DAVIS, CA, March 17, 2008 ….This year’s American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s (ASEV) 59th Annual Meeting will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, on June 17 – 20, 2008. Key highlights for this year’s conference are the themed Supplier Showcase seminars set for June 18 and 19, a regional winery tour, research reports, including world-renowned experts in enology and viticulture, and the chance to taste local wines at the Pacific Northwest Wine Reception.
“We have been working with the support and input of Oregon’s respected wine industry in developing this year’s Annual Meeting program,” said ASEV Executive Director Lyndie Boulton. “We are focused on providing a range of collaborative opportunities which include social and business networking while enjoying the local food and wine.”
An added attraction for the opening day of the Annual Meeting on June 17 is the 5th Joint Burgundy-California-Oregon Winemaking Symposium. Organizer Christian Butzke of Purdue University and Pascal Durand of France have invited speakers from France, Oregon and California for a multi-regional discussion between winemakers and enologists/viticulturists on issues affecting the industry today. The symposium will be preceded by a separate winery tour on June 16.
The Annual Meeting week will also include the Sensory Science Symposium: From Vineyard to Consumer Preference on June 20. How we taste wine is based on the interaction between wine constituents and human receptors in the brain. This symposium will look into sensory science as the most relevant tool to bridge the gap between wine constituents and human perception. Co-organized by Ulrich Fischer of the DLR Department of Viticulture and Enology, Germany, and Hildegarde Heymann of the University of California, Davis, this symposium boasts an international panel of sensory experts from Germany, Spain, Australia, France and the United States.
Dr. Peter Winterhalter, a professor of chemistry at the Institute of Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, will present the 2008 Honorary Research Lecture. Dr. Winterhalter’s research team focuses on the areas of natural product chemistry and aroma research. His lecture, Application of Countercurrent Chromatography in Wine Research and Wine Analysis, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18.
These are just a few highlights of the 2008 national meeting, including the ASEV Classic Golf Tournament on June 17, to connect professionally with your colleagues from around the world in one of America’s most environmentally conscious cities and award-winning wine regions. Plan to meet with your colleagues in one of the “greenest big cities” in the nation. Registration and housing will open on March 31. For more information, please visit www.asev.org.