I am releasing another chart for public use. Just please keep the attribution in. The bars show the percentage of statewide, total winegrape sales that come from each pricing district. The line shows the cumulative percentage of sales from the district indicated below and all districts to the left. If you need it, here is the map of pricing districts: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/California/Publications/Grape_Crush/Grape%20Crush%20Districts%20Map.pdf #wine
As part of my continuing project to make available to the industry charts from different projects I've worked on, here is a chart of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon pices, from Table 6 of the crush report, going back to 1991, in 2014 dollars. The chart shows the middle 50% of price outcomes with a black background to highlight how inexorable and aggressive the price rise has been. It really is amazing when you keep in mind that these numbers are adjusted for inflation! Feel free to
Today, at the Sonoma County Viticultural Technical Group meeting we spoke a bit about the importance of not killing off microbial activity in your vineyard. That would surprise Ernie Carpenter, an oblivious politician from Sebastopol, who recently wrote in the Press Democrat that, "grape farming is predicated on killing all organisms and keeping them that way — dead. Poison nematodes, poison weeds, poison birds, poison critters." The Press Democrat willingly ran a 700-word,
As part of my push to release graphs I have made to the industry for their use, I am posting this graph that shows for five top varietals, what the average price per ton was in District 3, the average tons per acre and the total revenue per acre. District 3 is Sonomarin, which is 99.8% Sonoma County and about 0.2% Marin County. Hope someone finds this useful or at least interesting. Use the chart as much as you'd like, however you'd like, but please leave in the attributio
In May I presented at the Vineyard Economics Seminar. One topic I focused on was the paradox of the continuing concentration on Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa. The graph below shows the total percentage of Napa acreage that is Cabernet Sauvignon in purple. Over the past twenty years, Cabernet Sauvignon went from making up 30% or so of all Napa plantings to 42%. That concentration continues to grow slowly, although it is accelerating. In the graph below, we can see that total
There are three things that I think hold this industry back: 1) Under-utilization of data and objective facts. 2) Duplication of efforts by different organizations and individuals. 3) Missing out on opportunities to collaborate to produce more accurate estimates and forecasts of various industry features. In the interest of reducing Number 2 and, to a lesser extent, Number 1, I am going to release charts that I already have to the general public. At some point, I will pos
Anyone can take a look at the crush report - you can do so really easily using one of my Excel-based tools - and see that grape prices have been increasing. Are they increasing faster than the rate of inflation? As you can see from the chart below, the short answer is yes. There are a number of conclusions you can draw from this chart but, since I am buried in work I'll leave that mostly to you. I will throw in a couple of caveats in here, though. First of all, the Consume
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