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New Jersey wineries like it hot and dry

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Wine makers in New Jersey say the hot and dry summer provided the perfect conditions for growing grapes and that will result in better tasting wine.

Darren Hesington, a 20-year veteran wine maker at Cape May Winery and Vineyard, says, if there’s one thing that would make it an ever better year – it’s for just 30 more days of dry weather.

“That’s one thing we look for in grapes,” he says. “They really like it hot and dry. California climates are very warm, no humidity and dry.

According Rutgers University this summer has been New Jersey’s eighth driest on record.

The state has more than 25 wineries producing over 40 different varieties of wines.

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