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Cold snap damages VA grape buds. Bad, or good?

The Daily Progress in Charlottesville has reported that the recent cold snap has damaged some crops in Central Virginia, including vineyards. Bad news? Depends on the crop...

Keep in mind what the article goes on to point out--the loss of some grapes is not often a bad thing. On the contrary, less yields can mean more concentrated fruit, which can lead to better tasting wine. Winemakers will often thin out their crops on purpose to attain the same goal--the remaining grapes have more concentrated and intense aromas and flavors.

It can affect the price per bottle, however. Winemakers have to make up for the loss somehow.

Let's hope that spring returns...for good...soon.