The Polar Vortex wasn’t ALL bad. It’s a boon for wineries, whose crops can be ruined by stinkbugs.
Anthony Aellen, of Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy, Md., was ecstatic to learn the polar vortex could knock out 95 percent of this year’s brood.
Bug-infested grapes aren’t actually the problem at Linganore, as they are at some other wineries, Aellan says. It’s the bugs’ presence in the tasting room, which adds a note of stank to the experience.
On the downside, the polar vortex might have killed some grapes. Growers don’t know yet if that’s the case.
“We can’t go out there and put a little heating blanket around each plant and warm it up,” Aellan says.