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Wine Tasting 101: Learn to Order Wine Like a Professional


Brut Detroit believes that there should be a seminar taught to all college-level business and MBA students before they graduate — how to understand wine and how to handle that sometimes uncomfortable "wine dinner" with bosses, coworkers, partners, and customers. We’ll teach you about the basics of wine and wine tastings; how to sip, smell and swirl; how to tell a good bottle from bad (and what to do about it); and how to order wine from that intimidating wine list at the restaurants.


Individual Ticket: $50
Table of Eight : $375
Ages 21+.
Limited seating.

Brut Detroit Origins

Our Owner, Nicole Mangis, founded Brut Detroit with Sommelier Mike Fifer. Her passion for travel, culture, community, and of course wine took her around the world. On these adventures she found herself making new memories and being immersed in new cultures and communities by taking the road less traveled and steering away from typical tourist locations. It was these detours that allowed her to meet new people and break down barriers usually by sharing a glass of wine (or a local spirit) and finding ways to communicate. This wanderlust was mirrored by her adventures closer to home where a successful evening meant good company, good food, and good wine. Thus, wine became a companion and a tool to experience the world. It was this shared interest that helped Nicole and Mike shape the concept for Brut Detroit into a reality. 

Brut Detroit launched in 2016 with a series of wine tastings at Pages Bookshop in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods in Detroit. From those humble beginnings, Brut Detroit has grown into a dynamic business with two seasonal bar locations - The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard and The Villages Bier & Weingarten, a recently expanded catering menu, mobile bar and bartending services for any occasion, and gift baskets and accessories. Of course, we still host wine tastings and educational workshops. 

Brut Detroit Passion

Here at Brut Detroit we believe that community comes first. To us, a business is a tool in a community to help drive a positive path forward. When businesses and neighbors can come together to support one another a truly powerful ecosystem evolves. We strive to manifest this passion for our community from our customer service, to how we pay our staff a living wage, to how we give back to support non-profits. 

Brut Detroit Philosophy

Community. It takes a village to grow something special.
Respect. We all have a story.
Quality. In all things maintaining the integrity of service and experience.
Fun. Finding the joy in all things we do makes doing things worthwhile.

Meet the Team

Nicole Mangis. Boss Lady.

Nicole is passionate about social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Nicole also loves traveling, exploring, and a nice glass of wine.

It was her passion for travel that grew her love of wine. As she explored new places around the world, or even as she enjoyed the comfort of her backyard, she found that the best of times were to be had over a nice glass of wine, sampling great local cuisine, and always with good company.

Mike Fifer. Wine Guy.

Mike is a Sommelier and currently serves as the Assistant Wine Team Leader for Plum Market in their Ann Arbor West location. Over the past decade he has developed his passion and knowledge for wine through research, classes with local wine experts, travel throughout France, Italy, Australia and China and years and years of wine tastings.  Mike's wine work experience includes time as a Beverage Director for Vinology in Ann Arbor and as a Wine Sales Representative in and around Metro Detroit for Woodberry Wine.

He believes that as popular as wine has become, it is still underappreciated with the majority of people.  Paired properly, wine can enhance food and food can enhance wine changing a "meal' to an experience. Mike believes in the adage — "A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine."

Earlier Event: February 19
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Later Event: March 13
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