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June 16, 2020

Hi all,

Yup, haven't updated this site for a very long time.  With all the angst in the vineyard world, work has been busy.  Which is also why my Grape Data Tool update has been delayed.  But I finished up today and sent it out to my mailing list.  If you haven't used i...

May 21, 2020

I know it's been a long time since I posted, but for those interested, I'm doing an online presentation to the Sierra Foothills growers' associations.  See the press release below:

PLACERVILLE, CA: The El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association is pleased to announce the...

September 26, 2019

USDA Pricing District 5 has the same borders as Solano County.  The problem is that the region is really two different markets: the west and the east.  As the borders are set now, the pricing indications from the Crush Report are difficult for growers to make much use...

July 10, 2019

Long-term grape contracts require a mechanism to dictate price throughout the term of the contract.  These mechanisms can make an enormous difference in the profitability of the contract for both sides.  The chart below is an illustrative case study.  It assumes a thre...

July 3, 2019

I recently had the great honor of presenting to the California Association of Wine Growers at their annual summer seminar.  My topic was a somewhat wide ranging discussion of how grape growers could use the Crush Report and Acreage Report to better their business...

May 27, 2019

In 2015, I presented at the Vineyard Economics Seminar.  At that point, we only had acreage data through 2014.  The presentation was made publicly available.  At that time, I predicted that, for the next several years, Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon acreage would incre...

May 20, 2019

The Grape Data Tool is my most popular public resources.  It distills every Acreage and Crush Report since 1991 into a single Excel workbook with a quick and easy interface.  I have also added a variety of tools to make it easy to pull out a great deal of derivative da...

May 2, 2019

The Grape Data Tool is my most popular public resources.  It distills every Acreage and Crush Report since 1991 into a single Excel workbook with a quick and easy interface.  I have also added a variety of tools to make it easy to pull out a great deal of derivative da...

April 29, 2019

The recently-released Acreage Report indicates a 20% increase in non-bearing acreage over last year.  That is possibly an enormous jump in supply.  But it isn't unexpected.  Assuming that acreage is reported in its second leaf, it was planted in 2017.  Anyone planting...

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