When temperatures dipped below freezing in mid-May, the grapes at Raffaldini Vineyards were in serious jeopardy. The only way to try to save the vines against such a late-season freeze was to try to warm them with fires, coat the vines with water, or get air movement by using a helicopter. Owner Jay Raffaldini chose the fire method, so crews worked for about 12 hours, fanning the flames in an effort to save the grapes. Raffaldini says they’ve had late frosts in the past, but none as late as this year’s freeze.
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