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Winemaker Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery to Keynote the Tuesday Luncheon at the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Gina Gallo, E. & J. Gallo WinerySACRAMENTO, CA, November 20, 2017 – Third generation winegrower and artisan winemaker Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on opening day of the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on Tuesday, January 23, in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand.

“As a member of one of America’s historic winemaking families, Gina embodies a sense of tradition, family legacy, craft and business acumen that transcends generations and inspires future growth amongst colleagues,” says John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), a co-organizer of the event along with the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV).

Gina Gallo oversees the Gallo Signature Series and Ernest & Julio Gallo Estate wines. In her role, she is intimately engaged with the Gallo family’s premier estate vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Monterey counties. As the Senior Director of Winemaking, she views winemaking as both a creative expression of the land and as a demonstration of the unique qualities of a specific vintage. Her values stem from her family’s entrepreneurial history, using her experience and creative vision to craft luxury wines from her favorite blocks from the family’s estate vineyards.

Gallo was a 2016 inductee to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. Fortune magazine named her one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink,” and she was named #17 on Decanter magazine’s “Power List” of the most important men and women in wine. She is a board member of the American Farmland Trust, which works to preserve agricultural land, and Taste of the NFL, which raises funds and awareness for food banks and anti-hunger initiatives.

Unified’s Tuesday keynote luncheon was first introduced in 2014 and has since become a feature of the Unified Symposium. Tuesday also includes a welcome reception in the late afternoon — an added benefit with every general registration.  

The 2018 Unified Symposium will again take place at the Sacramento Convention Center, located in downtown Sacramento, January 23-25.

Built with the joint input of growers, vintners and allied industry members, the Unified Symposium serves as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals. The Unified Symposium also hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind, with over 650 vendors displaying their products and services.

For additional information, visit www.unifiedsymposium.org.

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2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium to Focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Regulatory Changes, Changing AVAs and Disaster Preparedness

SACRAMENTO, CA, October 18, 2017 – The wine industry faced unprecedented challenges in 2017, ranging from the drought to the heavy downpour of rain and recently, raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, Napa and Sonoma.  The upcoming Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on January 23-25, 2018, will bring together every sector of the industry from around the world to hear about the best practices, emerging trends, innovative products and more importantly, discussions around issues affecting the industry today to better plan for the future. Registration and housing for the annual event at the Sacramento Convention Center will open on Tuesday, October 24 at 9 a.m. PDT.

“The Unified Symposium will be the ideal gathering for discussing and planning for the future of our industry after such a devastating year,” says Lise Asimont of Francis Ford Coppola Presents and Unified Symposium Program Chair. “The program committee has put together a robust and comprehensive program to ensure those attending will leave the show better prepared to make impactful business decisions.”

The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the premier industry gathering, provides the best opportunity to find the latest innovation and business trends. This year’s show will focus on Cabernet Sauvignon to give attendees a glimpse of the winemaking process, from vineyard practices to winemaking, and a chance to sample Cabernet Sauvignon wines at different price points. The Spanish-language general session will mirror this tasting session but will also look at the consumer preferences and vineyard practices based on the appellation/region.

Breakout sessions will include discussions on California and Washington D.C.’s regulatory changes; how AVA on a label can impact a brand and/or product; and disaster preparedness. Grapegrowers can also learn more about new mechanization techniques, powdery mildew resistance; and in Spanish, H2-A programs and the aromatic potential in White varieties. Winemaking sessions will look at wine aromas, red wine color and FSMA a year after implementation.

The Unified Symposium will open on Tuesday, January 23, with the keynote luncheon featuring Gina Gallo of E&J Gallo and a joint grapegrowing and winetasting session on Cabernet Sauvignon on all price points. Wednesday will feature the popular State of the Industry moderated by The Wine Economist’s Mike Veseth. The Unified Symposium week is set to offer a comprehensive program, including well-rounded Spanish-language sessions, exhibit tours and the largest tradeshow in the Western Hemisphere hosting over 650 vendors in display and pouring wines from multiple regions around the U.S.

To hear more about the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium program, go to the speaker interviews at the Unified Symposium website.

Built with the joint input of growers, vintners and allied industry members, the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is co-presented by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and the California Association for Winegrape Growers and serves as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals.  Established in 1995, the Unified Symposium hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind, with over 650 vendors displaying their products and services.  

For additional information, go to www.unifiedsymposium.org.

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American Wine Industry Gathers to Consider Emerging Issues, Trends and Discoveries Shaping the Future

SACRAMENTO, CA, January 26, 2017 – Every facet of the wine industry, from research and science to emerging trends and markets, was examined, discussed and debated at the 23rd Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up here today. The largest wine show of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the Unified drew thousands of industry professionals from all over the world anxious to learn about the latest data, trends, technology, research and issues shaping their business futures.

Presented since 1995 by two nonprofit organizations, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), the Unified’s growing importance highlights the wine industry’s critical need for leading-edge data and information.

“From the opening address by New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov to the dozens of marketing, business, winemaking and grape growing panel discussions, the Unified delivered exceptional content to our attendees, who leave the show better prepared to make effective decisions for their businesses,” says John Aguirre, CAWG president.

Put on by the industry for the industry, the three-day-long Unified draws from the input of some of the sharpest minds in the wine business. The featured program, which included 19 presentations and panel discussions, was organized by a diverse panel of volunteers who not only crafted topic discussions but also helped recruit more than 80 experts to speak on these topics. This was all complemented by the two-day 170,000 square foot trade show that housed nearly 700 exhibitors.

“For three days, this is where the most dynamic thinking, discussions and planning take place for the American wine industry,” says ASEV Executive Director Dan Howard. “Whether it’s on the exhibit floor, in conference rooms or over a glass of wine, the Unified offers a rare opportunity for all elements of our industry to gather and share their thoughts, ideas and insights.”

While the Unified focuses primarily on American winemaking and winegrape production, over 30 countries are represented among the guests and exhibitors, underscoring the international flavor of the event. Approximately 14,000 guests attended this year’s Unified.

Jointly organized by ASEV and CAWG, the Unified represents the collective experience, knowledge and background of the entire industry. The 2018 Unified will once again be held at the Sacramento Convention Center and is slated for January 23-25.

For additional information, visit the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium’s website at www.unifiedsymposium.org.

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