Marseille paralyzed by snow: Oy vey, what about the 2009 Southern Rhônes???
Yup, you heard it: Marseille paralyzed by snow.
What, are you telling me on top of the bad economy, my 2009 Southern Rhône futures are toast? Tell me this isn't true...
Ce n'est pas de probleme.
It is winter. The vines are dormant. IF -- and it's way too early -- they were in bud break, there'd be trouble. Unless it's a cold HARD freeze, and that does NOT seem to be the case, there is little to worry about.
Look on the bright side. This may be the only opportunity in your lifetime to stock up on Rolle ice wine.
I haven't heard a word on the news about this affecting the wine industry, so I wouldn't worry yet. If that happens, the article in Le Monde would start by mentioning it! (The ability of EDF to keep the heat and lights on, that's what I'm worried about. What is this, California?)
(I might be wrong)
Usually, the snow acts like an 'insulation" against the cold.
If the ground is frozen, it will protect the plants roots against "too much" freezing by keeping the temperature to a constant value.
The issue is more when it starts to melt, and if it will cause soil movements, and how all the accumulated water will be drained away.