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About the Wine Writers’ Symposium

About the Wine Writers’ Symposium

ABOUT THE WINE WRITERS' SYMPOSIUM

The Wine Writers' Symposium, founded by Meadowood Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners, draws top wine book authors and editors, wine magazine writers and critics, newspaper wine columnists, bloggers and other editorial wine content creators to Napa Valley to speak, listen, debate, explore themes prevalent in contemporary wine writing and network with their peers for four days. A combination of lectures, panel discussions, group and individual writing sessions, wine tastings, and fine dining make the symposium an unmatched career enrichment opportunity for editorial wine, wine-food, and wine-travel writers.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Wine Writers' Symposium is to encourage, promote, and expand the wine writers’ community, to strengthen connections between emerging and established writers, and to provide a forum to discuss and explore the key issues facing an ever-evolving industry.  

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The Wine Writers' Symposium is committed to fostering developing voices and promoting diversity, both key issues for the wine writing community.  

AUDIENCE

The ideal attendee of the Wine Writers' Symposium is a writer who has already demonstrated a degree of professional commitment to writing about wine. This demonstration can take multiple forms, and potential attendees might communicate across multiple platforms or media, but the application to the Symposium must be in the written word.

Team

Maryam Ahmed

Maryam Ahmed
Program Advisor

Maryam has spent over ten years in the hospitality industry. Maryam owns a collaborative consulting firm that specializes in project management, programs and experiences, and strategic planning for hospitality businesses with a focus on the world of food and wine. Before launching her business, she spent five years as a director and intrapreneur at the Culinary Institute … Continued

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Melody Fuller, MFA, MPA

Melody Fuller, MFA, MPA
Admissions Advisor

Melody Fuller, an invited speaker, panelist, educator, and mentor, holds a Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She has worked as a columnist for The SOMM Journal; served as the wine, food, and travel editor for Alameda County’s Renew Magazine; and her work was published on a James Beard … Continued

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Board

Amanda Harlan

Amanda Harlan
Board Member

Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Amanda Harlan was immersed from an early age in the cultural, social, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic life of the region. Around the dinner table, discussions about winegrowing were a nightly event, with her father speaking on the importance of creating, as a family, something that would last for generations. After earning a degree in Psychology from the University of … Continued

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Stacey Dolan Capitani

Stacey Dolan Capitani
Board Member

Stacey Dolan Capitani is the vice president of marketing and promotions for the Napa Valley Vintners. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in the wine industry, she oversees the NVV’s global brand strategy to position Napa Valley as the world’s finest wine growing region. Through the association’s signature programs, innovative marketing strategies, wine auctions … Continued

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Teresa Wall

Teresa Wall
Board Member

Teresa Wall has served as marketing director for the Napa Valley Vintners since 2013. A seasoned marketer and wine industry professional, Teresa joined the NVV in 2008 with a passion for promoting the Napa Valley wine region to the world. She leverages a strong marketing background and a drive for innovation in her efforts to … Continued

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Brett Van Emst

Brett Van Emst
Board Member

Brett has made it his mission in life seek out the interesting and odd, the nuances of human endeavors that are often overlooked. He has launched his own cultural review magazine, wrestled with mainsails while racing in a 41-foot Sydney sailboat, is a published writer of fiction and poetry, is able to do thin-coat plaster, … Continued

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Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson
Board Member

To his role as senior vice president and editor in chief of Robb Report magazine, Brett Anderson applies a broad background in content creation spanning multiple industries and media. His areas of expertise encompass general business journalism, enterprise technologies, personal computing, telecommunications, the Internet, multimedia, consumer electronics, entertainment, and lifestyle. The various media in which he has … Continued

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Kelli A. White

Kelli A. White
Board Member

Kelli A. White is the Director of Education at The Wine Center at Meadowood Estate. She worked as a sommelier for nearly a decade between New York City and Napa Valley; in 2013, Food & Wine magazine named her one of the top sommeliers in the country. She is also a celebrated wine writer, having … Continued

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Dorothy J. Gaiter

Dorothy J. Gaiter
Senior Editor, Grape Collective

Dorothy J. Gaiter is Senior Editor of Grape Collective, an online magazine for which she and her husband, John Brecher, coauthor a biweekly column. She has been studying and enjoying wine since 1973. After long careers as award-winning hard-news journalists, the couple conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal’s wine column, “Tastings,” from 1998 to … Continued

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