The ASEV Merit Award is presented annually to an individual who
has significantly contributed in an outstanding distinguished
manner to the progress and advancement of enology and viticulture
or to the Society itself. This award acknowledges excellence in
the fields of education, technology, research, management, public
relations or any discipline related to enology and viticulture.
SEATTLE, WA, April 20, 2010… The latest advances in grape growing
and winemaking in cool climate areas will be the focus of the
two-day symposium where world-renowned researchers and industry
leaders will present industry best practices and the latest
research findings. The 7th International Symposium on Cool
Climate Viticulture and Enology will be held at the Washington
State Convention Center on June 20-22, 2010, with regional wine
tours held earlier in the week.
Individual Canadian and Washington research teams have won the
prestigious American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s (ASEV)
2010 Best Paper Awards for their respective groundbreaking work
in viticulture and enology. Their papers, which were published in
the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture (AJEV) in 2009,
will be recognized at the ASEV’s National Conference taking place
on June 20-24 in Seattle.
A team of researchers examining abscisic acid in Merlot berries
and the authors of a paper on winemaking effects were designated
by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) to
receive the best paper awards for viticulture and enology,
respectively. The two papers published in the American Journal of
Enology and Viticulture (AJEV) in 2009 were chosen by the ASEV
best paper committee for their contributions to the field.
The ASEV Board of Directors is looking forward to hosting the
2011 ASEV National Conference in California’s Monterey wine
region. The Portola Hotel and Monterey Conference Center will be
the site of the 62nd National Conference, June 20-24, 2011.
“This will be the perfect site for our technical program and
regional wine tastings in the heart of a major wine region and
beautiful setting,” ASEV Executive Director Lyndie Boulton said.
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the proposed
bylaws amendment was approved by 92% of the responding votes. The
member feedback in addition to returned ballots was greatly
appreciated and extremely gratifying to the board and staff. We
also acknowledge that this outcome was not desired by some
members. We would welcome contact by any of you who may have
questions or concerns.
The newly amended bylaws are in effect now as stipulated by the
bylaws. The board will proceed with posting a call for the new
Technical Program Director for this appointed position.
The 2010 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, co-hosted by ASEV and
the California Association of Winegrape Growers, drew a crowd of
approximately 11,700 industry representatives to Sacramento,
California in January. One of its highlighted events, the High
Elevation/High Latitude Seminar: Wine Growing on the Edge was
well received with great opportunity to taste wines
representative of this unique terroir. Planning for 2011 in
Sacramento is underway, and we look forward to continuing this
extensive, popular trade show and developing another
Are you interested in finding out more on how to grow wine in
higher elevations or high latitudes? The Unified Symposium is
offering a Friday seminar, High Elevation/High Latitude,
emphasizing climate changes, challenges, production and
sustainability of winegrowing in higher elevations and latitudes.
Glenn McGourty of the University of California Cooperative
Extension, Mendocino/Lake Counties and Peter Molnar of Obsidian
Ridge Vineyards and president of the Lake County Winegrape
Commission will moderate this seminar. Click here to
register for this seminar.
The ASEV Annual Meeting will be referred to as the ASEV National
Conference from 2010 onward. Based on direction from members,
presenters, academia and industry, the Board endorsed the meeting
name change to more accurately represent the nature and scope of
this well-established conference. This change was part of a
comprehensive analysis of the entire program matrix.
The 61st Annual ASEV National Conference is set for June 20-25 at
the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.
All current Professional Members (per the bylaws) will be asked
to vote on the Board’s proposed bylaws revisions. If you are a
voting member, we encourage you to support the Board’s
recommendations in order to better serve you. The proposed
changes will increase efficiency, transparency and will ensure
that our bylaws are legally current.
Registration and housing for the 2010 Unified Wine & Grape
Symposium opened Monday, October 19, 2009 at 6:00 am (PDT). The
“Register Now!” button below will take you to the Registration &
ASEV’s Board and staff have invested months evaluating the
Society’s bylaws. The results are proposed bylaw revisions that
will be sent to voting members for their review and ratification.
As the organizational governing document, bylaws are instrumental
in enabling the efficiency and practicality of successful
operations. They also mandate aspects of transparency. Our last
bylaws revision was approved by the members in 2001.
The Annual Meeting in Napa provided many firsts for ASEV,
including successfully hosting a large event in the middle of a
wine region. The 60th Annual Meeting provided 800 attendees with
an exceptional and well-balanced program, offering a blend of the
latest research reports, innovations and practical applications
to its members.
Dr. Christian Butzke of Purdue University succeeded Opus One’s
Michael Silacci as the ASEV board president on July 1.
“Michael Silacci, in his focused, sophisticated manner, has led
an exceptional group of people who implemented a number of
innovative program concepts and ideas,” said Butzke. “It has been
an honor to work with him and to follow in his footsteps and
expand on what he has started during his term.”
Student achievements highlighted the evening at the
Student-Industry Mixer held at the American Society for Enology
and Viticulture’s (ASEV) 60th Annual Meeting last June 25.
Industry members mingled with eager students and their major
professors as they sipped on Napa Valley wines and toasted to the
future torch bearers who received scholarships and the winners of
the best student presentation awards.
Dr. Christian Butzke of Purdue University has been confirmed as
president of the 2009-2010 American Society of Enology and
Viticulture (ASEV). He will lead the 12-member board to build on
the success of Opus One’s Michael Silacci, the immediate past
president. Patty Saldivar, viticultural consultant, was also
confirmed as first vice president and Dr. Sara Spayd of North
Carolina State University was elected second vice president.
The Annual Meeting in Napa was a first in many regards and with
positive outcome. We are pleased to have delivered program
content for over 800 attendees representing many states and
countries, professions and academic institutions.
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