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Day 2: Symposium 2015

Day 2: Symposium 2015


Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Meadowood Napa Valley


7:30 AM Breakfast

Vintners Room


8:15 AM Welcome

Vintners Room

Linda Reiff, President Napa Valley Vintners

Jim Gordon, Symposium Executive Director


8:30 – 9:30 AM Creative Keynote – There Stands the Glass: Description and Story

Billy Collins, United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003


9:30 – 10:30 AM Using Voice & Narrative in Wine Writing

Louise Kiernan, Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism; Betsy Andrews, Wine Columnist,


10:30 – 10:45 AM Break


10:45 AM – Noon Get Your Writing Noticed via Research and Originality

Moderator, Will Lyons, Wall Street Journal; John Gillespie, Wine Opinions; S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times; Dave McIntyre, Washington Post


Noon – 1 PM Lunch Featuring Wines from Some of Napa Valley’s Multi-Generation Families

Woodside Room


1 – 1:15 PM Break


1:15 – 2: 15 PM What Digital Editors Want

Vintners Room

Betsy Andrews,, moderator; Joe Czerwinski, managing editor, Wine Enthusiast; Davina Baum, director of digital content,; Kristin Tice Studeman, contributing editor,


2:15 – 2:30 PM Break


2:30 – 3:45 PM Breakout Sessions*

Breakout A, Author! Author! Get Your Book Idea Published

Madrone Room*

Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier and author; Blake Edgar, senior sponsoring editor, University of California Press


Breakout B, All in the Family: A Conversation, Tasting and Writing Exercise With Some of Napa Valley’s Multi-Generation Winery Owners

Woodside Room*

Led by Karen MacNeil, The Wine Bible; Dave McIntyre, Washington Post


4:30 – 5:30 PM Coaching Sessions*


3:45 – 5 PM Grab and go wines from Napa Green Certified producers available for Dine Around

Meadowood Reception Lodge


5:30 – 6:30 PM Billy Collins Poetry Reading and Q & A, optional for symposium attendees and open to the Meadowood community  *Requires RSVP 

Woodside Room


EVENING Dine Around

Evening free to enjoy Napa Valley dining. Sign ups for informal groups will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday during the Symposium. Free corkage offered at select Restaurants (see list in Resources secion).

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