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Fellowship Opportunities

For 2019, The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley offered thirty open fellowships. Each fellowship covered the registration fee and up to four nights' lodging at Meadowood Napa Valley. Interested wine writers competed for the open fellowships by entering their writing samples for evaluation by a team of independent judges. 

Frank G. Prial Fellowship

Each year the writer who scores highest in the symposium writing competition receives the Frank G. Prial Fellowship.


2019: Julie H. Case
2018: Joseph Hernandez
2017: William Kelley
2016: Adam Lechmere
2015: Elaine Brown
2014: Luke Sykora


Frank G. Prial was a news reporter for The New York Times and in 1972 became the paper's wine columnist. He brought to the job a high standard of journalistic integrity and great skills in story telling. Frank wrote the Wine Talk column from 1972 to 1979, and from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. Frank was a speaker at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers multiple years.

When Frank died in 2012 author Karen MacNeil suggested we honor him with a fellowship in his name. Frank's wife Jeanne, and Frank's successor at the Times, Eric Asimov, enthusiastically approved of the idea.