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What’s New at Unified 2015

December 9th, 2014 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

The annual Unified Wine and Grape Symposium scheduled for Jan. 27-29 is expected to draw at least 14,000 attendees, making it the largest wine and grape trade show in North America and the largest event Sacramento hosts each year. Building on the popularity of features introduced in 2014, the Program Development Committee for the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium has once again planned a keynote luncheon and guided tours of the trade show floor. Keynote speaker and business operations Jackson Family Wines president Rick Tigner was named speaker for the keynote luncheon first launched in 2014. (The inaugural speaker was Jerry Baldwin, former owner of Peet’s Coffee and co-founder of Starbucks.) Tigner owns an 80-acre vineyard, makes his own wine and worked at Miller Brewing Co., Gallo and Louis M. Martini before joining Kendall-Jackson in 1991. Tigner was named president of Jackson Family Wines, which has more than 30 wine brands spanning four continents, in March 2011. Programming for the 2015 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium shows increased emphasis on opportunities for Spanish-language speakers. On Jan. 29, organizers will offer three educational sessions en Español. It’s a program that has been in the works over the past several years. The first Spanish session, Red Varietal Blenders: What’s Hot and Why, is a joint grapegrowing and winemaking panel discussion that includes a tasting. Leticia Chacón-Rodríguez, director of operations for Safe Harbor Wines, will moderate a panel including representatives from Jackson Family Wines, Treasury Wine Estates, Deerfield Ranch Winery and Turkovich Family Wines. The session will focus on red wine cultivars not often labeled as varietal wines and detail how to control vigor, manage cluster size and maximize yields. Next, winemaking and grapegrowing sessions will run concurrently, with each of them focusing on ways to save water. In the grapegrowing session, Francisco Araujo of Atlas Vineyard Management will moderate a panel called Water Application Efficiency and Vine Response to Irrigation. Speaking with Cecilia Aguero from UC Davis and Martin Mendez-Costabel of E. & J. Gallo Winery, Araujo will discuss grapevine physiology and the latest technology for irrigation. Cristina de la Presa of E. & J. Gallo Winery will talk with Anibal Catania of UC Davis and Sir Walter Jorge from Gallo about developing water strategies and adding water to high-Brix must. To learn more about registration, educational sessions and the trade show at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, visit unifiedsymposium.org. You will be able visit Skolnik Industries at the 2015 Unified Show at booth number 1119.

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