September 29, 2011 – Unified Symposium eNews

Exciting Program Coming Together for the 2012 Unified Symposium

Adverse climate conditions, the state of the industry and brand marketing will be the themes of the three general sessions for the 2012 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium to be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on January 24-26.

“This year we’ll be doing something different by carrying the morning general session themes into the afternoon breakout sessions, with the goal of providing attendees with additional information they can apply to their businesses,” said Nick Frey, chair of the 2012 Unified Symposium Program Development Committee.

The program committee has confirmed a strong speaker slate for The State of the Industry general session on Wednesday: Mike Veseth of The Wine Economist Blog will set the stage on global economics, Nat DiBuduo of Allied Grape Growers will deliver the statewide report on vineyard acreage, Steve Fredricks of Turrentine Grapes & Wines will bring a global perspective in his overview of bulk wine markets, and Jon Fredrikson of Gomberg, Fredrikson and Associates will enlighten the session with his incisive and dynamic assessment of the wine market.

Between now and January, the program committee will continue to work on the overall program. As details are finalized and speakers confirmed, the website will be updated with that information, so check it regularly for the latest details.

Hotel Reservations and Registration Begins October 25th at 9:00 am (PDT)

Visit our website to register for the conference and for instructions on the new method to reserve a hotel room.

Big Changes Coming this Year for Hotel Reservations

Beginning October 25, 2011, at 9:00 am PDT, attendees will be able to reserve hotel rooms at our conference rates DIRECTLY with any of the 20 hotels listed on our website. Hotel reservations are no longer part of our online conference registration system. Attendees will need to register for the Unified Symposium separately. Visit the Unified Symposium Housing page for details on how to reserve a room and receive the discount conference rates.

New Event Parking with Shuttles at Downtown Plaza West for the Unified Symposium

The Downtown Plaza West Garage at 3rd and L streets has been secured as the new event parking location through the City of Sacramento.

Parking at this new location is $5 per day/car and is close to the Sacramento Convention Center. Free shuttle buses running to and from this garage and the convention center will be available on Wednesday and Thursday.

Visit the Unified Symposium Parking page for details and additional parking lots/garages. Parking at Raley Field will no longer be available.

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