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 muscadine wine.
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 bottle.
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.