Wine School

We take what we do very seriously, while we try not to take ourselves too seriously. Hence the philosophy behind Meritage Wine School.

  • Are you curious?
  • Do you need the basics? (unless you have been through training, we think everyone does)
  • Are you interested in being able to have a conversation about wine?
  • Do you want to be able to identify what you like, and understand why?

Any of these are great reasons to sign-up for Meritage Wine School. All students receive the same level of basic training and wine education we give to our staff. All of them are required to attend and pass wine school before they can serve in our dining room.

But, this is not a stuffy way to learn about wine, and this is not Sommelier level training. This is a fun and interactive class with maps, fun stories & factoids, and of course, wine.

We offer 3 ways to learn:

  • Our standard "Wine School" which is an 8 week course, that establishes a general base knowledge and and know-how around wine. Classes for the Summer cohort of 2018 begin in July.
    • Wednesday evenings; 6:30-8:00pm, beginning July 11, 2018. Join us for 8 weeks for a strong overview of wine in our world, as we focus on European and American wine making.  Registration now open
      $40 per class / $300 per student for complete 8 week course ($37.50 per class). 
  • New - Palette Sessions: an exploration of wine regions and varietals through olfactory exposure using tools such as Le Nez du Vin to learn about the aromas in wine, how to identify and name them. These sessions explore the region and varietal from a sensory level to truly learn it, and what to expect from both. These classes will be led individually on the following schedule:
    • Wednesdays, 7:00pm (45 min sessions) $45 each session
      Registration now open
      • May 23 - Bordeaux: both Cabernets, Merlot & blends
      • May 30 - Burgundy: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
      • June 6 - Alsace & Jura: understanding sweet/dry & funk
      • June 13 - Rhone Valley & South of France: Syrah, Grenache & Mouvedre
      • June 20 - White wines of France & USA: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier & Chenin
  • Bubbles - It's its own thing. Registration begins July 9th

Wednesday, September 12 - 6:30pm $50 per student

  • Champagne: House, grower & vintage
  • Prosecco 
  • Cava
  • Cocktails with Bubbles


The Details :

  • You must be 21 years of age to attend. 
  • Light canapes will be provided to assist with instruction.
  • 10% "student discount" on days of class, before or after, during course term.
  • You can have a friend sit in for you for any paid classes missed.
  • Every time we offer Wine School we offer a completely new selection of wines to taste through, so it can easily become ongoing education.


If you would like additional information, or would like us to assist you in registering for the course, please fill out the form below and we will contact you within 48 hours. 

Gifting Wine School: We can personalize a certificate, if giving Wine School as a gift - just let us know in the message below.

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Wine School
Class Schedule: The class schedule is very purposeful and covers the most important wine regions with the most depth.
  1. Jul 11 - Wine 101: The Basics
    • New to 101: Wine Faults; how to identify them and what they are
  2. Jul 18 - France:
    Bordeaux & Varietals
  3. Jul 25 - France:
    Burgundy & Varietals
  4. Aug 1 - France:
    Rhone Valley & Varietals
  5. Aug 8 - USA:
    California & Pacific Northwest
  6. Aug 15 Italian: a primer
  7. Aug 22 - Spanish & Madeira
  8. Aug 29 - Port & Dessert Wine *canapés avec fromage

Costs:  $300 - Full Course (8 weeks)

All class fees include 5-6 wines per class, and light canapes for tasting purposes.


410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN, 55102
United States