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
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.
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
Mike BoerIn 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.
Leticia Chacón RodríguezChacón 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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exercise caution for any solicitations for discounted hotel rates
or directory listings which often include advertising
solicitations. There are many show directories that target
attendees, sponsors and exhibitors from other shows including
ours. These solicitations are often mailed and appear to be from
the Unified Symposium, CAWG or ASEV and they are not.
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