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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...

April 25, 2019

Download the USDA-NASS Grape Acreage Report right here.

April 23, 2019

So, I have posted many forecasts and scored many forecasts on this blog.  But it may be difficult for you to determine if my forecasts are good.  For one, humans are bad at judging forecasts, because we rarely keep records. 

For instance, you may hear someone...

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