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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.

Cali Reds – Anything but Cab Sauv & Pinot! | Thursday, March 26th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Let’s face it – we all love California’s best Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. But the length of California wine country is an overflowing basket of red varietals. Let’s not cheat ourselves out of other impressive options from A-List producers: Petite Sirah (Stags Leap Winery), Syrah (Consilience), Grenache (Beckmen), Zinfandel (Ridge, Easton, Klinger), Rhône blends (Tablas Creek), Cabernet Franc (Darioush). And, yes, Merlot (Matanzas Creek)! We’ll explore the Napa Valley, Sonoma County including Dry Creek, Paso Robles in the Central Coast, Amador County in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Santa Barbara County including Santa Ynez and Lodi in the Central Valley. Who says “California” doesn’t spell Diversity? Purchase Tickets Online

Complete Southern Rhône | Thursday, April 2 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Explore the land of Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blends, at the hands of wonderful family domaines. Dan Farley, importer and shepherd for these estates, says “These wines are my friends, just like I choose the people I feel close to. The producers are close friends. These are all ‘southern French’ wines but stylistically very different. Makes me very proud to represent producer differences, from traditional Old World styles to modern expressions of the same terroir.” We’ll enjoy a truly hand-selected list of both white and red, from the Côtes-du-Rhône, Cairanne, Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux, Costières de Nîmes, Vacqueyras, and Rasteau. Producers will include the esteemed Domaine du Pegau, Bois de Boursan, Espigouette, Grand Tinel, and Oratoire Saint-Martin. Purchase Tickets Online

Mix & Match Game | Thursday, April 9 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
A super-fun tasting game for neophytes and seasoned tasters alike! You’ll be presented with expressive examples of classic varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. With loads of guidance and hints from our team, you select a growing region among those offered: California or Bordeaux? Oregon or Burgundy? What an ideal way to learn the difference between Old World and New World styles of wine. And, no better way to learn to taste effectively and get the most pleasure out of your wine dollar. Come with a friend or two for a more playful, interactive experience! Purchase Tickets Online

Sorella Italiana – CMK Selections | Thursday, April 16 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
There’s nothing better than having an “in” with a friend on top cutting edge trends in the vast sea of Italian wine. Our “sorella,” or sister, Colleen McKettrick has strong ties to Metro Detroit, attending U of M and as VP of a Michigan-based import/distribution company. After invaluable experience at Tuscany’s Tenuta dell’Ornellaia estate, she settled in the Maremma zone and started her own company in 2000 assisting family-owned estates in developing their international markets. We’ll sample the latest releases from five of Colleen’s producers, including: the Marche’s Andrea Felici (Verdicchio), Sicily’s Valle dell’Acate (Cerasuolo) and Tenuta Ibidini (Insoglia and Nero d’Avola), and Tuscany’s Ampeleia and Tenuta Monteti’s (Maremma blends). The reds from coastal Maremma alone are not to be missed, marrying Tuscan terroir with non-traditional varietals such as Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Colleen’s passion and excellent taste are infectious! Purchase Tickets Online

Everything Comin’ Up Rosé! | Thursday, April 23 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s that lovely time of year when we “think pink” in anticipation of our soon-to-be-planted flowers. We Americans have embraced the delightful southern European practice of drinking lots of dry rosé in the spring and summer months. The terrific news is that the quality of the rosé pack has transcended to sophisticated, delicious heights. We’ll sample a host of fine French labels: Penya (Côtes Catalanes), Villa des Anges (Pays d’Oc), Commanderie de la Bargemone (Aix en Provence), Château de Lancyre (Pic St. Loup), Canto Perdrix (Tavel), Miraval (Côtes de Provence), and much more. Most of these will be super-fresh from the just launched 2014 vintage. We’ll have the entertaining company of our friend Tim Freehan from Handpicked Selections, whose excellent rosés are represented. Purchase Tickets Online

New Kids on the Block, Our West Coast | Thursday, April 30 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
We went shopping for any and all new releases from the West Coast, and we bet you haven’t met all of these fresh American wine friends. We’ll unveil Pinot Blanc from Mendocino County (Skylark); Chardonnay from the Santa Rita Hills (Liquid Farm); Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands (Roar); and red blends from Alexander Valley and Napa (Medlock Ames & Carne Humana). Cabernet Sauvignon will make an appearance, of course, from California’s North Coast as well as Washington’s Red Mountain (Punch, Anakota, Adaptation, Canvasback). We won’t forget a couple of cool treats from Oregon, too. Everyone likes to know what wines are new, fun and really good! Purchase Tickets Online

 

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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.

The Mix & Match Game | Thursday, March 26 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
For neophytes and seasoned tasters alike! You’ll be presented with expressive examples of classic varietals, both red and white, such as: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Cabernet. With loads of guidance and hints, you’ll pick the growing region among those offered: California or Bordeaux? Oregon or Burgundy? What an ideal way to learn the difference between Old World and New World styles of wine. And, the best guessers will receive prizes! Purchase Tickets Online

Wines from the Alps & Apennines, with Dalla Terra Imports | Thursday, April 2 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Dalla Terra was founded in 1989 by Brain Larky with the goal of bringing high-quality, well-priced Italian wine to American consumers. Today, Dalla Terra imports some of Italy’s most famous wines, many of which we’ll taste. Examples include complex Brunello di Montalcino from Casanova di Neri, pretty Barbaresco from Marchesi di Gresy, elegant Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from Poliziano, Selvapiana’s Chianti Rufina, age-worthy Soave from venerable Inama, and mineral driven white from Sicily’s Mt. Etna. Kristen Miles, Dalla Terra’s Midwest Sales Manager, will guide us through these beautiful wines. Purchase Tickets Online

Best Wines Under $20 | Thursday, April 9 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Everyone loves a terrific buy! We often get requests to find the very best wines at the very best prices. We love this challenge! This evening, our team will showcase the greatest deals around, discovered by tasting literally thousands of wines. We’ll cover a variety of categories: best value Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Burgundy, Pizza Red, un-oaked Old World white, rich Chardonnay, GSM blend, Champagne-style wine, and more! Purchase Tickets Online

Meet Seven South African Winemakers, with Cape Classics | Thursday, April 16 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Come taste why Cape Classics was named "Best Wine Importer” by Food & Wine Magazine’s Wine Awards. Starting in 1992, this fine importer practically put South African wine on the map. On this very special evening we’ll meet the winemakers of seven leading South African estates. They’ll present their terrific Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc from Constantia, Stellenbosch, and Robertson. The winemaker line-up includes Buitenverwachting’s Lars Maak, De Morgenzons’s Carl Van de Merwe, Glenelly’s Nicolas Bureau, Kanonkop’s Deidre Taylor, Morgenster’s Judi Dyer, Excelsior’s Peter De Wet, and Bruwer Raats from Raats Family Wines. Don’t miss meeting the personalities that have created the revelation of modern South African wine! Purchase Tickets Online

Plum Market Tiki Party! | Thursday, April 23 | 6:30 to 8pm | $15
Tiki culture in America began in 1934 with the opening of Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood, California. This daring new concept took the mixology world by storm and spawned many new themed restaurants and bars, including Trader Vics. With the signature thatched roof style and exotic tropical drinks, the Tiki themed bar has found a niche in American drinking culture. Featuring Rums from the Caribbean, Cachaças from Brazil, Piscos from Peru, and Tequilas from Mexico, we’ll mix up Mai Tais, Zombies, and other classic Tiki drinks that are sure to quench your thirst for the exotic. Unearth your colorful beach shirts, your grass skirts, and bring your favorite coconut drinking vessel as we explore the vast and flavorful libations from the lands where palm trees sway. Purchase Tickets Online

The Icon Collection, with Wilson Daniels | Thursday, April 30 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Wilson Daniels is most famous as the importer of pinnacle Burgundy estates Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Domaine Leflaive. Their standard of excellence extends to the rest of their curated global portfolio. For this special tasting, we’ll explore the depth of their selections with 15 wines in total, ranging from Volpaia’s Chianti and Elvio Cogno’s Barolo, beautiful Beaujolais from Chateau du Moulin á Vent, Burgundy-like Cabernet Franc from Clau de Nell (the luxury outpost of Domaine Leflaive in the Loire’s Anjou), Premier Cru Chablis from Domaine Laroche, Premier Cru Meursault from Domaine Leflaive, Chardonnay from de Villaine’s “Hyde Vineyard,” Pinot Noir from Presqu’ile in Santa Maria Valley, and Ponzi in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Purchase Tickets Online

 

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