Press release Davis, CA

Nichola Hall of Scott Labs Confirmed as ASEV President

Nichola Hall

DAVIS, CALIF., July 18, 2016…Nichola Hall of Scott Laboratories has been confirmed as the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) 2016-2017 president. She succeeds Mark Greenspan of Advanced Viticulture, Inc. to lead ASEV’s 11-member board.

Nichola currently serves as a technical consultant for all areas of enology with a particular focus on fermentation management, microbial nutrition, wine microbiology and analysis, and winery hygiene at Scott Laboratories. Prior to Scott Laboratories, Nichola worked at Vinquiry, Inc. in Windsor, California, as a technical consultant and with Bronco Wine Company as the director of microbiology. She serves on the American Vineyard Foundation Grant Management Committee, is a published author in international journals and trade publications, and an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

An ASEV member since 2003, Hall has served on various ASEV committees, including the Best Paper Awards Committee, Early Career Members Committee, Membership Committee, Exhibitor Advisory Committee, Nominating Committee and Best Student Paper Award Committee. She has also been a presenter and moderator at ASEV’s National Conference.

Nichola graduated with a B.Sc. (HONS) in Microbial Biotechnology in 1997 and earned her Ph.D. in Yeast Physiology and Fermentation Science in 2001from the University of Albertay, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.

ASEV has also confirmed a new director, Merilark Padgett-Johnson from Santa Rosa Junior College. In addition, the Society has announced its 2016-2017 executive team members: James Harbertson of Washington State University, Tri-Cities, as first vice president; John Thorngate of Constellation as second vice president; and Tom Collins of Washington State University, Tri-Cities, as secretary-treasurer. 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; Kay Bogart and Anita Oberholster, both from the University of California, Davis; Patty Skinkis of Oregon State University, Corvallis; and Hans Walter-Peterson of Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York.

Formed in 1950 as a professional society dedicated to the interests of enologists, viticulturists and others in the fields of wine and grape research and production, the ASEV’s membership of more than 2,000 includes professionals from wineries, vineyards, and academic institutions and organizations around the world.  In addition to publishing the AJEV and the Catalyst, the Society also hosts its National Conference, slated for Bellevue, Washington, in June of 2017, and co-presents the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium every January with the California Association for Winegrape Growers.

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