Press release Davis, CA

Best Student Presentations Awarded at the 69th ASEV National Conference

Davis, Calif., August 14, 2018… Six students received accolades for their oral, poster and flash talk presentations at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s (ASEV) 69th National Conference last June. ASEV recognized students who are pursuing a degree in enology, viticulture or in a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to the wine and grape industry. Awards were made possible thanks to the generous sponsors: Lallemand (enology) and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines (viticulture) and the Best Student Presentation Awards Committee.      

The following are the winners of the 2018 Best Student Presentation Awards:


  • Oral Presentation: Elizabeth Burzynski, Cornell University, New York, Sour Grapes, Indeed! Malic Acid Increases in Certain Vitis spp. during Maturation
  • Poster: Sarah Mayfield, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Identification of Anthocyanins in Enchantment Grapes and During Wine Production
  • Flash Talk: Molly Felts, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Evaluation of Postharvest Marketability of Arkansas Table Grapes Grown in High Tunnel Production


  • Oral Presentation: Cory Marx, University of California, Davis, Optimization of Winery Cleaning and Sanitation: Effective Chemistries for Microbial Inactivation and Fermentation Soils
  • Poster: Matthew Noestheden, The University of British Columbia, Canada, Smoke Taint: Challenging Current Beliefs and Exploring In-Winery Mitigation Strategies
  • Flash Talk: Thi Nguyen, University of California, Davis, Postfermentation Production of Acetaldehyde of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

“I am so proud to be part of nurturing and supporting our future enology and viticulture professionals,” said Kristen Barnhisel of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, ASEV First Vice President and Chair for the Best Student Presentation Committee. “What we do at ASEV through the scholarship and best student presentation programs lays the foundation for building leaders in our industry by providing an opportunity to meet and network with future employers and colleagues, bridging a gap to help move them toward their goals in winemaking or grapegrowing.”

For more information about best student presentation awards, visit Photos of the 69th National Conference can be viewed at