Program Development Committee Co-Chairs Confirmed for 2023 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium


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SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 11, 2022…The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium LLC Management Committee, which represents the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), has selected its Co-Chairs to lead the development of the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium program. Grape Symposium 2023 Committee. Leticia Chacón Rodríguez, winemaker and cellar manager at the University of California, Davis, and Alisa Jacobson “AJ”, founder of Turning Tide Wines and wine consultant, were appointed to manage the 36-member committee. All committee members donate their time to find applicable and timely topics in winemaking, viticulture, business, and marketing, seeking out suitable speakers for Unified Symposium program sessions.

Chacón Rodríguez, a wine professional with over 20 years of experience in California, joined the University of California, Davis as a winemaker/cellar manager. Previously, she was Director of Operations at Safe Harbor Wine Storage, where she oversaw operations from harvest to bottling, as well as developed and trained the team on food safety and industrial safety programs. She has served on the winemaking team at Treasury Wine Estates, E&J Gallo Winery, Golden State Vintners (now Wine Group), and Delicato Family Vineyards. An active member of ASEV, she was past president (2012-2013) and member of various ASEV committees. She has served on the Unified Program Development Committee and the LLC Management Committee since 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México, Mexico City, and her Master of Science with a focus on oenology from the University of California, Davis.

Jacobson founded her own wine brand, Turning Tide, in 2018, and transitioned into a consulting role in 2021. Prior to that, she worked at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as a lab technician and was later hired by Joel Gott Wines as its first employee, where she eventually became Vice President of Winemaking, overseeing a team of 30 and managing all winery and vineyard operations in California, Oregon and Washington. She also oversaw international projects in Argentina, Chile, Italy, France and New Zealand at Joel Gott Wines. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Wine Council, member of the peer review committee for proposals from the NW Center for Small Fruits Research, and chair of the research committee of the working group on exposure to west coast smoke. She earned her bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis.

The Unified Symposium will host the conference and trade show January 24-26, 2023 at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, CA. Registration opens on Tuesday, October 18 at 9 a.m. PDT.

Built with the joint contribution of producers, winemakers and members of the allied industry, the unified symposium had has served as a clearinghouse of important information for wine and grape industry professionals for 26 years. The Unified Symposium also hosts the largest trade show of its kind in the industry, with over 700 vendors showcasing their products and services. For more information on the upcoming show, visit www.unifiedsymposium.org.

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