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Event Information

The application period for the 16th annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley, February 18 to 21, 2020 is from August 15, 2019 to October 1, 2019. Join your peers in a four-day learning experience that emphasizes three subjects: the craft of writing, career advancement and wine knowledge. 

Hotel Accommodations

The 2020 Symposium will take place from February 18 through February 21 at Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena, California. Symposium attendees will receive up to four nights' accommodations, from Monday, February 17 through Thursday, February 20, with departure on Friday, February 21.  Meadowood offers Symposium attendees a special lodging rate exclusively for participants for just prior to or just following the Symposium, space permitting. Guest room assignments are based on availability and in the order in which the reservation is received. For more information on Meadowood, please visit


Check-in Time 4:00 p.m. | Check-Out Time 12:00 Noon.



Accompanying Guest

Although the Symposium sessions are open only to Symposium participants, you may invite a guest to lodge with you at Meadowood. Please note that all guest rooms at Meadowood have king beds. Guests are not invited to participate in sessions or meals that are part of the Symposium programming.


Relaxed attire during the Symposium. Recommended evening dress includes jackets for men and wine country elegant attire for women for dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. February temperatures in Napa Valley run between 40 and 60 degrees during the day, and rain may be expected. Evening temperatures may drop to the mid-30s. Please check the weather prior to arrival.

Food Preferences or Allergies

When registering for the Symposium, please make us aware of food preferences you may have, such as a preference for vegetarian cuisine, as well as food allergies about which our chefs should be alerted.

Coaching Opportunities

One-on-one coaching sessions on career and writing improvement will be available to all atttendees.


Throughout the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, all wines featured during meals and social gatherings are generously donated by members of the Napa Valley Vintners.