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Tuesday July 09th 2013, 3:39 pm
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Wine & Beer Tastings

Join the Plum Market Wine Team for these fun and informative tastings. Sommeliers Jeff Mar, 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.

Springtime in the Pacific Northwest | Thursday, April 17 | 6:30 to 8:00 | $20
Oregon and Washington State soar far north above California’s wine country.  We’ll travel east of the towering Cascade Mountains to the sun-drenched appellations of the Columbia River Valley – Yakima, Red Mountain and Walla Walla.  In Oregon, we’ll visit the Columbia Gorge on the WA border and sample different styles of Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, of course! You can look forward to fine Pinot Gris, Gewurz, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Bordeaux blends.   The wineries represented are small and family-run – Lone Birch, Phelps Creek, Terra Blanca, Seven Hills, Lange, Le Cadeau, Airfield Estate and Dunham.  These Pacific Northwest friends are using mostly estate grown fruit. Purchase Tickets Here.

Michigan Stars | Thursday, April 24 | 6:30 to 8:00 | $20
No one can argue that “Michigan Wine” is a storefront for great whites, sparklers and smattering of reds to boot!  We’re winning competitions in Germany, California, New York State and Australia.  Come celebrate the Great Lakes pioneers that put us on the map, including: Black Star Farms, Bel Lago, Black Star Farms, Bowers Harbor, Chateau Fontaine, Chateau Grand Traverse, Good Harbor, L. Mawby, Left Foot Charley, Shady Lane and St. Julien.  FYI – The governor has declared April as Michigan Wine Month, “honoring our state’s wide selection of quality wines and the industry’s significant contribution to our economy.”  Let’s Welcome Spring (finally!) with a celebration of our best. Purchase Tickets Here.

Tar & Roses! The Essence of Nebbiolo: Single Vineyard Barbaresco Riserva With Guest Speaker Aldo Vacca, Managing Director of Produttori del Barbaresco | Friday, May 2nd | 6:30 to 8 pm | $40 
Great Barbaresco is the most refined expression of the majestic Nebbiolo grape, matching power with finesse, and haunting scents of earth and flowers.  You’ll taste eight single vineyard bottlings that Produttori del Barbaresco makes only in great years.  From the 2008 and 2009 vintages we’ll present Asili, Montefico, Montestefano, Ovello, Pajé, Pora, Rabajà and Rio Sordo.  Every one of these beautiful wines has been rated over 92 points by the Wine Advocate, Vinous (Antonio Galloni) or the Wine Spectator. Purchase Tickets Here.


Join Us for Weekly Wine & Beer Events at

Wine & Beer Tastings
Join the Plum Market Wine Team for these fun and informative wine tastings. Anthony Minne and the team will provide a light-hearted exploration of the newest and best beverages available. Reservations are necessary when noted. All tastings commence at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 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 Old Town.

A Sipping Stretch across Northern Italy | Thursday, April 10th | 6:30 to 8:00 | $20
Starting in the far eastern provinces, we’ll touch down in Friuli with Venica’s beautiful Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon, that define these varieties; and in the Alto Adige with Colterenzio’s Pinot Nero.  From the Piedmont in the far northwest, we’ll sample delicate Arneis from Santa Vittoria; Borgogno’s Dolcetto and Langhe Nebbiolo; and Barbera d’Alba from Mirafiore.  Exotic red Fumin from the Valle d’Aosta tucked in the Italian Alps rounds out the trip and a little off-dry Prosecco from Fantinel will send us off in style!  Our knowledgeable friend Amy Johnson from Tenzing Wine & Spirits will keep us company. Purchase Tickets Here.

Burn Stewart Master Distiller Event |Friday, April 11 | 4:30 to 6:30 | $10
Join Plum Market for an early evening of casual of Scotch exploration with Burn Stewart’s Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan. Responsible for reviving some of Scotland’s historic Single malts, MacMillan shares his knowledge and experience from years of distilling at several key operations in the British Isles.  We will have the full line of Burn Stewart Single Malt and blended Scotch Whiskies including: Bunnahabhain, Tobermory, Ledaig, and Deanston Single Malts for you to nose, sip, and expand your appreciation of this time-honored, highly-regarded section of the whisky world. Purchase Tickets Here.

Craft Spirit tasting with Journeyman Distillery | Tuesday, April 15 | 6:30 to 8:00 | $10
As our focus shifts from the mass-produced to the carefully crafted, Journeyman Distillery is a truly artisanal operation. Concentrating on small batch production of their distinctive vodka, gin, bourbon and rye, this distiller oversees every step with care and precision.  We will be serving up their spirits in both pure and cocktail forms to inspire your palate to forget the past few months of cabin fever and revel in post Polar-Vortex Chicago. Locally produced in Three Oaks, Michigan, Journeyman Distillery is one of a few certified Organic and Kosher distilleries in the US and has an unwavering commitment to producing artfully crafted spirits with a social and ecological conscience.  Purchase Tickets Here.

PlumpJack & Cade with Aaron Miller, Head Winemaker |Wednesday, April 16th | 6:30 to 8:00 | $30
PlumpJack Winery sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville region, surrounded by a 42-acre estate vineyard highly regarded for its Cabernet Sauvignon.  In 2005, PlumpJack’s owners, John Conover, Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty founded the all organic Cade Estate Winery on Howell Mountain as a complement to the valley floor terroir of PlumpJack.  Join us for a formal tasting of some of Napa’s most sought after wines. Head Winemaker Aaron Miller will lead us through the current offerings of PlumpJack and Cade, including:  2013 Cade Sauvignon Blanc,  2012 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay, 2010 Cade Napa Cuvée, 2010 Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Sign up today, space is limited! Purchase Tickets Here.

日本の酒ツアー  | Sake!  With our Own Jill Pienta | Thursday, April 17th | 6:30 to 8:00 | $20
Having recently returned from a trip to Japan, our Spirit & Sake buyer Jill is ready to share her newfound wisdom and expert knowledge of Sake with loyal Chicago guests. Like wine, the Sakes of Japan are individually expressive of the rice, water, and yeast that each brewer uses in their recipe. We will explore the different prefectures, levels of rice milling, and many different styles of this traditional drink, demonstrating there’s a Sake to fit every palate and pair with every meal. Expand your horizons and learn to love what the Japanese have been brewing for hundreds of years! Purchase Tickets Here.

Cru Beaujolais of Kermit Lynch | Saturday April 19th | 1:00 to 4:00 | Complimentary
“Beaujolais” encompasses basic table wines to the rich, complex, age-worthy Crus.  The latter are communes such as Morgan and Cote de Brouilly with exceptional geographical sites that defy the qualitative norm.  The famous importer Kermit Lynch has long championed these incredible values, which have achieved cult status. Come join Greg Powell, Mid-West Sales Manager for Kermit Lynch, to taste three of Beaujolais’ most lauded names: Jean Foillard and Guy Breton of Morgon and Nicole Chanrion of Côte de Brouilly.

Prelude to Whiskey Fest: An Evening of Scotch Whisky with Pernod Ricard | Tuesday, April 22 | 7:00 to 8:30 | $20
To join in the excitement of one of Chicago’s “Whisky Fest”, we are hosting an in-depth, sit-down Scotch Whiskey seminar with Pernod Ricard’s Scotch Ambassador, Ross Graham.  We will be nosing and sipping different age statements and expressions of The Glenlivet, Aberlour and some of the finer single malts of the Chivas family of whisky. Space is limited. Purchase Tickets Here.

French Terroir Galore: Tasting With Kermit Lynch Winemakers: D’Aupilhac, Lavantureaux, Cadette | Thursday, April 24th | 6:30 to 8:00 | $20
We’ll feature three producers from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, an importer synonymous with fine French estates.  Domaine de la Cadette is a star in the commune of Vézelay, a little known appellation in Burgundy; Vézelay received its A.O.P. (controlled place name) in 1997.  Domaine D’Aupilhac from the Languedoc represents three generations of the same family who have farmed this truly unique, organic estate in southwestern France.  Domaine Roland Lavantureaux from Chablis is a producer of super-classic un-oaked whites from the region famed its terroir of limestone and clay infused with tiny, fossilized oysters. Purchase Tickets Here.

Boulevard Brewing Company | Wednesday, May 7th| 6:30 to 8:00pm | $10
The Midwest is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to craft beer, and Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company is another stand-out example. From their humble beginnings in 1989, Boulevard has grown to be one of the largest craft breweries in the nation’s mid-section and is producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional and progressive brewing techniques. Join us as we explore the exciting portfolio ranging from their Unfiltered Wheat and 80 Acre to the artisanal Smokestack Series and vintage cellar selections. Purchase Tickets Here.

Grand Marnier Luxury Event: The full range of Grand Marnier Cognac Liqueurs | Wednesday, May 20th | 7 to 8:30pm | $30
The Marnier Lapostolle family has been making cognac liqueurs for many generations dating back to the 1800s.  We will have a formal sit-down tasting with a representative of the House of Marnier Lapostolle and sample the full line of premium offerings such as the 1880 and Quintessence. This is an excellent chance to explore the luxury world of cognac and its applications in the trending world of mixology.  Space is limited. Purchase Tickets Here.

Tiki Party! Walk Around Spirit Tasting | Tuesday, June 17 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Leis! Hula Skirts! Parrots! Brightly colored shirts! It’ll all be at our spring/summer showcase of delicious warm weather focused libations and cocktails. It has been a tough winter and we want to celebrate the end of the polar vortex season with a spirit tasting that will take you a warmer state of mind. We will have numerous stations featuring the spirits of your favorite summer cocktails along with new and exciting ways to use them. Purchase Tickets Here. 


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