Washington Wine Industry Launches Allen Shoup Memorial Fellowship

Writers and communicators invited to apply for immersive Washington wine experience.

SEATTLE (January 18, 2024)—The Washington wine industry is launching a fellowship for emerging writers and communicators. The Allen Shoup Memorial Fellowship is an industry-wide collaboration that brings together the Washington State Wine Commission, Auction of Washington Wines, Washington Winegrowers Association, Washington Wine Industry Foundation, individuals, wineries and growers.

The Fellowship was established in memory of Allen Shoup, who passed away in 2022. Shoup played a pioneering role in developing Washington’s wine industry as the longtime head of the state’s biggest winery, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and later as the owner of his own acclaimed winery, Long Shadows Vintners.

“Allen made it his mission to grow the global reputation of Washington wines,” said Dane Narbaitz, Shoup’s stepson and President of Long Shadows. “He led through industry collaboration and believed deeply in the power of storytelling. This fellowship represents key principles of his legacy. I know he would be honored.”

Funded entirely through donations, the fellowship awards one writer or communicator each year with an immersive trip to Washington’s vineyards and wineries, along with a stipend. An expert panel will choose the fellowship recipient, with input from an industry advisory committee. The 2024 selection panel includes:

•    National wine writer seat: Karen MacNeil, Karen MacNeil & Co.
•    PNW-based wine writer seat: Sean Sullivan, Northwest Wine Report
•    Wine professional at large seat: Eric Degerman, Great Northwest Wine
•    WA Wine industry seat: Devyani Gupta, Valdemar Estates
•    Shoup family representative: Dane Narbaitz, Long Shadows Vintners

“Allen was one of the earliest champions of the Washington wine industry, traveling the world to tell our story,” said Chris Stone, Deputy Director of the Washington State Wine Commission. “This fellowship celebrates that spirit, and looks toward the future by inviting new writers and communicators into our community—hopefully creating lifelong ambassadors for Washington wine.”

Applications are now open for interested writers and communicators. The deadline to apply is February 29, 2024.


Heather Bradshaw, Washington State Wine Commission
(206) 495-5844 / hbradshaw@washingtonwine.org
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