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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.
Denny’s Garage Sale | Thursday, January 29th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Denny Walsh, our fearless leader at the West Bloomfield store, loves nothing better than making special wines accessible to everyone. After the onslaught of the holidays, we have plenty of small lots of fine wines, usually found in our nearly-world-famous “Last Call Aisle.” Many of our local sources also have end-of-the-vintage items that are prime candidates for Last Call. This tasting will highlight these latest selections, made with Denny’s magical ability to find special treasures hidden in a warehouse and offering them to our guests at fantastic prices, up to 50% lower than standard retail. Purchase Tickets Online
High Altitude Excellence | Thursday, February 5th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
With the majestic Andes as a backdrop, Argentina’s vineyards define high altitude viticulture: blazing sunlight, deep-rooted vines, rocky soils, dramatic temperature swings. And a desert-like climate tempered by the purest run-off from snowcaps, always in the distance, vineyards in “the foothills” average 3,000 feet above sea level and can soar over 5,500! We’ll focus on the prolific Mendoza province with wines sourced from Uco Valley, Tupungato, Luján de Cuyo and Tunuyan. You’ll taste Malbec of course (still and sparkling!), Cabernet Sauvignon, expressive Syrah, and unique Argentine blends with Bonarda, their second most planted grape. Salta & Cafayate in the far north will provide exotic Torrontés and gnarly Tannat. A-list producers include Susanna Balbo, Ben Marco & La Posta, Hermanos, and Coquena. Purchase Tickets Online
Here’s To Sharing the Love | Thursday, February 12th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Two days before Valentine’s and it’s time to find romance-in-a-bottle. Shopping for the perfect wine to share with your soulmate, a potential sweetie, or looking to crack a bottle with fellow bachelors(ettes)? We’ll lead off with Rosé Champagne, of course, including the gorgeous French Ruinart. Then we’ll showcase wines that are absurdly delicious – satiny whites and plush reds. You can look forward to “Les Valentines,” a lovely 2010 Bordeaux, “Enamore” made Amarone style from dried grapes, Darioush’s decadent Viognier, sparkling off-dry red Brachetto with a bite of dark chocolate. And you’ll taste Molly Dooker’s “Carnival of Love,” Wine Spectator’s no. 2 in their Top 100 last year. Your ticket price will include a split of Champagne to take home, so don’t miss the fun! Purchase Tickets Online
Under the Radar Mediterranean Gems | Thursday, February 19th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
The classic wines of Italy, Spain, and France may be famous, but the region is a treasure trove of lesser known finds. Historically, the entire Mediterranean has been a bastion of wine production beyond the “Oscar winners.” Italy alone has literally hundreds of commercially successful varieties that are NOT Sangiovese and Nebbiolo! Join us as we explore these quietly established or emerging regions and their grapes, and find killer values hidden among them. We’ll touch down in Greece (Xinomavro, Agiorgitiko), Corsica (Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu), Sardinia (Vermentino), Lebanon (Cinsault), Sicily (Frappato, Nerello Mascalese), Spain’s Jerez (Palomino), and who knows where else! Purchase Tickets Online
Drum Roll! 2012 California Cabernets | Thursday, February 26th | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
Too much of a good thing! As reported by the Wine Spectator, “California winegrowers up and down the coast are celebrating a long, sunny year. After two tough harvests, 2012 provided plenty of gorgeous grapes.” Chuck Wagner of Caymus says, “2012 will be a new high-water mark for Napa and California … many vintners have made their best wines ever.” Adds Pete Seghesio, “It was a Goldilocks year. 2012 was not too hot, not too cold, just the right amount of sun.” We’ll showcase as many of the exciting 2012s as have arrived. The range will include affordable to premium, including Newton, Phelps, Beringer “Knights,” Justin’s Paso Cab, and Chappellet “Signature.” Don’t miss our first foray into this exciting vintage! Purchase Tickets Online
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.
Terroir Tasting: 2012 Chablis of Patrick Piuze & Beaujolais of Jules Desjourneys with Madeline Triffon, MS & Anthony Minne | Thursday, January 29 | Reception at 6:30, seating at 7pm | $35
Patrick Piuze released his first vintage of Chablis in 2008, receiving immediate high praise. In the words of Jancis Robinison, “Here is a truly thrilling new producer of hand-crafted Chablis.” We’ll taste through the range of his beautiful 2012’s, from village level Chablis, through three Premier Cru vineyards, and finish with the Grand Crus of “Bougro,” and “Les Clos.” This two-part tasting will continue with the unveiling of the exciting new Beaujolais of Jules Desjourneys–which have never before been sold or even tasted in Illinois! The Burghound calls Desjourney’s wine “Unapologetically built to age, and age they must as these are definitely not light and fruity examples of bojo.” These dense, age-worthy old vine cuvées from Moulin-á-Vent and Fleurie have received the highest scores by The Wine Advocate and Burghound of any Beaujolais. Please join us for this exciting event! Purchase Tickets Online
The Lesser Known Mediterranean | Thursday, February 5 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Italy, Spain, and France may be the most famous countries for wine on the Mediterranean, but they are certainly not the only ones. The entire region has historically been a bastion of wine production. Join us as we explore these emerging regions and find killer values. We will taste Xinomavro and Assyrtiko from Greece, Sciaccarellu and Niellucciu from Corsica, Vermentino from Sardinia, Cinsault blends from Lebanon, and Nerello Mascelese blends from Sicily’s Mount Etna. Purchase Tickets Online
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Champagne Pre-Valentine’s Day Celebration | Thursday, February 12th, 2015 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
Think pink and celebrate all things love with Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial and the Plum Market Wine Team. Every guest will receive two complimentary Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Minis (187ml) with their ticket. Sophisticated and elegant, Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial and Valentine’s Day is a perfect match. Plum Market Chef de Cuisine Mario Morales will pair Moët Rosé with delicious small bites, there will be fun photo ops, and a live DJ will spin tunes. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchase Tickets Online
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tasting with the Owner of Chateau de la Font du Loup | Saturday, February 14th | 2 to 6pm | Complimentary in the Wine Department
Think pink and celebrate all things love with Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial and the Plum Market Wine Team. Every guest will receive two complimentary Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Minis (187ml) with their ticket. Sophisticated and elegant, Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial and Valentine’s Day is a perfect match. Plum Market Chef de Cuisine Mario Morales will pair Moët Rosé with delicious small bites, there will be fun photo ops, and a live DJ will spin tunes. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.
The Spirit of Japan Tasting | Thursday, February 19th | 6:30 to 8pm | $15
In Japan, the traditions of Sake brewing go back over one thousand years. Like the vast world of wine, each prefecture of this island nation has their varieties of rice, style of water, and traditions in making this ancient libation. From Honjozos to Junmai Daiginjos, Nama Genshu to Nigori, we will explore the wide range of styles that make up the exciting world of Sake. Chicago’s Sake experts will be on hand to expand your horizons with over twelve varieties of Sake to sample. In addition to these expressions of rice brews, we will also sample Japan’s other carefully crafted spirits, including whisky and beer – Join us! Purchase Tickets Online
Burgundy Terroir Tasting with Importer Michael Corso | Thursday, February 26 | Reception at 6:30, Seating at 7pm | $30
Chicago-based importer Michael Corso has over thirty years of experience as a national importer specializing in French wines. For this special, class-room style seated tasting we will taste our way through his portfolio of iconic Burgundy. We will taste a range of different styles of Chardonnay from Gilles Noblet in the Mâcon to Guy Amiot’s Chassagne-Montrachet, and Chablis from Domaine Bachelier. On the Pinot Noir side, we will taste Premier Cru Santenay of Jacques Girardin and Gevrey-Chambertin of René Leclerc, as well as a Moulin-á-Vent from Jacky Janodet. Purchase Tickets Online
About Madeline Triffon, MS