Frost/ gel – ‘squeaky bum’ time …

Newtonmore, Scotland: 5th April 2021 On Sunday evening and Monday here in the Highlands of Scotland we were plunged back into winter as the photo above shows. This was a rude shock as Saturday was a glorious warm sunny day (see photo below) with temperatures hitting 14˚C. Instead temperatures Sunday night/early Monday were forecast to …

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Now into May – looks like no serious Loire frosts this year

Frost damage in April 2016   Although with fingers still crossed, it looks like there should be no serious frost damage this year, so no sad scenes as above of the damage inflicted in 2016. We are now into May and although we are not yet through the Saints de Glace (11th-13th May) the long …

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Early last Thursday morning – once again April frost hits the Loire

A young bud at risk of being destroyed by frost Dramatic photo from Frédéric Mabileau's Facebook page The very real danger is that the ice will magnify the sun's rays  and burn the delicate young bud. This particular shot shows the use of aspersion to protect the bud. See below.    Aspersion at Domaine Frédéric …

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Cassis et l’influence des éléments

Les temps sont très difficiles, aujourd'hui, pour bon nombre de vignerons dont les vignes sont plus ou moins durement touchées par le gel. En attendant d'y voir plus clair et de réfléchir à des moyens d'être plus solidaire avec eux, je pense au beau mouvement de solidarité qui s'est exprimé, voici quelques années, entre les …

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The frost report – Loire May 2016

 Vineyard by Chenonceaux railway station  many of the vines have no growth on them looks like mid-winter    Speaking to producers at Vitiloire on Saturday it was possible to get a little clearer picture of the effects of this year's frosts at the end of April. Although the night of 26th/27th April saw the worst …

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