Kosher Port Wine
Kosher is a term used to describe all foods that conform to the strict dietary rules of Judaism. These rules are called kashrut. Not all Jews observe the kashrut rules...
In the last few months it has been quite warm on the Douro. We were a few degrees above the 1931-1960 average, which is considered a benchmark for the old “normal” temperatures. Due to the warmer autumn and the beginning of winter, the flowering of the almond trees is starting now, 7 weeks earlier than usual.
A few days of sub-zero temperatures in March with a heavy frost, could cause the flowers to die, not turning into fruit, and thus no almonds being produced. We are worried about the almond growers.
But a similar outcome could occur for grapes, as the vine’s cycle will begin in about 4 weeks if temperatures stay above average. And therefore I ask the fairy Godmother for cold days and nights before the bud break in the vineyard.