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Day 2: Symposium 2014

Day 2: Symposium 2014


Wednesday, February 19, Meadowood Napa Valley


7:30 AM Breakfast

Vintners Room


8:15 AM Welcome   

Vintners Room

Linda Reiff, President Napa Valley Vintners


8:30 – 9:30 AM Keynote Session and Q & A with Robert M. Parker Jr.


9:30 – 10:45 AM State of the Wine Industry

Panel discussion moderated by Jim Gordon of Wines & Vines; with John Gillespie of Wine Opinions, Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank, Bill Cascio of Glazer’s distributors


10:45 AM – 11 AM Break


11 AM – Noon Shades of Green: Understanding Environmental Standards

Panel discussion moderated by Sara Schneider, wine editor of Sunset, with Laurel Marcus of Fish Friendly Farming, Whole Foods wine buyer Roger Fawcett, and Mark Neal of Jack Neal & Son, viticultural consultant and vineyard manager.


12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch

Woodside Room

Featuring Wines from Napa Green Producers


1:30 – 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions*

A. The Multiple Personalities of Chardonnay   

Vintners Room

Blind tasting exercise with Karen MacNeil, chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at The Culinary Institute of America, and Ray Isle, executive wine editor, Food & Wine magazine

B. Write Better Pitches & Get Your Stories Placed   

Woodside Room

With Alison Clare Steingold, senior editor, C Magazine; David White, founder


3 to 4 PM Breakout Sessions*

C. Identifying Wine Sensory Attributes and Flaws

Vintners Room

Tasting with Lisa Perrotti-Brown, editor-in-chief, Wine Advocate; Eric Herve, Ph.D., ETS Laboratories

D. Enhance Your Writing With Visual Images 

Woodside Room

Improve your photography and videography skills in a hands-on workshop, with Bonjwing Lee, founder, Ulterior Epicure; Kaethy Kennedy and Alan Kropf of Mutineer magazine


4:30 – 7 PM Coaching Sessions*


5 – 6 PM Grab and go wine pickup for BYOB dining

Reception Lodge


EVENING Dine Around

Evening free to enjoy Napa Valley dining. Sign ups available for informal groups

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