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Tuesday July 09th 2013, 3:39 pm
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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.

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

A Unique Gaja Experience | Friday, March 6th | 6:30 Reception, 7pm Seating | $100
Please join us for an exclusive formal tasting of wines from Italy’s acclaimed Gaja Winery led by Plum Market’s own First Lady of Wine, Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon. Gaja Winery is run by Angelo Gaja, a fourth-generation winemaker and one of the world’s greatest producers, acknowledged for bold innovations in the vineyard and the cellar as well as for making some of Italy’s finest wines. Guests will experience six spectacular Gaja wines presented in tandem with small bites from Executive Chef Norm Valenti. The tasting will feature two of Gaja’s Tuscan wines, 2009 Brunello and 2010 Ca’Marcanda, and four from Piedmont: the 2011 Barbaresco, 2010 Dagromis Barolo, and the very rare 2011 Costa Russi and 2011 Single Vineyard Sori San Lorenzo. Only 28 seats are available. Please purchase your tickets online before the event sells out.

Everything Burgundy! | Thursday, March 5 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Come explore the French region that most sommeliers sigh over with some true believers, Plum Market’s Madeline and Patrick plus our good friend Michelle. We’ll work our way north to south, through the regions of Chablis, Côte de Nuits (Nuits St. Georges), Côte de Beaune (Puligny-Montrachet, Chorey-les-Beaune, Auxey-Duresses), Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, and Not-Your-Mama’s Beaujolais (Fleurie and Morgon). We’ll finish with an artisan version of the famed Kir cocktail. The wineries are all artisan producers, working family domaines, including: Vissoux, Gilbert Picq, Goisot, Arnoux, Dupont-Fahn, Domaine de Perdrix, Jean Chartron, Collovray et Terrier, Gaudets. Experience the essence of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at their most pure. This is what the guys in the New World are trying to make, their primal inspiration. Purchase Tickets Online

The Best Spanish Terroir | Thursday March 12th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Eric Solomon of European Cellars is a magician at finding terroir driven wines made from native varietals at all price points. We’ll tour Spain through the eyes of Mr. Solomon, one of the very best Old World importers. Expect to enjoy a number of delectable teasers, including: Floral Albariño from Rias Baixas (Burgans), elegant Godello white from Valdeorras (Rafael Palacios), spicy Garnacha from Calatayud and Empordá (Evodia and Espelt), modern red from Méntrida in Castilla La Mancha (Jiménez-Landi), old vine Monastrell from Yecla and Jumilla in the south (Casa Castillo & Cataño), concentrated blends from Montsant (Capcanes) and Priorat (Mas Doix, Clos Erasmus), Bordeaux-like Ribera del Duero (Finca Villacreces). Wow, what a line-up of regional excellence! Purchase Tickets Online

Just Off the Boat from France | Thursday March 19th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
As avid supporters of Kermit Lynch Imports, we’re thrilled to present a line-up that’s literally just off the boat, brand spanking new releases. Even better, these wines have been hand-picked by our team and imported directly to secure these KLWM gems! Kermit’s selections have fabulous regional expression and are always delicious. You’ll browse through Alsace, Cru Beaujolais (Brouilly), Burgundy (Côte de Nuits), Val de Loire whites (Chard and Sauvignon), Côtes-du-Rhône (Kermit’s own cuvée), northern Rhône (St. Joseph), and an iconic sweetie from Beaumes-de-Venise. We’ll finish up with Provence’s superstar, Domaine Tempier. Kermit’s motto, borrowed from Thomas Jefferson, says it all: “Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” Purchase Tickets Online

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


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.

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

The New Portugal | Thursday, March 5 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Historically, Portugal is best known for its eponymous high-octane dessert wine. But this Old World country’s historic wine culture is expanding very quickly beyond Port. Through joining the European Union in 1986, Portugal has enjoyed a surge of investments that spurred radical modernization. The country’s terroir is super diverse; its isolation and rugged terrain has preserved over 200 native grape varieties! We’ll taste refreshing, high-end Vinho Verde from the Minho, exciting Baga from Beiras, a stunning Dão blend, modern Alentejano reds and whites, classic sweet Moscatel de Setúbal, and bold Touriga Nacional blends from the Douro. Purchase Tickets Online

Loire Terroir – Chinon & Vouvray | Thursday, March 12 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Join us and special guests Nicolas Grosbois and Vincent Carême, Winemaker-Proprietors. We’ll taste three Chinons displaying distinct terroirs and five Vouvrays, including single vineyard cuvées and unique sparklers. In Chinon, the motherland of Cabernet Franc, Nicolas Grosbois is a firm believer in sustainable and organic agriculture. Family-owned since 1820, Domaine Grosbois is comprised of twenty-two acres of vineyards and a magnificent 15th century farmhouse. In Vouvray, the birthplace of Chenin Blanc, Vincent Carême’s domaine is situated on 37 acres of steep vineyard slopes. Vincent is widely known for his transcendent Chenins, ranging from dry to sweet. Purchase Tickets Online

Germany, Beyond the Sweet! | Thursday, March 19 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Featuring Rudi Wiest Selections, leading importer of fine German wines. Although Germany has a history of spectacular sweeter wines, modern winemaking and consumer fashion champions the drier styles. And dry German Riesling is a revelation! Floral, mineral-packed, fruity yet bracingingly refreshing. We’ll taste “trocken,” or dry, Riesling from Rheinhessen’s famed Gunderloch estate, amazing dry Scheurebe from Hans Wirsching in Franken, sparkling Riesling from Von Buhl in the Pfalz, beautiful Pinot Noir (A.K.A. Spätburgunder) from Mayer-Näkel in the Ahr, and more. Since 1978, Rudi Wiest Selections has focused on rebuilding the image of legendary Germany wine estates. We’ll be joined by friends and German wine specialists Elke Girresch and Scott Larsen. Purchase Tickets Online

The Mix & Match Game | Thursday, March 27 | 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


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