Scenes From The Exhibit Hall at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium
If you've ever dreamed of owning a winery you probably imagined wandering the vineyards, carefully blending your wines and showing off your wares in your elegant tasting room. But there are many, many steps from grape to glass as those who attended the Unified WIne & Grape Symposium know all too well. As a devoted amateur consumer, I feared that seeing just how much goes into winemaking might spoil the romance of it for me. Instead, it has deepened my respect for those who are devoted to the wine business. Not just the wineries and the growers but the bottle makers, coopers, label makers, farm equipment salespeople and all the others who indirectly have a part in that lovely bottle that sits on your table. After the jump, a quick spin through the exhibit hall to see the types of businesses that were there to sell to the wineries.