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Announcing the Spurrier-Winiarski Wine Writer-in-Residence Award

$50,000 award supports 3-month residency for wine writing project, inspired by wine industry icons

We are pleased to announce a special opportunity for wine writers to offer new perspectives to the canon of wine writing: the 2024 Spurrier-Winiarski Wine Writer-in-Residence Award at the UC Davis Library. This $50,000 award will support a three-month residency at UC Davis to research, write, and publish a long-form project on a current or historical aspect of wine. Applications are due November 1, 2023.

Warren Winiarski and Steven Spurrier shaking hands.
Warren Winiarski (left) and Steven Spurrier (right). Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

The writer-in-residence award was inspired by the long friendship of wine industry icons Steven Spurrier and Warren Winiarski, who shared a mutual appreciation of fine wine, and fine wine writing.

The awarded writer will have direct access to the resources and collections of the UC Davis Library, widely recognized as the greatest wine library in the world, to complete their proposed writing project. The library’s resources include our Warren Winiarski Wine Writer Collection, which hosts the archived papers of many of the most important wine writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Good words make good wines.

— Warren Winiarski

There is also the potential for networking and mentoring opportunities afforded by UC Davis’ close proximity to California’s premier wine making regions, its winemakers and winegrowers. 

Interested writers should visit our award webpage to learn about eligibility, requirements and application guidelines, and apply by the November 1, 2023 deadline.


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