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Newest COVID Modeling Continues to Show Safe, Controlled Environment at Unified Symposium

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.

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Epistemix Partners with Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on Safety
Latest COVID modeling shows Unified mitigation strategies ensure safe, controlled environment for guests

 

 

 

Media Contacts:

Kesi Lumumba
Nahigian Strategies
Epistemix@nahigianstrategies.com

Muriel Bañares
Brown·Miller Communications 
(925) 852-8952 (mobile)

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.” 

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USDA Climate Director to Address How Extreme Weather Affects Ag and Wine Production at the 2022 Unified Symposium’s Keynote Luncheon

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.

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Registration and Housing for 2022 In-Person Unified Symposium Opens October 19

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.

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Unified Symposium makes Diversity and Gender Equality Sessions Available for Free

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.

The two sessions are:

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Virtual Unified Symposium Delivered the Information, Data, Networking, and Supply Connections Industry Expects

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.

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

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.

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Unified Symposium Reshuffles Program to Prioritize Wildfire Smoke Discussion

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.

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New Program Development Committee Co-Chairs Selected for 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

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.

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Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Moves to a Virtual Conference and Trade Show in January 2021

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.

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Global Trade, Emerging Trends and Market Conditions Dominate Conversations at 26th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

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.

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Wine Industry Leader & Entrepreneur Jeff O’Neill to Keynote at the 2020 Unified Symposium’s Luncheon

Jeff O’Neill 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.

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New Program Development Co-Chairs Selected for 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Nichola Hall

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.

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Wine Industry Gathered to Discuss Emerging Issues, Trends and Showcase Innovations at the 25th Unified Symposium

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.

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Master Distiller and James Beard Spirits Finalist Keynotes 2019 Unified Symposium’s Luncheon

Lance Winters 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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New Program Chair and Vice Chair Selected for the 25th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

SACRAMENTO, CA, May 30, 2018 – Dr. Tom Collins, assistant professor of grape and wine chemistry at Washington State University, will chair the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee, a position he previously held in 2015 and 2016.  Nichola Hall of Scott Laboratories will serve as the program committee’s vice chair, a newly added position. Since the first meeting in April, they have been working closely with nearly 30 other voluntary leaders from the wine and grape industry in developing the Unified’s 2019 program.

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Wine Industry Reflects on Emerging Issues, Trends ​and Recent Fires Shaping Future at Unified Symposium

SACRAMENTO, CA, January 25, 2018 – Every facet of the wine industry, from research and science to trends and markets, was examined, discussed and debated at the 24th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up here today. The largest wine 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 recent fires, trends, technology, research and issues shaping their business decisions.

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Winemaker Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery to Keynote the Tuesday Luncheon at the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Gina Gallo, E. & J. Gallo WinerySACRAMENTO, CA, November 20, 2017 – Third generation winegrower and artisan winemaker Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on opening day of the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on Tuesday, January 23, in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand.

“As a member of one of America’s historic winemaking families, Gina embodies a sense of tradition, family legacy, craft and business acumen that transcends generations and inspires future growth amongst colleagues,” says John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), a co-organizer of the event along with the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV).

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2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium to Focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Regulatory Changes, Changing AVAs and Disaster Preparedness

SACRAMENTO, CA, October 18, 2017 – The wine industry faced unprecedented challenges in 2017, ranging from the drought to the heavy downpour of rain and recently, raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, Napa and Sonoma.  The upcoming Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on January 23-25, 2018, will bring together every sector of the industry from around the world to hear about the best practices, emerging trends, innovative products and more importantly, discussions around issues affecting the industry today to better plan for the future. Registration and housing for the annual event at the Sacramento Convention Center will open on Tuesday, October 24 at 9 a.m. PDT.

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American Wine Industry Gathers to Consider Emerging Issues, Trends and Discoveries Shaping the Future

SACRAMENTO, CA, January 26, 2017 – Every facet of the wine industry, from research and science to emerging trends and markets, was examined, discussed and debated at the 23rd Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up here today. The largest wine show of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the Unified drew thousands of industry professionals from all over the world anxious to learn about the latest data, trends, technology, research and issues shaping their business futures.

Presented since 1995 by two nonprofit organizations, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), the Unified’s growing importance highlights the wine industry’s critical need for leading-edge data and information.

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