More than 13,000 wine and grape professionals from around the globe gathered at the 19th annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified) to learn about new trends, sample the latest products and, in the process, set another attendance record for the largest show of its kind in the Americas.
Bernard Arnault struck an upbeat note on Thursday, expressing "confidence" in the year ahead for LVMH, the luxury goods group he heads, but warned of the risk of currency wars that could strengthen the euro and penalise French exporters.
most wine for much of history was vile, nasty stuff. If an ancient critic had etched a tasting note to describe the wine that most people drank, it might have read, "Wretched, horrible, vinegary, foul." Yet people drank it anyway
Both Steve Thomson of King Estate Winery and Juan Pablo "JP" Valot of Silvan Ridge Winery were appointed to three-year terms. Leigh Bartholomew of Archery Summit and Dominio IV winery and Michael Donovan of RoxyAnn Winery were re-appointed to new terms
Bill Foley, owner of Chalk Hill and Sebastiani wineries, launched a membership program Thursday designed to cross-promote his many wineries, resorts and restaurants that dot the map from Montana to New Zealand
This year's official total of 13,400 Unified attendees surpassed last year's record audience by 1,000. In addition to a massive trade show featuring close to 650 exhibitors from every corner of the world, the three-day event provides a full program of sessions exploring wine and grape production issues, maximizing marketing opportunities and the industry's latest production, supply and sales figures