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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...

November 13, 2018

Three weeks ago, I posted my first installment of this series about the coming Grapepocalypse, which discussed the effects of the changing grape market cycle.  I promised some more doom and gloom, but it took me a bit to get this article out.  Unfortunately, both of my...

October 24, 2018

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how we’re due to see a downturn in the wine market.  As those of you who have gotten a glass of wine with me anytime since 2012 probably know, I’ve been predicting a peak in wine grape prices in 2018. 

Over the past 6 year...

July 5, 2018

In a previous post, I put up a new Grape Data Tool tutorial video explaining how to use the tool to evaluate Cabernet Sauvignon prices by percentile.  The tutorial focused on Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties.  In previous blog posts, I shared some finding...

May 23, 2018

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'...

July 10, 2017

My two favorite people from Uppsala are both named David.  The first is David the Gnome and the second is David Morrison at The Wine Gourd blog.  I’ll refrain from extolling the virtues of David the Gnome for now and focus on David Morrison.  Frankly, he does some of t...

November 21, 2016

Tom Wark recently expressed some hope in his Fermentation Blog that Napa growers who, according to a Wines & Vines article, are going to be doing a lot of replanting in 2017, will replant their vineyards to more varietally diverse configurations.  I hope so - I find Na...

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