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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...

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...

May 24, 2018

Now and again, it's useful to try to take big picture views of our industry.  One thing I like to look at is the way market share shifts between regions.  Using the Grape Data Tool, it's easy to pull up all the data at once and build out some charts and tables.  U...

April 30, 2018

As many of you know, several years ago I built out a dashboard for accessing much of the Grape Crush Report and Grape Acreage Report data going back to 1991.  Over time it evolved, presenting more details: percentile price levels, derivative data of many sorts and, eve...

April 22, 2015

On the face of it, someone may think that choosing what varietal(s) to plant a vineyard to is easy: just pick the one that will make the most money and put everything down to that.  But that's not the whole story.  I can promise you that the many growers who did that w...

January 22, 2015

WARNING: This post is long, may be offensive to Patriots fans and also includes math.

 

Sometimes little things in this world drive me unjustifiably mad.  It’s like they itch at my soul.  Litter left within sight of a garbage can.  People wearing too much perfume in a ta...

January 15, 2015

I know I haven’t posted anything for quite a while, but I’m still very busy with work.  I’m thinking of writing an article about AVA appraisals for one of the trade magazines.  At the same time, I’m doing a study on the interplay between appellation, price and reviewer...

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