The winter was mild this year but with less snow cover than usual. Bud break was between May 17th and May 25th with Petite Milo and Colmar comming first and Evangeline and Triompe d'Alsace the latest. Overall the vines survived quite well with the exceptions of Regent, Cabernet Foch, Cabernet Libre, and Ortega. Again these died back significantly and while they are pushing buds they are starting out from canes close to the ground. I believe that these varieties are all excellent grapes vines but for our climate, soil and conditions they have not proven suitable for our site.