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2017 Unified to Open with NY Times Columnist and Author Eric Asimov as Keynote Luncheon Speaker


Eric AsimovSACRAMENTO, CALIF., September 19, 2016 – Noted New York Times wine critic, columnist and book author Eric Asimov, will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on the opening day of the 2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Tuesday, January 24, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

“Asimov promises to deliver a thoughtful and provocative appraisal of the current state of American winemaking and key trends shaping the future,” said John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), a co-organizer of the event along with the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV).

Asimov’s extraordinarily diverse experience with wine spans the globe and includes an intimate familiarity with numerous growers and winemakers and their stories.

Before he started writing full-time about wine for The Times in 2004, Asimov wrote primarily about restaurants and food. In 1992, he created the ‘$25 and Under’ restaurant reviews, which he wrote for The Times through 2004. Asimov became The Times’ chief wine critic, and since 1995, has authored a number of books on food and wine including, “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto.”

The Tuesday keynote luncheon, priced separately, has been a featured part of the Unified Symposium since 2014. Tuesday also includes a Welcome Reception in the late afternoon which is an added benefit with General Registration. Visit www.unifiedsymposium.org for more details.

The luncheon kicks off three days of symposia with two days of trade show. General sessions along with many break-out sessions offer a wide variety of subjects key to grapegrowing and winemaking.

Created by ASEV and CAWG, and built with the joint input of growers, vintners, and allied industry members, the Unified Symposium serves as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals. The Unified Symposium also hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind, with over 650 suppliers displaying their products and services. For additional information, please call (888) 559-9530 or visit www.unifiedsymposium.org.

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