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 www.mwineeducation.com to purchase tickets and for any additional info about the services Michele offers. You may also visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/M.Wine. Education.
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’
AN INTRO TO WINE INTENSIVE
Saturday, January 21, 12-4:00p, $140 ** RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 20TH **
This session is ideal for individuals with little or no wine knowledge, those looking to get in to the industry or people wanting to refresh their understanding of all that goes on from grape to glass.
‘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 35 wines will be tasted in this four hour tour of the senses!
17 Red Wines will be tasted: Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux Blends (3), Grenache/ Rhône Blends (3), Malbec (1), Merlot (2), Pinot Noir (3), Sangiovese (1), Syrah/Shiraz (2), Tempranillo (1), Zinfandel (1).
17 White Wines will be tasted – Albarino(1), Chardonnay(3), Chenin Blanc(2), Gewürztraminer(1), Pinot Grigio/Gris (2), Sauvignon Blanc (3), Riesling (2), Torrontés (1), Viognier/Rhône blends (2).
1 surprise wine
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THE ULTIMATE VALENTINE'S TRIO – WINE, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE
Saturday, February 11, 1-3:00p, $79
In this two hour "Escape" you'll experience the delicious interaction of some of the world's most incredible taste sensations: chocolate, wine and cheese! Pairing wine and chocolate or wine and cheese is not a straightforward pairing. It takes a bit of experimenting to find the best combinations but when success is achieved it can be a match beyond compare. Tips will be revealed to help you understand why certain types of chocolate have a better chance of working with more wines than others or why an aged, salty cheese packed with flavor tends to pair better with dessert wines. Prepare to be indulged!
Menu TBA by Saturday, January 28, 2017
• Wine: 6
• Chocolates: 5 assorted
• Cheese: 6 assorted
• Other: charcuterie, baguette/specialty bread, crackers (there will be a gluten free option), fresh and dried fruit, bottled water
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A CLASS EXPLORING THE RED WINES OF ITALY
Tuesday, March 7, 6-8:00p, $79
Italy, with its deep-rooted wine culture and extremes in landscape and climate, is fortunate to have the most varied wine selection of any nation. Unlike most countries, where grapes can be cultivated only in select regions, vineyards thrive virtually everywhere in Italy. There is a wine for every palate!
This session is ideal for those of you that enjoy Italian wines and would like to navigate your way through a wine list with confidence. This would also be perfect for anyone planning a “grape escape” to Italy as ‘M’ will be educating you on the key red grape varieties, styles and regions from Alto Adige in the north to Sicily in the south. The country is subdivided into twenty administrative regions and in this tasting tour of Italy M will be exploring 12 of them!
Fifteen wines priced $20-75+/bottle will be enjoyed with Italian cheeses, charcuterie, and other accompaniments, selected to enhance the tasting experience and introduce the concept of food and wine pairing.
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A DIVERSE PINOT NOIR WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE
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!
Wine & Food Menu TBA by Friday, March 10, 2017
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NAPA vs SONOMA – A SHOWDOWN OF CABERNET & SAUVIGNON BLANC
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.
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