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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 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.

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

South African Winemaker Comes Home | Thursday, May 7th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Our special guest is Winemaker José Condé, native Mid-Westerner turned Winemaker in arguably the world’s most beautiful winegrowing region! José was born in Detroit and grew up in Kansas City; his marriage took him to South Africa where a Cab he made for fun received top honors. He never looked back. José’s hand now touches several projects. M•A•N Family Wines (Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin, Cabernet) are made in a bold, modern style from unirrigated bush vines. Essay wines (Chenin, Syrah) are blended to create a whole greater than their parts; the name plays on “assemblage” or “blend.” Tormentoso (Pinotage, Cabernet) is drawn from “Cabo Tormentoso” (Cape of Good Hope), whose logo is “Here Be Dragons!” Stark-Condé (Syrah, Stellenbosch Cabernet) is José’s own boutique estate in Stellenbosch’s stunning Jonkershoek Valley. Purchase Tickets Online

Back from Bordeaux! | Thursday, May 14th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Plum Market’s Madeline Triffon, MS recently returned energized after a week in rainy Bordeaux. Struck by how fine winemaking is done in this classic-yet-forward-thinking region, she was inspired to show how good Bordeaux can be from any district and price point. Accompanied by her travel buddy Michelle DeHayes, we’ll taste vintages from 2010, 2011, and 2012, all elegant expressions of terroir. We’ll cover a lot of ground, including white Graves, petit châteaux red, Haut Médoc, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, and finish with Margaux. You can look forward to recognizable friends: Château Prieuré-Lichine, Château Bonalgue, Château du Courlat, Haut de Poujeaux and more. We’re happy to welcome Nadège Sabras de Fonseca, Export Manager of the négociant Audy. Insider’s note: Madeline and Michelle tasted lots of yet-to-be-bottled 2014s. They’re very, very good – a relief for the region after the disappointing 2013s. Purchase Tickets Online

Sangiovese’s Many Faces | Thursday, May 21st | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Join us as we explore the Sangiovese grape in all of its glorious expressions, from delicate and floral to deep and bold. Nicknamed the “Blood of Jove” Grape, its signature stamp includes notes of dried cherry, black tea, dusty earth, citrus peel, Mediterranean herbs, and a unique tension between acidity and tannin. Winebow Import’s Tuscan family estates will showcase Sangiovese’s diversity: Le Pupille in Morellino di Scansano (velvety tannins), Castello di Bossi in Chianti Classico (earthy, racy acidity), Castellare in Chianti Classico (cherry and cedar notes), Tua Rita in coastal Suvereto (lush, bright), Pratesi in Carmignano (rustic, meaty), San Polo in Montalcino (juicy, round), and Valdipiatta in Montepulciano (generous, smooth). Don’t miss this immersion into Italian reds born to complete the family table! Our knowledgeable friend Christel Burks will provide insider commentary. Purchase Tickets Online

The Antinori Family: 630 Years of Winemaking | Thursday, May 28th | The Reserve, 375
South Eaton Street, Birmingham, MI 48009 | 6:30 to 8pm | $40

Piero Antinori directs a global winemaking empire with his three daughters and famed winemaker Riccardo Cotarella. Wine Spectator’s recent cover story “The Antinori Family Plans for the Future” (March 2015) displays and heralds their family’s accomplishments over centuries. You’ll taste fifty wines from Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, Washington State, and Napa Valley. Highlights include:

Super Tuscans Tignanello & Solaia
Prunotto Barolo ‘Bussia’ & Barbaresco ‘Bric Turot’
Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino
Tenuta Guado al Tasso’s Bolgheri Rosso
Cervaro della Sella from Umbria
Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak
Col Solare from the Columbia Valley

Don’t miss this unprecedented line up from a legendary winemaking family! Purchase Tickets Online

A Krug Experience with Krug Ambassador Nicole Burke | Tuesday, June 9th | 6:30 Reception,
7pm Dinner | $150

Our valued friend and Krug Ambassador Nicole Burke will present four Krug Champagnes artfully paired with Indian small bites designed by Plum Market Executive Chef Norm Valenti. Guests will taste the following remarkable Champagnes:

Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne
Krug Rosé Champagne
Krug Vintage 2000 Champagne
Krug Vintage 2003 Champagne

Join us for this special event and experience the mastery of great Champagne in harmony with exotic cuisine. 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 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

Blind Tasting Game | Thursday, May 7th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Welcome to the Blind Tasting Game! “Blind Tasting” means assessing a glass of wine without knowing anything about it, not the price, growing region, varietal, vintage, nothing. Why blind taste? Because it’s the most effective, fair way to determine quality in a wine. And it’s fun! We’ll give you the flavor profiles of typical examples of key grape varietals and let you match them up to wines you feel best represent them. You’ll get plenty of hints and helpful tips that will make for interesting discussion at your next office party! Cool prizes will be awarded to the best lucky guessers. Purchase Tickets Online

The Role of Tradition in the Expression of Terroir, with John Paine of Rosenthal Wine Merchant | Thursday, May 14th | 6:30 Reception, 7pm Seating | $35
Since 1977, Neal Rosenthal has been one of the most venerable importers of classically styled European wines. Rosenthal’s concept of terroir has two points:90% of the ultimate wine is created in the vineyard, and the role of the winemaker is to let the wine make itself (“laissez le vin de se faire”). On this very special evening, John Paine, Rosenthal’s Midwest Sales Manager, will lead us through a selection of the most traditional French producers in their portfolio, including a beautiful dry Vouvray, Grand Cru Alsatian Riesling, single vineyard Cru Beaujolias, Cote-Rotie, Gigondas, Bandol Rouge from Pradeaux, and Spanish Cava that will give top champagnes a run for their money. The reception will feature light hors d’oeuvres. This formal, classroom-style tasting is limited to 25 people, and is not to be missed! Purchase Tickets Online

The Aussie Comeback – Historic Australia with Negociants International | Thursday, May 21st | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Australia’s claim to wine fame is warm climate Shiraz, Shiraz, and more Shiraz … right? In reality, Australia’s regions are incredibly diverse with a myriad of climates, terroir, and wine styles. Its track record as an important wine producing country stretches back for centuries. You’ll learn about historic appellations such as Margaret River, famous for Cabernet and Chardonnay, and the cool Eden Valley known for Dry Rieslings that rivals those of Germany. Featured producers will include Vasse Felix, Langmeil, Pewsey Vale, and more. Be prepared to be surprised and blown away! Purchase Tickets Online

Exclusive Dom Pérignon Dinner | Thursday, May 21st | Hosted at Sepia, 135 N Jefferson St, Chicago | 7pm Reception, 7:30 Seating | $225
Dom Pérignon and Madeline Triffon, MS of Plum Market request the pleasure of your company for an exclusive Dom Pérignon Dinner featuring a four-course menu designed by Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman featuring the unprecedented opportunity to experience the three faces of Dom Pérignon:

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004,
Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2004,
Dom Pérignon P2 1998, and
Dom Pérignon P2 Rosé 1995

Only 20 seats available at $225 per person plus tax. Purchase Tickets Online

Hey! Hey! It’s All Rosé! Part One | Thursday, May 28th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
These refreshingly dry pink wines come in a range of styles and shades from around the world. From the classic rosés of France and Provence to modern versions from Spain, Greece, Germany, and California, we will show them all. Join us as we unveil our rosé selections for the summer season, many of which are very limited and were pre-ordered months ago – Ermitage Pic-St. Loup, Red Car Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Schnaittman Trollinger from Württemberg, Zoe from Greece, and more! Purchase Tickets Online

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