As many of you know, several years ago I built out a dashboard for accessing much of the Grape Crush Report and Grape Acreage Report data going back to 1991. Over time it evolved, presenting more details: percentile price levels, derivative data of many sorts and, eventually, I added macros that make it easy to pull large amounts of data all at once. Originally, this tool was just something I used to speed up my own work. At a certain point, I figured I would make it availa
The nice folks at USDA-NASS took a bit longer than usual, but they finally got the Acreage Report up on Friday. For me, that heralds a busy season. I'm burning the candle at both ends to update grape price forecasts and the Grape Data Tool. So far, I've got the Grape Data Tool's non-macro capabilities updated. Hopefully, they're working well. You can download it here or from the permanent, Excel Tools page of this site. The tool's use is governed by the Free Software Fou
I and Tom Wark, at fermentationwineblog.com have had an ongoing debate over whether or not marijuana legalization is a threat to wine sales. For a long time, my belief was that marijuana legalization will not lead to a detectable drop in wine sales, (see here, here, here and here.) Then, as I saw more and better quality evidence, I began to equivocate more, (see here and here.) Basically, I noted that the preponderance of evidence indicated that cannabis legalization likely
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