We begin the season with the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento. I am guessing that the number of attendees will threaten, if not exceed 10,000 this year. What a circus! For anyone involved in commercial grape growing and winemaking, this is the big event in North America. More so an experience than an actual shopping destination for the new winery planner in the East, it houses more WOW than other events. I tend to wander this show, spending time floating between Custom Metalcraft, Carlsen & Associates, Amorim, and Radoux.
Next, an exiting new chapter in the Midwest begins with the first Midwest show under Rob Merletti's management. The Midwest Wine & Grape Conference promises to be a complete makeover for what was previous known as "The Missouri" show. It will be much larger than that in years to come. The first week of February, we will be gathering in St. Charles, MO (by St. Louis) for the new location and new paradigm for the Midwestern Wine Industry. New World Winery Equipment is exhibiting at this show on behalf of our manufacturers. We are next to Custom Metalcraft and Amorim Cork America. We are asking exhibitors and attendees alike to participate with an attitude of welcome and inclusion into what will be a strong, regional conference for growers and winemakers alike. Translation: I am very excited about this!
Wineries Unlimited is the destination in March. This show is basically the Unified of the East. A seasoned veteran of this show, I look forward to it like Thanksgiving at Grandma's. Only this year it will be in Richmond, VA. This is a buyer's show and one you should miss if you do anything relevant to wine in the eastern states. Wineries Unlimited is the universal meeting place for anyone who understands the ups and downs of growing, making, and selling wines from the East. If you live anywhere east of the Mississippi, this is your show. I will be found again floating between Carlsen & Associates, Amorim Cork, and Custom Metalcraft, primarily.
I hope to see you there!