Wine School

Meritage Wine Market is happy to announce our partnership with Michele Graber, of 'M' Wine, in providing some exciting and informative wine education classes.  Meritage will play host in our new cellar tasting room, while Michele offers an array of classes to be enjoyed. Please visit to purchase tickets and for any additional info about the services Michele offers.  You may also visit her Facebook page at Education.


Michele Graber

'M' Wine


Michele began ‘M’ Wine Education & Consulting in 2009 upon returning from a trip to France and Spain.  Sharing over fifteen years of acquired wine knowledge  and introducing people to the world of wine is what ‘M’ loves to do.  Michele has worked in Canada and the U.S. as a buyer and educator of wine and obtained numerous industry credentials.  Drawing upon her expertise as an educator, global grape trotter and eternal student of wine, ‘M’ offers a series of fun, informative Classes and “Grape Escapes” that appeal to both the beginner and industry pro.  She will show you how to make wine more accessible and fun and provide you with some knowledge to better understand and (more importantly) enjoy your wine.  "Wine uncomplicated from grape to glass."


Registration & Information 

Class size is limited to 16 guests. Kindly arrive 5 - 10 minutes early as the sessions start promptly. If you are sensitive to cool temperatures, bring a light sweater as the room is set to 70°F. There is ample parking in the RSF Plaza Shopping Center where Meritage is located.


Advance registration and payment is required. Accepted methods of payment: cash or check in advance, PayPal or you can purchase tickets through listing on Local Wine Events.


Cancellation Policy: No Refunds. For those who are unable to attend, fees are non-refundable but a credit towards a future class/private event, for up to one year, will be issued with a minimum 24 hours notice. If a guest cancels with less than 24 hours notice, no refunds or credit will be given. If your party is four or more people, we require 72 hours notice of a cancellation. If you purchased a class for a friend, the same policies apply.  


Additionally You Get

Bottled water, artisan cheese, charcuterie, and other accompaniments selected to enhance the tasting experience and introduce the concept of food and wine pairing Informative hand-outs  


*All of the wines selected for this class will be available for purchase (subject to availability) from Meritage Wine Market. 


Bring your desire to learn, enthusiasm for tasting, and prepare to have a fun and informative experience!  


Cheers, Salud, Santé, Cin Cin - ‘M’


Available Classes:





Tuesday, April 18, 6-8:00p, $79

Enjoy an exploration of wine and food dynamics as you’re guided through a global tasting tour of specialty cheeses, fine foods and seven distinctive Pinot Noirs at a shared table in Meritage’s intimate wine room. You will come to understand why, perhaps more than any other varietal, this thin-skinned, temperamental grape is able to capture and reflect the unique characteristics of its individual site and what makes it so food friendly. While some suggest that certain wines should be had with specific fare, M believes that you should find your own preferences, while offering some guiding principles and useful tips.

Whether you’re an aficionado or budding enthusiast you can be assured of a fun, informative experience that will increase your enjoyment of both food and wine!







Tuesday, May 16, 6-8:00p, $79

Napa and Sonoma have an incredible assortment of microclimates, soils, weather and topography that enables them to produce distinctive wines from the major white and red varieties, but this class will focus only on two: expressive Sauvignon Blanc and cellar-worthy Cabs! A comprehensive compare-and-contrast tasting will reveal what makes each area such a great place to make wine. You will also gain a better understanding of why the same grape variety, grown in each of the regions, will have similar characteristics yet achieve its own unique “personality” in the finished wine. This session will be sure to challenge even the most seasoned of palates!

An exceptional line-up of ten wines (3 Sauvignon Blanc, 7 Cabernet Sauvignon) ranging in price from $35-100+ will be enjoyed with a variety of light appetizers selected to enhance the tasting experience.




A WINE 101 INTENSIVE: Exploring the Key Red/White Grapes & Growing Regions

Saturday, May 20, 1-4:00p, $115

‘M’ will focus on the “Noble” varieties and their growing regions, along with select white and red grapes that are gaining recognition as “international varieties” and readily available on today’s shelves. You will come to understand how each is made, how to taste, evaluate, correctly serve, store and decipher a wine label. Understanding the complex characteristics of wine comes with time, and lots and lots of tasting. A global assortment of 27 red and white wines will be tasted in this three hour tour of the senses!







Tuesday, June 20, 6-8:30p, $79 

In this session you will sip and savor your way through five significant winegrowing areas of France (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley), their most noted appellations, and the distinctive white, red and sparkling wines they produce.

By the end of the class you’ll be able to match well-known appellations with the regions where they are located and their principal grapes and wine styles. This means that if you were to examine a bottle of table wine you would be able to identify:

• The region where it was produced
• The type(s) of grapes it contains
• How it’s likely to taste

The session will conclude with a blind tasting of one wine from a region or grape variety that was covered in class to see if you can apply what was learned and guess the grape(s) and region.

14 wines will be enjoyed with French cheeses, charcuterie, and other regional accompaniments, selected to enhance the tasting experience and introduce the concept of food and wine pairing.