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Applications will be accepted beginning September 21, 2015 for the 2016 symposium, to be held February 16-19, 2016.


Qualified professional editorial writers and editors on wine, wine and food, and wine and travel may apply each year. The deadline for fellowship applications for the 2016 Symposium will be November 1, 2015.


Registration includes all educational sessions, materials, wine tastings, three breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two private career/writing coaching sessions and local transportation between sessions. The Symposium takes place in St. Helena, California at Meadowood Napa Valley, and at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone. 


Please note that attendance is limited to professional editorial writers and editors on wine, wine and food, and wine and travel. Public relations and marketing personnel, winery owners and employees and other non editorial people cannot complete registration. Qualified registrants must demonstrate two paid, published byline articles or similar paid writing in the 12 months prior to registering.

If you're interested in applying for a fellowship, please check this box and see the Fellowship Opportunities Page

Published Works / Fellowship Entries

All fellowship applicants must complete the section below. Qualified fellowship applicants must demonstrate at least two paid, published byline articles or similar paid writing in the 12 months prior to registering. Please provide here the information on two such articles: the name and email of your assigning editor or publisher for each, and links to where these articles can be read, or PDF copies of the articles. Links and PDFs need to show your byline, the publication name and date published. If these details are not evident through the link or PDF, please ask your assigning editor to email to verify your authorship and publication date.


Applicants should use the functions below to attach or link the two articles and/or book chapters that they are submitting for judging in the writing competition. The same writing samples will serve to demonstrate eligibility for registration. 


Meadowood offers Symposium attendees a special lodging rate exclusively for participants of $310 per person per night plus applicable taxes for the dates just prior to or just following the Symposium, space permitting. All rooms are non-smoking and feature a king-size bed. Guest room assignments are based on availability and in the order in which the reservation is received.


Although the Symposium sessions are open only to Symposium participants, you may invite a guest to lodge with you at Meadowood. Kindly note that all guest rooms at Meadowood feature king beds. Guests are not invited to the meals that are part of the program.

Optional coaching sessions

Throughout the Symposium, personal coaching sessions will be available. Registrants will be informed prior to the symposium about how to schedule coaching sessions.

Biographical sketch

Please provide a brief biographical sketch of your professional wine writing (or wine/food or wine/travel writing) career (100 words or less) to be used in the Symposum resources.



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The 12th Annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

February 16–19, 2016

Registration for the 2016 program opens September 21, 2015. If you have questions about the registration process please feel free to contact Symposium Director Julia Allenby at Contact the Meadowood Reservations Team at with questions regarding lodging at Meadowood.

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