Chronology

Merry with son Ben, harvest 1981 Merry circa 1975 at Mt. Eden Vineyards Merry circa 1979 as Matanzas Creek winemaker Merry as photographed for PSA (In Flight) magazine, 1983 Merry with client Julia Iantosca, winemaker at Lambert Bridge, 1994 Merry and Ken, November 2011

Merry at her induction into the Vintners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, with Steve Heimoff and Karen MacNeil, Feb. 18, 2013

Vintners Hall of Fame induction, 2013

Proud new poppa Ben with new grandma Merry and baby August, Aug. 8, 2014

Proud papa Ben, proud Grandma Merry, baby August

Tete du Cuvee at Cotes du Coeur, 2017

Charles Li Miller, 3 months old

1970

  • BS degree in Physiology from UC Berkeley

1973

  • MA degree in Food Science with an emphasis in Enology from UC Davis

1974-77

  • Winemaker at Mount Eden Vineyards

1977

  • Travels to France and explores grape clone research at University of Beaune
  • Moves to Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

1977-84

  • Founding Winemaker at Matanzas Creek Winery

1981

  • Purchases property in Russian River Valley for family winery

1984

  • Builds Merry Vintners Winery ― focused on Chardonnay
  • Begins her winemaking consulting business

1985

  • Teachs the first grape clonal seminar at UC Davis

1989-91

  • Vice president and winemaker at Laurier Winery

1996

  • Purchases 24-acre future site of Meredith Estate vineyard

1997

  • Meets future husband, Ken Coopersmith, on Grand Canyon rafting trip
  • Co-founds Meredith Vineyard Estate and produces the first vintage of Merry Edwards Pinot Noir

1998

  • Ken and Merry wed
  • Plants Meredith Estate vineyard

1999

  • Releases 1997 vintage, first Merry Edwards Pinot Noir
  • With her husband, Ken, purchases 9.5-acre future site of Coopersmith vineyard and Merry Edwards Winery, in central Russian River Valley

2001

  • Plants Coopersmith Estate vineyard, named for husband Ken
  • Produces first vintage of Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc

2002

  • Releases 2001 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc, the first vintage

2004

  • Winemaker of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Is named one of "The 50 Most Influential Winemakers in the World" by Wine & Spirits magazine

2005

  • Is named "One of America's Top Fifty Most Influential Winemakers" by Forbes
  • Is named a Pioneer Woman Winemaker by the National Women's History Project
  • Wine & Spirits magazine names Pinot Noir #1 Most Popular in 16th Annual Restaurant Poll

2006

  • Secures 30-year land lease and plants Georganne vineyard
  • Breaks ground for Merry Edwards Winery at Coopersmith vineyard
  • 2003 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir is named #21 in Wine Spectator's "Top 100 Wines of 2006"
  • Olivet Lane Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc included in the "Top 100 Wines of 2006" in San Francisco Chronicle
  • Merry Edwards is named one of "The Magnificent 30" in Wine Spectator's California Pinot Noir Issue

2007

  • 2005 Sauvignon Blanc ranks #40 in Wine Spectator's "Top 100 Wines of 2007"
  • Wine & Spirits magazine ranks Pinot Noir #1 Most Popular in 18th Annual Restaurant Poll
  • Merry Edwards Winery opens in Sebastopol, CA

2008

  • 2006 Sauvignon Blanc ranks #37 in Wine Spectator's "Top 100 Wines of 2008"
  • Secures 20-year lease of Sanchietti vineyard

2009

  • Secures 10-year lease of Flax vineyard
  • Triple "Top 100 Wines of 2009":
    2007 Sauvignon Blanc ranks #9 (#1 white wine) in Wine Spectator
    2006 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir ranks #28 in Wine Enthusiast magazine
    2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir in San Francisco Chronicle
  • Wine & Spirits magazine ranks Pinot Noir #1 Most Popular in 20th Annual Restaurant Poll

2010

  • Wine & Spirits magazine names Pinot Noir #3 Most Popular in 21st Annual Restaurant Poll and #26 of the top 50 best-selling wines in America's top restaurants

2011

  • Wine & Spirits magazine names Pinot Noir #1 Most Popular in 22nd Annual Restaurant Poll, as well as #9 Sauvignon Blanc and #9 of the top 50 best-selling wines in America's top restaurants
  • Is named as a finalist in the James Beard Foundation's annual awards for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, her fourth consecutive nomination
  • Wine Spectator ranks 2009 Sauvignon Blanc #28 wine in Top 100 Wines of 2011

2012

  • Is tapped to be inducted into Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame in 2013
  • Wine Enthusiast names 2009 Klopp Ranch #5 on its "Top 100 Wines for 2012" after giving the vintage 98 points
  • Is named a finalist in the James Beard Foundation's annual awards for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, her fifth consecutive nomination
  • Wine Spectator ranks 2010 Sauvignon Blanc #1 SB for the sixth consecutive year, with scores of 92 or above all six years

2013

  • In her 40th year as a winemaker, Merry is inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame
  • Is named Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional by the James Beard Foundation after six consecutive years of being named a finalist
  • Wine & Spirits magazine ranks Pinot Noir No. 4 most popular in 24th annual Restaurant Poll, Sauvignon Blanc No. 6 and the winery No. 8 most popular wine overall in America's finest restaurants
  • Intowine.com poll names Merry No. 2 on a list of the 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the United States
  • Vineyard & Winery Management magazine names Merry among the 20 Most Admired People in the North American Wine Industry
  • Global Traveler magazine, in the results of its Wines on the Wing Wine Competition, names Merry Edwards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Best North American White Wine
  • Merry is chosen to select the wines for the James Beard Foundation's Women in Whites Gala Fund-Raiser, featuring a star-studded lineup of women winemakers and chefs

2014

  • Merry's granddaughter August is born
  • For the second year in a row, Merry is named one of the 20 Most Admired Winemakers in North America by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine
  • Merry Edwards Winery is featured on Forbes.com for being served in Business Elite class on Delta Airlines
  • Sonoma Magazine features Merry in an article about all the winemakers she has mentored during her more than 40 years in the business
  • 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 presents her talk "My Forty Year Journey" to a standing-room-only crowd in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater
  • Wine Spectator features Merry's Sauvignon Blanc in an article about the top examples of that varietal in the United States
  • Merry participates 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"

2015

  • Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal features Merry and other women winemakers in a column: "Women Vintners Chip Away at Wineglass Ceiling"
  • Wine & Spirits magazine names Sauvignon Blanc No. 2 most popular in 26th annual Restaurant Poll, Pinot Noir No. 22 and the winery was named No. 17 most popular wine overall in America's finest restaurants
  • Wine Enthusiast magazine explores the various growing areas of the Russian River Valley, with extensive quotes from Merry
  • 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"
  • Marriott International awards Merry its 2015 Global Beverage Diversity Award

2016

  • Merry's 2014 Sauvignon Blanc lands at No. 17 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2016
  • Merry is listed by Wine Spectator as being among the stars and standouts making Pinot Noir in Sonoma County
  • Robert Parker calls Merry's 2013 vintage "an exceptional lineup of Pinot Noir from one of the masters and pioneers in California"
  • Wine & Spirits magazine's 27th Annual Restaurant Poll ranks Merry's Pinot Noir No. 1 most frequently served in America's finest restaurants. Her Sauvignon Blanc ranks No. 2 for that varietal, and Merry Edwards Winery ranks No. 3 among the top 50 brands in the country
  • Sonoma Magazine names Merry's 2013 Meredith Estate to its Top 100 of 2016

2017

  • Merry’s grandson Charles Li Miller is born
  • Merry donates 10% of consumer sales in the month of November and matches employee donations for a total of $49,458 to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund to help the area recover from the October firestorms
  • Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal names Merry's 2015 Sauvignon Blanc No. 1 on her list: “Sauvignon Blanc for the Saavy: A Global Guide to 10 Top Bottles”
  • Wine & Spirits magazine's 27th Annual Restaurant Poll ranks Merry's Pinot Noir No. 1 most frequently served in America's finest restaurants. Her Sauvignon Blanc comes in at No. 4 for that varietal, and Merry Edwards Winery ranks No. 2 among the top 50 brands in the country
  • Merry is named the 2017 Tete du Cuvee honoree and her auction lot raises $90,000 (doubled at $45,000) for the American Heart Association at the 2017 Cotes du Coeur in Dallas
  • Robert Whitley names Merry among the outstanding Winemakers of 2017: “Edwards’ Pinot Noir and Chardonnay releases in 2017 consistently topped the class, and her Sauvignon Blanc, made in the style of Bordeaux Blanc, was second to none”

Affiliations:

  • American Society of Enology and Viticulture
  • Sonoma County Grape Growers
  • Russian River Valley Winegrowers: Past president and member of the Executive Board