NAPA VALLEY, CA, July 8, 2009… More than 800 wine industry leaders, researchers and other academic representatives from around the world gathered in Napa in June at the ASEV’s 60th annual meeting, putting research and science center stage among world famous wineries and vineyards.
“To mark our 60th Annual Meeting, we’ve made significant enhancements, not the least of which is hosting it in a world-class wine country where the research the Society fosters is being put into practice everyday,” said ASEV Executive Director Lyndie Boulton.
Despite a challenging economic climate, Boulton says attendance at the week-long conference held strong and was similar to the corresponding registration for the 2008 Annual Meeting held in Portland, Oregon. In addition to an extensive agenda of symposia and presentations by respected speakers from around the globe, the meeting included a salute to international winemaker Zelma Long and a research overview delivered by Honorary Research Lecturer Andy Walker. Recognition of students who will be the torchbearers of the future in wine and grape research included granting best presentation awards in enology and viticulture. Ending the week-long event was the well-received Cabernet Symposium, organized by outgoing ASEV President Michael Silacci and his successor, ASEV President-elect Christian Butzke.
Audio recordings of individual sessions or as an entire conference package are available for purchase at www.asev.org.