Taking High-Elevation Wines to New Heights

08/16/2012 11:44:48 AM PDT • Susan Stout — Contributing Writer

Lake County Record Bee

KELSEYVILLE — Lake County Winegrape Commission President Shannon Gunier is “one Shannon Gunier with vineyards in backgroundof a select group of people” invited to participate on the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium’s Program Development Committee for the 19th annual symposium in 2013.

The Unified Symposium is the largest wine and grape show in the United States. Held each year in January at the Sacramento Convention Center, the show attracted a record number of attendees, 12,400, this year.

As a member of the program development committee, Gunier is involved in discussions regarding the session topics and content that aim to benefit wine and grape professionals from all over the world.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to represent the Lake County Winegrape Commission in the planning of next year’s symposium workshops and presentations,” Gunier said. “The commission has participated in the trade show for several years and has found it to be an important link to the industry. It affords us the opportunity to showcase Lake County wines at the most prestigious winegrape trade show in the nation.”

The Unified Symposium was one of several shows the commission attended and participated in this year. During the 2010 Unified Symposium, Lake County’s high elevation winegrape growing was featured during a full day of sessions titled “High Elevation/High Latitude Seminar: Wine Growing On the Edge.” Commission Chair Peter Molnar joined Glenn McGourty of the University of California Cooperative Extension to moderate the discussions.

The 2013 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium is scheduled for Jan. 29 to 31 in Sacramento.

It is jointly organized by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

“With commitment to our audience of professionals, our responsibility is to develop sessions that deliver strong take-home’ value,” according to Nick Frey, chair of the program development committee. In his invitation to Gunier to join the committee, Frey, of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, stated “wine and grape industry professionals who attend the symposium seek information, ideas and insights that they can use to augment, improve and streamline their operations and to maintain quality and profitability in a highly competitive market.”

Information about the symposium, including a list of speakers and topics, is available on the Unified Symposium’s website, www.unifiedsymposium.org. To register for participation visit the website or call 530-753-3142.

For information about the Lake County Winegrape Commission, go to www.lakecountywinegrape.org or call the Commission office at 995-3421.



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