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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...

April 23, 2018

I and Tom Wark, at fermentationwineblog.com have had an ongoing debate over whether or not marijuana legalization is a threat to wine sales.  For a long time, my belief was that marijuana legalization will not lead to a detectable drop in wine sales, (see here, he...

March 8, 2018

When it comes to policy changes emanating from Washington, the domestic wine industry's main worry is rightfully the constriction of our labor supply.  In addition to renewed efforts to deport unauthorized immigrants and raid employers in our state, there has also been...

December 5, 2017

A recent study looked at how medical marijuana legalization has influenced alcohol consumption.  The study is solid, with falsification and robustness check and consideration of covariants and confounders.  According to the researchers, medical marijuana legalization r...

September 5, 2017

I was recently asked by the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association to produce recommended prices.  Not exactly forecasts, more of an assessment of fair prices, based on long-term trends and cost inflation.  Below is a basic chart, an excerpt from the report.  I would...

August 8, 2017

So, saw this post from the Wine Curmudgeon the other day: Are Americans turning away from wine?  In the post, the Wine Curmudgeon cites a Gallup poll indicating that only 30% of Americans indicate that their preferred alcoholic beverage is wine, the lowest number in 14...

July 20, 2017

I've noticed that our industry loves to panic about outside forces coming to harm us.  The latest panic is that marijuana legalization is going to reduce wine consumption.  My line has been that I'm not worried at this point.  Of course, there will be some effect, but...

July 17, 2017

Bill Swindell quoted me in his article about cannabis and wine in the Press Democrat.  It's a good article about a subject that's easy to write a bad article about: https://www.wix.com/my-account/sites/0a88a463-ee1b-4030-8f0b-15f6b0d59cf5

July 10, 2017

My two favorite people from Uppsala are both named David.  The first is David the Gnome and the second is David Morrison at The Wine Gourd blog.  I’ll refrain from extolling the virtues of David the Gnome for now and focus on David Morrison.  Frankly, he does some of t...

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