Washington State University Assistant Professor Tom Collins has been confirmed as President of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) for 2021-2022.
ASEV is a professional company dedicated to the interests of winegrowers, oenologists and scientists working in viticulture and wine production. Formed in 1950, ASEV has 1,600 members from wineries, vineyards and academic institutions around the world.
âIt’s a big deal, personally, for me to get to this stage,â said Collins, who has been with ASEV for almost 30 years and served in the leadership for a decade.
Known nationally for his work on smoke exposure and its impact on wine fermentation, Collins will lead the 12-member ASEV board of directors while continuing his research at the WSU on the analytical chemistry of wine and distilled spirits.
âI have had the pleasure of working with Tom for many years and it is an honor to have him as President,â said Dan Howard, Executive Director of ASEV. âHe’s bright, thoughtful and a cohesive voice of reason for ASEV. We are extremely grateful for his services and look forward to working with Tom during his presidency. “
Through ASEV’s meetings, programming and networking, Collins plans to address the challenges that the Washington wine industry currently faces, such as exposure to smoke, as well as the difficulties faced by winemakers marketing. wine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
âA big goal is to re-energize people and get back to in-person meetings,â he said.
Of the 12 current ASEV board members, four are WSU faculty members. Michelle Moyer, associate professor and extension winegrower, currently holds the position of second vice-president. Chateau Ste. Michelle Distinguished Professor Markus Keller is Science Editor, while James Harbertson, Associate Professor of Oenology, is Technical Program Director.
âOver the past 18 months, we have learned a lot about how to engage with our members in different and meaningful ways, as well as what is fundamental to our traditions,â said Moyer. âUnder Tom’s leadership next year, I expect we will see more of that blend – the ability to revisit what we love about in-person dating and on-demand learning via webinars and new programs. It is an exciting time to be a part of ASEV.
Collins said his appointment was the culmination of his service at ASEV and reflected the strength of the WSU viticulture and oenology program.
âTaking responsibility for leadership positions in the industry reflects that we have great people and that we are doing great things for the industry. “
To learn more about Collins’ work and the Viticulture & Oenology program, visit the WSU Wine Science website.