October freeze will chill 2021 vintage, but past years’ surplus provides solace
Photo by William Woody—Special to The Colorado Sun Black Bridge Winery owner Lee Bradley uses a pocket knife to inspect grape plants to find the distinct discoloration of frost damage on Dec. i5 near Paonia.
The grape vines lined up in rows throughout the Grand and North Fork valleys look promising for a 2021 vintage with their usual winter-brown foliage bunched neatly on trellises.
But cut into a bud, or scrape a stalk, and there are hints of the underlying damage done by a severe late-October freeze. An estimated 70% to 100% of the grapes in Colorado’s prime wine-growing areas have been zapped by…