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ASEV Platform – September 2017

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2017-2018 ASEV Board Confirmed

James Harbertson, ASEV President

ASEV has confirmed James Harbertson, associate professor of enology at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, as 2017-2018 president. He leads the 11-member board and also holds the interim technical program director position. In addition to Harbertson, Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker for white wine at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, California, joins the executive team as second vice president. The executive team also includes: John Thorngate, vice president of Operations Technical Services at Constellation Brands, California, as first vice president and Tom Collins, assistant professor at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, as secretary-treasurer.

R. Keith Striegler, grower outreach specialist for E&J Gallo Winery, joins the board as a new director. Additional board members continuing current terms are: ASEV Science Editor Markus Keller of Washington State University, Prosser; Directors Lise Asimont of Francis Ford Coppola Presents, Anita Oberholster of the University of California, Davis, Patty Skinkis of Oregon State University, Corvallis, Merilark Padgett-Johnson of the Natural Resources Department, Santa Rosa Junior College, California and Hans Walter-Peterson of Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York.

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ASEV Presented $100,000 in Scholarships at the National Conference

For the first time, ASEV awarded two students with the Presidents’ Award for Scholarship in Enology and Viticulture, giving each student $12,500. Megan Hall of Cornell University, New York, was the recipient for viticulture, and Sydney Morgan of the University of British Columbia, Canada, received the scholarship for enology. Check out what these exceptional students had to say about being the first recipients of the ASEV Presidents’ Award. Click on video thumbnails below to view.

ASEV Presented $100,000 in Scholarships at the National Conference ASEV Presented $100,000 in Scholarships at the National Conference

Additionally, ASEV awarded 35 students with traditional scholarships totaling $75,000 to support their studies in enology and viticulture. Click here to see the list of all scholarship recipients.

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2017 Best Student Presentation Award Winners

Six students were recognized at the 68th National Conference for best student presentations in oral, poster and flash talk for enology and viticulture. Here are the following winners:


  • Oral Presentation: Jake Uretsky, University of California, Davis, A Preliminary Study of Taxonomic and Geographic Relationships among Accessions of Vitis berlandieri and Associated Taxa
  • Poster Presentation: Karla Huerta, University of California, Davis, Evaluation of Genetic Diversity in Wild Vitis from Northern and Central Mexico
  • Flash Talk: Garret Stahl, Washington State University, Tri-Cities, Evaluation of Stomatal Conductance as an Irrigation Scheduling Tool in Grapevine

 Enology: (sponsored by Lallemand)

  • Oral Presentation: Zachary Cartwright, Washington State University, Pullman, Reduction of Brettanomyces bruxellensis Populations from Oak Barrel Staves Using Steam
  • Poster Presentation: Lingjun Ma, University of California, Davis, Tannin Reacts with SO2 during Aging, Yielding Newly Discovered Flavan-3-ol Sulfonates in Wine
  • Flash Talk: Paul Mawdsley, California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, Effect of Timing of Cluster Thinning on Pinot noir Grapes and Wines

“The quality of the presentations submitted by the students each year is impressive,” said Kristen Barnhisel of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, ASEV second vice president and chair for the Scholarship Committee and Best Student Presentation Committee. “I love that I get to work with some of the best students in the nation and give them a conduit to start a career in the industry through scholarships, professional development, mentorship and networking during the conference.”

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68th National Conference Abstracts, Audio Recordings and Photos

Each year, the ASEV board and committee members volunteer their time to put together a technical program of the latest scientific research on emerging topics, such as water management and smoke taint, to share with the industry. These and other profound research discoveries are discussed at the annual National Conference held in June.

To get a closer look at the 68th National Conference, a summary of the technical abstracts is now available for download and the audio recordings for the different sessions are available for purchase. For an inside look into the conference, enjoy these photos from this year’s event.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 National Conference in Monterey, California, slated for June 18-21. We look forward to seeing you there.

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New Understandings in Wine Oxidation Chemistry
Video Now Available

One of the many benefits ASEV members enjoy is the ability to view videos of technical presentations from the National Conference that are vital and relevant to the industry today. In June, ASEV hosted the most important and productive research teams from around the world who shared the major advances being made in understanding wine oxidation chemistry. This symposium is now available for members to view online.

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Volunteering with ASEV

Here at ASEV, volunteers are the heart of the organization and essential to our success. Our board and committee members are all volunteers. They continually use their voices to shape and influence the wine and grape industry. We’d love to have you join us. Click here to find out how you can be a part of this community.

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Become a Member

Access to decades of peer-reviewed research, discounted fees to the Unified Symposium, the ASEV National Conference and other ASEV sponsored professional development events, and videos on-demand are just some of the membership benefits you can enjoy. Interested in finding out more? Click here or call us at (530) 753-3142.