Wine Spectator's Augustus Weed reports that vintners in California's Central Coast are evaluating their vineyards after being struck by one of the worst frosts in years. For two nights, beginning April 8, temperatures dropped as low as 24° F in some areas and stayed below freezing for several hours. The cold harmed vines by killing tender shoots and leaves, just as many buds were starting to emerge. The Paso Robles area was hit the hardest, with some growers worrying that the damage could severely impact the size of the 2011 crop.
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