30 fully-funded fellowship spots in the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

October 19, 2015 – St. Helena, CA – November 1 is the application deadline for wine writers to apply for thirty fully-funded fellowship spots in the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley, taking place from February 16 to 19, 2016.

As a past attendee, you know the value of participating in this unique and inspiring gathering of writers, editors and publishers, which provides unmatched career enhancement opportunities for wine writers, wine-food writers, and wine-travel writers.

Meadowood Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners are underwriting the 2016 fellowships. Applications will be screened anonymously by an independent panel of former Symposium speakers and faculty members. Fellowships will be awarded based on each applicant’s professional editorial status, the quality and originality of their work and their influence in the world of wine writing. For more information or to apply, visit www.WineWritersSymposium.org. Former fellowship recipients are encouraged and can apply for the 2016 event under the new structure.

In addition to the fellowship program, wine, wine-food and wine-travel publications are invited to sponsor their own qualified staff writers, editors and contributors to participate as one of 20 additional Editor’s Choice attendees. If you are an editor who would like to send one or more staff members to the 2016 Symposium, please contact me directly.

Renowned British author and expert on wine, Hugh Johnson OBE, will deliver the industry keynote address. Other faculty members featured at the 12th annual gathering include Eric Asimov, chief wine critic for The New York Times; Jay McInerney, author and wine columnist for Town & Country; Jeannie Cho Lee MW, founder of AsianPalate.com; Ray Isle, executive wine editor, Food & Wine; Doug Frost, wine author, educator and one of only four people in the world to hold both the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier credentials; Jamie Goode, author, writer and founder of wineanorak.com; Virginie Boone, contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast; Mike Veseth, publisher of the Wine Economist; satirist Ron Washam, the HoseMaster of Wine; Esther Mobley, wine, beer and spirits writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Tilar Mazzeo, author of The Widow Clicquot and associate professor at Colby College.

We hope you will consider applying for a fellowship for 2016. Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to join your colleagues at Meadowood Napa Valley. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Julia Allenby
Executive Director

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About the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, founded by Meadowood Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners trade association and supported by The Culinary Institute of America, draws top wine book authors and editors, wine magazine writers and critics, newspaper wine columnists, bloggers and other editorial wine content creators to Napa Valley to speak, listen, debate, explore themes prevalent in contemporary wine writing and network with their peers for four days. A combination of lectures, panel discussions, group and individual writing sessions, wine tasting and fine dining make the Symposium an unmatched career enrichment opportunity for editorial wine, wine-food, and wine-travel writers. Learn more at www.WineWritersSymposium.org.


Executive Director