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.

 

 

thurs28Denny Garage Sale Number IX Steals from Cheubacha’s Cellar! | Thursday, February 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
The tasting that Never Disappoints!  We too can’t wait to see what our intrepid Wine Team Leader Denny Walsh is going to come up with, to heat up the polar vortex of February.  There are always around 20 wines, from everywhere, sourced for sheer quality and steal factor, be it a $10 or $50 price tag.  Every gem will represent a savings of up to 50% off regular retail pricing.  Make sure you sign up on line and arrive a little early ‘cause the turnout will be enthusiastic.  We’ll make sure it’s a comfortable crowd, closing ticket sales before it gets too cozy… Our Garage Sale is just Too Much Fun! Purchase tickets online.

tues5The Burgundies of Maison Louis Latour  With Special Guest Louis Fabrice Latour  | Tuesday, March 5 | Reception 6:30 pm, Seated Tasting 7 to 8 pm | $50
Join us for this exceptional opportunity to experience Burgundy through the owner of one of the most prestigious houses, Maison Louis Latour.  Louis Fabrice Latour, the seventh ‘Louis Latour’ of his family to run the house, will personally guide us through 7 white and red Burgundies from the 2015 and 2016 vintages, including Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards for which they are famous. Louis Fabrice Latour runs his family business from their 17th century house in the heart of Beaune in Burgundy. Founded in 1797 with over 50 hectares of vineyards, they hold the largest Grand Cru property in the Côte d’Or.  Mr. Latour is a charismatic speaker, making this tasting a ‘Don’t Miss’ for any Burgundy lover! Mr. Latour will be happy to sign your bottles at the end of the tasting. Purchase Tickets Online.

thurs14The Mighty Rhône! | Thursday, March 14 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
As the Rhône River winds its way down from Switzerland through the length of France, emptying into the Mediterranean, it’s the dominating feature of the more than 40 distinct wine appellations that make up the “Rhône Valley”. Wine styles vary wildly, with powerful Syrah based reds in the north (Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage) and zesty, versatile Grenache based reds in the south (Côtes du Rhone, Gigondas, Châteauneuf).  Juicy rosés abound and rich whites, just a fraction of production, are made from Roussanne and Marsanne. Winegrowing is a time-honored tradition here, with fresh innovation from the sons and daughters of the new generation.  Tonight’s adventure  will include Saint Joseph from talented brothers Eric & Joel Durand, Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Font-du-Loup’s lovely spirited winemaker Anne-Charlotte, and Crozes-Hermitage from the formidable Graillot father–son team at Domaine de Lises.  Join us as we explore the region best beloved by wine professionals for its sheer diversity, quality and value! Purchase tickets online.

thurs21Noble Nebbiolo | Thursday, March 21 | 6:30 to 8pm |  $25
Nothing in the wine world transcends the seductive, layered perfume of Nebbiolo: “Tar and Roses” says it all – a gentle floral fragrance floating above dusty deep earth tones.  Add in black cherries & plums, sandalwood and tea, and you’ve got the poignant flavors of the Piedmont’s most noble red grape.  Then … BAM!  The super-drying tannin sets in.  No worries, the arid mouthfeel is instantly softened by protein (beef, lamb), fat (oil, cheese) and salt.  We’ll explore the hilly, fog-laden Piedmont in Italy’s far northeast through some of these wonderful producers: Vietti, Renato Ratti, Moccagatta, Luigi Giordano, Oddero, Ceretto, Produttori del Barbaresco, Michele Chiarlo, Sperino, Scavino. We’ll ease into this very special tasting with Nebbiolo’s friendly roommates Dolcetto and Barbera.  Some tender white Arneis will open the door to red wine nirvana!  We’ll be sure to provide tannin-smoothing little bites alongside these majestic reds – Langhe Nebbiolo, Barolo, and Barbaresco.  A fine wine collector once commented that drinking Nebbiolo is like being kicked in the face by a ballerina! Well, we’ll try to make this a more soothing experience. Purchase tickets online.

thurs28Intimate, Artisan Spain
With Our Friend Núria Garrote-i-Esteve of VinºVi&Co | Thursday, March 28 | 6:30 to 8pm |  $20
Authentic wines from the Spanish countryside, from families that spend all their time tending the vines, hoping someone will taste their wines and say “I believe we can export these because they are wonderfully unique and delicious!” Núria Garrote-i-Esteve did just that, creating her company VinºVi&Co 10 years ago. She was born and raised in Catalonia, coming to Detroit because of the automotive business. But her passion for wine drew her back back to her heart, the import business. With each of her artisan growers there is a bond of trust, and nothing about her selections is typical, each wine has a soul. Núria will share her journey throughout Spain, pouring wines from Ribeiro, Tierra de Leon, Castilla La Mancha, Rioja Alavesa, Ribeira Sacra, Galicia, Navarra and Valencia. You’ll taste native varietals, many uncommon: Souson, Prieto Picudo, Graciano, Mencia, Treixadura.  And wonderful Champagne style wine from Raventos, a master of the category. Purchase tickets online.

 

wed17The Prisoner Wine Company The Makings of a Cult Favorite With Winemaker Niki Williams | Wednesday, April 17 | 6:30 pm reception, 7 pm seated seminar | $50  
Join us for a very exciting tasting of some of the most deeply delicious American wines made today! The Prisoner Wine Company was created with Dave Phinney’s original vision, to celebrate treasured old-vine plantings of Zinfandel, Charbono, Petite Sirah, and Syrah.  We’ll be tasting the entire line-up, including The Snitch Chardonnay, Cuttings Napa Cabernet, and the red blends The Prisoner, Dérangé (very limited), Blindfold, Saldo and Thorn. All of these wines have the seductive theme of The Prisoner – artistic, mysterious, irresistible. We’ll also have the great pleasure of hearing Winemaker Niki Williams speak about these bold, unexpected wines. Niki has Midwest farming roots (“Midwest Farmer’s Daughter”) and was a professional actor, working in live theater, commercials, and improv before studying Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis.  Don’t miss the sheer fun of hearing Niki’s entertaining presentation of these special wines! Tickets are extremely limited. Purchase tickets online.