While it’s not officially winter here yet...Winter kicks off December 21st. The solstice. The weather we’ve experienced? Brutally cold for this time of year! Temps well below normal- getting very little media coverage, of course! Doesn’t fit with the hard sell of our impending carbon tax/cap and trade in Ontario- you know more taxes to impoverish us all?
Let’s look at how AGW is affecting my neck of the woods:
This has got to be one of the earliest harvest I can ever recall- Usually they aren’t until January or February.
Instead, at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, (December 14/2016) harvest started on the winery's 8 hectares of icewine grapes. Thanks to a cold snap when temperatures dipped below the required -8 C mandated under VQA rules for an icewine harvest, they were able to pick a little earlier than last year — about 21 days earlier.
Paul said picking lasted through morning light until 10 or 11 a.m. when temperatures picked back up. The harvest continued on Thursday when picking was completed. Matthew, viticultural manager and vice-president, oversaw the harvest of the three varietals: Riesling, cabernet franc and vidal grapes, picked in that order.
The St. Catharines winery was just one of many across the Niagara Region that embraced the frigid temperatures that hit Niagara earlier this week.
Reif Estate winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake started picking on Wednesday evening and continued again on Thursday night, heading out around 8 o'clock and picking straight through to 3 a.m.
The colder the temperature, the better the icewine. You get a lower quantity yield but a higher quality one. Quantity is not very important, it's all about the quality."21 days earlier then normal- cause it's way colder..
The temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday evening dipped to -10 C and -11 C, he said, adding that in the first batch picked — cabernet franc grapes — had 44 bricks of sweetness, which was higher than the normal run of 40 bricks.
In West Niagara, several wineries — such as Vineland Estates Winery on Moyer Road and Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery in Jordan Station — were out picking late in the week. Malivoire Wine Company in Beamsville has plans to head out over the weekend if the weather co-operates.
The rare occasions when it’s been a later harvest the news screams ‘climate change’- But 21 days earlier and nothing. Of course, an earlier harvest just doesn’t fit the AGW sale pitch now does it?
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The UK is set to see the most widespread cold snap for this year so far as sub-zero temperatures are expected to sweep across the country, leading Britain into a colder-than-average December.None of this early extreme cold is consistent with global warming- AGW- human caused of course- but extreme tax extraction/manipulation and controls had to be justified with extreme perception management campaigns