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This area of the website is designed to allow you to:

1. Quickly find additional resources for the Symposium, as they become available.

2. Find valuable research and writing resources and to share them as well. If you have a resource that's been instrumental to you please notify Julia Allenby at to have it posted to this area so your professional writing colleagues may benefit from your discovery!

Document and Forms Description
2019 Fellowship Recipients

Fellows in attendance for the 2019 Symposium

2018 Fellows List
2018 Wines To Be Poured
2018 Restaurant List

Great places to enjoy Napa Valley wines! Don't forget your grab-and-go options. Corkage may or may not be waived.

2018 FAQ
2017 Required Reading - A Cautionary Tale

Background information for session "A Cautionary Tale"

2017 FAQs
2017 Wines to Be Poured

From NVV

2017 Addl Wines to Be Poured: Blind Tasting

Wines tasted during Hoby Wedler's session, "Palate Pilates: Blind Tasting"

2017 Master Tasting Wine Tech Notes
2017 Closing Dinner Wine Tech Notes
2017 Spark Up Your Tasting Notes Tech Notes
2017 Coaching Schedule

Schedule of one-on-one coaching sessions - updated 2/13

2017 Required Reading - Highly Rated Writing

Please consume prior to Wednesday, February 22. 

2017 Attendee Bios & Photos
List of the 2017 Fellowship recipients. Speaker and coach information can be found here.
Wine Writers Symposium Logo

For use on your website or business card...

Down & Dirty Tour Details
2016 Wines to Be Poured

The complete list!

2016 Wednesday Dine Around Restaurants
These restaurants are waiving corkage for Symposium attendees on Wednesday, February 17.
2016 Schedule & Wine List

Details here!

Hugh Johnson's Bibliography
2016 FAQs

What you need to know...

2016 Attendee Bios

List of the 2016 Fellowship recipients. Speaker and coach information can be found here.

2015 Wine Opinions Presentation

John Gillespie's presentation on media coverage wine preferences and consumer wine preferences

2015 Business Story Ideas

The slide presentations from panel discussion

2015 Wines to Be Poured

A spreadsheet in PDF with 172 wines to be poured (not including blinded ones). Attendees please email or pmcgaughy@napavintners if you want the original Excell format.

2015 FAQs

Answers the most popular questions attendees ask us!

2015 Attendee Bios & Photos

See who else has registered. 1.5 MB file. For speaker and coaches bios, please go here.

2015 Wednesday Dine Around Restaurants

These local restaurants are waiving corkage fee for Sympsoium attendees on Wednesday, February 18

2015 Meadowood Media Information

Social media details and press kit information

2014 Schedule & Wine List

PDF form of the print booklet for 2014

2014 Attendee Bios

See who else has registered. 2.4MB file

(Go here for speaker bios instead)

2014 Fellowship Winners & Winery Sponsors

Winners of writing competition and editor's choices

2014 CIA Greystone Facts

Facts and contact information on the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone.

2014 Presentation, John Gillespie, Wine Opinions

John Gillespie of Wine Opinions shows what high-end wine drinkers drink

2014 Presentation, Jim Gordon, Wines & Vines

Graphic overview of U.S. Wine Market and U.S. Wineries

2014 Presentation, Bill Cascio, Glazers

Bill Cascio, Glazers distributors, shared a link to his presentation

2014 Presentation, Rob McMillan, Silicon Valley Bank

View Rob McMillan's presentation from the "State of the Wine Industry" panel discussion.

2014 Premiere NV Essay

Matt Villano essay on Napa Valley green issues

Worth Magazine Wine Article Examples

Richard Bradley, editor of Worth, sent along links to several examples of articles touching on wine that he has published, to show the types of contributions for which he is looking. A symposium alum, Janis Miglavs, wrote one of them. See the links in the attached PDF.

World of Fine Wine Style Guide

Editor Neil Beckett provided a PDF of his magazine's style guide, which will help anyone submitting story queries or manuscripts to the World of Fine Wine.

What Do Wine Writers Want?

Wines & Vines magazine, Jim Gordon, April 2011

Wines & Vines Directory/Buyer's Guide

The most accurate reference on all North American wineries

Writer's Digest

Many kinds of good products and services for writers from the mother lode of writer’s self help


Rather new organization in US and UK serves journalists and public relations pros by publicizing career moves, posting jobs, etc.

Media Bistro

Free sign up gives you extensive job openings via email; paid classes, events and seminars available on both coasts


International Association of Culinary Professionals

This respected organization includes wine writers. Yearly dues give admission to events, trips, product discounts, ezine and much more. 

Society for Features Journalism

Promotes the craft of writing and innovation in lifestyle, arts and entertainment journalism

American Society of Journalists and Authors

Professional association of independent nonfiction writers gives the confidence and connections to prosper

Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards

Annual competition as nine categories for writers and publications

Advice for Future Food Writers, by Amanda Hesser, April 2012

Wine Writer Listing in Wines & Vines Directory/Buyer's Guide

Submit a free wine writer listing and increase the awareness of your name and publications

CIA Professional Wine Studies Program

Class descriptions and schedules