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GOSHEN--A nice chardonnay or a chilled pinot could be what many adults are thirsting for during these hot, sunny days.

And that's just the forecast Connecticut vineyards are hoping for.

Although most crops need the rain and are hating the drought we're in, damp conditions can ruin vines because of fungal diseases.

So for now, at wineries like Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen, grapes are soaking up the sun--though they will need rain later in the season before they're harvested.

"As the sugar builds up, the water itself will help the grape itself go ahead and plump up, add kind of water portion to it," George Motel, Jr., the vineyards operations manager, said. "The quality of the wine will be phenomenal."

Sunset Meadow Vineyards says in an average year, it produces about 66,000 bottles of wine. This year's crop could make even more wine.

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