Merry is a California winemaking legend who has left an indelible mark on the American wine industry. Her first foray into winemaking was as an amateur in 1970, under her Merry Vintners label, when she was working toward her bachelor of science degree in physiology at UC Berkeley. After earning her master’s degree in food science with an emphasis in enology from UC Davis, Merry worked as winemaker for multiple brands, including Mount Eden and Matanzas Creek, and consulted for dozens of wineries. During this time, she was integral in putting Russian River Pinot Noir on the map. It wasn’t until 1997 that Merry launched Merry Edwards Winery and Vineyards, and much critical acclaim followed. After 47 vintages as a winemaker, Merry retired in February 2020. Today Merry Edwards Winery continues to farm the vineyard ranch at Merry’s home under her careful eye.