Have you ever worked on a project and received a great deal of satisfaction from one specific accomplishment tied to that project? We have had one of those moments in the NCWineHopper app. All of the APIs are properly feeding our data and it is time to set up the cross-platform app and add an excellent user interface to the app.
The end result will be a truly unique app for the wine connoisseur which is available for both Android and Apple users. Coming soon …
We all have a first – first kiss, first time on a motorcycle, and
first winery visit tour and experience. That first time tends to set a
memorable, high standard for others to strive for. In our case, that was
Duplin Winery and Bistro in Duplin County.
We started with a most interesting tour of their wine producing
facilities. One highlight of that tour included the science and facts
behind the health benefits of our local muscadine wines. We saw their
multiple 40,000 gallon storage tanks, and I believe they use even bigger
storage tanks now.
Our tour guide’s name was Kay, and she followed that up with a truly
memorable tasting. We were regaled with the stories behind the specific
wines, the near destruction of the original mothervine located on Roanoke Island and the social responsibilities assumed by the Fussel family
Most of the wines are on the sweeter side, and they are available in
many of your local stores. I would have to say that one of our favorites
is Sweet Caroline. It has an excellent medium sweetness and leaves you
with the satisfaction gained from partaking of a good North Carolina
If you truly want satisfaction, buy a few bottles of Sweet Sox. You
can get these in red and white. These bottles stand out from the rest
because of the shelter dogs pictured on the bottle. Shelter dogs? Yes,
that was the original home of the dogs used for the yellow and black
dogs on the labels. Your wine purchase benefits those dogs and many
others. The following paragraph is quoted from the back of a Sweet Sox
Help us help them. The animals are in dire need of
financial assistance to maintain the housing of our homeless animals as
well as assist with the cost of spaying and neutering. With the purchase
of this delicious bottle of wine, not only will you heal your heart,
you will also heal your soul.
Our visit at Duplin winery ended at The Bistro. Try an awesome reuben sandwich, grilled pimento cheese or a hefty crab cake and be sure to pair it with their suggested wine. Finish off your meal with a heavenly piece of Tabatha’s cheesecake or bread pudding. You will truly enjoy your Duplin Winery and Bistro experience.
The experiences of life are shaped by the people and animals involved. We visited A Secret Garden Winery in Pikeville and were delighted to see Linda Wall-Hall and her beagle, Lady.
First, we hopped on the golf cart and toured her vines, koi pond and
Martin homes. Next up was our tasting. The wines here a fully organic;
which means, among other things, that there are no sulfides added at the
end of the production process. The result is a wine that continues the
fermentation process after bottling.
My favorite wines at A Secret Garden are made from fruit. I am sure that we have all experienced wines that are “fruit infused.” Adding peach juice to a bottle of semi-sweet white wine gives a hint of flavor and an enhanced wine drinking experience. Let’s consider the pleasure that can be experienced with a wine fully made from peaches. No infusion here, this is the real deal. The usual offerings are strawberry, blueberry and peach depending on season and availability. As Linda said, you can make wine from almost any fruit so additional fruit wines may occasionally be available.
How do you like your wine – sweet, semi-sweet, dry? All of these types are offered at A Secret Garden. We tasted different vintage years of varietals such as Mary Rose Red, a wine that has won competition awards. We also tried Golden Harvest in variations ranging from sweet to dry.Do you watch Flavor NC on your local PBS station? If so, you may have seen the winery edition that included A Secret Garden Winery and the poem that Linda wrote. You can view their winery episodes on our site.
Yes, we enjoy attending events at Duplin Winery,
as should all patrons of the arts. If you have never been to a Duplin
Murder Mystery presentation, make plans to go and purchase the tickets
months in advance. This will become the standard to compare all others
The title for last night’s event was “Fan Of The Soap Opera” and the
setting was a cast rehearsal for “All My Days And Restless Nights On The
Edge Of Oblivion.” Yes, it was truly fun to listen to many of the cast
members roll that full title many times throughout the play. For the
dimwitted character, Tiffany Topaz, it was only “Oblivion” because she
could never remember the name of the show that she was on.
You get to name your detective agency, our was “Queen Anne’s Revenge”
and win a prize of your team is the first to solve the mystery with the
correct suspect and motive. Our table approached this with a plan and
exacted our revenge by winning the prize – Duplin’s “Going Coastal.”
The acting troupe presenting this is called It’s A Mystery
out of Raleigh. They have at least twelve different mysteries, all
written by Suzanne Arrington who played Charlotte Queensbury last night.
The best part of the experience is that all of their presentations are
original to that venue.
Want to attend the next Murder Mystery presentation at Duplin? Sorry,
it’s sold out. This is April and the July presentation in three months
is sold out. For those who are ready to get in on the action as soon as
possible, you can attend tastings prior to July 28 and a bus group may
happen to have cancelled and released some tickets. Then again, you can
go ahead and purchase tickets for the show in August or two in October
while they are still available.
I am fairly certain that we have all experienced good and bad winery
visits. Many of the things that create the type of experience include
personality, knowledge and atmosphere.
At Noni Bacca, they have all of this which combined for an excellent wine tasting visit. The descriptions given were “mostly dry other than the fruit and dessert wines. I guess the adjective “dry” applied to a wine is based solely upon individual taste.
I would describe the wines we tasted as leaning more toward
“semi-sweet” than dry. We tasted their Riesling, Sangiovese, Cucidati,
Peach Splash, Cherub and Porta Caffe Coffee Port. All of those are medal
winners as shown below (with their descriptions).
Riesling (Chilean grape) Bronze
Sangiovese (California grape) Silver and 8x Bronze
Cucidati (Italian Fig Cookie wine) 2x Silver and 3x Bronze
Peach Splash (Chardonnay with peach) Gold, 2x Silver and Bronze
Cherub (Pinot Noir with Black Cherry) Bronze
Porta Caffe Coffee Port (Coffee flavored dessert wine) Double Gold, Silver and Bronze
Depending on which timeframe their material is from, you will see an
award count in the range of 150s to over 180. That is an impressive
display of medal winners, with over sixty varieties of wine offered in
Do you want to make your own wine? Yes, they will teach you how to do it at home or in their store. You can even create a custom label to give your vino creation as gifts to friends and family.
Occasionally you will come across a winery owner who is skilled in
other areas. Noni’s “other job” is painting. She has quality paintings
available at the winery and we purchased the sunset painting shown
above. Yes, the price was right!
I would highly recommend stopping in to visit Noni Bacca winery any
time you are close to Wilmington. If you would like to contact them to
verify hours or set up your own wine making class, their web site is http://www.nbwinery.com/ and they are available on Facebook.
Information for wineries, restaurants and shops. You will have the resources gathered in one place to plan your winery hopper trip and research the chosen destinations. This research includes the reviews and opinions of other visitors from social media and review sites.
We do. All of the major social media accounts for the North Carolina wineries will be listed in our mobile app along with the popular review sites showing customer reviews. All of these will be available from a single interface.
As of March 2019, there are 132 registered with NCWine and the NCWineHopper also includes restaurants and shops that carry wines from the wineries of North Carolina. Want to plan a vacation while staying in a cabin located on winery property? Our NCWineHopper app will help with that plan.
We are creating a state-based series of Wine Hopper mobile apps starting in our home state of North Carolina. We will have a listing of wineries by county, the restaurants and stores carrying NC wines, and a trip planner to guide you from winery to winery starting at a central location.