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.

 

thurs30Native Iberian Exploration – Stars from Portugal and Spain | Thursday, November 30 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
“Iberia” is a European peninsula whose wines radiate terrific regional diversity.  Portugal is the place to look for innovative wines that with a fierce sense of place, using native grape varieties almost exclusively and making a splash onto the international stage.  Spain today is all about tradition in the best sense of word, with a myriad of growing regions rivalling Italy’s diversity, but with an unyielding focus on indigenous grapes (no Cab tucked in…).  We’ll explore Portugal’s warm, expansive Alentejo region (1/3 of the country!), a treasure trove for those who love southern Rhône style reds.  Their delish, layered, quirky blends and those from cool, coastal Lisboa, combine noble Port grapes like Touriga Nacional and Francesca, Aragonez (Tempranillo), and Alfrocheiro.  Our Spanish adventure will include spritzy Txakolina from an historic Basque estate; gorgeous free-run Albariño from rainy Galicia; poignant red Mencía from Bierzo in the deep northwest; concentrated Garnacha-based reds from Montsant (a fine cooperative) and Priorat (an old-vine estate); and Vega Sicilia’s collaboration with the Rothschilds in Rioja, wow.  We’ll finish up with chocolate’s best friend, decadent Pedro Ximénez. Purchase Tickets Online.

 

thurs7America’s Best: Napa Cabernets ’12, ’13 | Thursday, December 7 | 6:30 to 8pm | $30
The timing of this year’s All Cali Cab tasting is poignant – we’ll all be happy to appreciate the greatness that is Napa  after the recent devastating fires out west.  We’ll showcase 12 gorgeous Cabernets, all premium, from 2012 and 2013, both undeniably spectacular vintages.  On the heels of the super-lauded 2012, Robert Parker gushed about 2013, calling it “absolutely mind-boggling.”  And Antonio Galloni, “2013 Napa Cabernets are some of the most profound, riveting, young wines I have tasted anywhere…”  The top-scoring, benchmark names will include Silver Oak Napa, Heitz, Odette (Stags Leap), O’Shaughnessy, Mt. Brave and Dunn (Howell Mtn.), Ramey, Fisher “Coach”, and more.  You can expect some rib-sticking munchies to offset the opaque black fruit and nippy tannins!  We encourage you to purchase tickets on-line for ease of check-in, and to arrive before 7 pm if possible.  In the interest of keeping the tasting comfortable for all, we’ll limit attendance past 7:30 pm. Purchase Tickets Online.

 

thurs14Marc De Grazia’s Authentic Italy | Thursday, December 14 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
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 small estates.  “Marc De Grazia Selections” are arguably the most dependably excellent and authentic of all Italian imports, committed to native varietals, significant terroirs and natural viticulture.  We’ll taste a broad array, up to 15 wines from De Grazia’s beloved producers throughout Italy, including:

  • Marche- Boccadigabbia (Rosso Piceno, Pecorino)
  • Sicily – Centonze (Frappato, Cerasuolo) & Terre Nere (Etna Rosso)
  • Veneto – Mazzi (Valpolicella)
  • Alto Adige – Putzenhof
  • Tuscany – Il Palazzino (Chianti Classico), Fontaleoni (Vernaccia)
  • Piedmont – Paolo Conterno (Monforte d’Alba), Carlo Revello (Barolo)​​,
  • La Morandina (Barbera d’Asti, Moscato)
  • Campania – Colli de Lapio (Fiano & Greco)
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thurs21Champagne!  And All That Sparkles | Thursday, December 21 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25 
Indulge in our Annual All-Sparkling tasting, right in the heart of the holidays!  French Champagne will lead the pack, of course, with the great houses, “grand marques”, including at least one super-premium “Tete de Cuvee” (Dom?  Comtes de Champagne?).  We’ll feature the hot category of artisan grower champagne too, and the whole range of styles – rosé, vintage, multi-vintage, extra brut, the works.  The best of American ‘methode classique’ (champ process) will be on hand, and we won’t forget the stunning values of top Spanish Cava, French Crémant and the best Prosecco.  We’ll serve plenty of crunchy munchies ideal with crisp bubbles.  Come raise a glass of bubbly cheer with us!  We encourage you to purchase tickets on-line for ease of check-in, and to arrive before 7 pm if possible.  In the interest of keeping the tasting comfortable for all, we’ll limit attendance past 7:30 pm. Purchase Tickets Online.