ASEV’s reputation is built on a tradition of disseminating valuable industry and research information to its members through multiple communication channels. With a global industry such as ours, it is important to stay abreast of the current trends and understand their impact. And while outlets like the Journal and the National Conference are ideal, there are times when emerging issues demand a more immediate form of investigation and communication. The ASEV Technical Liaison Committee (TLC) was formed for exactly this purpose and allows ASEV to share information with members regarding governmental, regulatory or scientific issues that either impact or have the potential to impact the grape and wine industry.
Chaired by Constellation Brands’ John Thorngate, the committee members include Jim Harbertson of Washington State University; Art Caputi of Art of Winemaking (American Vineyard Foundation); Karen Block of UC Davis; Mari Kirrane of Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB); Jean Mari Peltier of National Grape & Wine Initiative (NGWI); George Soleas of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Canada (LCBO); Jim Finkle of Constellation Brands (Fédération Internationale de Vins et Spiritueux); Nick Dokoozlian of E&J Gallo (AVF/NGWI), and Imed Dami of Ohio State University.
The newly established committee discusses topics ranging from research funding, job trends throughout academia, new pests, regulations that cover organic wine labels, adoption of new varietal names, China’s wine imports and standards in labeling for food additives. In addition, the committee closely follows government trends such as grants and funding, the impact of legislation in the U.S. and Canada as well as international and domestic trade agreements. The TLC meeting minutes can be reviewed on the ASEV Member Only website.