Updated: Jan 12
Sebastopol off Hwy 116 in the heart of Russian River Valley.
Merry Edwards is a….
Pioneering woman in wine and a…
Sonoma County winemaking legend.
One of California’s FIRST women winemakers.
She broke the glass ceiling for other women winemakers in the 70’s.
She graduated from Davis and in 1997 established her own winery.
Her wines are available only at select restaurants and at her winery.
The winery amenities include an outdoor garden, patio, and fountain.
Not dog or kid friendly, due to Chloe, the winery cat and the indoor seated tasting.
The winery lobby is like stepping into a hotel lobby.
Guests experience a complimentary group seated tasting.
No appointment necessary. 15-25 minutes
Five private rooms off to the side of the entrance are used for the seated tastings.
Appt. Needed, 45-60 min. 11:00, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00. 8 pp max.
Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and a fascinating Late Harvest Sauv Blanc dessert wine.
Wine prices: average about $50-60
Merry Edwards could be called the Queen of Pinot Noir.
Her Pinot Noir clone research was so thorough; a Pinot was named after her.
“Russian River Valley is the “epicenter of great Pinot Noir.”
Her winemaking interest evolved out of her UC Berkeley beer making hobby.
A Berkeley professor suggested she go to UC Davis to further tap into her interest.
Note: If you are not generally fond of Sauvignon Blanc,
Merry Edward’s Sauvignon Blanc may change your mind.
In 2013 (her 40th year of wine making), she received two coveted wine awards:
Inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame
And James Beard award for best wine.