SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 26, 2023…With a sold-out tradeshow and robust sessions in all things wine and grape, guests here at the 29th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium sipped wines, learned about trends, perused innovative products and enthusiastically reconnected with colleagues from around the nation after years of pandemic isolation.
“It felt like a gigantic class reunion,” said Natalie Collins, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) and co-host of the Unified Symposium. “After relocating the Unified Symposium in 2020 while the Sacramento Convention Center was remodeled and then two years of the pandemic, the energy on the show floor was palpable as colleagues and friends from every corner of the winegrape and wine world embraced the chance to meet in person again at Unified.”
More than 10,000 people attended the three-day industry symposium, listening to speakers from around the world address topics ranging from vineyard efficiency and marketing trends to new technologies. In addition to three days of symposia, including a full-day workshop presented in Spanish, the Unified has the largest wine industry tradeshow with over 650 exhibitors showcasing everything from microscopic yeasts to full-scale harvesting equipment
“We saw a major boost in attendance this year after the understandable challenges posed by COVID,” said Dan Howard, executive director of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the show’s other co-host. “Given the amazing success of this year’s conference, I think it’s safe to say the Unified Symposium is on solid footing to continue our mission of providing the industry with the information, connections, and opportunities they need to pursue success in the coming year.”
The 2024 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will take place on January 23-25 at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento. Built with the joint input of growers, vintners, and allied industry members, the Unified Symposium will celebrate 30 years of serving as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals. The Unified Symposium also hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind. For more information, visit www.unifiedsymposium.org.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 11, 2022…The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium’s LLC Managing Committee, which represents the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), has selected its co-chairs to lead its 2023 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 27, 2022…From information to application, guests at the 2022 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium returned after a two-year absence to Sacramento’s newly renovated SAFE Credit Union Convention Center to learn about changing environmental conditions, sustainable practices, and expanding markets while visiting with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the resources, equipment and services to address those challenges.
SACRAMENTO, CA, January 18, 2022…Despite the presence of the Omicron variant, the latest modeling (January 17) projects the risk of COVID transmission during the January 25-27 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium at a rate of less than 2 cases per 10,000 guests, a figure below the CDC threshold for safe travel.
PITTSBURGH, PA, January 6, 2022 - Epistemix, a computational modeling software company that develops simulations to model the spread of diseases and inform policy, today released updated data that projects the risk of COVID transmission during the January 25-27 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium at a rate of 1 case per 10,000 of its 12,000-person conference.
“Creating a controlled environment is crucial for conferences like the Unified Symposium,” says Dr. Lindsey Reiser, Managing Director of Professional Services, Epistemix. “The robust program of safety measures that the Unified Symposium will have in place means a reduction in transmissibility by 80% compared to other typical activities in Sacramento public spaces.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif., December 14, 2021 – With so much attention paid to climate change, the 2022 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium this January has appropriately recruited the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) climate director to open the prestige three-day event. As Unified’s Tuesday luncheon keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Ostoja, director of the USDA California Climate Hub, will offer his insights into how a changing climate and extreme weather are affecting agriculture and winegrape production, adaptation strategies growers need to know about and ways the industry can combat a changing climate. The luncheon will take place at Sacramento’s SAFE Credit Union Convention Center on Tuesday, January 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 13, 2020…With a planned return to a live, in-person format, the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium opens registration and housing on Tuesday, October 19, at 9 a.m. PDT. The conference will be at the newly renovated SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, formerly the Sacramento Convention Center, on January 25-27, 2022.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 18, 2021… Due to the strong interest in diversity and inclusion issues, and the very positive response to the two sessions on the topic at the 2021 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, the Unified decided to make recordings of the sessions available to view for free.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 29, 2021… The virtual 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium continued the tradition of serving as a forum for the latest ideas, news, data, and research on the industry’s trends, markets, and supplies.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 26, 2020…The 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will open its registration on Tuesday, November 3, at 9 a.m. PST. The conference will be a full virtual experience – from the sessions to the trade show exhibits.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 26, 2020…In response to the industry’s need for answers and solutions to the regular occurrence of seasonal wildfires in the West, the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will launch its event on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, with a comprehensive discussion of the many issues related to wildfire smoke events and winegrowing.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 10, 2020…The 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium’s LLC Managing Committee, which represent the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), has selected its co-chairs to lead its 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 14, 2020… Due to concerns about COVID-19, organizers of the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium announced the event will be presented online as a virtual conference on January 26-28, 2021. In addition, the Unified will host a virtual trade show throughout the three days, with an additional half day on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 8 to 11 a.m. The Unified was scheduled to occur on January 12 – 14, 2021 at the Cal Expo grounds.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 6, 2020 – Every aspect of the wine and winegrape industry, from science and technology to trends and markets, came under the microscope as experts, economists, scientists and researchers from around the world shared their perspectives with thousands of industry professionals at the 26th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up here today.
SACRAMENTO, CA, December 12, 2019 – The 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is set to open on Tuesday, February 4, at Cal Expo in Sacramento, with three days of networking, learning about the latest technological advances, and critical trends and information required to plan for the year ahead. The 2020 Unified Symposium opens with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Jeff O’Neill, CEO of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, the 7th largest winery in California. Mr.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 20, 2019…Nichola Hall, staff scientist at Scott Laboratories, and R. Keith Striegler, grower outreach specialist at E. & J. Gallo Winery, have been named co-chairs for the 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee. The co-chairs were selected by the Unified Symposium’s LLC Managing Committee, which represents the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), which have co-hosted the Unified Symposium for 25 years.
Assisting Hall and Striegler in developing the 2020 program for the Unified Symposium will be nearly 30 other leaders from the wine and grape industry, who will work to find applicable and timely topics in winemaking, grapegrowing, business and marketing while pursuing appropriate speakers for the Unified Symposium program sessions.
R. Keith Striegler
This is Hall’s second year serving as Unified Wine and Grape program development co-chair. She currently serves as technical consultant for all areas of enology with a focus on fermentation management, microbial nutrition, wine microbiology and analysis, and winery hygiene at Scott Laboratories. She is an active member of ASEV, Gold Standard Committee, Sonoma County Wine Technical Group and American Vineyard Foundation Grant Management Committee. Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Science (HONS) in Microbial Biotechnology in 1997 and earned her doctorate in yeast physiology and fermentation science from the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 1, 2019 – Every facet of the wine and grape industry, from science and technology to trends and markets, was examined and discussed at the 25th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up yesterday.
The largest wine and grape trade show of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the Unified drew thousands of industry professionals from all over the world eager to hear about the impact of regulatory changes, trends, technology, research and issues shaping their business decisions.
SACRAMENTO, CA, October 25, 2018 – St. George Spirits’ Master Distiller Lance Winters has dedicated himself to the art and craft of distillation and according to Esquire Magazine, is known for his “penchant for gleefully shunning the spirits world’s conventions.” The James Beard Foundation finalist will be presenting the keynote address at the 25th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium’s luncheon on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.
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