This week's weather forecast for upstate New York has many in the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley wine industries nervous. If the forecast is accurate, temperatures will be dipping down below zero (as low as -10 F) which could be devastating for vineyards.
If the mercury does dip below zero, it will be the coldest weather the region has had in five years. And five years ago, several vineyards had to deal with winter kill, including John Zuccarino of Silver Springs Winery who told me in an email that "This could be a replay of when I lost 10,000 vines."
The snow that is already on the ground in the region is one cause for hope — it provides a certain amount of insulation.
Evan will be writing a follow-up story on this after the weather has moved through. Keep an eye out for it and let's hope the vines make it.