NVV's Signature Program for Media Professionals
Ten top wine writers, editors and writing coaches meet each February at Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena to exchange ideas on contemporary wine writing. Their audience and colleagues for the four-day conference are professional editorial wine, wine/food and wine/travel writers from around the country.
Past rosters of alumni speakers from the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers include, Michael Bauer (San Francisco Chronicle), Dan Berger (syndicated columnist), Bill Daly (Chicago Tribune), Anthony Dias Blue (columnist and radio host), Michael Franz (Washington Post), Sam Gugino (The Wine Spectator), Jack Hart (The Oregonian), Rob Kasper (Baltimore Sun), Karen MacNeil (PBS Television), Elin McCoy (Bloomberg News), Eric Asimov and Frank Prial (New York Times), Andrea Immer Robinson (Fine Living Network), Leslie Sbrocco (Today Show), Jerry Shriver (USA Today), Steven Spurrier (Decanter),Harvey Steiman (Wine Spectator), and Lettie Teague (Food & Wine Magazine), Alder Yarrow (vineography.com) among others.
The Symposium, a non-profit educational organization, was founded as a resource for professional writers, editors, and those emerging in the field with a mission of promoting excellence and camaraderie within the professional wine writing community. The conference, convenes annually in Napa Valley and offers professionals an open forum for exploration of themes prevalent in contemporary wine writing. The Symposium is dedicated to bringing together outstanding leaders in the wine writing field. It is directed by wine writer, editor and author Antonia Allegra.
The program is open to published editorial wine writers, wine/food writers, wine/travel writers and editors. The $475 registration fee includes private or group coaching as well as all conference sessions, meals, receptions and wine tastings. Lodging is available at Meadowood.
In order to maintain the editorial caliber of this conference, the Symposium has solicited no outside sponsorship. A portion of the cost of the program is underwritten by the Napa Valley Vintners, a non-profit organization representing nearly 400 wineries and by Meadowood Napa Valley, which continues its thirty-year tradition of service to the Napa Valley winegrowing community by providing a venue for the conference. The Symposium follows an intense plenary program for a limited number of attendees plus speakers.
For more information www.winewriterssymposium.org