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ASEV Platform – October 13, 2020

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Extension Distinction Award Nomination Due November 1

Do you know someone in extension with expertise in enology or viticulture who has positively impacted your business or region? You can nominate them for the 2021 ASEV Extension Distinction Award. Nomination for this award is due on November 1.

The ASEV Extension Distinction Award recognizes a current extension educator based on his or her outstanding contribution of: (1) information in enology and viticulture through his or her extension program, or (2) the translation of novel research findings into commercially applicable tools for enologists or viticulturists. Nominations of individuals actively engaged in extension and the translation of new or existing technical knowledge in the fields encompassed by enology and viticulture are encouraged.

To submit your nomination by November 1, click here.

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Pre-register for the October Invasive Pest Series Webinar
Lifecycle Modeling in the Realities of Precision Ag, Climate Change, and Invasive Species

Register now for the next invasive pest series webinar, set to take place on Thursday, October 22, from noon to 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Gwen Hoheisel, a regional extension specialist at Washington State University, will present “Lifecycle Modeling in the Realities of Precision Ag, Climate Change, and Invasive Species.”

The use of models to predict the life cycles of plants and pests is common. Increased seasonal variability from climate change as well as an increase in invasive species warrants the use of phenology and site suitability models. However, how they are adopted into practice with precision agriculture leads to added challenges. This presentation will show examples of commonly used models and discuss the pros and cons of their use and adoption in agriculture.

The 1-hour webinar is free to ASEV members and $50 for non-members. Click here to register.

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Registration for the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Opens November 3

The 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will open its registration on Tuesday, November 3.

The event, which will be presented online as a virtual conference and trade show, will take place on January 26 – 29, 2021.

For 26 years, the Unified Symposium has been drawing tens of thousands of participants from throughout the United States to discuss the latest information, trending innovations and strategies for future business planning. The 2021 virtual format promises to deliver the same content and information exchange, while still being responsive to constantly changing realities during a pandemic.

The 2021 Unified Symposium will be presenting a smoke exposure session, the popular State of the Industry, a conversation about diversity and inclusion in the wine industry, and breakout presentations in winemaking, grapegrowing, business and operations, marketing and PR, and Spanish-language sessions. The trade show will also be hosted online and will feature enhanced communication channels to easily connect vendors with attendees. This includes online chatting, video conferences and the ability for attendees to see virtual booths that are “live” or “at the booth” with vendors who are available to respond to immediate questions. Attendees can schedule appointments with exhibitors. With this platform, attendees can easily search for products, services or a specific vendor. They can conveniently do their research and “shop” efficiently and easily. Access to the 2021 Unified Symposium’s trade show is free with registration.

For more information about the show and to register, visit

For the 2021 Trade Show information, click here.

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Board Highlight: Federico Casassa
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“What is cutting edge, what is going to become cutting edge and what is going to become a milestone in the years to come will probably get published or be presented through ASEV.”

Born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, Federico Casassa moved to the United States to pursue his doctorate degree at Washington State University under Dr. Jim Harbertson. Currently an associate professor of enology and wine sensory analysis at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Federico embodies a global perspective and is enthusiastic about all things wine. In addition to teaching, he conducts research on the viticultural aspects relevant to the Central Coast as well as the effect of winemaking techniques on phenolic extraction and retention in red wines. He makes wine for his friends and is responsible for developing Cal Poly’s branded wines and for the special cuvees produced for Cal Poly’s Dean of the College of Agriculture. In his free time, he does outreach to local industry, mostly in California, participates in wine judging and consults for sensory-related topics.

“ASEV’s reputation precedes them outside of the U.S. I learned about ASEV through the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture (AJEV) as a student in Mendoza. ASEV is an outstanding platform for networking and keeping abreast of issues and trends in the wine industry, not just from a purely academic standpoint but beyond. I was excited to join the ASEV board. I get to be exposed to diverse perspectives of an incredible and respected group of people, comprised of winemakers and viticulturists working in the wine and grape industry, as well as colleagues in key areas, such as community colleges. Expectedly, each institution has its own realities and issues, and sees the industry, education and outreach through slightly different lenses. This diversity is extremely valuable to me because it brings a complementary perspective to a variety of issues that the ASEV board handles. It also helps me as a professor to be able to share these perspectives with my students. ASEV connects the dots in all aspects of my work and professional relationships.”


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ASEV is a membership-based organization. The operations and success of ASEV depend on the many members who volunteer for board, committee, and other service roles, representing the wine and grape industry and academic institutions.

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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Showcase Your Job Openings to Industry Members

Did you know that you can announce an academic or industry technical position on the ASEV job board? This feature is available to all industry members.  

Click here to submit your job posting.

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Join ASEV Today!
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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. 

zelma long Zelma Long, Winemaking Partner at Vilafonté:

“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.”