America's Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Brings the International Wine Community Together

    SACRAMENTO, CALIF., November 20 /CNW/ - This January, thousands of
professionals from the wine and grape industry world will converge on
Sacramento California for the largest trade show of its kind in the Western

    The 2008 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium takes place at the Sacramento
Convention Center Jan. 29 - 31, and features a variety of informational
sessions and a trade show highlighting the latest innovations in equipment and
services available to the industry.

    "Unified Symposium planners strive to bring together in one place all the
new information and products needed to be successful and especially identify
those trends and issues that will be most significant to attendees in the
coming year," said Program Chairman Bob Steinhauer.

    This year's general session topics include: Major Trends to Factor in
Your Business Decision Making, which looks at providing an understanding for
wine sales numbers on a global basis, to culinary trends and the greening of
business to provide a big picture view of the planning process for moving
forward. During the State of the Industry session wine and grape industry
leaders will provide the most current analysis of plantings to match wine
sales trends, the global bulk wine supply and implications for the trends in
2007 wine sales with an outlook for 2008 and beyond.

    Smaller breakout sessions target specific topics four in the areas of:
Grapegrowing; Winemaking; Business, Economics & Operations; and Marketing &
Public Relations.

    One of the breakout sessions, Sustainable Management of Winery Water,
Wastewater and Energy Resources, feature panelists who will highlight key
findings of recent studies and provide a comprehensive guide to give wineries
of all sizes the tools for self-assessment to make improvements in
environmental performance and to lower overall production costs.

    The event also hosts the industry's largest trade show of its kind, with
over 500 vendors displaying their products and services from around the world.

    Jointly organized by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture
(ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), the Unified
Wine & Grape Symposium represents the collective experience, knowledge and
background of the entire industry. For additional information, complete
program listing with speakers or to register online, visit the Unified Wine &
Grape Symposium's Web site at

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For further information: Brown Miller Communications Ken Freeze,

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