November 2, 2020 – Unified Symposium eNews


Registration for the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Opens on November 3

Registration for the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will open on Tuesday, November 3, at 9 a.m. PST.

“After the year we have had, the Unified Symposium is more important than ever. The 2021 Unified will feature leading experts and convene people from all parts of the industry to deliver outstanding, insightful program sessions. Anyone who wants to understand how to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities confronting our industry should register for the Unified,” said John Aguirre, President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), which co-sponsors the Unified.

For more information on how to register, click here.


Quick Highlights of the 2021 Unified Symposium

The 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will be a full virtual experience – from the session to the trade show exhibits.

Key highlights for the conference include:

  • A comprehensive session on the effects of wildfire smoke on grape and wine quality will open the Unified on Tuesday, January 26, with a panel of experts sharing the latest information on smoke issues and winegrowing, including applied solutions currently in place, the state of research in the United States, industry collaboration opportunities and understanding the risks moving forward.
  • The popular State of the Industry will be held on Wednesday, January 27, with speakers Danny Brager from Brager Beverage Alcohol Consulting, Jeff Bitter from Allied Grape Growers and Glenn Proctor from The Ciatti Company, with moderator Mike Veseth from The Wine Economist.
  • For Thursday, January 28, the Unified Symposium will address diversity and inclusion in senior leadership, operations, sales, marketing and hospitality as the keys to success in the wine and grape industry. The session will be moderated by Dorothy Gaiter from The Grape Collective.

Hundreds of 2021 exhibitors will be showcasing their products and services on the virtual platform. There is no fee to visit the virtual trade show, but registration is required. To allow for more personal connections between vendors and attendees during the virtual trade show, attendees can easily access videos, informational PDFs, and links to vendors’ websites and social media. Attendees can also use live chat to communicate with vendors or make appointments for more in-depth conversations.

For more information about the 2021 Unified Symposium program and trade show, visit the Unified Symposium website.


Meet the 2021 Unified Symposium’s Program Development Co-Chairs

The 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium’s LLC Managing Committee has selected its co-chairs to lead the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee.

Michael Boer, North Coast Sales Manager and Pest Control Advisor/IPM Consultant with Grow West in Geyserville, and Leticia Chacón Rodríguez, winemaker and winery manager at the University of California, Davis, were appointed to manage the 30-member committee, all of whom volunteer their time to find the best speakers and shape relevant topics to present at this year’s show.

In his position with Grow West, which specializes in agricultural technologies, consulting and product sourcing for transitional and organic farming, and fertilizer manufacturing and fertility consulting, Boer serves Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and management from the University of California, Davis, and holds both PCA and CCA licenses. He previously served as a CAWG board member. As a fourth-generation farmer at Stipp Ranch, he grows winegrapes, apples, peaches, pears, walnuts and pumpkins.


Chacón Rodríguez, a wine professional with over 20 years of experience in California, recently joined the University of California, Davis, as winemaker/winery manager. Previously, she was the director of operations at Safe Harbor Wine Storage, where she oversaw the operations from harvest to bottling, as well as developed and educated the team on food safety and industrial safety programs. She has been part of the winemaking team for Treasury Wine Estates, E&J Gallo Winery, Golden State Vintners (now Wine Group) and Delicato Family Vineyards. She has served on the Unified’s program development committee and LLC managing committee since 2008. She is also an active member of ASEV, and has served as past president (2012-2013) and on various ASEV committees. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México, Mexico City, and her Master of Science with emphasis on enology from the University of California, Davis.

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