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
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
To submit your nomination by November 1, click
Register now for the next invasive pest series webinar,
set to take place on Thursday, October 22, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Gwen Hoheisel, a regional extension specialist at Washington
State University, will present “Lifecycle Modeling in the
Realities of Precision Ag, Climate Change, and Invasive
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
The 1-hour webinar is free to ASEV members and $50 for
Click here to register.
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
“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
“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
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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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)
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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
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