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July 3, 2019

I recently had the great honor of presenting to the California Association of Wine Growers at their annual summer seminar.  My topic was a somewhat wide ranging discussion of how grape growers could use the Crush Report and Acreage Report to better their business...

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...

January 7, 2019

This creates an easy way to see how District 3 Pinot Noir prices have evolved, by percentile, over time, in both nominal and inflation-adjusted dollars.  Below is a screenshot, but the power in the file is that you can scroll through all the years from 1991-2017, using...

January 3, 2019

So, this post may be coming a bit late to be of much help, but maybe it will be useful to someone.  This stems from some casual research I was doing.  I've been hoping for a contract to forecast Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon.  It's such a huge question going forward,...

October 11, 2018

I am continually creating forecasts for clients: land prices, expenses, acreage numbers, labor rates, revenue and, especially, grape prices.  But those forecasts can be narrowly focused.  For instance, a client may want a forecast for the 80th percentile price for Pino...

July 31, 2018

I am continually creating forecasts for clients: land prices, expenses, acreage numbers, labor rates, revenue and, especially, grape prices.  But those forecasts can be narrowly focused.  For instance, a client may want a forecast for the 80th percentile price for Pino...

July 10, 2018

Today, I'm waiting on a couple pieces of projects, giving me some "down time" to work on some of the continual analysis I do of the wine grape market.  I just got inspired to share some insights and methods with my readers.  This based off my question to myself "Where...

June 7, 2018

A little bit ago, I posted a new Grape Data Tool tutorial video that showed how to use the tool to evaluate Cabernet Sauvignon in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties by price level.  In a previous blog post, I posted some findings on Mendocino County Cabernet Sau...

May 31, 2018

Earlier I posted a Grape Data Tool tutorial video that showed how to use the tool to evaluate Cabernet Sauvignon in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties by price level.  Over the next week or so, I will post my findings from exploring that topic.  Today’s post wil...

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