Texas wine growers were two of the worst in the world when temperatures plummeted to one night a week - and even a few times below zero in some areas - as they dealt with all of our other similar issues, from power outages to breakdowns. The situation was there. Water lines in their homes and offices.
All in all, of course, in addition to the many problems caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
However, for grape growers and in the issues between the Highlands and Texas Hill County, there were also valuable vines, which is a livelihood to consider, as each plant has its own breeding ground, where the cold is very cold.
"Hey man, I bet you're coming right now; A 77-year-old Houston footballer and former professional footballer, Alphonse Dots, a native of Houston and a former footballer owned Sertenberg Vineyards in West Houston, about five hours west of Houston, and his wife, Houtha, In his 20 years or so as a veteran, he has spent countless nights worrying about drowning or hailstones.
“My mother was always worried that I would grow up to be a gambler. When I told him that I had decided to acquire land for growing grapes, he said, "Oh, Alphonse, you are now the greatest gambler."
Or as Bobby Cox, one of the most famous and respected grape growers in the highlands, said before last week Polar Vortex smoked his neighbor, “We don't have to go to Vasgas to roll the dice. We do that at higher altitudes every year. "
It has yet to be revealed that the deep historical stabilization of history last week will be one that seems to be the never-ending succession of Gut Punch in the state wine industry. In fact, this relatively recent settlement, at least in the hilly country, can be a blessing in disguise. But there is no way to know for sure how snow and ice have just melted. There are hard times ahead of farmers in some Texas AVAs.
In Spicewood and elsewhere in the U.S. Ron Yates, who presides over his family in Spicewood under his name 290, said, "It was only when the soup began to move." “I hope the vines have not yet worked. In two or three weeks we will see new growth ... or not. "
Yates has admitted that he recently "pulled" a 10-hectare vineyard at Spicewood that was rejected by Pierce Disease because it would at least start with new planting.
Neil News, on his farm which is one of the most popular in Texas, admitted on Saturday that "I've never looked around yet - intentionally - because it takes a few days to find signs of a potential catastrophe like a split log." , Exit.
However, Cox is also closed for various reasons. He is in Fort Worth, where he grew up, taking care of family matters after the death of his 99-year-old father earlier this month.
"It's been about two weeks, and I think it's going to be a disaster," he said.
Vines that are badly affected by external source will not be able to withstand cold temperatures as they are completely healthy.
"There was a lot of damage before the snow," he explained, blaming Dicamba weed killer, which is almost universally used by his cotton-growing neighbors. Cox is part of a phased action case against Bayer Corporation, which produces a product that flows even the smallest gust and vines of a diseased patient and is very sensitive to extreme temperatures.
While healthy plants, especially traditional varieties and seeds, seem to be able to control up to -7 degrees Fahrenheit, all the stems are closed in weak Vitinis vinifera vines, the fruit of which is in almost all grape wines.
However, Cox stressed, "I'm sure Texas Plain can grow the world's best wine at the highest prices" because it's the basic quality of the Tarot and how cheap it is, how the pollution itself stays, certainly A.A. .a. Like Napa and Sonoma and famous European wine places. "There is no reason we can know if we can get help."
Eric Sigmund moved from Maryland to the Highlands just two years ago to become the main active insect of Vijay Reddy’s Reddy Vineyards, one of the leading growers in the industry. Although Sigmund did not have a long-term view of established veterans like Newsum or Cox, they were there for what will be remembered forever as the 2019 Halloween Massacre, when it catches the eye of an unfamiliar cold.
In comparison, he suggested that the situation was "very bad" because it did not take long. The plants were still green. We are now hopeful of vigilance, even though more details need to be obtained and that process has not yet begun.
The temperature did not drop below zero as predicted and “last week there was a lot of snow, wind and humidity, which we thought would have a mild effect. The collection of snow on the vine over the past few days should be a protection. "
"Last week's polar vortex reminded him of the foxes of 1982-83, when we had 269 consecutive cold hours at Lubbock," Cox said. "However, it leads from a frozen piece to its fissant rage window" and makes wine for two to three years. . I still don’t know why it happened ????? there was so much to do about getting 54 inches of snow. "
Chilean-born winemaker of Yates' Hill Country neighbor, Sergio Cuadra, Phil Creek Vineyards (where Dotson makes Dotson Servants his wine) also gave reasons why farmers in his area have reacted badly.
"Because the controls of plant growth are embedded in all the shoots, we hope that the effect of this cold disease is a blessing for our vines, which has led to a holiday," wrote Cuadra in an online post. . “It means we expect all the boots to appear at the same time. Even the beginning leads to the growth and maturity of the grapes.
According to one of the mine brothers, temperatures of bad Fahrenheit remained normal during winter. It is possible. Oxygen. This change in the soil occurs after the freezing of the ice, due to the accumulation of ice, which leaves new spaces. There is music in the ears of the root system of this vineyard.
"It is too early to say what the full impact of the hurricane will be on our 2021 harvest, but we believe our farm has got off to a good start."
When Dotson got on the phone on Saturday afternoon, he was also incredibly happy despite having a broken pipe or two and uncertainty in his 30-acre vine. Minutes ago, he sent customers to his post-free test room - New Zealanders who had just moved from San Francisco to Austin - on the way.
“I never thought I would feel a temperature of 56 degrees,” Dots said. “We have dropped to nine degrees. In all my years (in Woka), there have never been nine degrees. But today the sunlight shines brightly. I see a blue sky above. And I have sold out! ”