Kevin Zraly to deliver keynote at 2017 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

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L-R: Author and Instructor Kevin Zraly, Windows on The World Wine School; Symposium Closing Dinner at Meadowood Napa Valley; Symposium Session at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (PRNewsFoto/The Symposium for Professional)

Apply now for one of thirty fully funded fellowships

ST. HELENA, Calif., Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned wine educator and author Kevin Zraly joins a robust faculty of writers, editors, and coaches as the keynote speaker at the 13th annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, to be held February 21 to 24, 2017 at Meadowood Napa Valley.

For the second year in a row, the Symposium offers thirty fully funded fellowships for accomplished writers in the wine, food and wine, and travel and wine fields. The three-day event includes workshops, panel discussions, tastings, and one-one-coaching, all supporting excellence in wine writing and providing mentorship and networking opportunities. Interested writers who can demonstrate at least two paid, published byline articles in the 12 months prior to applying are encouraged to apply for the open fellowships. Two writing samples evaluated by a team of independent judges. For more information and the application, go to

Kevin Zraly is celebrating his 41st Anniversary in 2016 as the founder and teacher of the immensely popular Windows on the World Wine School, which has graduated over 20,000 students since its inception. He has been teaching wine for over 40 years, beginning at the age of 20, and has studied wine-making techniques in California and all the great wine regions of Europe. He is the author of several books on wine, including the "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course."

The Symposium faculty includes Richard Bradley, Editor-in-Chief, Worth Magazine; Julia Cosgrove, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, AFAR; Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier and author; Jim Gordon, Editor, Wines & Vines; Paul Gregutt, Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast; Dianne Jacob, Writing Coach, Author, Freelance Editor; Chris Knutsen, Editor-in-Chief, WSJ. Magazine; Chris Macias, Critic-at-Large, The Sacramento Bee; Meridith May, Owner, The SOMM Journal; Co-founder, The Tasting Panel andThe Clever Root; Esther Mobley, Wine, Beer and Spirits Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Madeline Puckette, Co-founder and Content Director, Wine Folly; Leslie Sbrocco, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Television Host; and Michael Shapiro, Journalism Professor, Founder of The Big Roundtable.

The Symposium is scheduled immediately before Premiere Napa Valley, a weekend of industry-focused events, culminating in the annual grand tasting and futures auction.

About the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers
The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, founded by Meadowood Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners trade association and supported by The Culinary Institute of America, draws top wine book authors and editors, wine magazine writers and critics, newspaper wine columnists, bloggers and other editorial wine content creators to Napa Valley to speak, listen, debate, explore themes prevalent in contemporary wine writing and network with their peers for four days. A combination of lectures, panel discussions, group and individual writing sessions, wine tasting and fine dining make the Symposium an unmatched career enrichment opportunity for editorial wine, wine-food, and wine-travel writers. Learn more at

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