Well that’s not good. Looks like all the “Global Warming” we’ve had has not been enough to prevent a freeze in France threatening the wine production. Good news for California and Australian wines I guess…
Apr 8, 2021,03:29pm EDT|1,183 views
French Vineyards ‘Ablaze’ Across France: The Fight To Save Crops
Alex LedsomSenior Contributor
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France is under a cold spell, with the weather falling to an unexpected -4C across large parts of the country, record lows for April. And that’s causing huge problems for farmers and wine producers, who fear that crops will be damaged. From Chablis to Champagne, as reported by The Local, France has been covered with images of what looks like fields that have been set alight.
Smudge Pots… whole vineyards full of pots of fire. I suppose in a couple of years we will have wine snobs reporting on the “smokey notes of rustic campfires” and “sweetness tinged with the bite of fire”…
Save our wine! Big freeze spells disaster for French vineyards
The images are captivating, but across France farmers are counting the cost after three nights of sub-zero temperatures. For many winemakers the 2021 harvest is ruined.
Temperatures have dipped to record lows in some areas, and farmers have used every method they can to save their crops. Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie says he will declare an agricultural disaster.
“It’s a national phenomenon,” warned Jérôme Despey, head of the FNSEA farmers’ union, who said these frosts were worse than any he could remember.
Winemaker Boris Calmette, 62, spoke of a catastrophe: “We’ve got wine co-operatives affected by as much as 90%, which is extremely rare.”
Yeah, ’cause you know, constantly rising temperatures pushing us to a fiery doom always make for record cold spells… /sarc;
So I’m guessing that when it comes to wine, the French are saying to forget about “Carbon Footprint” and other follies. Spectacular images of acres and acres of hectares of fires in amongst the grapes…
All 65 wine areas of Bordeaux have been hit by temperatures as low as -5C and wine-growers have lit braziers and candles a few feet apart in an attempt to protect their crops. Another tactic is to burn bales of straw.
In the Sauternes region of Bordeaux, some vineyards have reported 90% of the crop destroyed.
Sad to see it. OTOH there are other years and other places, so no wine shortage in our future. OTOH, if this becomes a regular thing, maybe France will realize the folly of the Global Warming Chicken Littles…