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.

 

 

thurs25Gorgeous Global Grenache | Thursday, April 25 | 6:30 to 8pm| $20
You’ll find Grenache growing everywhere from Spain to southern France to California, onto the sunny slopes of Australia.  It is one of the most widely planted, yet lesser known grapes around the world.  Do you love the spicy power of Syrah?  Try a Grenache.  The silky elegance of Pinot Noir?  Ditto.  Are you a fan of the many red blends seen everywhere?  Grab a Grenache.  It’s the backbone of one of the great red blends of France, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Though Grenache is most often encountered in blended wines, many varietal examples of Grenache do exist.  Join us as we explore the exciting spectrum of this variety’s many regional personalities! Purchase tickets online.

thurs2Farm to Table – California’s Cool Organic Kids | Thursday, May 2 | $20
There is a New Wave of Rising Star winemaker/growers in California – think “Farm to Table”, but with wine grapes!  These young men and women are working with family farmers and old vineyards, some planted as far back as the Gold Rush.  Using organic and biodynamic methods, they’re making small lots of wine with tons of personality!  We’ll taste the wines of five such fresh, forward-thinking producers.  Calder Wine Company belongs to Rory Williams, son of iconic Napa winemaker John Williams of Frog’s Leap; he’s working with Charbono, Carignane, and Riesling.  Le P’tit Paysan is blazing a trail in the Central Coast with Rhône varietals grown on remote sites.  Matthiasson is a husband-and-wife team that consider themselves farmers first, with seven vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Poe Wines is the project inspired by the wines of Burgundy and Champagne.  Vinca Minor makes beautiful natural wines from organic vineyards in Mendocino and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Don’t miss this eye-opening tasting! Purchase tickets online.

thurs9Bordeaux’s Sensational 2016 & 2015 Vintages | Thursday, May 9 |6:30 to 8pm | $50
At The Reserve 325 S Eton Street Birmingham, MI 48009
“Get ready for our best Bordeaux tasting yet!” That’s what we said last year about the 2015 Bordeaux and, yet, 2016 stands to eclipse that great vintage. “The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful.” –Antonio Galloni, Vinous. And, 2016 is both plentiful and consistent! We’ll showcase 40 wines, focusing on the best 2016 Bordeaux and a variety of top 2015’s, from classified growths to leading petit chateaux. 90+ points is the norm from top critics. Superstars abound from both banks with a razor’s edge to the Left Bank in 2016 and to the Right Bank for 2015. The line-up will include Château Lynch Bages, Brane Cantenac, Gloria, Smith-Haut-Lafite, Branaire Ducru and many more. As a special treat, each table will include a premium White Burgundy to welcome spring. This will be a truly extraordinary tasting! Purchase tickets online.

fri17‘La Grande Dame’ Champagne Master Class
With Veuve Clicquot’s Winemaker Bertrand Varoquier | Friday, May 17 | 6:30 to 8pm | $75 | Seated Tasting
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste four vintages of Veuve Clicquot’s legendary La Grande Dame tête de cuvée, named after the great lady, Madame Clicquot, who was essential in developing French Champagne as we know it today.  We’ll taste 8 wines, including Vintage 2008, La Grande Dame 2008, and a library selection showing how magnificently the best Champagnes age.  We’ll sample both the 2008 Vintage Rosé and La Grande Dame Rosé, as well as the 1998 in magnum – how exciting! Our Guest Speaker Bertrand Varoquier works hand-in-hand with Chef de Caves Dominique Demarville on innovation and development, and personally directs the winemaking of red wines going into Veuve Clicquot’s rose wines. Beautiful Champagne inspired appetizers will be served at 6:30 pm.  The seated tasting starts at 7pm sharp.  Seating is limited to 32 guests, please purchase advance tickets on line. Purchase tickets online.

thurs23Mystical Burgundy | Thursday, May 23 | 6:30 to 8pm| $25
Perhaps the most treasured and sought-after French wines are those from Burgundy, a.k.a ‘Bourgogne’. They provoke our curiosity and acquisitiveness for their often transcendent quality and elusiveness. Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the production of many wines is tiny, given the small vineyard holdings of most producers. Over the centuries, vignerons have precisely delineated their terroir, down to the row. Additionally, recent vintages have given unusually small yields due to hail and other natural threats. We will present an overview of the region, covering the subject with both white and red wines, from Chablis in the North to the Mâconnais to the South, stopping in the Cote d’Or along the way. Fine producers whose wines that may appear include – Faiveley, Domaine Michel Niellon (Chassagne icon), Joseph Drouhin (Puligny star), Château de Marsannay, Domaine Bertagna, Domaine Vocoret (Premier Cru Chablis), Dupont-Fahn, Albert Morot (Beaune), Regis Bouvier, Vincent Girardin (Volnay).  What a rare treat! Purchase tickets online.

thurs30Rosé All Day! | Thursday, May 30 | 6:30 to 8pm| $20
It’s that cheerful time of year when everyone’s reaching for dry rosés, embracing a delightful southern European practice. These refreshing, crisp pink wines come in a range of styles and shades from around the world and are tailor made for salads, backyard grilling, and all casual fare. The range will be varied, sophisticated and fun, including rosés from Corsica, Tuscany, Vinho Verde, Burgundy, Australia, Napa, Tavel, and the range of Southern France, including Provence of course! Most of these will be very fresh from the just launched 2018 vintage. Celebrate our favorite season with us—rosé season! Purchase tickets online.