Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grapes i

Posted by: SiduriWines

Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grapes i - 07-09-2009 17:31:36

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20090709/NEWS/907091004/1349?Title=Grapes-go-unsold

Adam Lee
Siduri Wines
Posted by: Curt Wood

Re: Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grapes i - 07-09-2009 18:21:35

Read the article earlier today and it seems to continue to confirm a downturn in wine sales at all levels. Yesterday's Washington Post had an article on the U.S. owner and winemaker of Domaine Dublere in Burgundy and his problems with a shrinking market for his wines. According to the article the Burgundy Wine Board said there was an almost 30% drop in exports from there (mainly to the U.S. and UK)for the last quarter of 2008. As a consumer I applaud any price decrease of any product. However deep down I know that such things can, over a long period of time, be bad for both the consumer and producer.
Posted by: Bob Davis

Re: Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grapes i - 07-09-2009 19:05:00

Assuming the grapes are good quality is is better to get them at a discount, make a less expensive wine and (hopefully) sell it all at a profit. Or not to make the wine at all?

As I've seen in this area and read elsewhere, wines less than $20 seem to be selling OK. Or, given the price of doing business in California, is it just not worth it unless you're making tens of thousands of cases?
BD
Posted by: Clyde Underwood

Re: Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grapes i - 07-09-2009 20:25:41

Here's the link to the "grapes offered" on the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission web site:

http://www.sonomawinegrape.org/marketplace
Posted by: Casey Hartlip

Re: Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grapes i - 07-09-2009 20:35:32

This isn't news to many of us ITB. Its darn scary out there in the big world.

Anyone need some nice mountain Syrah, Grenache, Petite, Zin?
Posted by: Sean_Devaney

Re: Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grap - 07-10-2009 07:50:12

I know I have been able to "tighten my belt" but how much room does a winegrower have to tighten their belts with out the quality of the grapes suffering confused Just guessing but I imagine that the growers have the least flexability of everyone in the chain.
Posted by: larry schaffer

Re: Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grap - 07-10-2009 16:15:59

There are things grape growers can do to cut costs . .. to some extent. But oftentimes quality will suffer . . . It's a real catch 22 situation - you need to provide the best grapes possible, but folks just aren't in the market to purchase now - even with some great grapes available from nationally recognized vineyards (Casey - I'm hopeful you will be able to sell all of yours eventually).

That said, there are still some varieties that are very sought after and continue to command top dollar down in Santa Barbara County . . . but I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens over the next two months . . .

One thing not mentioned here is that I believe many wineries are not doing well at all and trying to do whatever they can pre harvest to raise enough capital to make it worthwhile to purchase grapes . . . I can foresee many grape bills being unpaid in early 2010 if things don't turn around - which will in turn cause even more problems moving forward . . .

The answer - BUY MORE WINE!!!!!

Cheers!
Posted by: Larry Jones

Re: Interesting and Disturbing Article on Sonoma County Grapes i - 07-10-2009 18:06:10

Looking at the grapes on offer, it appears that Pinot is available in the greatest abundance. Maybe this is just a "Pinot Bubble" which is bursting in Sonoma?

-Larry
Posted by: Bryan Gros

wonder if this means deals for home winemakers...(e) - 07-10-2009 18:15:47

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