CA winemakers, Merry Edwards & Ted Lemon, James Beard Foundation semifinalists

on 25/02/11 at 4:35 pm

Wine

The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for its 2011 restaurant and chef awards, with a couple of Sonoma County winemakers making the cut.

One of California’s first woman winemakers, Merry Edwards, was named as a semifinalist in the Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional category. Edwards produces hand-crafted pinot noirs from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast at her winery in Sebastopol.

Ted Lemon, the first American ever hired as a winemaker and vineyard manager of a Burgundian estate, was named a semifinalist in the same category. At Littorai Wines in Sebastopol, he produces vineyard designated chardonnay and pinot noir from western Sonoma and western Mendocino counties.

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