The largest wine and viticulture tradeshow in the western hemisphere – The 18th annual Unified Wine and Grape Symposium – just wrapped up three days of events in and around the Sacramento Convention Center. Located in the shadow of the California State Capitol Building, the event was attended by over 12,400 wine professionals from literally every wine region in the world, including well-known Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers, and winegrowers.
From the vineyard to the glass – related topics were thoroughly covered
Beginning on Tuesday, January 24, and continuing through Thursday, January 26, 2012, attendees were treated to a display of new vineyard management products, as well as the latest in high technology – from weather stations to point of sale tasting room tools and consumer products – from glassware to software.
Ken Freeze, media contact for the symposium commented, “We have irrigation equipment, pumps, barrels, analytical services – to test the soil – and gigantic harvesters.” Ken went on to say, “Every aspect from where vines are planted to marketing the finished product is here in some form.”
Weather, “green,” chocolate, and wine-related economics were at the forefront
The tradeshow floor was packed with eager attendees looking to find the “next greatest” thing – whether that was a tractor, vineyard implements, or vineyard and winery management software products. With nearly 650 vendors on hand, it was easy to find something for everyone.
Chocolatiers (everyone seems to like chocolate and wine) and olive oil vendors, glassware producers, and manufacturers and dealers of enormous farm implements and equipment – combined to strut their stuff.
Organic and sustainable practices – as a normal course of business – were promoted by Robin Boyle (and colleauges) of California Certified Organics Farmers (CCOF). Robin and husband Jim own Dancing Creek Winery near Santa Cruz. They have a very direct and positive experience of making wine from organically farmed fruit. She and her colleagues at the CCOF emphasize that the amount of work to establish the ongoing status of “organic and sustainable” is just a matter of using readily available software to report already captured information.
Santa Cruz Mountains and other local wineries spotted at the show included:
Dancing Creek Winery
Equinox Wine Cellars & Vinos Bartolo Winery
Martin Ranch Winery
Perrucci Family Vineyards
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Villa del Monte Winery
By Jerry Starr
Certified Sommelier and Sommelier Examiner
Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
West Coast Wine Examiner
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