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Day 2: Symposium 2016

Day 2: Symposium 2016


Wednesday, February 17, Meadowood Napa Valley


7:30 – 8:15 AM Breakfast Buffet

Vintners Room


8:15 AM Welcome and Introductions

Vintners Room

Linda Reiff, president and CEO, Napa Valley Vintners

Karen MacNeil, Wednesday Master of Ceremonies


8:30 – 9:30 AM Creative Keynote – Jay McInerney in First Person

The best-selling novelist and wine columnist for Town & Country conducts a master class in writing


9:30 – 9:45 AM Break


9:45 – 10:45 AM How to Make a Small Fortune Writing About the Wine Business

Mike Veseth, professor, author, and editor of The Wine Economist


10:45 AM – Noon Critics’ Challenges: Originality, Objectivity, Integrity

Karen MacNeil, moderator; Eric Asimov, chief wine critic, The New York Times; Virginie Boone, contributing editor, Wine Enthusiast; Ray Isle, executive wine editor, Food & Wine


Noon – 1 PM Lunch   

The World of Napa Valley – featuring local wines made from traditional grape varieties of Spain, Southern France, Northern Italy and South America. Served with complementary cuisine from those regions


1 – 2:15 PM Publish Your Book, With or Without a Publisher

Moderator-commentator Karen MacNeil, author, The Wine Bible; Tilar Mazzeo, educator and author, The Widow Clicquot; Steven Rothfeld, photographer and author, Israel Eats; Alder Yarrow, publisher, and author, The Essence of Wine


2:15 – 2:30 PM Break


2:30 – 3:45 PM Tasting With Ray & Jay

Jay McInerney of Town & Country and Ray Isle of Food & Wine lead a tasting and writing exercise to demonstrate how they use wines as touchstones for deeper stories


3:45 PM Break


4 – 6:30 PM Coaching Sessions* (optional)


5 – 5:45 PM Grab & Go Selections Available

Madrone Room

Featuring wines made from heritage varieties of Napa Valley, such as Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Chenin Blanc


EVENING Dine Around

Evening free to enjoy Napa Valley dining at restaurants that have waived corkage fees for Symposium attendees. Sign ups available for informal groups

*Requires advance signup: Contact Julia Allenby at after January 15, 2016.

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