Right after I put my oldest to bed, four boys came to my door asking if I was having a bonfire.
Me: Um, no.
Them: Well, there's a big fire in your backyard. Look out your window.
(Run back into the house.)
Me: Yikes! That's a big fire! Thanks guys!
All is well and there was no damage. (And no dead branches to get rid of! Oh, darn.) It had mostly burned itself out by the time the fire department came. They put the last of the embers out and made sure that there were no hot spots.
Anywho, our little "bonfire" got me thinking about fire and wine. And that got me thinking about A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves. Remember that movie?
Did you know that if a fire even gets CLOSE to a vineyard it can cause what's called smoke taint. Smoke taint can ruin an entire growing season. So sad. I can't even imagine losing an entire year's worth of work by something that doesn't touch a leaf.
I think I need to have