Dr. Trela is an enology specialist and was a Professor of Enology at Texas Tech University and an Extension Enology Specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension (2007-2013). Education: Ph.D., Biotechnology, Suranaree University of Technology (2006). M.S., Food Science, University of California, Davis (1996). B.S. & B.A., Chemistry, The Evergreen State College (1992). He has taught and developed V&E curriculum at the University of California-Davis, Plumpton College and the University of Brighton in the U.K. and Texas Tech University. He has served as a senior advisor to the USDA in Armenia and the World Bank in the Republic of Georgia. As a winemaker he has produced award winning wines in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Dr. Trela has extensive international experience in winemaking, enology research on wine stabilization and the evaluation and improvement of wine sensory attributes, winery practices, and wine business. Dr. Trela is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Selected Activities: ASEV member since 1996, Student Paper Award Judge 2008, Best Paper Committee 2013. Member and Director, ASEV Eastern Section, 2012-2013. Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology, Member, 1999 – present. Qvevri Project, Co-founder and Director, 2012 – present. Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Professional Speaker, 2008 – 2013, Research and Education Committee, 2012 – 2013. Texas Enology Network, Director and Editor, 2009 – present. National Viticulture & Enology Extension Leadership Conference, Distance Learning Committee, Co-chair, 2008. Washington Wine Technical Group, WA, Member, 1995 – 1999, 2013 – present. American Chemical Society, Member, 2011 – present.