December 5, 2012 – Unified Symposium eNews

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Is There a Secret to Getting Hotel Reservations During the Unified Symposium?

The simple answer is – no. But we do know that getting a hotel room in downtown Sacramento for the week of the Unified Symposium is not always possible. Staying in midtown Sacramento or further out means some inconvenience, but the overall pricing in Sacramento is very beneficial compared to other large cities that could host this event. Parking in downtown Sacramento, inclusive of a short bus ride to the convention center curbside for $5, is unique to this venue.

The fact is that the Unified Symposium is the largest annual (non-public) event to be held in Sacramento – period! As a result, there are many more people looking for a room within a few blocks of the Convention Center than there are rooms physically available. Overall there is no shortage of rooms in Sacramento. It is understandable that hotel guests want to be within walking distance of the Convention Center and we wish this was possible for everyone that needs a hotel room. Check out our Housing FAQs to find answers to commonly asked questions. And yes, the possibility of moving the event to another site is addressed and has been considered. Any location for an event of this size and success presents challenges. We would like it to be as simple as just relocating to another city.

The two headquarters hotels (Hyatt Regency and Sheraton Grand) have been very cooperative with the event organizers by increasing the conference room blocks to include a significant portion of their inventory. In fact, the percentage of their total room inventory that we have blocked exceeds what most conferences can access at a headquarters hotel.

All hotel reservations must be booked DIRECTLY with any of the 16 hotels listed on our website.

2013 Unified Symposium Spanish Program

This year’s Spanish program will be a joint Grapegrowing and Winemaking Session from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday.

The Grapegrowing, Winemaking and International Update – Production Methods for and Tasting of Three Varieties session will also include a tasting of wines discussed during the presentation.

The morning will begin with a review of the 2012 harvest from an international perspective followed by a summary of recent consumer trends in consumption and preference. The current planted acres per variety in the U.S. and trends in grape supplies will be evaluated. The speakers will focus on the growing and production of three key white varietals: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Albariño.

A panel of viticulturists will address the growing elements of these varieties followed by a discussion of winemakers with extensive experience in their production. To finish, three flights of wines will be presented by the panel for the attendees to taste.

Spanish session attendees will receive a certificate of completion after the conference.

A flyer on the session in Spanish and English is available to download here to distribute to Spanish-speaking winery and vineyard employees.

You can find descriptions of all the program sessions and speakers on the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium website. We recommend checking the website regularly for current information.

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