For the first time, the Unified Symposium will feature a
female keynote speaker from one of America’s historic winemaking
families. Third generation winegrower and artisan winemaker Gina
Gallo will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on opening day,
Tuesday, January 23, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.
Gina Gallo oversees the Gallo Signature Series and Ernest & Julio
Gallo Estate wines. 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 of the family’s estate vineyards.
She 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
Each year, the Unified Symposium provides the place for
the industry to gather for a jump start to its business year or a
tune-up for the year to come. Whether you’re attending for
professional development, to learn something new or business
planning, the Unified offers the industry’s latest innovations,
insights, trends and proven practices critical to professional
growth and development.
Gina Gallo opens the Unified with her keynote presentation at the
luncheon on Tuesday, January 23.
For Wednesday, the popular State of the Industry will provide a
comprehensive look at the wine industry. Moderated by
Mike Veseth of The Wine Economist,
attendees will learn about what’s being planted to what’s
selling. Featured speakers are Danny Brager of
The Nielsen Company, Jeff Bitter of Allied Grape
Growers, Steve Fredricks of Turrentine Brokerage
and Mario Zepponi of Zepponi & Company.
To close the Unified, Thursday’s General Session, Striving
for Premium Pricing in a Commodity World, will provide
business planners, decision makers and professionals with
business insights and practices to keep up with the fast-paced
growth in the wine and grape industry. This is the session
to take notes on from established businesses that have found a
way to survive and thrive.
One key feature of the Unified Symposium is its ability
to offer Spanish-speaking attendees the full Unified experience
to learn about the emerging trends, investigate the latest
innovations and connect with other industry professionals.
For $55, Spanish-speaking attendees will have access to the
Wednesday & Thursday exhibits, Spanish sessions on Thursday
morning and Technical Exhibit Tours on Thursday afternoon. The
General Session will discuss the diversity and
trends of Cabernet Sauvignon while the Winemaking
Session will talk about the aromatic potential of white
wines. The Grapegrowing Session will focus on
the impact of irrigation and light on fruit composition as well
as provide practical information about adjusting vineyard growing
As a reminder, the new event parking is located at the
WX Parking Lot on W Street &
8th St. in Sacramento. This FREE
parking location also includes a shuttle service on Wednesday,
January 24, and Thursday, January 25. Shuttles will run from the
WX Parking Lot and the Sacramento Convention Center approximately
every 20 minutes from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days.
Plan ahead and download the map.
There’s still time to maximize your marketing dollars and
get business exposure to more than 14,000 industry professionals
at the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Sponsorship
opportunities are still available and are listed here. Deadline is December
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