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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...

January 4, 2019

So, sometimes I'm deep into a client project and I hit a wall.  My work quality drops, my productivity falls.  In some cases, I just do some jumping jacks or go into the house to change that light bulb that went out a couple days ago - and then get back to work.  But s...

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...

June 13, 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 findings on...

June 7, 2018

A little bit ago, I posted a new Grape Data Tool tutorial video that showed how to use the tool to evaluate Cabernet Sauvignon in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties by price level.  In a previous blog post, I posted some findings on Mendocino County Cabernet Sau...

May 31, 2018

Earlier I posted a Grape Data Tool tutorial video that showed how to use the tool to evaluate Cabernet Sauvignon in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties by price level.  Over the next week or so, I will post my findings from exploring that topic.  Today’s post wil...

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'...

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