New Leadership for 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Tom Collins

Dr. Tom Collins, assistant professor of grape and wine chemistry at Washington State University, will chair the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee, a position he previously held in 2015 and 2016.  Nichola Hall of Scott Laboratories will serve as the program committee’s vice chair, a newly added position. Since the first meeting in April, they have been working closely with nearly 30 other voluntary leaders from the wine and grape industry in developing the Unified’s 2019 program. The selection was made by the Unified Symposium’s LLC Managing Committee, representing the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), who have co-hosted the Unified Symposium since its inception 25 years ago.

“Having previously chaired the Program Development Committee, Tom understands what is needed to put together a successful program and how to implement it,” said ASEV Executive Director Dan Howard. “Adding Nichola to the team will provide needed support to  maintain steady progress in the program development.”

Dr. Collins is an assistant professor of grape and wine chemistry in the Viticulture and Enology Program at Washington State University. He manages a research program in wine and spirits aroma and flavor chemistry, and teaches wine chemistry and winery operations courses. Prior to joining WSU, Dr. Collins was the director of research for the Food Safety and Measurement Facility at the University of California, Davis. He received his doctorate in agricultural and environmental chemistry from UC Davis and is currently serving as the ASEV’s secretary/treasurer.

Nichola Hall

Hall is a staff scientist at Scott Laboratories in Petaluma. She’s been a member of the Unified’s managing committee since 2015 and serves on the exhibitor advisory committee and the program development committee. Hall served as ASEV’s president from 2016-2017 and is currently an active member on several ASEV committees, including the nominating committee, best student paper award, extension distinction award, and scholarship committees. She’s also a member of the Gold Standard Committee and American Vineyard Foundation Grant Management Committee and a past board member of the Sonoma County Wine Technical Group. She received her doctorate in yeast physiology and fermentation science from the University of Abertay Dundee in Dundee, Scotland, in 2001.

“The Unified Wine and Grape Symposium is the industry’s most important venue for discussing key issues,” said John Aguirre, CAWG president.  “We achieved this position, because of the many passionate and knowledgeable volunteers who join together each year to identify relevant session topics and speakers offering insights and information not found anywhere else.”

The 2019 Unified Symposium will take place at the Sacramento Convention Center, located in downtown Sacramento, January 29-31.

Built with the joint input of growers, vintners and allied industry members, the Unified serves as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals.  The Unified also hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind in the Americas, with over 650 vendors displaying their products and services.  For additional information, go to www.unifiedsymposium.org.

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