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   May 2016                        Common Ground; Innovative Research                  NGWI.ORG

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NGWI Summer Board Meeting
June 27-28, 2016
Monterey, CA

2016 ASEV National Conference
June 27-July 1, 2016
Monterey, CA

NGWI Annual Meeting of the Members and Board Meeting
January 23, 2017
Sacramento, CA

Unified Wine & Grape Symposium
January 24-26, 2017
Sacramento, CA

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The National Grape and Wine Initiative focuses on research and extension to strengthen the US grape and grape product industries in partnership with academics and government. Grapes are the nation's leading specialty crop and all industry segments including raisin, juice, fresh grape and wine created the NGWI coalition to drive research for maximum productivity, sustainability and competitiveness. NGWI aims to lead the world in consumer value and quality.  

From the President -     
It is truly a pleasure to be joining NGWI as President and I feel so fortunate to be working in this new capacity.  Having served on the Board of the organization for many years now, I am keenly aware of the important role NGWI plays and the impact it has on developing a collaborative dialogue, driving critical research and advancing technologies that allow for the grape community throughout the country to thrive, grow and progress.

As I get up and running I look forward to connecting with our members and hearing from our industry your thoughts and perspectives on NGWI, opportunities for the organization, your perspectives on critical needs and ways that we can better keep in touch with you all to keep you apprised of the work we are undertaking on your behalf.

Having started earlier this month, I am reviewing and getting up to speed with the internal details of the organization, but there are a number of people who have reached out to offer assistance and thoughts.  I appreciate this and look forward to connecting with many more of you.  Additionally, I would like to express my appreciation to the search committee and board for their time, energy and commitment to the process to keep NGWI moving in the transition period. Laurie Enos, here on staff, also deserves to be commended for her work in keeping the wheels on the bus during the transition period - thank you!

In the coming weeks and months there is much to learn, many connections to make and meetings and events to participate in.  I look forward to our Board meeting in Monterey in June and I hope that many of you as members, partners and supporters of NGWI will be in attendance.  Most of all, I look forward to talking and working with each and every one of you as we, together, strive to drive our grape community forward with many successes that lie ahead.

My best,
Camron King
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture Announces Selection of Recipients of the 2016 Best
Paper Awards
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) has selected the recipients of the 2016 Best Paper Awards. The selected authors will be presenting their papers as keynote presentations at the Society's 67th National Conference on June 27-30 in Monterey, California.

Recognized for the best enology paper entitled "Sulfur Dioxide and Glutathione Alter the Outcome of Microoxygenation," were Andrew L. Waterhouse and Ana L. Peterson of the University of California, Davis, Angelita Gambuti of the University of Naples, Italy; and Guomin Han of Northwest A&F University, China.

A team from Davis was named for best viticulture paper, "Characterization of Winery Wastewater for Reuse in California." Recipients of the award include Maya C. Buelow, Lucas C. R. Silva and Sanjai J. Parikh of the University of California, Davis and Kerri Steenwerth of USDA/ARS who is also affiliated with the Department of Viticulture and Enology,at UC Davis.

"Congratulations to the authors," says ASEV Executive Director Dan Howard. "ASEV is fortunate to be working with a dedicated group of people who devoted countless hours to reviewing papers and making all of this possible."

Each year, the ASEV Best Paper Awards Committee evaluates all manuscripts published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture (AJEV) during the previous year and selects one paper in viticulture and one in enology that reflects outstanding research and a substantial contribution to the field. The 2016 Best Paper Award Committee includes James Harbertson (Chair) of Washington State University, Richland; Lise Asimont of Francis Ford Coppola Presents; Leticia Chacón-Rodríguez of Safe Harbor Wine Storage; Zeke Neeley of Trefethen Family Vineyards; Merilark Padgett-Johnson of Santa Rosa Junior College; Joe Shirley of Trinchero Family Estates; David Sorokowsky of E&J Gallo Winery; and Fritz Westover of Vineyard Team, California.

The authors will be presented with a plaque and an award, thanks to the generous support of J. Lohr Vineyards, at the National Conference.
NGWI Board Meeting - Save the Date

The NGWI Board of Directors will be meeting in Monterey, June 27 at the Hotel Pacific.  This meeting will coincide with and be adjacent to the ASEV National Conference, June 28-30.  To obtain more information please contact the office at 916.446.3900.