By. Neil Williamson, Editor
Vintners have had a number of sleepless nights recently. Our unusually warm winter caused bud break (see vincabulary) to occur earlier than usual. While our days have been warmer than average, the overnight lows have been near (or below) freezing.
The real danger is cold air sitting on the vineyards so the winds have actually been helpful (as have the wind machines).
As of this writing it is too early to tell if there has been any damage to the vines.
Times like these that remind me how much of the wine business is really farming. Spring frost is just one of the many climactic challenges Virginia wine growers face.
On a much brighter note, I am happy to announce special member discount for Vintage Virginia. If you go to www.vintagevirginia.com and use the discount code VWC and receive an additional $4 off per ticket on top of the Early Bird discount.
If you want to have a new and different wine festival experience, choose the TOP 5 tent option. I will again be hosting the TOP 5 tent. In the tent, guests are seated at tables and served the different wines as I speak about the winery, the winemaker, the wine, and whatever else crosses my mind. The VMC discount code works for the TOP 5 tent as well (until May 15th).
Please keep the vines (and the guys and gals who tend them) in your thoughts and prayers this early growing season.
As always, thank you for including me on your Virginia Wine journey.
Editor, Virginia Wine Journal