Quick update on the growing season (or lack of growing season one might say). The cold weather on the West coast is affecting the Columbia Valley and right now the vine growth is pretty anemic. Check out the growing degree day chart below:
2011 is not even off the ground – 10 degree days total – ouch. We need to see the temperature kick off a bit soon – please? Added to our temperature worries, many vineyards were hit by frost this winter and some vineyards were nailed pretty badly (none of ours apparently -there is a watchful angel for Riesling producers). The combo of winter damage and aa anemic growing season right now will make for a rocky vintage – we can still catch up of course if finally the weather starts cooperating.