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.

 

 

thurs30French Bijou – Hidden Estate Gems | Thursday, August 30 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
For this unique tasting of under-the-radar family estates, we’re happy to collaborate with “Soif de” (Thirst For), a Michigan-based supplier of French wine. “Our partner vintners are mostly small farmers who love what they do and are thrilled to have their wines be appreciated overseas.” We’ll take a virtual tour through France, from Champagne to Corsica, sampling both traditional and unexpected cuvées. In Burgundy’s northernmost outpost, Moutard-Diligent has their 27th generation winemaker at the helm! We’ll touch down in Épernay with deVenoge Champagne, in Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provençe at Château de Calalvon, in Roussillon’s deep south with Domaine Força Réal, and in Beaujolais with Domaine Chaintreuil’s Fleurie. Stunning Corsica will offer us Domaine Orenga de Gaffory reds made from Niellucciu, a.k.a. Sangiovese. Join us for this French discovery tasting! Purchase Tickets Online.

 

thurs6First Look – 2015 Cali Cabs | Thursday, September 6 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
We love ‘All Cabernet’ tastings!  And so do you – California Cab is America’s very favorite wine, and we’re excited to show the latest releases. 2015 was the 4th year of a drought cycle that’s given us impressive West Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, from 2012 on down the road.  Of Sonoma County, Antonio Galloni says, “The best 2015s are exotic, viscerally thrilling wines endowed with phenomenal purity, depth and intensity.” Sonoma’s varied, milder microclimates gave winemakers less of a headache than the overall hot temps in Napa.  Of the 2015 Napa Cabs, he says they’re “thrilling at the top”; low yields give the 2015s remarkably dense, plush fruit.”  We’ll showcase a range from affordable to ultra-premium, $20 on up to $100. The AVA’s will include Napa’s Yountville and Rutherford, Alexander Valley, Paso Robles, Knights Valley, Lodi and more. Highlights will include Raymond Reserve (95 points Decanter), Frank Family (90 Wine Advocate), Shattered Peaks (97 Decanter), Orin Swift ‘Mercury Head’ (95+ Wine Advocate), Dominus ‘Napanook’ (96 James Suckling), and Frog’s Leap (94 Vinous). Simply wow! Purchase Tickets Online.

 

 

thurs13Madeline’s Adventures in Italy | Thursday, September 13 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25 (seated tasting, 36 guests)
Early June of this year found our own Madeline Triffon in Tuscany, Campania and Sicily, provinces flooded with sunshine and poignantly beautiful wines.  “I can’t wait to show you a slew of pictures from the trip, the stunning landscapes and beautiful faces.  I’m excited to share stories of the winegrowers, and the meals we shared together in their vineyards.  We’ll taste several of my very favorite wines from the trip, including:

  • Dei’s poignantly elegant Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
  • Gianni Brunelli’s generous Brunello di Montalcino
  • Collin de Lapio’s crystalline Fiano di Avellino, as ageworthy as any White Burgundy
  • Il Palazzino’s perfect (no exaggeration!) Chianti Classico
  • Terre Nere’s description-defying Nerello Mascalese from the volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna.
  • Salustri’s tender cherry-scented Ciliegiolo

And much more! Thanks to our friends at Marc DeGrazia Imports, we’re able to offer these finds at unbeatable prices. Purchase Tickets Online.

 

mon17The Extraordinary Château PONTET CANET
With Bordeaux Super-Star, Proprietor Alfred Tesseron | Monday, Septermber 17 | 6:30pm Reception, 7pm Seated Tasting | $75
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime vertical tasting of Château Pontet Canet Grand Cru Classé, with owner Alfred Tesseron! Monsieur Tesseron will personally lead us through a seated tasting of 6 vintages of this legendary Pauillac estate, including the 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2015. Of the 2015, Antonio Galloni (Vinous 95-98 points) says, “Proprietor Alfred Tesseron and winemaker Jean-Michel Comme produced an absolutely stellar Pontet-Canet in 2015. Sumptuous, racy and totally inviting, the 2015 is all class.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown of the Wine Advocate (96 points) says that the Pontet Canet 2015 is “charged with the most singular energy, it finishes with incredible persistence and depth.” All critical press agrees that Pontet Canet’s quality is equaling or eclipsing even the First Growths. Quite simply, nobody is making better Left Bank Bordeaux today! Seating is limited to 32 guests. Purchase Tickets Online.

 

thurs20Let’s All Get High (UP)! Elevation Excellence in Wine | Thursday, September 20 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Amazing, transformative things happen to wine grapes at significant altitudes above sea level: with vine roots struggling to find nutrients, yields plummet, intensifying and flavor concentration; blazing sunshine thickens grape skins resulting in shocking color saturation; acidity levels rise in response to nighttime temps up to 50 degrees colder than daytime. And, best for us attentive tasters, seductive rocky tones appear in the wines’ flavor depth, reflecting the unforgiving soils.  Struggling vines make great wine.  We’ll taste terroir packed examples from around the globe: poignant whites from Alto Adige’s stunning Italian slopes and Austria’s Wachau, muscular Cali Cab from the Mayacamas Range, high-toned Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains, ultra dense Malbec & Cab from both sides of the soaring Andes (above 3,000 feet!), old school rustic red from Mt. Olympus, home of the Greek gods, Mt. Etna’s volcanic born beauties, and more. We’ll start upwards of 500 feet (150 meters) and surge onwards!  Purchase Tickets Online.

 

thurs27The Bordeaux Experience Continues! Accessible, Affordable 2015’s | Thursday, September 27 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
This more casual extension of last year’s outrageous fall Bordeaux tasting will highlight wines you can easily drink now and over the next 5 years, fine red Bordeaux that’s accessible in both price point and style. We’ll taste at least 10 beautiful Bordeaux mostly from the fabulous, showy 2015 vintage, including Château Senejac and Château Peyrabon (Haut Médoc), Les Angelots and Château Villemaurine (St. Emilion), and Château Branas Grand Poujeaux (Moulis). Our favorite Bordeaux personality will be on hand to make the wines come alive, Stephen Lemaitre of Wine & Export: Stephen’s inimitable Scottish-French accent reflects his fun-loving exuberance! Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Bordeaux that you can actually indulge in now. Purchase Tickets Online.