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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...

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...

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...

June 22, 2017

Lew Perdue has been kind enough to repeatedly remind me that, though my Grape Data Tool is both free and useful, that people in our industry may not be used to such things.  He has convinced me to create video tutorials.  There are two reasons I haven't been doing that...

June 22, 2017

The most recent version of the Advanced Grape Data Tool is now available for direct download, thanks to Microsoft.  By downloading it you agree to the Free Software Foundation's General Public License.  

Click here to download.  Feel free to share it, with a notificatio...

May 23, 2017

I've finished my updates to my grape data tool.  It will save me a bunch of time and, in all likelihood, if you start using it, it will improve your data usage and save you time.  If you don't know what it does, it basically gives you access to the most important parts...

May 18, 2017

Today I posted to my site an updated Grape Data Tool.  If you haven't used this thing yet, you need to.  It allows you to very easily look up wine grape data by district or all California and by variety, color or in total.  It pulls data from 1991 through 2016, includi...

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...

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