Merry Edwards_Photo-1-white backgrdLegendary vintner Merry Edwards to greet guests, pour samplings of her highly rated wines crafted in California’s Russian River Valley

Interestingly, it’s the last paragraph of Merry Edwards’ impressive biography that sums her up best, saying, “In many ways, Merry Edwards is like her wines — complex, balanced and memorable. An intricate blend of artistic vision, scientific training, spirit and grace, Merry leaves a lasting impression.”

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) is pleased to announce that Merry Edwards will be honored as Featured Winemaker at its 29th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction, being held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Four Seasons Austin.

Additionally, for the second consecutive year, the Foundation has chosen Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas as the charitable benefactor to receive a portion of auction proceeds. After last year’s auction, the Foundation awarded Dell Children’s $60,000 earmarked for nutritional programs and education.

Ms. Edwards joins an impressive list of Rare & Fine Wine Auction honored winemakers, including Robert Mondavi, Paul Hobbs, Chuck Wagner, Christian Moueix and others.  Just as she blazed the trail for women winemakers in California, Merry is the first female selected as the annual auction’s featured guest.

Wine & Food Foundation Auction Chair Daniel Bleier has collected Merry Edwards’ coveted pinot noirs for years, saying, “We are thrilled to welcome Merry to Austin and very excited to present our guests with the opportunity to experience some ofMerry’s latest bottle releases. If anyone comes to the auction not familiar with Merry Edwards’ wines, I’m fairly certain that will all change once they swirl, swish and swallow the incredible goodness she creates.”

Merry Edwards is an award-winning winemaker, recently named Outstanding Wine Professional at the 2013 James Beard Awards. Her wines are equally decorated with honors. In 2009, Wine Spectator named the Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2007 to its list of Top 100 Wines of the Year, landing the #9 spot with a classic rating of 96 points on a 100-point scale. In 2006, the Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Klopp Ranch Méthode à l’Ancienne 2003 was ranked #21, with a classic rating of 95 points. Most recently, the Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Meredith Estate Méthode à l’Ancienne 2010 received an outstanding rating of 92 points, with the Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2011 earning an outstanding 91 points.

Merry Edwards Winery products are distributed in Texas by Serendipity Wines, LLC (www.serendipitywines.com).

**Tickets and tables for the 2014 Rare & Fine Wine Auction can be purchased on The Wine & Food Foundation website atwww.winefoodfoundation.org.  Additional announcements will be forthcoming about exclusive pre-auction dinner and wine tasting events.

Event Details

•              What: 29th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction presented by The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas

•              When: 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014

•              Where: Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

•              Tickets: $250 per person, $2,500 for table of 12

•              How: The WFFT website @ www.winefoodfoundation.org, or call (512) 327-7555
Thanks to The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas

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