DAVIS, Calif., March 28, 2022–Senior Extension Associate Chris Gerling of Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, has been confirmed by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) as the recipient of the 2022 ASEV Extension Distinction Award. Gerling will present “Of Course There’s Jalapeño in It: Enology Extension in the Craft Beverage Era” on June 21 at the 73rd ASEV National Conference in San Diego, California.
Gerling works with the craft beverage industry to create educational programs that support the growth and improved quality of premium wines, ciders and distilled spirits. He organizes and conducts workshops and seminars that focus on production and analytical techniques for farm-based beverages. He manages the Vinification & Brewing Technology Laboratory, where fermentations are conducted for research projects and industry trials. He also manages the Cornell Craft Beverage Analysis Laboratory, where products may be submitted for troubleshooting, routine analysis or sensory appraisal. “I am excited to discuss the evolution of craft beverages and how we can share knowledge and experience between products,” says Gerling. “ASEV provides an important forum for extension specialists to share best practices and I am looking forward to share what we’ve learned here on the East Coast with those practicing extension in the West.”
Gerling is past chair of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section and serves on the national chapter of ASEV’s laboratory proficiency committee. He is also a member of the Cider Institute of North America’s executive committee.
The ASEV Extension Distinction Award is given to a current ASEV member and extension educator based on his or her contribution of: (1) information in enology or viticulture through his or her extension program, or (2) the translation of novel research findings into commercially applicable tools for enologists or viticulturists.
Founded in 1950 by a group of researchers and winemakers, the ASEV is dedicated to the interests of enologists, viticulturists and others in the fields of wine and grape research and production throughout the world. The ASEV National Conference is a forum for sharing and disseminating the latest scientific information relevant to winemaking and grapegrowing. For more information about the 73rd ASEV National Conference scheduled June 19-22, 2022, in San Diego, California, visit asev.org.org.