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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...

June 24, 2015

I have often lamented the under-representation of women in this business. I have long had the feeling that this under-representation correlates positively to increased competency, whether or not that relationship is causal. In Earthling language that means that just as...

March 10, 2015

Final Numbers In – Updates on California Grape Prices


To start this blog post off, I want to rewind to the very first post I put up here.  The following excerpt basically sums it up:



“So far, this year, I’m hearing two different stories. The first story comes from t...

January 22, 2015


  • Scores, prices and appellations of wines from a subset of premium wines, continue to be unpredictable.  No statistical modeling I know of could accurately predict one variable from the two others.

  • Sub-appellations produce higher scores and prices than...

July 16, 2014

The last post was wholly dedicated to Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and was quite bullish for the future.  I do want to reiterate that those are very basic projections and I would strongly recommend you have VFA customize projections for you, instead of using those.  At the...

May 27, 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa is the market leader in grape prices and that is not going to change anytime soon.  In fact, it will not surprise many of my readers to hear that prices are almost certainly going up.  But by how much?



My Projections


I use my own prop...

May 21, 2014

In the last two blogs I gave an overview of the current water situation in the state and discussed mitigation strategies for vineyard owners.  I left out one important action we should take: educate ourselves and share our opinions with elected officials.  For instance...

May 20, 2014

In the last article, I gave an overview of our challenging water situation.  This article will discuss tools and strategies for dealing with water shortages.  The tools I’ll discuss are insurance, conservation, unregulated water sources, storage and rootstocks.  Let’s...

May 1, 2014

Welcome to UpTack Vineyard Consulting’s blog! The topic of conversation: “Where are grape prices going?” My goal is to regularly post predictions as to what grape prices will look like when the next harvest reports come out and to find some less dry topics related to g...

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