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ASEV Platform – February 23, 2021

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2021 ASEV National Conference

The 72nd ASEV National Conference is planned to be held virtually on June 21-24. The in-person conference in Monterey, California USA has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This year’s key highlights include:

  • Merit Award Presentation: Forty Years of Wine and Sensory Science
    Dr. Hildegarde Heymann, University of California, Davis
  • Extension Distinction Award Presentation
    Dr. Anita Oberholster, University of California, Davis
  • Keynote Presentation
    Dr. Gavin Sacks, Cornell University
  • Honorary Research Lecturer: From Canopy Systems to Water Relations to Climate Change Research – An Unsteady Path in an Ever Changing Environment
    Dr. Hans Schultz, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany
  • Symposium
  • Research Reports (submitted through Call for Abstracts)
  • Supplier Displays
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Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended to March 1

The Call for Abstracts deadline for the 72nd ASEV National Conference has been extended to Monday, March 1.

The in-person conference in Monterey, California USA has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The conference will now be held virtually.

Original research and research updates in all areas of viticulture and enology are encouraged. Additionally, we welcome abstracts in the following research areas:

  • Climate and other environmental issues
  • Irrigation management
  • Trunk disease management
  • Tactics in vineyard wildfire prevention
  • Impact of smoke exposure on grape and wine consumption

Submit your abstract online here

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UC Davis Anita Oberholster to Receive the 2021 Extension Distinction Award

ASEV has confirmed Dr. Anita Oberholster as the 2021 Extension Distinction Award recipient. Dr. Oberholster, an Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Enology for Agricultural Natural Resources (ANR) based at UC Davis, will be presenting the Extension Distinction Award Presentation at the 2021 ASEV National Conference on June 21-24.

As an extension specialist, Dr. Oberholster conducts applied research and extension programs for wine grapes and wine. Her research focuses on two main parts: (1) the influence of both viticulture practices and environmental factors on grape ripening and composition, and related wine quality, and (2) investigations to determine the influence of different vinification practices on wine composition and quality. Dr. Oberholster was involved in the development of the mouthfeel wheel for red wine during her doctorate studies, as well as researching changes in polymeric pigment structure and composition with wine aging. Her newest research focus area is the impact of wildfire smoke on grape and wine quality. You can read more about her professional bio here.

She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry and her honors degree in chemistry from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and her doctorate in sciences from the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Dr. Oberholster has been a member of ASEV since 2011 and served as an ASEV board director from 2014-2017. She has also served on the ASEV Best Paper Committee, as an AJEV reviewer, and National Conference moderator and speaker, and she continues to serve on the ASEV Technical Program Committee.

Oberholster is a member of other organizations, including the American Chemical Society, Groupe Polyphenols, West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force, CA & ES Graduate Education Committee, Chemical and Laboratory Safety Committee, Viticulture & Enology and Food Science and Technology Graduate Group Executive Committees, Robert Mondavi Institute Executive Committee and chair of the University of California, Davis Viticulture & Enology Extension Coordination Committee. She reviews for 25 peer-reviewed journals and different funding proposals. She was previously a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee which advises the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA & ES) on Cooperative Extension issues, South African Society of Enology and Viticulture, and the Australian Society of Viticulture and Enology.

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ASEV Selects 2021 Best Enology and Viticulture Papers

Congratulations to the 2021 Best Paper Award Winners! The selected papers are available for free in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture (AJEV). The winning authors will be presenting their papers during the 72nd ASEV National Conference.

Best Enology Paper:Determination of Molecular and “Truly” Free Sulfur Dioxide in Wine: A Comparison of Headspace and Conventional Methods,” by Todd W. Jenkins, Patricia A. Howe and Andrew Waterhouse of the University of California, Davis; and Gavin L. Sacks from Cornell University.

Best Viticulture Paper: “Soil Temperature Prior to Veraison Alters Grapevine Carbon Partitioning, Xylem Sap Hormones, and Fruit Set,” by Stewart K. Field, Jason P. Smith and Bruno P. Holzapfel of Charles Sturt University in Australia; Erin N. Morrison and R.J. Neil Emery of Trent University in Canada.

Thanks to the members of the ASEV Best Paper Awards Committee who volunteered their time to select the one paper in the field of enology and one in the field of viticulture that they deemed was outstanding in content and provided a substantial contribution to the field. The committee completes an annual evaluation of all research papers published in the AJEV for the prior year.

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Scholarship Applications Due March 1

Submit your scholarship applications by March 1 to be considered for the ASEV Traditional Scholarship or the ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship in Enology and Viticulture, which is awarded to two (2) students who exceed expectations of our traditional scholarship program.

For more detailed information about the scholarship program and how to submit your application, click here. There were 50 scholarship recipients last year from universities throughout North America!

See the 2020 ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship winners in these short videos:

Scholarship Applications Due March 1 Scholarship Applications Due March 1

Rachel Allison (left), Enology

Jaclyn Fiola (right), Viticulture


Call for Technical Program Director
Board Position
(Volunteer, 3-Year Term)

ASEV is seeking candidates for a Technical Program Director (TPD). The TPD is a volunteer position appointed by the Board of Directors for a three-year term and is responsible for shaping and delivering relevant technical content that impacts many sectors of the wine and grape industry, including winemakers, viticulturists, university researchers, students and other professionals.

The TPD is tasked with guiding the ASEV’s Technical Program Committee on the development of technical projects such as symposia, workshops, seminars, and sessions for the National Conference or other conferences or seminars, such as webinars. Candidates must have a strong interest in fostering a technical program platform that disseminates both fundamental and applied research to the professional wine and grape industry. Qualified candidates can submit a cover letter and CV or resume by May 3, 2021.

For more information about this position, click here.


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We recommend using the navigation menu or the following links to browse for information on our Board of Directors and committees. These resources will help introduce you to a range of professional volunteer opportunities to consider. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer form and let us know how you want to become involved in ASEV.

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ASEV is committed to providing resources for lifelong learning and professional growth. ASEV offers access to decades of peer-reviewed research, videos on-demand, free webinars and discounted fees to ASEV-sponsored professional development events, such as the Unified Symposium and the ASEV National Conference. But more importantly, ASEV nurtures future leaders and fosters a professional community. Join us by clicking here or call us at (530) 753-3142. 

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“I believe that an ASEV membership is essential to having a fully rounded and grounded wine/vine career. I wanted to work at the top of my profession, and ASEV facilitated that in many ways.”

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