Staff profiles

Stella Kassara

Position: Senior Scientist
Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) University of Adelaide

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Phone: 08 8313 6600
Fax: 08 8313 6601
Since: 1 March 2005
Biography:
  • 1995 Scientific Officer (Australian Water Quality Centre)
  • 1996 - 2000 Research Chemist (AWRI)
Publications:

A. Manuscripts submitted from completed projects

1. Kassara, S.; Li, Si., Smith, P.; Blando, F.; Bindon, K. Macromolecule composition and particle size in rosé and red wines produced using pectolytic enzymes. Submitted to: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Manuscript ID: jf-2019-02877d)
2. Bindon, K.A., Kassara, S., Solomon, M., Bartel, C., Smith, P.A., Barker, A., Curtin, C. Commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strains significantly impact Shiraz tannin and polysaccharide composition with implications for wine colour and astringency. Submitted to: Food Research International (FOODRES-D-19-01612).

B. Peer-reviewed publications (in order of most recent)

1. Bindon, K. A., Kassara, S. & Smith, P. A. (2017). Towards a model of grape tannin extraction under wine‐like conditions: the role of suspended mesocarp material and anthocyanin concentration. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 23(1), 22-32.
2. Bindon, K. A., Li, S., Kassara, S. & Smith, P. A. (2016). Retention of proanthocyanidin in wine-like solution is conferred by a dynamic interaction between soluble and insoluble grape cell wall components. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 64(44), 8406-8419.
3. Bindon, K. A., Carew, A. L., Mierczynska-Vasilev, A., Kassara, S. Kerslake, F., & Smith, P. A. (2016). Characterization of macromolecular complexes in red wine: Composition, molecular mass distribution and particle size. Food Chemistry, 199, 838-846.
4. McRae, J. M., Day, M. P., Bindon, K. A., Kassara, S. Schmidt, S. A., Schulkin, A., & Smith, P. A. (2015). Effect of early oxygen exposure on red wine colour and tannins. Tetrahedron, 71(20), 3131-3137.
5. Bindon, K. A., Kassara, S. Cynkar, W. U., Robinson, E. M., Scrimgeour, N., & Smith, P. A. (2014). Comparison of extraction protocols to determine differences in wine-extractable tannin and anthocyanin in Vitis vinifera L. cv. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62(20), 4558-4570.
6. McRae, J. M., Ziora, Z. M., Kassara, S. Cooper, M. A., & Smith, P. A. (2015). Ethanol concentration influences the mechanisms of wine tannin interactions with poly (L-proline) in model wine. Journal of Agricultural and Food chemistry, 63(17), 4345-4352.
7. McRae, J. M., Kirby, N., Mertens, H. D., Kassara, S. & Smith, P. A. (2014). Measuring the molecular dimensions of wine tannins: Comparison of small-angle X-ray scattering, gel-permeation chromatography and mean degree of polymerization. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62(29), 7216-7224.
8. Bindon, K., Kassara, S. Hayasaka, Y., Schulkin, A., & Smith, P. (2014). Properties of wine polymeric pigments formed from anthocyanin and tannins differing in size distribution and subunit composition. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62(47), 11582-11593.
9. McRae, J. M., Kassara, S. Kennedy, J. A., Waters, E. J., & Smith, P. A. (2013). Effect of wine pH and bottle closure on tannins. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61(47), 11618-11627.
10. McRae, J. M., Schulkin, A., Kassara, S. Holt, H. E., & Smith, P. A. (2013). Sensory properties of wine tannin fractions: Implications for in-mouth sensory properties. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61(3), 719-727.
11. McRae, J. M., Dambergs, R. G., Kassara, S. Parker, M., Jeffery, D. W., Herderich, M. J., & Smith, P. A. (2012). Phenolic compositions of 50 and 30 year sequences of Australian red wines: The impact of wine age. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 60(40), 10093-10102.
12. Dambergs, R. G., Mercurio, M. D., Kassara, S. Cozzolino, D., & Smith, P. A. (2012). Rapid measurement of methyl cellulose precipitable tannins using ultraviolet spectroscopy with chemometrics: Application to red wine and inter-laboratory calibration transfer. Applied Spectroscopy, 66(6), 656-664.
13. Kassara, S. & Kennedy, J. A. (2011). Relationship between red wine grade and phenolics. 2. Tannin composition and size. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59(15), 8409-8412.
14. D’Incecco, N., Bartowsky, E., Kassara, S. Lante, A., Spettoli, P., & Henschke, P. (2004). Release of glycosidically bound flavour compounds of Chardonnay by Oenococcus oeni during malolactic fermentation. Food Microbiology, 21(3), 257-265.
15. Easton, C. J., Kassara, S. Lincoln, S. F., & May, B. L. (1995). Amino substituents as a probe of reactions of phenyl acetates with cyclodextrins. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 48(2), 269-277.

C. Technical articles and conference proceedings:
1. Smith, P., Bindon, K., McRae, J., Kassara, S. and Johnson, D (2014). Tannin: impacts and opportunities along the value chain. Wine and Viticulture Journal, 29(3): 38-41.
2. Smith, P.A., Schulkin, A., Dambergs, R.G., Kassara, S. Barter, S., Solomon, M., Birchmore, W., Bevin, C., Francis, I.L., Bindon, K.B. Assessment of relationships between grape chemical composition and grape allocation grade. In. Dry, P.R. (ed) Proceedings of the ASVO Seminar on ‘Searching for the Sweet Spot, Optimal yield and quality’, Mildura Arts Centre, 24-25th July 2015. pp. 16-19
3. Smith, P., Day, M., Schmidt, S., McRae, J. Bindon, K., Kassara, S. Schulkin, A., Kolouchova, R., Wilkes, E., Herderich, M., Johnson, D. (2014). Exploring oxygen’s influence. Wine and Viticulture Journal, Volume 29(6), 33-36.
4. Smith, P., Bindon, K., McRae, J., Kassara, S. and Johnson, D (2015). Tannin: impacts and opportunities along the value chain. Practical Winery & Vineyard, January issue, pp.17-21.
5. Curtin, C; Solomon, M; Francis, L.; Pearson, W., Barker, A., Kassara, S. Bindon, K. Smith, P. (2015) The influence of yeast strain on Shiraz wine composition and sensory properties. The Australian Wine Research Institute Technical Review. No. 216: 11-15.
6. Smith, P., Schulkin, A., Kassara, S. Barter, S., Solomon, M., Cynkar, W., Capone, D., Francis, L., Bindon, K., Johnson, D. (2015) Applying the latest understanding of grape composition. Wine and Viticulture Journal, 30(6), 33-38.
7. Bindon, K.A., Schulkin, A., Dambergs, R.G., Solomon, M., Barter, S., Capone, D., Kassara, S. Cynkar, W., Francis, I.L., Smith, P.A. (2017) Objective measures of grape quality. In. Beames, K.S, Robinson, E.M.C., Dry, P.R., Johnson, D.L. (eds.). Proceedings of the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference: Adelaide, South Australia, 24-28 July 2016. Glen Osmond, S.A. pp. 161-164.
8. Bindon, K., Smith, P., Schulkin, A., Dambergs, B., Kassara, S. Barter, S., Solomon, M., Cynkar, W., Capone, D., McRae, J. and Francis, L., (2017). Exploring potential for grape objective measures to predict wine grade and style. Wine & Viticulture Journal, 32(2), p.46.
9. Capone, D., Pearson, W., Bindon, K., Kassara, S. Francis, l., Herderich, M., Johnson, D. (2018). What makes a red wine green? Defining ‘green’ flavour in Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines. Wine & Viticulture Journal, 33(2), 32-35.

D. Posters and papers at conferences:

1. K. Bindon, N. Scrimgeour, R.G. Dambergs, S. Kassara, W.U. Cynkar, E.M.C. Robinson, E. Wilkes, J.A. Santos, P.A. Smith. Unravelling the relationship between grape phenolic extractability and wine composition. Poster presented at the 65th ASEV National Conference, Austin, Texas, June 23–27, 2014.
2. Bindon, K., Scrimgeour, N., Dambergs, B., Kassara, S. Cynkar, W., Robinson, E., Wilkes, E., Smith. P. Unravelling the relationship between grape tannin extractability and wine composition. Paper presented at the Crush Symposium, Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus, 25-26 September, 2014.
3. Day, M., Viviers, M., McRae, J., Bindon, K., Kassara, S. Wlikes, E., Smith, P. Effect of early oxygen exposure during red winemaking on the production of volatile sulfur compounds, colour and tannins. Poster presented at 9th In Vino Analytica Scientia (IVAS2015), Cittadella del Vino, Mezzocorona, Trento, Italy, 14th – 17th July, 2015.
4. Smith, P.A., Schulkin, A., Dambergs, R.G., Kassara, S. Barter, S., Solomon, M., Birchmore, W., Bevin, C., Francis, I.L., Bindon, K.B. Assessment of relationships between grape chemical composition and grape allocation grade. ASVO Seminar on ‘Searching for the Sweet Spot, Optimal yield and quality’, Mildura Arts Centre, 24th July 2015.
5. Bindon, K., Curtin, C., Kassara, S. Li, S., Solomon, M., Abrahamse, C., Mierczynksa-Vasilev, A., Blando, F., Carew, A., Kerslake, F., Smith, P. The Secret Life of Wine Macromolecules. Paper presented at the Crush Symposium, Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus, 20 November 2015.
6. Bindon, K., Curtin, C., Kassara, S. Li, S., Solomon, M., Abrahamse, C., Mierczynksa-Vasilev, A., Blando, F., Carew, A., Kerslake, F., Smith, P. The Secret Life of Wine Macromolecules. Paper presented at the Crush Symposium, Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus, 20 November 2015.
7. Smith, P., Curtin, C., Kassara, S. Solomon, M., Bindon, K. Defining the mechanisms and impact of winemaking treatments on tannin and polysaccharides in red wine: recent progress in creating diverse styles. MacroWine 2016, Bordeaux, France, 30th June 2016, Changins, Nyon, Switzerland.
8. Bindon, K.A., Kassara, S. Hixson, J.L., Smith, P.A. A cap for red wine macromolecules? Defining limits for tannin and polysaccharide extraction during maceration. Poster presented at the 16th AWITC Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 24th to 28th July 2016.
9. Bindon, K., Scrimgeour, N., Dambergs, B., Kassara, S. Cynkar, W., Robinson, E., Wilkes, E., Smith, P. Unravelling the relationship between grape extractability and wine composition. Poster presented at the 16th AWITC Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 24th to 28th July 2016.
10. Bindon, K.A., Schulkin, A., Dambergs, R.G., Solomon, M., Barter, S., Capone, D., Kassara, S. Cynkar, W., McRae, J.M., Francis, I.L., Smith, P.A. Objective measures of grape quality. Poster presented at the 16th AWITC Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 24th to 28th July 2016.
11. Bindon, K.A., Schulkin, A., Dambergs, R.G., Solomon, M., Barter, S., Capone, D., Kassara, S. Cynkar, W., McRae, J.M., Francis, I.L., Smith, P.A. Objective measures of grape quality. Paper presented at the 16th AWITC Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 28th July 2016.
12. Bindon, K.A., Schulkin, A., Dambergs, R.G., Solomon, M., Barter, S., Capone, D., Kassara, S. Cynkar, W., Francis, I.L., Smith, P.A. Objective measures of grape quality. Objective measures of grape quality. ‘Topics in Chemometrics’ conference, 18-21 April 2017, Fort Scratchley, Newcastle.
13. Bindon, K., Kassara, S. Curtin, C., Li, S., Hixson, J., Teng, B., Wilkinson, K., Smith, P. Cap on red wine macromolecules? Updates on how winemaking interventions influence tannin and polysaccharide composition in Shiraz wines. ACS Conference Session ‘From Fermentation to Fume Hood: The Chemistry of Wine’, August 20th 2017, Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, DC, USA.
14. Bindon, K., Kassara; S., Macintyre; J., Zhang, W., Do, Z., Nicolotti, L, Chen, F., Solomon;, M., Ford, C. Zoning in on Shiraz grape quality Paper presented at the Crush Symposium, Charles Hawker Building, Waite Campus, 26 September 2019.
15. .Bindon, K.A., Schulkin, A., Dambergs, R.G., Pearson, W., Solomon, M., Barter, S., Capone, D., Kassara, S., Francis, I.L., Smith, P.A.. Growing Chardonnay in a warm climate. 8th Symposium of the Oenoviti International Network, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece,13 May 2019.