I just returned from the 2014 Syposium for Professional Wine Writers held in Napa Valley last week. Robert Parker was our keynote speaker. See Video This conference is sponsored each year by the Culimany Institute of America, The Napa Valley Vintners, and Meadowood Resort.
Attendees included editors from Wine Enthusiast, New York Times, Sunset Magazine, Food & Wine, Worth Magazine, Wines & Vines and wine writers from Wall Street Jounal, San Francisco Chronicle, and Huffington Post among others.
The Symposium featured sessions on wine analysis and flaws as well as writing styles, photography, video skill enhancement.
There was also a "Down and Dirty" field trip to various vineyards. I was fortunate to be able to work on the biodynamic prep at the Raymond Vineyards where I met the Owner of Raymond and Boisset Family Wineries, John Charles Boisset. We are virtually framed here.
Finally, Here is the first place winning Limerick awarded at the Founder's Dinner. The theme was "10" - for the 10th Symposium.
10 Wine Writers Limerick
by Tricia Conover
Wine writers share a mystique
Surrounding their pithy critique
10 various found
Describing a single barrique.
A Rhone or Bordeaux you can bet
Our 10 writers commonly vet
And one writer differs
Among all the sniffers
And savors that wet-doggy Brett!