Caroline Merrell
Jackson Family Wines, California

While growing up in New Hampshire, where not even cool climate varieties survive, Caroline never imagined a career in the wine industry. It wasn’t until her senior year at Bucknell University, when she began brainstorming what career path she wanted to take with her degree in chemistry, that she really discovered wine. Shortly after, Caroline joined the wine chemistry graduate program at Washington State University. Luckily, she fell in love with wine right away, and went on to earn her doctorate in 2017. After grad school, she joined Jackson Family Wines as a Research and Development Chemist, where she currently manages the R&D laboratory and various winemaking trials. She works across multiple departments within the company, ensuring that production, marketing, and sustainability initiatives ultimately tie back to wine quality.

Caroline also teaches sensory evaluation for Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology certificate program.

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