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Day 2: Symposium 2013

Day 2: Symposium 2013


Big Ideas Day

Meadowood Napa Valley


8 AM Breakfast 

Woodside Room


8:45 AM Welcome 

Vintners’ Room

Linda Reiff, executive director, Napa Valley Vintners; Jim Gordon, director, The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers


9 – 10 AM Tell Me Something I Don’t Know:

Under-the-Radar Trends and Topics to Cover in 2013

Vintners’ Room

Moderator Guy Woodward of U.K. lifestyle magazine Food and Travel; panelists Alan Kropf of Mutineer, Karen MacNeil of the The Wine Bible and the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies; Linda Murphy of; David Rosengarten of Saveur


10 – 11 AM A Conversation With James Conaway 

Vintners’ Room

Elin McCoy of Bloomberg News and author of The Emperor of Wine interviews James Conaway, author of Napa: The Story of an American Eden, and the new Nose


11 AM – NOON Lifestyle Editors Panel:

How Wine Writing Fits Into Food, Travel & Lifestyle Publications

Vintners’ Room

Moderator Gary Walther, luxury lifestyle editor; panelists Jen Murphy of Afar, Alan Kropf of Mutineer, Richard Bradley of Worth, Guy Woodward of Food and Travel.


NOON Lunch  

Woodside Room

Wines from Napa Green Certified Wineries, comments by Bruce Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars


1 – 2 PM Write Memorable Wine Reviews 

Vintners’ Room

A tasting and writing session to make your tasting notes more appealing and effective, with Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle and Susan Kostrzewa of Wine Enthusiast


2:15 – 3:45 PM One-on-One Story Pitching  


Meet the editors and propose articles in a speed-dating format, with Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle, Richard Bradley of Worth, Jim Gordon of Wines & Vines, Susan Kostrzewa of Wine Enthusiast, Alan Kropf of Mutineer, Jen Murphy of Afar, Guy Woodward of Food and Travel


4 – 6 PM Coaching Sessions:

Individual 30-minute career and writing coaching sessions Meadowood various rooms


5:30 PM Optional Wine Reception and Documentary Film Premier  

Cameo Cinema, St. Helena

Reception at 5:30 PM and premier of 20-minute documentary on Napa Valley at 6 PM, compliments of the Napa Valley Vintners. Attendees can pick up BYOB wines there.



Attendees dine on their own. Several local restaurants are offering corkage-free wine service to attendees

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