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Nova Scotia Winemakers Ready to Toast 2016 Growing Season

"Winery owner Sean Sears is both excited and anxious about the coming weeks.

His Petite Rivière vineyard has been blessed with ideal growing conditions this summer, and the hot, dry weather has produced a bumper crop. He estimates his vines have produced 30 percent more fruit.

"This year should be incredible," he said. "It could very well be the best."

He's worried a sudden turn in weather could mar what is shaping up to his winery's best ever growing season.

Previous good years spoiled

"The 2010 vintage and the 2012 vintage were stellar," he said. "We had a fairly decent 2011 vintage going and then we had two hurricanes and lost seven days of sun, [had a] lot of rain, so that really kind of dampened that year."

Post-tropical storm Irene hit Nova Scotia on Aug. 28, 2011. Another named storm, Maria, passed through three weeks later.

Across the province on the Fundy coast, Mike Mainguy, executive winemaker at Luckett Vineyards, is also keeping his fingers crossed.

"It's been a pretty fantastic year. It's been a long, hot, dry summer and the winter that we just went through was relatively mild, so those two things coupled together has led to a fantastic quality of crop and quantity of crop as well."

He's worried even talking about how great a season this has been will jinx it."

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