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Posted by on Nov 2, 2009 in Commentary | 3 comments

Sign of the times: Recession in wine country

Sign of the times: Recession in wine country

I was driving on Riebli Road near Santa Rosa, Calif. on Nov. 1 and noticed this sign by some vines of New Vine Zinfindel(Zin). It is owned by Bastoni Vineyards, according to WineMap. The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) reported that the 2008 average price for Sonoma County Zin, which is the basis for determining the grape sale contracts of the 2009 harvest,  was $2,485.66 per ton. That’s about $1.25 per pound. This is less than half that price.


  1. I think the economy is getting nowhere at all! I don't see any recovery eventhough some of them said it's gettng better soon.

  2. Jobs are usually what they call a "lagging indicator" of recovery. However, selling Sonoma County zin grapes for less than people sell bulk wine grapes in the Central Valley is not a good sign.

  3. The economy is not getting better and will not improve until the government stops taxing and threatening to tax small businesses, like those in the wine country, grow and develop so that they can hire employees.

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