January 28, 2009
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium: a world of wine

Now's the time of the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium when you hear attendees around the Sacramento Convention Center mutter things about needing a power nap, or perhaps a drink. It's been an action packed day so far, with the "state of the industry" panel at 8:30 a.m. and the opening of the massive trade show. Walk inside the Convention Center's exhibit halls, and you'll find just about everything related to the world of wine. We're talking booths on corks, capsules, civil engineering, computer software, consultants, cooperage, crushers ... and that's just the wine-related stuff that starts with "c." Some 575 exhibitors are showing off their wares, and walking around this trade show is resulting in some very tired feet. The good news is that some wine tasting is on tap from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., with such wine regions as Amador, Lodi, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and more than a dozen other locales showing off their vino. This will be the perfect way to wind down ... but it'll all kick off again on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. The general session will be a panel discussion on changing trends in the wine industry, plus another day of smaller group discussions and more trade show action. We'll bring you more highlights ... but now it's about time to locate a glass and get in line.

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