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    J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Winemaker Kristen Barnhisel Confirmed as ASEV President for 2019 – 2020

    Davis, Calif., July 8, 2019… Kris­ten Barn­his­el, wine­mak­er for white wines at J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines, has been named 2019 – 2020 pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Soci­ety for Enol­o­gy and Viti­cul­ture (ASEV). She suc­ceeds John Thorn­gate, vice pres­i­dent of oper­a­tions tech­ni­cal ser­vices at Con­stel­la­tion Brands. In her new role, Barn­his­el will lead ASEV’s 12-mem­ber board. 

    I am pleased to serve with lead­ers in viti­cul­ture and enol­o­gy as pres­i­dent of the ASEV board. My goals are to con­tin­ue to ele­vate ASEV as the lead­ing orga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing research and tech­ni­cal advances in enol­o­gy and viti­cul­ture. I look for­ward to guid­ing the exchange of tech­ni­cal infor­ma­tion at our con­fer­ences to improve grape-grow­ing and wine­mak­ing qual­i­ty and pro­duc­tion, as well as men­tor­ing the next gen­er­a­tion,” says Barnhisel. 

    The daugh­ter of a micro­bi­ol­o­gist moth­er, who worked for Simi Win­ery, and a father who was a home wine­mak­er, Barn­his­el has over two decades of viti­cul­ture and wine­mak­ing expe­ri­ence on three con­ti­nents — Italy, South Africa and the Unit­ed States. After earn­ing her master’s degree in enol­o­gy from UC Davis, Barn­his­el worked at Colum­bia Crest in Wash­ing­ton. After two years, she moved back to Cal­i­for­nia to hold posi­tions as assis­tant wine­mak­er at Jor­dan Vine­yard & Win­ery and at Belvedere Win­ery, and lat­er at Han­d­ley Cel­lars, where she was co-wine­mak­er with founder Mil­la Han­d­ley. She then took a posi­tion as the qual­i­ty con­trol man­ag­er with Inglenook, where she over­saw qual­i­ty con­trol for Rubi­con, Inglenook’s flag­ship Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, as well as the winery’s top white wine. 

    Barn­his­el joined J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines as wine­mak­er, white wines in 2015, where she has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for her com­mit­ment to research and exper­i­men­ta­tion, and for the excep­tion­al qual­i­ty of her wines. She has been an ASEV mem­ber since 2005 and has been an active par­tic­i­pant with ASEV since 2012, serv­ing as chair for the schol­ar­ship and best stu­dent pre­sen­ta­tion com­mit­tees, mem­ber of the mem­ber­ship com­mit­tee, indus­try sem­i­nars orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, and co-orga­niz­er for the ASEV Annu­al Meet­ing Fun Run (20012006). She’s cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Vine­yard Foun­da­tion Enol­o­gy Pro­pos­al Review Com­mit­tee and Women for Wine­Sense. She also served as a mem­ber of the Napa Val­ley Wine Tech­ni­cal Group and Sono­ma Coun­ty Wine Tech­ni­cal Group. She has served as a mod­er­a­tor for the Pinot Noir ses­sion at the 2012 Uni­fied Wine & Grape Sym­po­sium and pre­sent­ed her research at a smoke taint sem­i­nar at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis in 2009

    ASEV also con­firmed Anna Katharine Mans­field, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of enol­o­gy at Cornell’s NYSAES in Gene­va, NY, and James Osborne, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor, enol­o­gy exten­sion spe­cial­ist at Ore­gon State Uni­ver­si­ty in Cor­val­lis, OR, as new board directors. 

    In addi­tion to Kris­ten Barn­his­el, the board’s Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee for 2019 – 2020 includes: Pat­ty Skinkis, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor at Ore­gon State Uni­ver­si­ty, Cor­val­lis, first vice pres­i­dent; Tom Collins, assis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Wine Sci­ence Cen­ter, Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty, Tri-Cities, sec­ond vice pres­i­dent; and Mer­i­lark Pad­gett-John­son of the Nat­ur­al Resources Depart­ment at San­ta Rosa Junior Col­lege, Cal­i­for­nia, sec­re­tary-trea­sur­er. Con­tin­u­ing on with their board posi­tions are Markus Keller, pro­fes­sor and Château Ste. Michelle dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sor in viti­cul­ture at Depart­ment of Hor­ti­cul­ture, Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty, Pross­er, WA, con­tin­ues as the ASEV sci­ence edi­tor and James Har­bert­son, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of enol­o­gy at the Wine Sci­ence Cen­ter, Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty, Tri-Cities, as the tech­ni­cal pro­gram direc­tor. Addi­tion­al ASEV direc­tors include: Torey Arvik, chief sci­ence offi­cer of Sonomaceuticals/​Whole Vine Prod­ucts, St. Hele­na, CA; Michelle Moy­er, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor, exten­sion viti­cul­tur­ist, Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty, Pross­er, WA; Ani­ta Ober­hol­ster, assis­tant coop­er­a­tive exten­sion spe­cial­ist, from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis; and R. Kei­th Striegler, grow­er out­reach spe­cial­ist of E. & J. Gal­lo Win­ery, Cal­i­for­nia. For a full board list, go to http://​asev​.org/​b​o​a​r​d​-​d​i​r​e​c​t​o​r​s​-​staff.

    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, ASEV’s mem­ber­ship of approx­i­mate­ly 2,000 includes pro­fes­sion­als from winer­ies, vine­yards and aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions and orga­ni­za­tions from around the world. In addi­tion to pub­lish­ing the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Enol­o­gy and Viti­cul­ture (AJEV) and the Cat­a­lyst: Dis­cov­ery into Prac­tice, the Soci­ety also hosts its Nation­al Con­fer­ence, which will be a joint 71st ASEV Nation­al Con­fer­ence and 45th ASEV East­ern Sec­tion Annu­al Meet­ing, sched­uled for June 15 – 18, 2020, in Port­land, Ore­gon. ASEV co-hosts the Uni­fied Wine & Grape Sym­po­sium with the Cal­i­for­nia Asso­ci­a­tion for Wine­grape Grow­ers (CAWG), which will be held at Cal Expo on Feb­ru­ary 4 – 6, 2020. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it www​.asev​.org.

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