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.

 

 

 

thurs23Chile Today – Beyond ‘Best Buys’ | Thursday, February 23 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Chilean wines have evolved way beyond simply value. With a rich winemaking culture started by Spanish conquistadores and missionaries in the 1500’s, Chile benefited from European expertise with vinifera vines brought over in the 1830’s.  With extreme geographic isolation due to the Andes, the Pacific and Antarctica, Chile is the only major winemaking country totally phylloxera-free! We’ll taste Pinot Noir and whites from cool climate Valle del Leyda; classic Cabs and Carmenère from the Maipo Valley outside the capital Santiago; and Reserva reds from the Colchagua and Maule valleys further south. Carmenère, Bordeaux’s “lost” grape is of special interest, attaining a unique expression here. Producers will include Leyda, specialist in cool climate varietals grown in a coastal valley named after the winery; historic Cousiño-Macul, the first Chilean label to make significant inroads in the U.S. with their fine Cabernet; Tarapacá, producing only premium reds, and modern TerraNoble. Purchase Tickets Online

For the Love of Beaujolais! The Nobility of Its Crus & Gamay | Thursday, March 2 | 6:30 to 8PM |  $20
Gamay, the darling red grape of today’s sommelier, is no longer considered a simple, fruity shadow of Pinot Noir.  Thanks to superlative Beaujolais growers, Gamay’s best wines are as smooth, complex and seductive as Burgundy, of which Beaujolais is the southernmost extension.  Craggy granite hillsides are home to the Crus, 10 communes (villages), and contribute terroir expressions that vary tremendously, from the delicacy of Chiroubles to the dark grip of Moulin-à-Vent.  We’ll explore several Crus through family domaines including Domaine de Vissoux (Brouilly), Domaine du Moulin d’Eole (Chiroubles), Domaine de Roche (Fleurie), and Domaine des Gaudets (Morgon).  The depth and ageability of Moulin â Vent will be shown by Champs de Cour and Ligier-Belair, the latter known for fine Vosne-Romanée.  These wines represent some of the only significant values in today’s Burgundy! We’ll finish playfully with Kir Royale made from Domaine de Vissoux’s wonderful crème de cassis (blackcurrant) and pêche (peach).  Our dear friend Michelle DeHayes, Advanced Sommelier, will be on hand for cheer and info!  Purchase Tickets Online

Champagne & Chablis – Chardonnay’s Essence | Thursday, March 9 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
The crystalline purity of noble Chardonnay is transcendent in the Champagne district and Burgundy’s Chablis region.  We’ll have the great treat of experiencing Premier and Grand Cru Chablis, as well as Champagne from a venerable house.  We’ll taste 2 beautiful cuvées of Henriot whose house style is driven by Chardonnay with long lees aging; this family-owned Champagne house is over 200 years old!  Chablis, Burgundy’s northern outpost, has historically produced the purest, most terroir-driven expression of the Chardonnay grape – mineral-scented and rarely oaky. Since its humble beginnings in 1959, William Fèvre has become one of the biggest land owners in Chablis; their vineyards are 100% organically grown.  2014 was a fantastic year in Chablis, and we’ll sample the single vineyard Premier Crus “Fourchaume” and “Montmains”, and the Grand Cru “Bougros”.  Our tasting guide, Henriot’s Katie Parker will talk to us about the history, winemaking and geography of Chablis.  Purchase Tickets Online

 

What Makes Napa So Special?  A Friendly Shootout | Thursday, March 16 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
“Napa” speaks “Great American Wine” to the most casual wine drinker, or even non-drinkers!  This magic vineyard corridor in California’s North Coast is famous for gorgeous, pricey Cabernet Sauvignon.  But with 40 miles in length and over 2,000 in elevation, Napa Valley produces a broader range of beautiful American wine.  So – does the overall quality of Napa Valley wines bear muster?  Meaning, does Napa deserve its platinum rep?  We’ll playfully juxtapose Napa Cabernet, Bordeaux blends, Chardonnay and Zinfandel with the same types of wine from other West Coast regions, such as the Russian River Valley, the Santa Cruz Mountains and Washington’s Columbia Valley.  Napa wineries taking the stage will include Chappellet, Blackbird, Neyers, Paoletti, Regusci, and Frank Family.  The outlier producers going head-to-head?  Mt. Eden, Ramey, Martinelli, Andrew Will and Hedges.  All the wines will be premium, and each winery is a leader in its varietal category – what fun! Purchase Tickets Online

 

Best Buys from Classic France | Thursday, March 23 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s easy to spend money buying Great French Wine – Burgundy (Domaine de La Romanée Conti), Champagne (Dom Pérignon), Bordeaux (Château Lafite Rothschild) all provide beautiful, pricey options.  But what if we want classically elegant wines for everyday sipping?  We’ll present an array from historic growing regions, all over-performing in their price points.  You can look forward to Crémant de Bourgogne (Domaine Thibert), the best alternate to Champagne; Alsace Pinot Blanc (Domaine Frey-Sohler); northern Rhône Marsanne (Cave de Tain); Petit Chablis (Seguinot-Bordet); Loire Valley Pinot Noir (Patient Cottat), a way-better buy than Sancerre Rouge; estate Beaujolais-Villages (Domaine Dubost); Cabernet Franc from Chinon (Couly-Dutheil); red Bordeaux made by the Cuveliers of Leoville-Poyferré).  And, luscious red blends from the south – Provence, St. Chinian and Madiran (Brumont).  Plenty of bubbles, whites and reds under $20 to fulfill our refined (spoiled…) palates! Purchase Tickets Online

 

fri31Far Niente’s Beth Nickel – A Visit from California Royalty! | Friday, March 31 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Join us for a truly wonderful California wine tasting – we’re thrilled to welcome Beth Nickel, co-owner and founder of Far Niente and its sister wineries  Based in Oakville, Napa Valley’s epicenter for Cabernet Sauvignon production, Far Niente (“Without a Care”) has been making luxury-class wines wine for over 30 years.   Their motto is “Winemaking in its Highest Form”. Purchase Tickets Online