Champagne brand Louis Roederer has purchased Russian River Valley’s Merry Edwards Winery for an undisclosed figure. The deal will see the luxury French company famous for producing Cristal Champagne take over the brand, winery, inventory, six vineyards, and Sebastopol tasting room, Wine Spectator reports.
A little about Merry Edwards:
She earned her master’s degree in food science, with an emphasis in enology, from UC Davis in 1973 — one of just three women in her program, and the only woman who would go on to become a winemaker. She immediately landed an enviable job, as head winemaker at Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and later went on to help launch Matanzas Creek in Sonoma County.
For her master’s thesis, Edwards tested 120 wines that had been bottled with lead capsules over their corks, and discovered widespread lead contamination in the wines. That groundbreaking research would help eliminate lead capsules from California wines.