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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.
Sonoma County – Out of Napa’s Shadow | Thursday, July 17 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Sonoma County is our most diverse fine wine region, with 15 AVA’s! (“American Viticultural Areas”, useful acronym.) Nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Coast, grape growing has flourished here since 1823, when the Franciscans built a mission now occupied by the town square of Sonoma. We may explore Los Carneros and Green Valley sparkling wines: Sonoma Mountain, Knights Valley, and Alexander Valley cabernets; Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley cool climate pinots and chardonnays; Dry Creek and Rockpile warm climate zinfandels; Chalk Hill, Sonoma Valley … it’ll be tough to narrow down the selections! With sommeliers Madeline Triffon, Patrick Peterson, and Paula Hartson. Purchase Tickets Online.
Summer in Italy, with Vias Imports | Thursday, July 24 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Let’s celebrate summer by touring The Boot with a super-fine importer. Starting in the south, we’ll motor through Puglia (Salice Salentino), Campania (Aglianico Rosé & Falanghina), Abruzzo (Montepulciano), Tuscany (Chianti Classico), Veneto (Prosecco), Trentino (Pinot Grigio) and the Piedmont (Gavi, Dolcetto, Barbera). A lot of oeno-ground to cover! The wines will all have luscious fruit, soft tannins and juicy acidity, perfect for lazy patio sipping. Our knowledgeable friend Rudy Basile from Vias Imports will join sommeliers Madeline and Patrick. Vias declares “We Import Passion,” and we’re passionate tasters! Purchase Tickets Online.
Pinot Power! | Thursday, July 31 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc–The Pinot Family, fragrant and noble, has its origins in France’s Burgundy and Alsace regions. But these grapes, red and white, have proven capable of producing top notch wines around the world. Pinot Noir is called “The Heartbreak Grape” by many New World winemakers trying to duplicate this tender red’s great success as France Bourgogne Rouge. We’ll taste a contrast of New and Old World whites and reds, including fine Pinot Noirs from Burgundy, New Zealand, California and Oregon. 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.
Two Brothers Brewing Company | Wednesday, July 16 | 6:30 to 8 PM | $10
Jim and Jason Ebel embarked on their path to beer excellence in 1992 with their first endeavor, The Brewer’s Coop, a retail outlet for the home brewer and wine maker located in Naperville. Submersed in the brewing culture, they found themselves driven by the creative and delicious spirit that encompasses Chicago’s Craft beer scene and opened their own microbrewery in 1996. Creating unique, seasonal and year round brews, the brothers are striving to create new and exciting libations. Join us as we taste through Two Brother’s unique portfolio including seasonal offerings, barrel aged beers, and library selections. Purchase Tickets Here.
The Best Grapes You’ve Never Heard Of | Thursday, July 17th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
As sommeliers and “wine geeks” it’s our particular passion to discover the undiscovered and bring these finds to you. Aside from being fun to discuss, these wines tend to be cunning buys, as the market has not yet driven up their prices. Explore the intriguing lesser-known wine world, including: Prié Blanc from Valle D’Aoste, Rkaciteli from Macedonia, Sciaccarellu from Corscia, Nerello Mascalese and Frappato from Sicily. Join us as we have too much fun introducing you to the most delicious, off beat wines around. Purchase Tickets Here.
Join the Raw Juice Revolution Tasting | Monday, July 21st | 5:30 to 7:30 | Free with RSVP
The JuiceBar takes over the WineBar for this special Monday Event: Join the Plum Market Team and Andrea Metcalf–One of Chicago’s leading fitness experts recognized as a trusted adviser by national media, including Oprah.com, Huffington Post, USA Today, Fitness, Shape, Prevention, and the Wall Street Journal–for a fun and informative Plum Market Raw Juice Tasting! Learn about the Power of Raw Juice as Andrea Metcalf guides guests through Plum Market’s brand new JuiceBar, including samples of our Raw Signature Juice Blends along with healthy hors d’oeurves to snack on! RSVP Here.
Bold, Bodacious Zinfandel | Thursday, July 24th | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
We are celebrating summer with America’s own beloved red grape–big, spicy, BBQ friendly Zinfandel! Zin (its affectionate nickname), once the most widely planted red varietal in California, can be traced back to both Italy and Croatia. We’ll taste notable examples from regions such as Napa, Sonoma, and Amador, as well as Primitivo, the Italian clone grown in Apuglia. Just for fun, we’ll show a great white Zin, too. Yes, great! Purchase Tickets Here.
Blind Tasting Game | Thursday, July 31st | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
“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 Here.
Whisky 101 with Diageo Master of Whisky, Kyle McHugh | Tuesday, August 19 | 6:30 to 8 PM | $20
After growing up in the bar business at the elbow of his barkeep mother in Battle Ground, Washington, Kyle McHugh first went behind the stick himself at Washington D.C. landmark The Tombs while attending Georgetown University. After creating and managing bar and service programs at some of America’s finest restaurants, including Capitol Grill, Kyle McHugh now travels the country educating and hosting interactive events and seminars featuring Johnnie Walker, The Classic Malts, Bushmills, Crown Royal, Bulleit Bourbon & Rye, George Dickel, and the rest of Diageo’s world-class portfolio of whiskies. Whether you are into Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, or are a fan of all distilled grain mash libations, don’t miss this opportunity to learn all about whisk(e)y from one of America’s foremost experts on the subject. Seating is limited, Purchase Tickets Here.
Plum Market’s American Whiskey Festival | Tuesday, September 16| 6:30 to 8 PM | $10
September is Bourbon Heritage Month and we would like to honor the family heritage, tradition, and deep-rooted legacy that our “native spirit” has contributed to the United States. To further celebrate the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of our libation-focused forefathers, we will be hosting a walk-around tasting of all American whiskey expressions! We will feature Bourbon, Rye, Moonshine, White Whiskey, and even American Single-Malts to expand your patriotic whiskey palates. Join us in practicing responsible and moderate imbibing of our native whiskies and perhaps you will find some new drams to add to your collection. Purchase Tickets Here.
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