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Unified 2015

January 23, 2015

Turrentine will be at Booth
# 1311 at this year’s Unified Symposium, Jan 28-29thunified2015

Turrentine Brokers will be available and await your visit at our booth. The following brokers and support will be in attendance:

Alicia Kump
Audra Cooper
Brian Clements
Erica Moyer
Kelly Mahoney
Marc Cuneo
Mike Needham
Neil Koch
Steve Fredricks

Steve Robertson
William Goebel

Please stop by and say hello!

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Turrentine + Dollars & Sense

January 6, 2015

Turrentine Brokerage is a proud exhibitor of the annual Dollars and Sense Tradeshow. Hosted by the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Dollars and Sense attracts the largest number of Sonoma County grape growers, as well as vintners, wine industry professionals  who gather to discuss the industry’s most important issues and trends.

For more information about the event, please click here. dollarsandsense

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Turrentine Seen and Heard in Washington….the State, not D.C.

December 16, 2014

The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) invited Turrentine Brokerage to speak on Global Grape Supply at their Grower Caucus Meeting, December 9, 2014 in Grandview, Washington.

Erica Moyer, Broker and Partner, presented information concerning the global grape production of the Old World and New World and the impact to our domestic market. As the Old World production declines, New World production is increasing, mostly in the United States and particularly in California. With increasing domestic supply, imported bulk wine is declining. As Washington grape production continues to grow, it is important for producers to keep eye on growing regions in Washington and California. Washington is currently in the sweet spot of a growing segment, the $10-20 bottle price point. Washington is gaining interest for reds grown in regions such as Horse Heaven and Red Hills, which is why California wineries such as E & J Gallo and Duckhorn are in Washington.

While in the Tri Cities area, Erica took the opportunity to meet with Turrentine Clients in the Paterson-Prosser region, along with Crop Consultants in the Tri Cities and the Yakima Valley, to learn more about the wine grape growing conditions, water and land availability and the appellations within Washington.

“It was a great trip. I have a great appreciation for what they are doing in Washington with their wines. There is a tremendous opportunity for growth.” – Erica Moyer

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Turrentine Bulk Wine Broker added to the Team!

Turrentine Brokerage, California’s leading broker of wine grapes and wines in bulk, is pleased to announce that a new broker has joined its growing team. Neil Koch (rhymes with scotch) grew up among the vineyards and wineries of Napa Valley. He graduated from Vintage High School and studied enology and viticulture at both Napa Community College and Fresno State University. He worked in production for Seavey Vineyards and Bryant Family Vineyard and became enologist and cellar master at Lewis Cellars. Then he moved to the oak side of the business, selling barrels in Northern California and Washington state for Mistral Barrels, Bouchard Cooperage and Seguin Moreau.

Neil has joined the Turrentine bulk wine brokerage team, working mainly with clients in the North Coast and Northern Interior regions. Neil lives in Walnut Creek and is an avid cyclist. He can be reached at Turrentine Brokerage’s headquarters in Novato: 415-209-9463.Large Logo

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Vote 4 Turrentine

December 15, 2014

2015 “Best Of” Wine Industry Suppliers Surveywin

Vineyard & Winery Management magazine is conducting a short survey to find out who your favorite wine industry suppliers are. Help Turrentine win for best Bulk Wine & Grape Broker.

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Please click the link below to vote!


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Turrentine is Hiring!

December 9, 2014

Turrentine Brokerage is looking for a stellar performer to join our high-performance Bulk Wine Team.  If you or someone you know may be the right person for this exciting position send an email to: Jacque@turrentinebrokerage.com

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Better Data for Better Business

November 24, 2014

Turrentine Brokerage has partnered once again with Moss Adams and Farm Credit Alliance Partners to bring you the 2015 Wine Industry Benchmarking Survey.Large Logo

This year’s survey results will provide insight into:

  • Sales and production data with trend analysis
  • Viticulture data and grape market trends
  • Capital improvements and development activities
  • Sell-through and discounts by sales channel and region
  • Operational data by region
  • Future/forecasting and planning

For more information, please click here!

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Event: Napa Rootstock

November 10, 2014

Turrentine will be at Booth #231 at this year’s Rootstock conference at the Napa Valley Fairgrounds on Thursday November 13th. We will have a lively crew, filling the whole spectrum from Bulk Wine to Wine Grapes: Mike Needham, Steve Robertson, William Goebel, Alicia Kump & Kelly Mahoney.  Stop By!

For more information about the Rootstock event, click here.


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Bulk Wine Market Overview

October 7, 2014

Below is an overview of the Bulk Wine Market outlined by region.  Call us early to get an update on how the 2014 harvest will affect the market for the wines of interest to you.  There are some great opportunities of wines available for sale.  Also, the earlier we understand your position the greater our ability to offer more solutions.

North Coast Bulk Wine Market Overview
Written by Marc Cuneo & Steve Robertson

Marc Cuneo

Marc Cuneo

Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa: There continues to be strong demand for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, however we observed some slowing as harvest approached.  More 2013 bulk wine could arrive on market post-harvest.  Highest quality or best value lots are receiving the most interest from potential buyers.  We still have active buyers looking for wine; recent sales have been in the $28 to $30 per gallon range.

Sonoma/North Coast: This area has the strongest demand in the state for quality and value.  There are low quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon available and we are not predicting large gallons to become available after harvest.  The 2014 crop will most likely not bring many extra gallons to the bulk wine market either.  Excess in the rest of the state for Cabernet Sauvignon is the only factor that could soften price or demand.  Even though there aren’t many gallons for sale, new buyers continue to  enter the market looking to fill Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon programs. Recent sales have been in the $15 to $17 per gallon range for Lake and Mendocino and $20 to $22 for Sonoma County.

Pinot Noir- Sonoma/Napa:  We have seen a softening of price, while demand remains moderate. The clients who are going to purchase are the “Just-In-Time” buyers that are entering back into the market for more wine.  Recent sales have held at the $17 to $18 per gallon range for high quality 2013 Sonoma County lots.

Merlot – There are not an excessive amount of gallons of Merlot actively for sale; however the supply is in excess of demand.  Buyers sourcing for Napa Valley Merlot for varietal programs are ready to make purchases now.  Strong demand for North Coast and Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon has hepled move some Sonoma County and North Coast Merlot.  Large winery buyers have 2014 Merlot from grapes and some of those wineries will be sellers. Price will likely soften.

Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson

Chardonnay – The large 2014 crop will most likely put downward pressure on prices of bulk wine from all regions of the North Coast.  Most of the gallons actively for sale are winery owned.  Based upon the deals our Bulk Wine team is working on with growers, we don’t predict there will be many grower owned gallons of 2014 wine offered for sale in bulk.  Wineries will try to sell 2013 case goods and adjust inventory by listing 2014 wine in bulk for sale.  Lake and Mendocino County Chardonnay could see the largest softening in price due to large inventories of Sonoma County, Monterey County and Northern Interior wines.

Sauvignon Blanc – Demand for Sonoma County and Napa Valley 2014 bulk wines may be soft because of vintage 2012 & 2013 wines that are still in the casedgoods market.  We have some early interest in Lake County lots.

Zinfandel – A lighter crop might position bulk wine inventory actively for sale into balance.  Our Bulk Wine team has had some new buyers for Zinfandel at the right price, but demand is still soft.

Interior Bulk Wine Market Overview
Written by Michael Robichaud

Michael Robichaud

Michael Robichaud

Most of the large California wineries went into harvest with larger inventories than normal.  Due to new acres and reasonable yields on existing acres they also have a good supply of 2014 wine in tanks. Demand for bulk wine is softer which may result in downward pressure on bulk price.

Most likely prices will continue to soften for Cabernet Sauvignon and premium blenders. Due to the increase in supply of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and generic blenders will continue to be a challenge to sell in the bulk market.

Due to lighter yields on 2014 Zinfandel, we may see fewer gallons offered for sale in bulk next year, but still predict supply will be in excess of demand.

The bulk market for Chardonnay and most whites will continue to be slow.

2014 Pinot Grigio bulk wine will be active but also price-sensitive. If you have bulk 2014 Pinot Grigio for sale, let Turrentine know right away!

The continued supply of quality wine at attractive prices typically spurs innovation, new brands and labels that could improve the market.

Central Coast Bulk Wine Market Overview
Written by William Goebel

Recent activity in the Central Coast has been slow for all varieties on the bulk market and that trend has sustained through harvest.  The 2014 crop is similar in size to 2013, adding more challenges to selling 2013 bulk Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.

Chardonnay:  We have 50 lots or approximately 750,000 gallons of 2013 Central Coast Chardonnay actively for sale, about 270,000 gallons are from Santa Barbara County and 180,000 gallons from Monterey County.

William Goebel

William Goebel

Pinot Noir: We have over 50 lots listed or approximately 340,000 gallons of 2013 Central Coast Pinot Noir that need a home.  Most of the bulk wine Pinot Noir available is Monterey County, but still about 100,000 gallons is from Santa Barbara County.

Cabernet Sauvignon: Demand for 2013 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon has been hot and cold this year, with buyers coming into the market early with different price expectations than sellers, creating a disconnect that could not be bridged.  Buyers then focused inland and north on sourcing Cabernet, while waiting out the Central Coast market. A few months later buyers entered the market again, secured the few truckloads they needed and left before the end of summer.  Currently, there are about 40 lots listed for sale, or approximately 580,000 gallons of Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. Most of the demand from bulk buyers for Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is specifically for Paso Robles.

Merlot: In the Central Coast, Merlot saw an early uphill struggle during the 2013 harvest when wineries and custom crush facilities were not interested in discussing available Merlot grapes.  We have a saying here around the office, “If you are having a hard time selling your grapes, we will most likely have a hard time selling the bulk wine.”  In 2014, there were only a few completed spot market deals for Central Coast Merlot. 37 lots are available totaling 478,000 gallons are currently offered for sale.



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Turrentine Harvest Update

September 30, 2014

Turrentine Harvest Update: September 30th, 2014

Sonoma County – Mike Needham & Alicia Kump

  • Majority of Pinot Noir has been picked. Overall, the Pinot Noir yields came in slightly lighter than expected
  • Chardonnay is about 60-70% picked; the Chardonnay left is mainly in the cooler areas (Russian River, Coast, etc.).  Sonoma County should be finished with picking most of Chardonnay end of this week. Crop is picking out similar to 2013 so far. No ill effects of the rain as of yet.
  • Red varieties have started harvest.  Merlot yields have come in as expected.
  • In the hotter areas (Dry Creek, Alexander Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon has started and picking out as expected or slightly under. Most Cabernet Sauvignon still ripening in the cooler areas of Sonoma.
  • Overall, 2014 has been an EARLY harvest.  Chardonnay harvest usually wraps up mid-October so we are still trending a week to 10 days earlier than normal.

Napa Valley – Mike Needham & Alicia Kump

  • Crop still appears to be above average for most varieties.
  • White varieties are expected to be finished picking this week.
  • Currently in the middle of picking reds. Depending on the grower, they’ve had larger than expected yields for certain varieties.
  • In hotter areas, Cabernet Sauvignon has started to pick and yields have been at expectations.
  • Similar to the last 2 years, wineries will continue to take excess Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mendocino County – – Mike Needham & Alicia Kump

  • Crop yields are still below expectations.
  • Reds have started to be picked (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot), majority will be picked in the next couple weeks.

Lake County – Mike Needham & Alicia Kump

  • Earlier season than normal, some areas are up to 3 weeks earlier.
  • Started with Sauvignon Blanc beginning of August and began picking reds first week of September.
  • Crop appears to be slightly lighter than expected.

For all North Coast areas, we have had a long growing season.  Spring was warm, summer hot, thus a lot of degree days that have encouraged the vines to keep growing.  Growers with water have been proactive on their irrigation schedules to help mitigate the effects of heat.

South Valley – Erica Moyer

  • Madera Grape Grower:  “in all my life, I have never finished picking grapes in September, let alone the third week in September.”
  • Harvest is about a month ahead of 2013, with only a few grapes left to pick. Crop is less than 2013.

Lodi/Delta – Erica Moyer

  • Red harvest is in full swing.  Brix are high and so is quality.
  • With the rain last week harvest hit the pause button only for a day or two.
  • Yields in older vineyards are “average” at best, while younger vineyards are yielding slightly above expectations.
  • Harvest is expected to wrap up in 3 weeks.

Monterey County – Erica Moyer

  • Chardonnay harvest is just beginning and looks to be slightly above estimates.
  • Pinot Noir yields are coming in as projected, which is strong.

Santa Barbara County – Audra Cooper

  • Harvest is nearing completion in Santa Barbara County.
  • Many Chardonnay blocks came in at or below expectations. Overall, Chardonnay appears to have been an average year in Santa Barbara County.
  • Pinot Noir was once again a large crop, but by many reports smaller than 2013.

San Luis Obispo County – Audra Cooper

  • Paso Robles is roughly 50% complete with harvest; the next 10 days will likely bring the area closer to 75% complete if tank space permits.
  • The Paso Robles crop continues to be variable.  Some blocks have come in as light as 40% below an average crop yet others have come in at average or above average yields.
  • The lightest yielding varietal thus far has been Merlot.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon crop is very difficult to gauge due to a lack of uniformity throughout the region; however average at best has been a common description.  That being said, there are a few blocks here and there that have reported excess fruit.

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