SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 26, 2020…In response to the industry’s need for answers and solutions to the regular occurrence of seasonal wildfires in the West, the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will launch its event on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, with a comprehensive discussion of the many issues related to wildfire smoke events and winegrowing.

With nearly two hours of presentations by leading experts on the potential effects of smoke on grape and wine quality, this special opening session will delve deeply into the many complex issues challenging growers and wineries.

“During the last four years, we’ve been dealing with smoke exposure in California. It’s evident to our entire program committee that we need to address this issue comprehensively, responsibly and with the level of leadership needed to find a solution,” said Mike Boer of Grow West, the 2021 UW&GS Program Development Committee co-chair. “The Unified Symposium was created as the one place where the industry can pull its collective expertise and power together to tackle challenges like this.”

Built with the joint input of growers, vintners and allied industry members, the Unified Symposium has served as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals for 26 years. The Unified Symposium also hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind. The virtual trade show will host several hundred vendors showcasing their products and services. Registration for the 2021 Unified Symposium will open on Tuesday, November 3, at 9 a.m. PST. For more information and to register, visit


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