Got some good news that I wanted to share. I just found out that I've won a fellowship to attend the 2009 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, to be held over four days next month at Meadowood in Napa Valley. I'd sent my clips to the judging panel in December, keeping my fingers crossed that I'd score one of these fellowships worth $1,600. The symposium is a great opportunity to meet and learn from some of the top wine writers in the country. The speakers this year include:
Eric Asimov - chief wine critic from the New York Times and author of "The Pour" (one of my favorite wine blogs)
Karen MacNeil - author of "The Wine Bible"
Frank Prial - longtime New York Times reporter and wine columnist
Barbara Fairchild - editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit
Ted and Matt Lee - brothers and wine columnists for Martha Stewart Living.
So I'll be spending my time in writing workshops, discussing current issues in wine and food journalism, and yes, drinking some wine and fine tuning my palate during tasting panels. Some of the wineries involved in sponsoring the fellowship program include: Blackbird Vineyards, Far Niente, Peju, Plumpjack, Robert Mondavi Winery, Shafer Vineyards and Silverado Vineyards.
I'll be blogging here during some of my downtime at the symposium. In the meantime, it's back to more wine writing - but with my mind on Napa next month.