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March 19, 2019

Well, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is at least a little bit less true than you originally thought.  After asking for feedback in my last blog post, I got some.  I was wondering why government data showed that, corrected for inflation, labor rates in El...

March 14, 2019

On March 20th, I’ll be speaking to the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers’ Association.  They’re a great group – they always have a lot of great questions and they're great at sharing their knowledge with each other and me.  They also put me up in the Cary House, a nice, old...

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...

November 26, 2018

I hoped that Part 3 of the Three Horsemen of the Grapepocalypse would be shorter than the wannabe magnum opus I stumbled into last week. But, if you’re a glutton for glumness, you’ll be happy to know that it is nearly as long as Part 2! Hopefully, it will be as well-...

January 11, 2018

As many of you know, vineyard owners and managers are suffering from a severe shortage of labor.  The need to rebuild after the wildfires is going to seriously exacerbate this.  On top of this, the current administration has been more vigorous than past administrations...

November 8, 2017

Today, the North Bay Rapid Response Network is launching to try to reduce the threat of deportation to local, undocumented residents.  Their activities are centered on Sonoma Napa Counties and include education, providing legal observers to document ICE actions and pro...

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