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Frost sweeps through North Coast vineyards in California during bloom period

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Frost protection measures are put in to place on young vines, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Balletto Vineyards near Sebastopol, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Several mornings of below freezing temperatures have forced some growers to protect swelling buds, kicked off by prior weeks of warm, dry weather.

Pockets of vineyards across the North Coast have suffered from frost damage over the past week, which is likely to contribute to an expected lower yield when the wine grape harvest kicks off later this summer, according to analysts.

Inman Family Wines reported Tuesday that it went through two frost nights in a row, as well as a hailstorm last week just as buds on its estate vineyard were starting to bloom, according to an Instagram post. Some vines will experience shatter, the term used for when the grapevine’s fragile flowers do not pollinate and develop into grapes. “Add this

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