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April 23, 2019

Work is getting to be really busy.  I've realized that, though I really focus on forecasting, this industry has a lot of need for more customized or generalized financial help.  And I build really great financials.  So, I've been lucky to get to do that for a lot of yo...

May 10, 2017

Recently, I've had the chance to focus a bit on the El Dorado AVA.  I did work for a client there and also put together a presentation for the El Dorado Wine Growers Association.  Click here to get the report I put together for the growers. In the process, I notic...

May 27, 2015

So, as I’m sure happens to many of my readers, anytime someone sees a news article about wine, I’m asked, “Is it true?”  Typically, this is pretty easy to answer.  The recent video from Vox, however, is so packed with claims, that it takes more than just a Facebook rep...

March 31, 2015

I've been hearing a lot of talk about grape prices rising too fast and squeezing wineries' margins too much.  I decided to investigate whether or not this is true.  The claim, it turns out, does not line up 100% with the salient facts, which follow and are derived from...

March 12, 2015

As previously seen on Wine Industry Advisor, my review of the Crush Report:


For some of us in the wine business, the release of the Crush Report is one of the most exciting events of the year.  It means that the time has come to browse, analyze, cut up, re-arrange and...

February 25, 2015

Though I’m waiting for the final crush report numbers to assess my projections’ accuracy, I wanted to go back to one projection, in particular.  District 3 (Sonomarin) Chardonnay was a bit of a question for me, though not as enigmatic as Anderson Valley Pinot and Lake...

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...

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