Wine School

Meritage Wine Market is happy to have our own in-house wine educator, Michele Graber, of 'M' Wine, in providing some exciting and informative wine education classes and seminars that are enjoyed in our cellar tasting room. Please email to purchase tickets and for any additional info about the seminars and classes being offered.  


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 

Average class size is limited to 16 guests and seminars are limited to 12 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. At the time of registration, please specify which Seminar or Class you are interested in attending. Your name, phone number, email and credit card details will be required.


Cancellation Policy: NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS WILL BE ISSUED DUE TO LIMITED SEATING AND THE SPECIAL NATURE OF THE EVENT. The same policies apply when a class is purchased as a gift. Thank you for your understanding


Additionally You Get

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 Seminars and Classes:  


Friday, November 2, 6:30-8:00 


In this session you will be introduced to the wines of Rhône Valley. Guests will explore their most noted appellations from Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu in the North to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas in the South.  You will discover that the wines of the north are significantly different from those of the south. The Rhône is clearly big red wine country so reds will be the focus of this session. Nevertheless, you will also learn about their full-bodied, viscous and aromatic whites. One white wine and five red wines will be tasted and enjoyed with a variety of light appetizers.


Saturday, November 10, 3-5:00


A simple bubbly or exquisite effervescence in a bottle? From the foremost Champagne houses of Champagne, France, to the best of the new wave of small growers, there is a great deal to explore.  You will discover that there is a style for every palate and every occasion due to Champagne's remarkable diversity. Grape varieties, styles, production method, serving, storage, how to taste and evaluate will be discussed. The class finale will conclude with a blind tasting of a Vintage vs. Non-Vintage Champagne to see if you can apply what was learned and guess which is which.

Eight Champagnes will be enjoyed with a variety of light appetizers selected to enhance the Champagnes and tasting experience. 


Friday, November 16, 6:30-8:00


The terrain of California and Oregon have a complete mix of soil, climate and other growing conditions that make it ideal for growing a wide variety of grape varieties: white and red.  For this session the focus will be on one grape only – Pinot Noir. ‘M' will share some fun facts as well as dig into geology, geography, history, people and the ABC’s of Pinot Noir. Six Pinots from the same vintage will illustrate how well the grape expresses its site. Guests will enjoy them with a variety of meats, cheeses and other light appetizers. Prepare your palate for a showcase of regional diversity!


Friday, December 7, 6:00-7:30 


Cab is one of the most widely-planted of the world's grape varieties. World-class examples can improve for decades. In this session we will explore the complex, multi-layered, concentrated bouquets and flavors that this grape can offer. This “Noble” grape is strongly associated with the great red wines of Bordeaux but the grape's most notable success over the past decade has been its use in wines of the "New World". The consistently optimal climates (more so than in Europe), strong investment and innovative winemaking techniques have allowed countries such as Argentina, Australia, Chile, Italy, and South Africa to produce exceptional, quality Cabernet at competitive prices. California is, after Bordeaux, the world's largest grower of Cab!

Six exceptional wines will be enjoyed with a variety of meats, cheeses and other light appetizers selected to enhance the experience so prepare your palate for an elevated tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon! 


Saturday, December 15, 3-5:00


The exceptional wines in this session are all made from the same grape variety – Pinot Noir. 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. Guests will compare and contrast seven distinctive Pinot Noirs from Burgundy, California and Oregon. They will be tasted in two flights of three with a final blind tasting of one wine to see if you can identify the wine’s true origin.  The wines will be paired with cheeses and accompaniments that bring out the very best of both!

Please email to purchase tickets and for any additional info about the seminars and classes being offered.