Wine Writers Symposium 1 min read

Several years ago I diverted my longstanding career path as a wine trade professional to journalism. It wasn’t an easy choice, but a passionate call that had to be answered; it has delivered many rewards since.


Upon learning that I was chosen as a fellowship recipient for the highly coveted Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, my heart skipped a beat.


I love my profession with abandon and such an important acknowledgement of my craft is humbling and evokes profound gratitude.


A heartfelt “Thank You” to the judges who read my work and felt that it delivered “high level of professionalism and industry knowledge”!


Thank you to vintners, winemakers and viticulturalists of wine regions in Napa, Sonoma, Central Coast, Italy, France, Spain and New Zealand for your extraordinary generosity and meaningful conversations.


Can’t wait for the Symposium, which features Steven Spurrier, the force behind the historic Judgement of Paris, a keynote speaker.




Ilona Thompson
Ilona Thompson

Ilona Thompson is Editor-in-Chief at PalateXposure, a destination site for oenophiles, gourmands and luxury travelers. She also recently launched #Wine, a site dedicated to wines and spirits reviews, and #Photography, a site devoted to high-quality wine, food, and travel related photography.

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