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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.

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.

All-Star France | Thursday, August 7 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
We went on a French buying spree!  Each wine is a strong staff favorite and a clear snapshot of its respective terroir. We’ll cover the subject with an equal number of whites and reds: gorgeous 2010 red Bordeaux, the best Beaujolais, gulpable white from Gascony, pure Chablis, a decadent southern Rhône blend, age worthy and affordable red Burgundy, sleek peppery northern Rhône Syrah, Pinot Blanc from a venerable Alsatian house, an old vine Loire Sauvignon Blanc, and finally, a charming Provencal Rosé.  Come stroll-taste through our new French wine aisle, there’s a style and price point for everyone! Purchase Tickets Here.

Terrazas de Los Andes: Soaring Altitude, Soaring Wines | Thursday, August 14 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Nowhere is “mountain-grown fruit” better demonstrated than in Argentina.  On the top floor of the wine world, vineyards in the foothills of the Andes boast over 4,000 feet of elevation, concentrating color, tannin, and flavor.  We’ll taste a comprehensive range of Mendoza’s Terrazas de Los Andes wines including Reserva Torrontes, Malbec (Reserva and single vineyard) and Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting will crescendo with Cheval des Andes, a joint venture with Château Cheval Blanc, St. Émilion’s Premier Grand Cru Classé.  You’ll be welcomed with the special treat of Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne!  Our Special Guest is Winemaker Gonzalo Carrasco, special team member for both Chandon Argentina and Bodega Numanthia in Spain. Purchase Tickets Here.

Cono Sur’s Complete Chile | Thursday, August 21 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Cono Sur, or “Southern Cone,” takes its name from South America’s shape. The winery’s resources are staggering, with 2200 acres in 40 vineyards throughout the regions of Elqui (Chile’s northernmost growing region), Casablanca, Leyda/San Antonio, Colchagua, Cauquenes, Cachapoal, Maipo, and Bio-Bio (the southernmost region). Their Pinot Noir Project is especially impressive, with Burgundy’s lauded Domaine Jacques Prieur consulting–Cono Sur is one of the world’s largest producers of Pinot Noir!  We’ll sample four cuvées of Pinot, plus Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon and an Organic Carmenère. Max Erlwein from the winemaking team will be our special guest. Purchase Tickets Here.

A Tour of Austria & Germany | Thursday, August 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Welcome to summer in Eastern Europe! We’ll cover the major wine styles and regions from both countries, a refreshing pivot from the familiarity of the New World. Austrian wines are fuller and drier–their intriguing signature white Grüner Veltliner, lovingly called Groovy by sommeliers, is an eye-opener for lovers of complex, un-oaked whites. Red wine lovers can look forward to native Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch. Our emphasis will be Niederösterreich in the northeast, where the lion’s share of Austrian wines come from. Riesling, Germany’s super-noble grape, gives us a fantastic range of styles way beyond cloying commercial memories of the past.  We’ll explore Trocken (dry) and early harvest Kabinett from the Pfalz, the Mosel and the Rheingau. We’ll also share Spätburgunder, a German wine that will make all Pinot Noir drinkers happy! 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.

Plum All-Stars | Thursday, August 7 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
All-Star Picks are wines passionately selected by the Plum Wine Team. These are the favorite wines that we have personally tasted and chosen from literally thousands that did not make the cut. We’ll pick the ten best to show you– come and see what we’re fired up about! You’re bound to find some very interesting, delicious wines that over-deliver for the money.  Purchase Tickets Here.

Clicquot by Mail! | Friday, August 8th | 5:30 to 8:30pm | $15
Catch the Veuve Clicquot Mailtruck at Plum Market Old Town on its tour across
America. On this grand evening of fun, music from a live DJ, and of course Champagne, two glasses of of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Brut or Rosé and hors d’oeuvres will be included in the purchase of each ticket, with special prices on additional glass-pours all night long. Purchase a bottle of your favorite Champagne from Veuve Clicquot and receive a limited edition mailbox and postcard to send as a gift. Special Veuve Clicquot party favors and features included! Space is Very Limited, Purchase Tickets Online Today!

Space is Very Limited, Purchase Tickets Online Today!

All Rosé Part Deux | Thursday, August 14 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
These refreshingly dry pink wines come in a range of styles and shades from all around the world. From the classic rosés of Provence and France to modern domestic versions from California, Oregon, Italy, and Germany, we’ll show them all. Many of these great rosés are in limited availability and come and go very quickly. This part deux event will spotlight the ones that just came in. Don’t miss! 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.

New Belgium Brewing Company | Wednesday, August 20th | 6:30 to 8:00pm | $10
Since 1991, New Belgium Brewery has been leading the craft beer movement with more than just beer. Their community and cultural involvement, innovative beer styles, and environmentally sound business practices have set a standard for social responsibility and management that is emulated by many micro-breweries. From the first highly anticipated Fat Tire Amber Ale that crossed the Mississippi River (legally) in the spring of 2006 to their new Lips of Faith offerings of Belgian and American inspired beers, New Belgium Brewing has weathered the storm of the Craft Beer surge and come out ahead. Join Plum Market as we delve into New Belgium’s expansive and delicious portfolio. Purchase Tickets Here.

French Terroir with Martine’s Wines | Thursday, August 21 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Martine Saunier founded Martine’s Wines Inc. in 1979, becoming the first woman to establish a wine importing company in the United States. Among oenophiles and sommeliers, her name is synonymous with the utmost of quality. Martine is an importer, wholesaler, and distributor, handling many exceptional French, Portuguese, and South American wines. We’ll feature flagships from the portfolio like Respide Medeville in Graves, Audoin Marsannay and Gonet- Medeville Champagne. We’ll also showcase wines new to the portfolio–Garnier Chablis and Henry Marionnet’s Loire Gamay.  Martine’s ambassador Jennie Mass will be on hand for tough questions and correct French pronunciation. Purchase Tickets Here.

Blind Tasting Game | Thursday, August 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Welcome to our favorite 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 with your friends and colleagues.  Cool prizes will be awarded to the best lucky guessers! 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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