I finished updating my grape data tool and am again making it available to the public. With this tool, you can quickly and easily pull up historical data going back to 1991 for grape prices, yields, acreage, revenue and derivative data, by variety and pricing district. It includes options for the whole state, total wine, total red, total white, other red, other white and almost every variety. It saves me an enormous amount of time, and I hope it does the same for you. Fol
Apparently, the version of the tool I sent out the other day had some glitches in it. It has been replaced with a better version that actually works. Click here to go to the Excel tools page and download it. #excel #tools #data
As any of my readers know I am passionate about the use of data in the wine industry. I want us to stop relying on our gut decisions when we can use data to inform our decisions. One great source of data are the USDA reports. These are largely under-utilized, though. If you are looking at historical numbers, it can take a long time to wade through the data. That is the case no more. The work is done for you. I made a tool that requires you to type in the district and p
On the face of it, someone may think that choosing what varietal(s) to plant a vineyard to is easy: just pick the one that will make the most money and put everything down to that. But that's not the whole story. I can promise you that the many growers who did that with Merlot for a decade regretted it when over-planting and Sideways ruined them. As with any investment, growers should diversify their plantings to hedge against such events. Furthermore, especially if you ar
I made a tool on Excel that allows the user to rapidly retrieve acreage data by inputting the variety and region. As readers of this blog know, I advocate greater use of basic data in this industry and I hope this helps. I made this tool with three purposes in mind for users: First, to create a quicker way to look up acreage data than flipping through a book or scrolling through spreadsheets. Second, to make it possible to carry the whole acreage report on a tablet and easi
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