Wine Wisdom: Sustainable Winemaking with Merry Edwards

Merry Edwards on sustainable winemaking

 

2013 JBF Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional Award winner Merry Edwards is a longtime champion of sustainable winemaking. We caught up with Edwards (who is also curating the wine pairings for our gala this fall) to discuss her pioneering work at her eponymous Russian River Valley property.

 

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JBF: Can you give us a specific example of how a sustainable practice in your vineyards ultimately affects the quality of your wine?

 

ME: We use organic mushroom compost, a by-product from our neighbor, Gourmet Mushroom, as a supplement. In some vineyards, we apply the material on a vine-by-vine basis. It evens out the vines’ growth, giving us consistent vine size and ripening. Much of our farming energy is focused on this end result.

 

JBF: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced when implementing green practices at the winery?

 

ME: We wanted to operate... Read more >

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Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Merry Edwards

An interview with James Beard Award nominee Merry Edwards

 

One of California’s first female winemakers, multiple JBF Award nominee Merry Edwards is widely respected for her pioneering efforts in sustainability and for the exceptional pinot noir that she produces at her eponymous winery. Below, the 2013 Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award nominee tells us about what she’s adding to her portfolio, the local producer she most admires, and why the 2012 vintage is known among local winemakers as the “Tsunami of Grapes.”

 

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JBF: Among your 2012 releases, what are you most excited about?

 

Merry Edwards: 2012 was an amazing harvest. In my forty years of experience, I have not seen quantity and quality come together like they did. We refer to it here as the “Tsunami of Grapes.” For every vintage, there is one vineyard that seems to shine, and in 2012 I think the Flax Vineyard pinot will be the best... Read more >

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