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Wine Spectator: Roederer Buys Sonoma’s Merry Edwards Winery

February 25, 2019

The Louis Roederer Champagne house has purchased Russian River Valley Pinot Noir specialist Merry Edwards Winery. The deal includes the brand and its inventory, as well as the winery and tasting room in Sebastopol and 79 acres spread over six vineyards. The sale price was not disclosed. The founders of the winery, Merry Edwards and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, will stay on temporarily during the transition period.

Edwards is a Sonoma County wine pioneer and one of California’s first female winemakers. Her 28,000-case brand is known for its structured Pinot Noirs, including notable single-vineyard wines. Edwards also makes a small amount of Chardonnay, as well as a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. Her wines have made numerous appearances in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year, including a Top 10 spot for her 2007 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc in 2009. Wine Spectator has more on Roederer’s plans for the winery.Aaron Romano

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