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 email@example.com to purchase tickets and for any additional info about the seminars and classes being offered.
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:
SEMINAR: AN ELEVATED TASTING OF ITALY'S BAROLO & BRUNELLO
Friday, October 5, 6:00-7:30
These Killer B's represent the most collected pure-varietal wines of Italy, competing with the Grand Crus of Burgundy as well as the cult favorites of California. Taking in to account the storied history and commitment to quality, it is not surprising these wines have graced the best lists from around the world. This session will feature wines that exemplify their respective regions and grape varieties so that you can become familiar with the key characteristics of each and apply what you learn in a final blind tasting. Six red wines will be tasted and enjoyed with a selection of regional cheeses, meats, and other light appetizers.
CLASS: NAPA VALLEY ROCKS!
Saturday, October 20, 3-5:00
Join M for an engaging appellation education program digging into what makes the Napa Valley America's premier winegrowing region. Explore the unique geological formation of the valley, why it is the ideal climate to grow grapes, historical milestones and the tradition of leadership that continues today.
Napa has become synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon. The majority of its winemakers produce it, but thanks to Napa’s incredible assortment of microclimates, soils, weather, and topography, all kinds of varieties flourish. This is a region that produces distinctive wines from the major white and red varieties, including Chablis-like Chardonnay, expressive Sauvignon Blanc, cool climate Pinot Noir, hedonistic Merlot, intense Syrah and, of course, cellar-worthy Cabs.
Napa Valley Rocks will further anyone's understanding of Napa Valley and its place within the world of wine. One sparkling wine, two white wines and five red wines will be enjoyed with a variety of light appetizers selected to enhance the tasting experience.
SEMINAR: EMBRACING THE DIVERSITY OF BORDEAUX
Friday, October 26, 6:30-8:00
Bordeaux was first loved for its sweet white wines from the sub-region of Sauternes. The wine had some pretty prominent clientele - Thomas Jefferson! The name Bordeaux is now primarily associated with its famed red blends based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. As with the reds, white Bordeaux wines are usually blends, most commonly of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. In this session guests will explore Bordeaux’s most noted appellations and the distinctive wines they produce. One white wine, four red wines and one dessert wine will be tasted and enjoyed with a variety of appetizers selected to enhance the tasting experience.
SEMINAR: DISCOVER FRANCES RHÔNE VALLEY
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.
CLASS: CHAMPAGNE - A UNIQUE WINE FROM A DISTINCT REGION
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.
SEMINAR: A TALE OF TWO PINOTS - EXPLORING THE NEW FRONTIER OF CALIFORNIA & OREGON PINOT NOIR
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!
SEMINAR: CABERNET SAUVIGNON - THE "KING" OF RED GRAPES
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!
CLASS: A TRIFECTA OF PINOT NOIR: BURGUNDY, CALIFORNIA & OREGON
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets and for any additional info about the seminars and classes being offered.