California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Dr. Federico Casassa received a BS in Viticulture and a MS in Enology from the School of Agronomic Sciences in Mendoza (Argentina), and a Ph.D. in Wine Chemistry and Sensory Analysis from Washington State University (USA). He is an Associate Professor of Enology with the Wine and Viticulture Department of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His past published research include studies on the effect of Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI) and variations of berry size in grapes and wines, cluster thinning, as well as on the various aspects of phenolic extraction and sensory outcomes of different maceration techniques in red wines, including cold soak, saignée and extended maceration. Federico has been awarded the “Best Paper Of The Year Award” of the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture (AJEV) twice: 2014 and 2017. He has completed 19 vintages as winemaker in regions such as Mendoza (Argentina), France (Cotes du Rhone), and USA (Washington State and California). He serves as the technical liaison for the commercial Cal Poly wine program at Cal Poly, regularly judges for local and international wine competitions, and consults in Chile, Argentina and the US. He was most recently awarded the new Best Scholar Award at Cal Poly.