Since 1994, Cabernet Sauvignon's share of Napa vineyard land has increased by roughly 50%. Other red Bordelais varieties have, as a category, seen a very similar shift, as you can see in the chart below. I know it's hard to see - Wix's blog setup is sub-par - so you'll have to zoom in to read the chart or try right-clicking to download it. If you'd like the original, just let me know. Over the past five years or so, the increase in vine-share dedicated to red Bordelais var
I've got more charts for you! This one is an historical comparison of Cab Franc to Cab Sauv prices. Cab Franc is in the foreground in black, Cab Sauv in the background in grey-green or whatever that color is. Cab Sauv led for a while, until 2007, when they seem to be trading off. The importan thing to notice here, in my mind, is that Cab Franc offers steady, similar financial benefits to Cab Sauv, making it an easy way to diversify. Unfortunately, it is also a relatively
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
So, I haven’t been posting a lot lately because I have a (digital) stack of client projects to get through. But I needed a bit of a break and, being a sick, sick man with an odd love of data, I decided to pick through the Crush Report a bit. I figured the things I looked up might be interesting to others. I also thought the title of this post was a good explanation of what I was looking at. So, here are some tidbits from the Crush Report: Highest Statewide Production: U
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