiful Blanc de Blancs as well as rosé Champagnes. Joining us on this special evening is our most charming, knowledgeable friend Lacey Burke, Ruinart Ambassador. Lacey worked as a sommelier at prestigious restaurants in New York City, including Del Posto and Gotham Bar & Grill, and has been a panelist for Wine & Spirits and the New York Times “Wine of the Times”. You’ll enjoy Ruinart’s Blanc de Blancs and Rosé, as well as their rare Tête de Cuvées: “Dom Ruinart” 2004, the newly released 2006 vintage as well as “Dom Ruinart” Rosé. Lacey will share her insider’s view of terroir as well as her thoughts on perfect Champagne pairings, with appetizers from Plum Market’s Executive Chef Amado Lopez. We’ll also feature scrumptious goat cheese from Michigan’s own Idyll Farms. Purchase Tickets Online


While the Cats are Away, Pat’s at Play! | Thursday, September 14 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
This tasting is a peek into the mind of a terrific sommelier who loves nothing more than exceeding your expectations! “Pat who gets to Play” is our own Patrick Peterson, Certified Sommelier, Plum Market Wine Team Member and service guru. In his restaurant days, Pat managed a wine list of 800 selections for the majestic dining room at the top of the Renaissance Center. He danced from table to table, recommending the perfect wine for this or that occasion, with a mind-reader’s sense of price point and style. Tonight’s line-up is a snapshot of his foolproof wines for a gem-of-a small wine list or a premium by-the-glass program: every wine is a superlative example of its type, delicious and ideal for pairing with a food menu. You’ll taste a racy French Champagne, poised Tuscan red, elegant Oregon Pinot Noir, layered Bordeaux blend, sleek dry Riesling and much more. Every wine will have passed Pat’s tough test of making it on a wine list: “I have to love it.” Purchase Tickets Online


Napa Valley’s Vice Versa & Apriori with Proprietor Samantha Breton Collector Tasting | Friday, September 15 | 6:30 to 8pm | $75
at Plum Market Bloomfield Township
Vice Versa was founded by Samantha and Patrice Breton in 2003 with a simple mission: to craft extremely fine Cabernet Sauvignon. Vice Versa Wines source fruit from Napa Valley’s most exceptional vineyards, employing extreme practices in viticulture and winemaking to produce its coveted small lot wines. The renowned winemaking team includes Philippe Melka (Château Petrus, Haut-Brion, Cheval Blanc) and Maayan Koschitzky (Screaming Eagle). Samantha will share her and her husband’s personal voyage in founding Vice Versa and lead us through a tasting of Vice Versa’s 2015 flagship Cabernet, the 2014 second label “Le Petit Vice” and the super-limited 2015 “BBS” from Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras Vineyard. We’ll also taste wines from Apriori (“Deductive Reasoning”), sister winery to Vice Versa, created to offer a broader range of varietals from the hands of the same team. We’re very lucky to be getting a handful of Vice Versa wines as everything quickly sells out through their wine club. Purchase Tickets Online



Annual Bordeaux Experience |Thursday, September 21 | 6:30pm-8pm | $50
Join us for one of the most comprehensive Bordeaux tastings in the United States and beyond With 50 (hand-selected, highly rated estates, ranging from the best Cru Bourgeois to First Growths Meticulously vetted by the Plum Market wine buyers. We’ll showcase multiple excellent vintages, including newly released 2015’s (modern & charming), the 2014’s (best vintage since 2010, great prices), and exceptional treats from 2012, 2010 and 2009. Three leading Bordeaux negociants will be on hand for personal recommendations: Francois Villars (Passion de Terroirs), Stephen Le Maitre (Wine & Export), and Eric Fourault (Fourault Company Wines). We’ll offer an impressive array of large format bottles. Don’t miss this truly unique tasting – Francois Villars comments, “Nobody does this, anywhere!” Purchase Tickets Online


Classic, Beautiful Burgundy | Thursday, September 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
How often does anyone get the opportunity to open a single bottle of estate bottled Burgundy from a fine grower-producer, especially from a Premier or Grand Cru vineyard? Considered the “holy grail” by wine lovers and winemakers alike, Burgundy (a.k.a Bourgogne) in eastern France is the ancestral home of great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The heart of this region, a 35-mile stretch called the Côte d’Or (Slope of Gold) radiates Burgundy’s nuance of terroir – the effect of vineyard location on these two noble grapes. We’ll taste ten wines from recent vintages (2014, 2015) from the domaines of A. Guyon (Savigny-les-Beaune, Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin), Bertagna (Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée) and Coffinet-Dervernay (Chassagne-Montrachet). We may also hop up into Chablis or down into the Maconnais. Our very special guest will be Pascal Salvadori, Education Director for the Esprit du Vin portfolio. To assemble a tasting of this pedigree on one’s own would take hundreds of dollars! Purchase Tickets Online