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June 16, 2020

Hi all,

Yup, haven't updated this site for a very long time.  With all the angst in the vineyard world, work has been busy.  Which is also why my Grape Data Tool update has been delayed.  But I finished up today and sent it out to my mailing list.  If you haven't used i...

May 2, 2019

The Grape Data Tool is my most popular public resources.  It distills every Acreage and Crush Report since 1991 into a single Excel workbook with a quick and easy interface.  I have also added a variety of tools to make it easy to pull out a great deal of derivative da...

April 29, 2019

The recently-released Acreage Report indicates a 20% increase in non-bearing acreage over last year.  That is possibly an enormous jump in supply.  But it isn't unexpected.  Assuming that acreage is reported in its second leaf, it was planted in 2017.  Anyone planting...

April 25, 2019

Download the USDA-NASS Grape Acreage Report right here.

February 7, 2019

This month’s issue of Wine Business Monthly has a lot of useful information in it.  A lot of talk of headwinds up ahead for the wine industry, along with some justifiable “yes, but stay calm”-type of advice.  For regular readers of this blog, you know that I've been wo...

December 6, 2018

Well, I’ve thrown a lot out at you in this series of blog posts.  The grape market cycle might be grinding to a halt!  A recession is coming!  The labor market is tight and poses a risk to future profitability!  That’s a lot of doom and gloom.   But now I’m ready to 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...

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...

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