Gourmet & Grapes
View a slide show of Merry's Expressions of Meredith Tasting (2009-2014) during the 2017 Gourmet & Grapes culinary extravaganza at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina: https://justinfalkphotography.smugmug.com/Client-Galleries/Gourmet-and-Grapes-2017Wine-Tasting-with-Merry-Edwards/
"Pinot Noir elite"
"Merry Edwards (winemaker) is one of the Pinot Noir elite in California (and beyond), having produced wonderful versions of the varietal for more than 40 years. Her winery's 2014s are among the best she has produced: superb wines, with terrific depth, complexity, and character."
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017
Among Pinot Pioneers
"As long as there were places in which Pinot could thrive, there was no question that, sooner or later, the state's vintners would find them, and led by the pioneering efforts of folks like Martin Ray and Andre Tchelistcheff in the post-war years and followed by dauntless Pinot-believers such as Dick Graff, Joseph Swan, David Bruce, Merry Edwards, Francis Mahoney, Richard Sanford and Josh Jensen and a bit later by the likes of Tom Dehlinger, Gary Farrell and Acacia's Larry Brooks and Mike Richmond to name but a few, it was only a matter of time."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2017
"The Merry Queen's Glorious Obsession"
Read the article here: http://beveragebusiness.com/2017/02/the-merry-queens-glorious-obsession/
Harvey Finkel, Beverage Business magazine, February 2017
"I don't believe I've had the pleasure of tasting a Chardonnay from Pinot Noir royalty winemaker Merry Edwards, and this fits beautifully in her portfolio of great wines. ... Brava!"
Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017
Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator magazine places Merry's 2014 Sauvignon Blanc at No. 17 on its Top 100 Wines of 2016. Read about it here: http://top100.winespectator.com/lists/.
"The Exquisitely Beautiful Pinot Noirs of Merry Edwards"
Read the article here: http://corkscrewerreport.com/beautiful-pinot-noirs-of-merry-edwards/
The Corkscrewer Report, October 2016
"World-class Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir"
After a visit to the winery, Washington Wine Blog offers some stellar reviews of Merry's Edwards wines: http://www.washingtonwineblog.com/blog/2016/8/19/merry-edwards
Washington Wine Blog, Aug. 19, 2016
"Top Sonoma Pinot Noirs to Try Now"
Merry is listed by Wine Spectator as being among the stars and standouts making Pinot Noir in Sonoma County: http://www.winespectator.com/magazine/show/id/53086
Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, June 2016
Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS, writes about her visit to Merry Edwards Winery: http://www.elizabethmillerwine.com/girlmeetsvine/merry-edwwards
Aug 9, 2016
Who Are Your Dream Dinner Guests?
"Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards Winery in Russian River Valley and I have much in common: We like to cook and garden, and we both love Pinot Noir! Equally important, we both have experienced discrimination in the wine industry because of our gender. Merry is a pioneer in one of the most competitive industries, winemaking. I've admired her journey from UC Berkeley to UC Davis to crafting some of the most iconic Pinot Noirs in Sonoma. It would be so interesting and fun to have dinner with Merry, the food prepared by both of us with ingredients from our organic gardens, and paired with our Chardonnays and Pinots."
Winemaker Amelia Moran Ceja of Ceja Vineyard Estate in Sonoma Magazine, May-June 2016
"If You Don't Know Merry Edwards, It's Time You Do"
Peg Melnik of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat outlines the traits that have made Merry "one of Sonoma County's finest": http://tastingroom.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/2016/04/22/if-you-dont-know-merry-edwards-its-time-you-do/
April 22, 2016
Praise from Parker
Merry Edwards' 2013 vintage "is an exceptional lineup of Pinot Noir from one of the masters and pioneers in California."
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016
No. 1 Pinot Noir
Wine & Spirits magazine's 27th Annual Restaurant Poll finds Merry's Pinot Noir is ranked No. 1 most frequently served in America's finest restaurants. Her Sauvignon Blanc came in at No. 2 for that varietal, and Merry Edwards Winery was ranked No. 3 among the top 50 brands in the country.
Wine & Spirits, March 2016
Winegeographic.com offers a primer on the life and background of "Merry Edwards, The Queen of Pinot": http://winegeographic.com/2016/03/03/merry-edwards-the-queen-of-pinot/
The Wine Expert: Karen MacNeil
Favorite tasting experiences: "Merry Edwards and Kosta Browne for their humbleness and the reminder that great wine can be made in the simplest of environments." Read the article here: http://www.napasonomamagazine.com/Napa-Sonoma-Mag/February-2016/The-Wine-Expert/
Napa-Sonoma Magazine, Matt Villano, February 2016
"Pinot Noir Ahead of Cabernet as Sonoma County's Top Red Grape"
Merry is mentioned among the "Pinot Pros" producing some of the finest wines in Sonoma County: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/5080019-181/pinot-noir-ahead-of-cabernet?artslide=0
Gerald Boyd, for The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Feb. 24, 2016
Wall Street Journal
Journalist Lettie Teague features Merry in a Valentine's Day article titled "A Case of You: When Oenophiles Fell for Wine: In this Valentine's Day ode, winemakers, sommeliers, collectors and others in the industry talk about the 'aha moment' when they first fell in love with wine" http://www.wsj.com/article_email/a-case-of-you-when-oenophiles-fell-for-wine-1455116412-lMyQjAxMTI2NDE2MTkxNjE4Wj
Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal, Feb. 10, 2016
Culinary Friends Make Mushroom Magic
Merry's wines share the stage with Chef John Ash and Chef Mei Ibach at a dinner to benefit Homeward Bound of Marin: https://freshstartsculinary.wordpress.com/tag/merry-edwards-winery/
January 16, 2016
"A Conversation with Merry Edwards": A Master of Pinot Noir Discusses the 2015 Harvest, Drought and Balance"
Click here to read the article (login may be required): http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=features&content=162580&ftitle=A%20CONVERSATION%20WITH%20Merry%20Edwards#
Laurie Daniel, Wines & Vines Magazine, January 2016
"Which other female leaders do you admire and why?"
"I admire female winemakers; trailblazers who have taken on this male dominated industry and have flourished like Celia Welch and Merry Edwards. I realize there are so many women winemakers in the world today, but these two women were the first winemakers I met when I started off in the wine industry. They took the time to learn their trade and set the standards for future winemakers, both men and women. Each built their dreams with an unwavering determination."
Carrie Lyn Strong, Wine Director for Aureole NY, in Huffington Post, Jan. 7, 2016
Merry received a Global Beverage Diversity Award from Marriott International in 2015.
"Merry Edwards is one of my favorite California Pinot Noir producers. One of her many virtues is that she's not trying to make red Burgundy. Her wines express the climate and warmth of California without being overly ripe or heavy."
Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Dec. 29, 2015
"(O)n a tear with her lineup"
"In a vintage like 2013, where the fruit comes in so great, most wineries are able to produce a fine product. It's the master producers that really get to strut their stuff and make what we critics like to rant and rave about, and Merry Edwards is on a tear with her lineup, making wines that are marvelously structured and at once very concentrated and elegant."
Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Dec. 22, 2015
Charles Olken of the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines warns readers that consumers should be aware that rising prices for Pinot Noir could send that varietal down the same path as top-end Burgundy, Bordeaux and Napa Cab:
"It is not going to happen overnight, and my best advice to you, dear readers, is to stock up on Siduri and Testarossa, Dehlinger and Merry Edwards, DuMOL and Roar and August West and their peers because they make great wines at almost affordable prices."
Charles Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, Dec. 17, 2015
"Women Winemakers Focus on Bold, Beautiful Wines"
Merry is among the winemakers featured in an article in North Bay Woman magazine: http://blogs.marinij.com/northbaywoman/2015/10/30/women-winemakers-focus-on-bold-beautiful-wines/
Oct. 30, 2015
Merry chats with Anna Mowry of the James Beard Foundation about sustainable winemaking: http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/happy-hour-sustainable-winemaking-merry-edwards
October 23, 2015
A great pairing
In preparation for the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, Local Flavor magazine in New Mexico shared a recipe created by one of our customers to pair with Merry's Sauvignon Blanc: http://issuu.com/localflavormag/docs/september_2015_v2--working/55?e=6039535/15127256.
Listen to this podcast with Texas Wine Lover, featuring Merry Edwards Winery's National Sales Liaison Joe Gambrell: http://txwinelover.com/2015/08/twl016-merry-edwards-winery/
Sommelier Tonya Pitts of One Market restaurant recommends Merry's Sauvignon Blanc as on the top wines on her list: https://www.facebook.com/OneMarket/photos/a.374486736166.164339.59294586166/10153049690486167/?type=1&theater
July 16, 2015
"I don't write about Merry Edwards wines often enough. Fortunately, I get to taste them and I have spent considerable ink in previous publications on her marvelous wines and will no doubt continue my paean to Merry's success. She's best known for the Pinot Noirs that she produces from various single vineyard estates, but I am a devoted fan of her Sauvignon Blanc too. Great for summer sipping, and a superb way to celebrate July 4. Thanks, Merry Edwards."
Dick Rosano, wine critic/author, July 1, 2015
Wine Enthusiast magazine explores the various growing areas of the Russian River Valley, with extensive quotes from Merry: http://www.winemag.com/July-2015/Making-Sense-of-the-Russian-River-Valley/index.php/cparticle/1
"Is this the greatest white wine made in America?"
Johannes Marlena, Corkscrewer Report, June 2015
"Women Vintners Chip Away at Wineglass Ceiling"
Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal features Merry and other women winemakers in this column: http://www.wsj.com/articles/women-vintners-chip-away-at-the-wineglass-ceiling-1430496334
Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2015
"Iconic Merry Edwards Winery Embraces Pinot Noir Lovers"
Read the article here http://uncorkedwinetravels.com/iconic-merry-edwards-winery-embraces-pinot-noir-lovers/
Uncorked Wine Travels, Deborah Mines, May 25, 2015
Wine Enthusiast thinks Merry Edwards wine makes a terrific Mother's Day gift http://www.winemag.com/June-2015/11-Winning-Wine-Gifts-for-Mothers-Day/
May 5, 2015
"2012 was a top vintage at Merry Edwards, and terrific Pinot Noirs were produced across the board. They are still quite young, and should develop well for several more years."
Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015
"Collector Starter Kit: A Food-Friendly Red to Take to a Dinner Party"
Sunset magazine names Merry Edwards Pinot Noir among wines that a new collector should add to his or her fledgling cellar: "Trust producers with track records, and you'll be rewarded for your wait."
Sara Schneider, Sunset magazine, April 2015
"One of the most influential women in the business"
Inside Tucson Business features Merry in an article: http://www.insidetucsonbusiness.com/on_the_menu/merry-edwards-to-be-showcased-at-wine-dinner/article_568922bc-d97c-11e4-af9a-d3703463003e.html
April 3, 2015
"It can be hard to resist fashion, if all you want to do is appeal to the latest trend. But winemakers who are dedicated to their art are not slaves to fashion. They stay the course; they know that style goes in and out, but that true quality in winemaking, as exemplified by Merry Edwards, remains undeterred by these perturbations in the critical aether."
Steve Heimoff, March 16, 2015
No. 17 Wine Brand in America
Merry Edwards Winery was named the 17th most popular wine brand in the United States in Wine & Spirits Magazine's annual Restaurant Poll. Each year the magazine names the top 50 most popular wine brands served in America's best restaurants, according to what diners order.
Wine & Spirits Magazine's 26th Annual Restaurant Poll, April 2015
No. 2 Sauvignon Blanc in Wine & Spirits restaurant poll
Merry Edwards' Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the No. 2 spot for that varietal and her Pinot Noir came in at No. 22 in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 26th annual poll that gauges which wines are served most frequently in America's finest restaurants.
Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2015
"Nashville Wine Auction's Pairings Event Was One for the Books"
"Brown Butter and Sage Ice Cream with Meyer Lemon was a perfect ending to the evening and paired quite nicely with a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Merry Edwards Winery. ... This wine was a rare treat, indeed." Read the full article here: http://www.nashvillescene.com/bites/archives/2015/03/06/nashville-wine-auctions-pairings-event-was-one-for-the-books
Chris Chamberlain, Nashville Scene, March 6, 2015
"(Merry) Edwards' accomplishments and triumphs for females in the wine industry are tremendous, and for anyone wanting to understand the depth of domestic pinot noir, you need to try her wines." Read the full article here: http://nooga.com/169148/uncorked-merry-edwards-wines-coming-to-the-chattanooga-market/
Michelle Richards, "Uncorked," nooga.com, Feb. 20, 2015
"Merry Edwards has become not only one of the most famous women in wine but one of the most famous winemakers in the world by producing world-class Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley. ... (Her) expression of Sauvignon Blanc is so vibrant and novel that it makes many Sonoma and Napa Sauvignon Blancs seemingly mundane."
Washington Wine Blog, Dec. 26, 2014
Politico: Women Rule
Merry participated in a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., at the Politico: Women Rule conference titled "Creating Your Own Corporate Ladder: Is It Better to Go It Alone." See the video here: http://www.politico.com/multimedia/video/2014/12/creating-your-own-corporate-ladder-is-it-better-to-go-it-alone-.html
Dec. 9, 2014
20 Most Admired Winemakers
For the second year in a row, Merry is named one of the 20 Most Admired Winemakers in North America. See the article here: http://bit.ly/1twzMDA
Vineyard and Winery Management, November 2014
"Merry is still the best in American Sauvignon Blanc and Pinots!"
Peter Morell, Morrell Wine Group
"Vineyard in the Clouds: Wines That Made the Cut on Delta Airlines"
Merry Edwards Winery is featured on Forbes.com for being served in Business Elite class on Delta Airlines: http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2014/08/08/vineyards-in-the-clouds-wines-that-made-the-cut-on-delta-air-lines/
"There Something About Merry"
Sonoma Magazine writes about all the winemakers Merry has mentored during her more than 40 years in the business. Read about it here: http://www.sonomamag.com/theres-something-merry/#.U87O1bGHizQ
"Among the most seasoned of vintners"
James Laube of Wine Spectator quotes Merry in his blog assessing the 2012 vintage of California Pinot Noir. Check it out here: http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/50130
"Winemaker Merry Edwards is a pioneer in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, excelling at coaxing rich berry flavor and voluptuous texture from the grapes. She also produces some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the state, and has recently added Chardonnay to her lineup. Don't miss the opportunity to discover her skill and view some of the estate vineyards surrounding the winery."
Virginie Boone, Sonoma Magazine, May 5, 2014
"My Forty Year Journey"
As part of the endowed Walt Klenz Lectureship Series at the Robert Mondavi Institute, which brings world-class winemakers and industry professionals to the UC Davis campus, Merry Edwards presented her talk "My Forty Year Journey" to a standing-room-only crowd in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater. See the video here: http://rmi.ucdavis.edu/files/video-merry-edwards-walt-klenz-0408
"Women and the Vine: Inspiring Women Working in California's Wine Industry":
"This year marks Merry Edwards' 41st year in the wine industry. In her time, she was inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Vintner's Hall of Fame and became only the fourth woman to win the coveted James Beard Award for Best Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional in the United States.
"Throughout her career, Merry Edwards has worked at such legendary wineries as Mount Eden, and Matanzas Creek before establishing her own Merry Edwards Winery. Edwards is also responsible for the creation of the UC Davis clone 37, referred to familiarly as the "Merry Edwards selection," which performs beautifully in the Russian River Valley.
"Edwards' examples of endurance and innovation are inspirations to the wine industry. She continues her efforts to create world class wine under the Merry Edwards label."
Courtney Walsh, LAWonders.net, March 8, 2014
"Consistently among the best"
"(Merry) Edwards makes a compelling case for (Sauvignon Blanc) in the Russian River Valley, long the bastion of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with her pure and succulent Sauvignon from the 2012 vintage." Read the full article here: http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/49634 (login required).
Augustus Weed, Wine Spectator, Feb. 25, 2014
"If there's any one proposition to which every contributor to Wine Review Online could be relied to agree upon, it is that Merry Edwards is a consummate master when it comes to crafting Pinot Noir. Probably America's single most accomplished crafter of this famously difficult grape variety, she turns out numerous different renditions in each vintage that show varied nuances but also amazing stylistic consistency within an identifiable profile: Wonderfully expressive aromas and penetrating, persistent flavors--but also an uncanny delicacy with no extraneous weight and no hint of anything chunky or obvious. ... On top of all this, one must also say that Merry Edwards' Pinots are without peer in the USA in terms of their ability to show endearing openness in their youth while also proving remarkably capable of positive development while ageing over the course of many years."
Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, Feb. 11, 2014
Women in Whites
Merry was chosen to select the wines for the James Beard Foundation's Women in Whites fund-raiser at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. The evening, with honorary chairs Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks and Gail Simmons, brought together a stellar array of women chefs, including Dominique Crenn and Barbara Lynch, who prepared courses to go with each of the wines, which Merry procured from among her own wines and eight of her female colleagues. A live and silent auction raised several hundred thousand dollars for the foundation. Read about the event here: http://foodarts.com/news/views/29667/women-in-white; read about the winemakers here: http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/winemakers-women-whites
Nov. 15, 2013
An Alumna Pursues Her Passion in the Vineyard
Merry is feastured in the alumni magazine published by UC Berkeley: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/news/california-magazine/fall-2013-film-issue/pinot-noir-crush
California Magazine, September 2013
Best North American White Wine
Global Traveler, the only ABC-audited magazine for business and luxury travelers, released the results of its ninth annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition and Merry Edwards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, which is carried by Delta Air Lines, was named Best North American White Wine.
No. 2 of Top 100
Merry is named No. 2 on a list of the Top 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the United States. See the list here: http://www.intowine.com/top-100-most-influential-us-winemakers?page=0,9
Michael Cervin, Intowine.com, July 2013
A Remarkable Tasting of Older Pinot Noirs
"We often taste fine California bottlings that have blossomed with time, and the list of exquisite Cabernet Sauvignons is indeed lengthy. But, what often goes unnoticed is just how well a good many California Pinot Noirs have fared with age, and the point was driven home once again last Friday evening (June 7, 2013) in Sonoma (at the Paulée dinner at Arista winery). ... There were, in truth, too many to try, and space does not allow mention of each one, but none disappointed and several poured from magnum simply amazed. Merry Edwards 2006 Angel Wing was just beginning to evolve and had the look of a wine destined to improve for years, and her deep, but oh-so polished, 2003 Klopp Ranch bottling showed just why a decade of patience with Pinot makes sense."
Stephen Eliot, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 10, 2013
"Pinnacle of her profession"
"It's not for nothing that Merry Edwards (along with a fellow named Robert Parker) was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in the Napa Valley last February. Merry's passion for Pinot Noir, in particular, has propelled her to the pinnacle of her profession. The evidence of this rests right inside this bottle (of 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir). There's never been a better time to line your cellar with Merry's handiwork."
Wally's Wine & Spirits, June 2013
Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional
Merry Edwards is named Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional by the James Beard Foundation after six consecutive years of being named a finalist. Read more here: http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2013/05/merry-edwards-wins-james-beard-award.
May 6, 2013
Merry Edwards' "legacy will say that she was the first woman to make credible Pinot Noir in California at a time when Joe Swan, Davis Bynum, Tom Dehlinger, and Marimar Torres were starting their own Pinot Noir programs."
Prince of Pinot, June 23, 2013
"I hadn't tasted Merry Edwards' wines in a few years, so it was great to get reacquainted with one of my favorite Russian River properties. This year I was especially impressed with the appellation Pinots."
Antonio Galloni, May 2013
No. 4, No. 6 and No. 8 in Wine & Spirits restaurant poll
Merry Edwards was named No. 4 Pinot Noir for her Sonoma Coast and Russian River labels in Wine & Spirits 24th Annual Restaurant Poll. Her Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the No. 6 spot for that varietal, and the winery was named No. 8 most popular wine overall in America's finest restaurants.
Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2013
James Beard Foundation finalist
Merry Edwards is named a finalist in the James Beard Foundation's annual awards for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, her sixth consecutive nomination.
March 19, 2013
Vintners Hall of Fame
Watch the video of Merry being inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone in St. Helena on Feb. 18, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A55DZXgnRc
"Outstanding Achievement Recognized"
"Few have contributed as much to modern, high-end California winemaking as (Merry) Edwards. And few have flown so low under the radar. Merry has been so far ahead of many curves -- the importance of matching grapevine clones to specific vineyard sites, and her Masters thesis on the health risk of lead capsules, to name just two -- that her discoveries were not fully accepted until others affirmed her research. Edwards has always been ahead of her time, yet her time for formal recognition is now."
Linda Murphy, winereviewonline.com, Jan. 1, 2013
Read the full article here: http://www.winereviewonline.com/Linda_Murphy_on_Merry_Edwards.cfm
"Merry Edwards continues to excel, and her 2010s, across the board (red and white), are outstanding. Each wine is of very fine quality and represents excellent value."
Restaurant Wine, December 2012
The Culinary Institute of America announces that Merry will be inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in February 2013.
Sept. 20, 2012
"A U.S. Pioneer"
"A pioneer in her industry, Merry Edwards has paved the way for women winemakers today. Faced with extreme gender discrimination in the early 1970s, Merry has persevered and is now one of the most respected winemakers in the country."
America Eats Tavern wine list, Washington, DC
"In 2009, Merry Edwards made the best wines of her career, we believe (having tasted most of them during the past four decades). These Pinot Noirs are truly first rate."
Restaurant Wine, July 2012
10 California Values
"Among the top-scoring wines is the 2010 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc. This is the sixth consecutive vintage of this wine to score at least 92 points, which makes it as consistent as it is delicious."
MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, April 23, 2012
Merry Edwards is named a finalist in the James Beard Foundation's annual awards for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, her fifth consecutive nomination.
"Merry Edwards, the eponymous owner of Merry Edwards Winery in the Russian River Valley, has had her share of successes and obstacles during her career. Starting as an amateur making The Merry Vintners wines during college, she turned her love for wine into a successful career. An early-believer in clonal variation, she studied and tested different clones of Chardonnay in an effort to prove her hypothesis on the differences between clones of the same varietal. She was the founding winemaker for Matanzas Creek until 1984, and after a few career setbacks during the 1980s, she went on to found her own winery with help from her family in 1997, where she has been producing wine ever since."
"Women Pioneers in Wine: Trailblazing Women and the Wines They Made Famous," www.snooth.com, March 14, 2012
"It may have been in Oregon that (Merry) discovered the key to great Pinot Noir, but it was – and still is – in Sonoma's Russian River Valley that she shapes gorgeous wines from that confounding grape. Together with husband, Ken Coopersmith, the couple manages five estate vineyards and produces wines that continue to stand out in every Pinot Noir tasting."
Dick Rosano, weeklywinepick.com, Feb. 24, 2012
Merry Edwards Pinot Noir "is so, so utterly delicious. This is one of my favorites, favorites ever. I had it at the Four Seasons for the first time in New York with duck, and I almost fainted. ... I'm telling you, pick any one (of Merry's Pinots) and be proud to send that as a present to someone or bring it to them because it's extraordinary."
"Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze: Holiday Gift Ideas," npr.org, Dec. 7, 2011
Click here to hear the radio broadcast in its entirety: www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/faith-middleton-s-food-schmooze-holiday-gift-ideas-and-apple-lover-s-cookbook
A Wine Spectator favorite
James Laube of Wine Spectator names Merry Edwards one of his 20 favorite producers of Sonoma Pinot Noir.
Wine Spectator, Oct. 15, 2011
"The Portfolio Award"
Ken's Wine Guide awarded 7 of Merry's Pinot Noirs 90 points or above, including 93 points for 2008 Coopersmith, 93 points for 2008 Klopp Ranch, 91 points for 2008 Flax Vineyard and 91 points for 2008 Sonoma Coast.
Ken's Wine Guide, Aug. 30, 2011
"Merry Edwards is a master of texture, coaxing ripe Russian River fruit into elegant, velvety, lush, indelibly aromatic examples of what California can do with Pinot Noir when entrusted to the right hands."
Virginie Boone, "Uncorked," April 6, 2011
"One of California's first successful female winemakers and a 40-year veteran of the industry, Merry Edwards has achieved legendary status with her Russian River and Sonoma Coast Pinots, many of them single-vineyard wines, which she has been perfecting since 1997. They're all fantastic, if pricey. Well worth it it you're looking for a special-occasion Pinot."
Orange County Register, May 9, 2011
"No discussion of Sonoma pinot noirs would be complete without a mention of pioneer winemaker Merry Edwards, who helped to blaze a trail for other female winemakers to follow. ... (She is a) visionary who helped establish an industry commitment to clonal diversity through her work and teaching."
Nancy Parode, Intowine.com, "Top Sonoma Pinot Noir," April 2011
Merry Edwards is named a finalist in the James Beard Foundation's annual awards for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, her fourth consecutive nomination.
No. 9 Wine Brand in America
Merry Edwards Winery was named the No. 9 most popular wine brand in the United States in Wine & Spirits Magazine's annual Restaurant Poll, the first time a pinot noir specialist broke into the top 10, according to the magazine. Each year the magazine names the top 50 most popular wine brands in America's most popular restaurants, according to what diners order.
Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd Annual Restaurant Poll, April 2011
No. 1 Pinot Noir; No. 9 Sauvignon Blanc
Merry Edwards was ranked No. 1 Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits Magazine's annual Restaurant Poll for the fifth time in six years, and her Sauvignon Blanc was named No. 9 most popular SB.
Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd Annual Restaurant Poll, April 2011
James Beard Award semifinalist
For the fourth consecutive year, Merry Edwards has been nominated for a James Beard Award as an Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional.
"Long live the Queen of Sauvignon Blanc"
"Every year since my initial experience with the 2007 vintage, I've been expecting a drop-off at some point. However, Merry Edwards seems to have the ability and principles necessary to turn out supremely interesting and complex Sauvignon Blanc on a yearly basis."
Erol Senel, No. 5 in Senel Wine's Top 10 of 2010, Dec. 20, 2010
"Most Likely to Succeed"
"Merry Edwards is known as a perfectionist among perfectionists, and (her Meredith Estate) Pinot Noir is further proof that it's true. In her more than three decades of winemaking, she has set a quality track record, and her talents are now aimed directly at making California's greatest Pinot Noirs from the more than 40 acres that she and her husband, Ken, farm in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. Given that Merry has always succeeded at whatever she set her mind to do, there's every reason to add this release to our roster of those 'Most Likely to Succeed.' "
The Tasting Panel, December 2010
"There are a number of very good California Pinot Noir producers, but for years one of my favorites has been Merry Edwards. Without a clear understanding and hands-on care by the winemaker, Pinot Noir can be nothing more than a simple red wine. Edwards understands Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and her wines always promise depth and complexity."
Gerald D. Boyd, winereviewonline.com, Nov. 30, 2010
"Merry Edwards is a maverick, having persevered in her goal of becoming a winemaker at a time when the profession boasted few women. Today, many of the industry's most celebrated winemakers are women -- and Edwards is, happily, one of them. Her Sonoma pinot noirs are finely crafted expressions of place that combine the structural grace of great burgundies with a distinctly Californian ripeness."
The Robb Report, Nov. 30, 2010
"Merry is possibly America's greatest master of Pinot Noir. ... Her Pinots are truly works of art."
Dick Rosano, weeklywinepick.com, Nov. 24, 2010
"Pick a Merry Edwards pinot, any pinot. They're all good."
Virginie Boone, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 14, 2010
"The Queen of Pinot"
"Merry Edwards has been called the Queen of Pinot (Reine de Pinot) and with good reason. Edwards, a veteran California winemaker, who operates out of her eponymous winery in Sebastopol, in western Sonoma County, is considered to be one of the leading experts on California Pinot Noir -- which is no mean feat when you count the number of winemakers getting into the Pinot derby of late."
Gerald Boyd, winereviewonline.com, July 13, 2010
Merry Edwards 2009 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc
"This wine was a revelation to me and quite the best Sauvignon I've tasted out of Sonoma. Straw coloured with a grassy, passion fruit nose; creamy palate with flavours of vanilla, peach and passion fruit; lovely integration of oak, great mouth feel and lingering on the palate. 93 Points."
Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, June 2, 2010
"Pardon the pun, but if anyone has reason to be merry these days, it's Merry Edwards. Her signature pinot noir wines from California's Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast continue to garner kudos and reviewers' points. Her sauvignon blanc enjoys a rapidly growing reputation as one of the nation's best."
Bill Daley, chicagotribune.com, May 19, 2010
#3 Most Popular Pinot Noir
Merry Edwards also was named #26 of the top 50 best-selling wines in America's top restaurants.
Wine & Spirits Magazine, 21st Annual Restaurant Poll, April 2010
"Another notable (and female) winemaker right in (Russian River Valley) is Merry Edwards whose long and trailblazing career as a consulting winemaker (Mt. Eden, Matanzas Creek) has positioned her as one of America's top vintners. Her wines represent the pinnacle of achievement for Russian River fruit."
Bonnie Graves, "Wine, Dine, Refine," South Bay Magazine, March-April 2010
"After tasting her wines, one can see why ... she has come to be known ... as Reine de Pinot, one who artistically selects from nature and sculpts, in vineyard and winery, memorable works in that most difficult of media, Pinot Noir."
Harvey Finkel, "The Queen of Pinot," Massachusetts' Beverage Business, March 2010
"It is about time that the grande dame of Sonoma pinot - one of the most accomplished interpreters of this fickle variety - has a permanent home to work her magic. Merry Edwards is one of the world's best winemakers - and she just happens to be a woman."
Anthony Dias Blue, "The Grande Dame of Sonoma Pinot," The Tasting Panel, March 2010
"Merry Edwards has a magic touch with Pinot Noir, producing some of the most distinctive renditions of Pinot on the planet. As a specialist with the variety for over 35 years, she coaxes wonderful nuances of character from each of the vineyards she draws upon, amply demonstrated in the current 2007s."
Barbara Ensrud, BeWineWise.com, Winter 2009
Top 100 Wines of 2009 - #28
"Merry Edwards 2006 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); $57. Made in the Merry Edwards style, which is powerfully ripe and extracted, yet always balanced. Dazzles with enormous cherry pie filling, cola, sassafras, beef jerky, raspberry tart, anise, pepper and smoky cedar flavors that finish with amazing length. Yet the tannin-acid structure is superb, and the wine is totally dry. Beautiful now, and should age through 2012."
Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2009
Top 100 Wines of 2009
"2007 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast -- Edwards' more modest Pinot cuvee is a standout in her lineup -- and an affordable one. With peppermint, soy and dried cherry, it's got a feisty profile, with lots of red-fruit highlights and a breezy energy."
San Francisco Chronicle, December 2009
Top 100 Wines of 2009 - #9 (#1 White Wine)
"Merry Edwards, whose eponymous label also produces Pinot Noir in Sonoma, shows her magic here with Sauvignon Blanc: This wine earns the highest rating to date for the varietal in the Golden State. Edwards, who prefers the aromatic Sauvignon Blanc Musqué clone, barrel-ferments the wine and performs bâtonnage (stirring on the lees) while it ages in barrel, which she says adds body and showcases riper flavors." Read the article here: http://www.winespectator.com/display/show?id=43767
The Wine Spectator, Winter 2009
"California Sauvignon Blanc is thriving — the spectrum of styles available is broader than ever, prices are attractive, and many of the best bottlings remain easy to find. More importantly, the wines just keep getting better and better, and this year's report includes the highest-scoring Sauvignon Blanc yet from the Golden State, the Merry Edwards Russian River Valley 2007 (96 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, $29)."
The Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2009
"Edwards ... takes a very long view of Pinot Noir. Her winemaking career has spanned more than 35 years and she is considered one of California's leading Pinot experts. ... 'I've always loved wines that age well, and I'm spending a lot of time on ageability these days,' Edwards says. ... No matter that her ten Pinot Noirs are outstanding, Edwards continues to refine her ideas."
The Wine News, Summer 2009
"Merry Edwards, Proprietor and Winemaker of Meredith Vineyard Estate, Inc., has been crowned the 'Grande Dame' and 'Queen' of Pinot Noir. Her cutting-edge work with this varietal in the 70s and 80s, when America was not ready to drink, never mind create great Pinot Noir, broke the mold for winemakers everywhere. Launching her own brand in 1997 placed her on the cusp of the exploding popularity of quality American Pinot Noir. But her prestigious work with this and other noble varietals did not begin in a vineyard, a crushing tank, or even a winery. Merry Edwards came to wine through food, understanding that the combination of wine and food creates an ultimate culinary euphoria."
www.chefsblade.com, June 2009
"Few winemakers have graced our Best of the Best list with such pleasing frequency as Merry Edwards, who remains the undisputed mistress of American Pinot Noir – thanks in large part to her interest in clones and her understanding of their impact on the quality of the finished wine. The meticulous matching of appropriate Pinot Noir clones to vineyard sites has, in fact, been a key component of the tremendous success of her own wine program since she cofounded Merry Edwards Wines in 1997."
Robb Report, "Best of the Best," June 2009
"Trailblazer, pioneer and innovator, her story epitomizes the determination and possibilities of the human spirit. This is a celebrated narrative of enduring the gender prejudice of being one of the first woman winemakers, rising from the ashes of business setbacks, and with creativity, intellect and innovation, spearheading a path to quality in California. I have never met Merry Edwards. Yet, her wines reflect the unmistakable character of their maker's journey. They are firmly structured, lively, graceful, balanced, subtle, complex, and always luring you back to the glass. This is a heavenly sanctuary for Pinot Noir lovers."
Bill Sanders, crushandpress.blogspot.com, June 2009
#1 Most Popular Pinot Noir
Merry Edwards tops the list for the 4th time in the past 5 years!
Wine & Spirits magazine, 20th Annual Restaurant Poll, April 2009
"(A)nyone would be hard pressed to find a woman winemaker in the Western Hemisphere that has more experience growing and making Pinot Noir than Merry Edwards."
Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, March 24, 2009
"(Merry's) Pinot Noirs exhibit a restrained elegance that doesn't overwhelm your palate or meal with big oaky tannins and high alcohol levels. Her wines aren't about power – they are all about finesse. They seduce you with their charms and slowly reveal their secrets, one sip at a time. As you linger over a glass the wines become less elusive and slowly open up to display layers of deeply nuanced aromas and character. Underlying this are earthy flavors that are mellowed by balanced fruit and acidity."
Summer Whitford, winespecialist.wordpress.com, March 11, 2009
"CULT PINOT: Although barely a decade old, Merry Edwards is already renowned for its Pinot Noir."
Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, Nov. 7, 2008
"The female winemakers emerging from California can all take a page from Edwards, a 33-year veteran of the vineyards. A pioneer who strives for perfection in every drop, she got into the business through her love for food. She became legendary for making some of the best pinot noir on the market -- including her critically acclaimed Russian River Valley version -- but she can tango with the whites, too. Her sauvignon blancs are in a class of their own, with citrus balanced with mango and other sensual tropical fruit flavors. She's got grace, spirit, artistic vision, and scientific training, and she understands how to share it all through her wine."
New Jersey Life, October 2008
"(A)ny list featuring California wines should have a pinot noir from Merry Edwards. That wine really stands out for me."
Debbie Zachareas a.q.i. "Must-Have Restaurant Wines," Vineyard & Winery Management, Sept./Oct. 2008
"Her wines, particularly her Pinot Noirs, are well known to collectors and have become a wine list staple in upscale restaurants. Accolades abound: The San Francisco Chronicle named her Winemaker of the Year in 2004, and her 2005 Sauvignon Blanc ranked 40th in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007 list."
Simply Wine, September 2008
"The California wine country has enjoyed a female touch lately with more and more women. ... Recently, Merry Edwards, the grande dame of pinot noir, opened Merry Edwards Winery in the heart of the Russian River, strategically placed among her three estates."
Nicole Alper, Celebrated Living, Fall 2008
"Merry's Pinots these days are some of the boldest and most age-worthy produced in California, and very much in the style of a premier cru or grand cru Burgundy, with plenty of tannin and earthy complexities."
Robert Whitley, creators.com, July 19, 2008
"La Reine, or Queen, of Pinot Noir is sitting pretty in her new winery up in Russian River Valley. She is a pioneering winemaker who has contributed more to clonal research and other viticultural aspects of Pinot Noir than any other American."
Catherine Fallis, planetgrape.net, July 14, 2008
"Winemaker Merry Edwards is most associated with Pinot Noir. She makes several different ones, all terrific. But Edwards also makes one of the best California Sauvignon Blancs I've ever tasted, maybe THE best."
Sam Gugino, Sam Cooks Newsletter, July 2008
"Today Merry and her wines are legendary … the stunning Meredith Estate Pinot Noirs have come to define the quality of the Russian River Appellation. Edwards also has worked with grapes grown at other Russian River vineyards … to make wines that are perfect expressions of both her winemaking style and the areas those grapes are grown in. Some of these wines … are amongst the most sought after California pinot noirs ever made."
Aspen Times Weekly, May 4, 2008
No. 7 Most Popular Pinot
Merry Edwards was named the No. 7 most popular Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 19th annual Restaurant Poll, as well as No. 46 on the list of the most popular wine brands in the United States in the magazine's Restaurant Top 50 list.
Wine and Spirits magazine, April 2008
"Merry's wines have always stood out as the products of a remarkable talent."
Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "Dream Winery," Jan. 23, 2008
"Merry Edwards is one of California's leading producers of Pinot Noir. She demonstrates her talents every year with a variety of bottlings from different vineyards. Unlike some wineries whose separate vineyard bottlings are more marketing than substance, Edwards' reflect the unique character of the site."
Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, Jan. 22, 2008
"Merry Edwards is one of the most consistent and talented Pinot Noir producers in California."
Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, May 15, 2007
"For the third year running Sonoma winemaker Merry Edwards topped our list" as #1 Most Popular Pinot Noir. Merry Edwards Wines was also named #33 of the Restaurant Top 50 in the 18th Annual Restaurant Poll.
Wine & Spirits magazine, April 2007
"Edwards is one of California's finest interpreters of the fickle Pinot Noir grape."
Food & Wine, April 2007
"Like Michelangelo, who was fond of saying that he merely revealed in a block of marble the ideal shape that already existed within it, Edwards coaxes from her vineyards their ideal expressions of place."
Brett Anderson, The Robb Report, March 2007
"Since the hit film 'Sideways,' Americans have been discovering pinot noir and vintners have rushed to accommodate them. A lot of the stuff is light and thin. Not the pinot noirs of Merry Edwards, who continues to go about business as usual, turning out examples celebrated for their rare amplitude."
Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee, Jan. 3, 2007
Merry Edwards is named one of "The Magnificent Thirty Wineries Best Capturing the Essence of Pinot Noir."
James Laube, The Wine Spectator, Dec. 15, 2006
"Merry Edwards, the doyenne of the region (Russian River Valley), has proved that it can produce unusually age-worthy Sauvignon Blanc."
Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, July 15, 2006
The Robb Report, a magazine "for the luxury lifestyle" features Merry Edwards Pinot Noir!"
"Edwards has become the grande dame of California Pinot."
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine Wine Guide 2006, "Best of the Best California Pinot Noir"
Artisan Winery of the Year
"Her consistent successes have earned her a place in our American Wineries of the Year list for the fourth consecutive year."
Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2006 Buying Guide
"One of America's Most Influential Winemakers. She is now regarded as one of California's premier makers of Pinot Noir."
Nick Passmore, Forbes.com, November 2005
"She makes wines with integrity. ... They are a great expression of Pinot Noir."
Debbie Zachareas, wine director, Bacar Restaurant, quoted in an article by Virginie Boone, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, July 20, 2005
"Merry Edwards took the top spot, with her supple, generous Russian River wines."
16th annual Restaurant Poll, Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2005
"If there's one person in the Russian River Valley who truly has a golden touch with Pinot Noir, it's Merry Edwards."
Greg Walter, WineCountry.com, January/February 2005
For the third consecutive year, Wine & Spirits Magazine named Merry Edwards Wines an Artisan Winery of the Year in their 2005 Buying Guide
"Merry Edwards takes on pinot noir with a passion and experience unmatched by any other practitioner in the state."
Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee, Dec. 15, 2004
Winemaker of the Year
"All of Edwards' Pinots are stunning — ripe yet elegant, complex and refined, with vivid aromatics and mouthwatering acidity."
Linda Murphy, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 9, 2004
"I've spent a lot of time over the past years tasting Merry's wines and there's no question in my mind that she's got a golden touch with Pinot Noir."
Greg Walter, PinotReport, Issue #25
"Merry Edwards' Pinot Noir is some of the best California has to offer. She has a stunning array of single vineyard wines … which offer earthiness and bright fruit."
Michael Apstein, The Boston Globe, Nov. 24, 2004
Wine Spectator featured Merry Edwards in two stories on Nov. 15, 2004:
"Women Forge Ahead in California" and "Trailblazers."
One of the 50 Most influential Winemakers in the World
"(P)ush the envelope' … that is precisely what Edwards has done."
Wine & Spirits, Fall 2004
"Merry Edwards, the Queen of Pinot, presides over a land called Russian River Valley. Since making her first Pinot Noir some thirty vintages ago at the historic Mount Eden Vineyards, Merry Edwards has gone on to become one of North America's most respected Pinot Noir specialists. Far and near she has come to be known as the 'Queen of Pinot.' "
Adam Dial, Appellationamerica.com, May 13, 2004
Wine columnist Frank Prial honors Merry Edwards as he sings the praises of Russian River Pinot Noir:
"For my money, the best of the California pinot noirs come from the Russian River area of northern Sonoma County. Much of the Russian River's fame can be traced to three vineyards, Rochioli, Olivet Lane and Allen, whose grapes have been used by various winemakers, including Burt Williams and Ed Selyem and Gary Farrell. Other prominent pinot makers in the Russian River appellation are Dehlinger, DeLoach, Martinelli and Merry Edwards."
Frank Prial, New York Times, Dec. 3, 2003
"Merry Edwards Pinots are some of the finest from California, imbued with rich, dark fruit, superb structure and intriguing complexity. Though it is tempting to drink her wines at release when they are wrapped in youthful fat fruit, try to give them 4 to 8 years to develop impressive complexity and expressive bouquet."
Barbara Ensrud, www.Bewinewise.com
Artisan Winery of the Year
"Pour one of Edwards' wines into the glass, and you're tempted to wonder, is this textbook Russian River, or is this textbook Merry Edwards? And is there even a difference?"
Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine's 2003 Buying Guide
Master Vintner of 2002
Three of Merry's 2000 wines were named to the list of the "Top 12 Pinot Noirs of 2002."
Merry Edwards Russian River and Olivet Lane Pinot Noirs ranked No. 2 "Most Popular Pinot Noirs" in a national poll conducted by Wine & Spirits Magazine. "Pinot arouses the passions of sommeliers like no other grape," says the report.
Wine & Spirits Annual Restaurant Poll, April 2002
"The Itinerant Wizard of Sonoma Pinot Noir"
"Over the years, I've derived a lot of pleasure from wines made by Merry Edwards. ... She radiates the energy and the excitement found only in someone who truly loves what she is doing."
Frank Prial, New York Times, Jan. 30, 2002
Wines of the Week
"Merry Edwards is a winemaker known for crafting pinot noir with personality. From her home base in Northern California's foggy Russian River Valley, Edwards produces wines of depth and complexity. She's focused on capturing the velvety richness of pinot noir, while highlighting the unique qualities of each vineyard. Her recently released roundup of wines shows there's no better season to be Merry."
Leslie Sbrocco, New York Times, Dec. 4, 2001
Merry Edwards 1998 Pinot Noirs
San Francisco Chronicle
A salute to women winemakers
"Mother's Day seemed like an appropriate time to raise a glass to some of the fierce females making some of my favorite wines: Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards Winery, Sebastapol, for being one of the first of the women winemakers in California and showing everyone else how to make pinot."
Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, May 4, 2016