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Starting the Heritage Club

Starting the Heritage Club

Jonathan and Dave look back on how the Heritage Club originally got started.

Stay tuned for more Fussell Stories where you’ll learn the good, bad and ugly of Duplin Winery!

The Perfect Fall Picnic

FallPicnicThe Perfect Fall Picnic

Planning a fall picnic this season?

Aside from the harder decisions you make when you plan your picnic (location/occasion and company), preparing for the perfect fall picnic is easy!

Choose the perfect picnic basket by opting to go basketless! The traditional wicker baskets are bulky and non-insulated, which limits your food choices.blue_lifeissweeter

Insulated bags are lightweight and collapsible, offering gracious space and temperature protection. Add some ice to keep your food cold! Pack your beverages in a separate tote for ease of access and to minimize the “squish” factor. Duplin Winery’s four bottle insulated wine bag is the perfect accessory for your picnic. Add a lightweight corkscrew and a couple of acrylic wine glasses and you will be ready to toast.

Store water in collapsible, reusable bottles–They are considerably lighter than the hard plastic variety. Never let the lack of proper utensils keep you from your food. Shop your local flea market or yard sale and pick up some odds and end serving pieces. It won’t break the bank, and you won’t be heartbroken if you lose a piece or two along the way. Keep the pieces handy in a Ziploc bag that stays with your basket! Add a flexible cutting mat and some cleaning wipes and you will be ready to go!

When planning your meal, be mindful of adding food items that may require refrigeration. Consider finger foods like fried chicken, sandwiches, cheese and crackers! If you plan to pack sandwiches, invest in a sturdy plastic sandwich container that will keep the bread fresh. Store meats, cheeses, and condiments separately to avoid the soggy sandwich and opt for vinegar based sauces which are not as likely to spoil!

PB & J is great on the go but remember to add peanut butter to both insides of the bread before adding the jelly. The added layer will prevent the jelly from soaking through the bread! If you are packing crushable items (chips or crackers), try adding extra air to your Ziploc bags! The pillow-like protection will keep the crush to a minimum! Keep a few empty bags handy for loading up the leftovers for the trip home.

Don’t forget dessert! Easy to serve items like cookies, brownies or cupcakes are always a hit. Leftovers? Store the leftovers in the extra zip lock bags you packed in your picnic tote. If your cold pack or ice has melted before you return home- throw away the leftovers that required refrigeration! Better safe than sorry!

Pack your blanket (preferably one that is thick or has a waterproof underside) and a trash bag. You will be glad to have both. A water bowl for the pooch and a Frisbee for you all… add in the bug spray and the perfect fall picnic is yours.

Tailgating Checklist

Tailgating Checklist

Tailgating Checklist

Everything you need this tailgating season.

Pumpkins, changing leaves, cool nights, and Football.

No one looks more forward to fall than the professional tailgater. It is their time to shine. Tailgating has become so popular in America- that lots of folks forgo the game- just to stay in the lot partaking in food, fun, and fellowship. The real competition takes place on the asphalt- before the games on the field. Preparation is key! Become a tailgater pro – knowing it all starts with Duplin!

Must Haves

  • Grill and grilling tools
  • Lighter fluid and matches
  • Folding Table and Chairs
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Food (Appetizers, main course, snacks, and desserts)
  • Condiments
  • Duplin Wines and opener
  • Plates, cups and utensils
  • Cutting board
  • Clean up supplies
  • Trash Bags, Ziploc bags or Tupperware
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tickets!

Nice to Have

  • Duplin’s Sweetzer Mixes and Blender with extra ice
  • 10 x 10 tent
  • Bungee cords or rope to secure tent
  • Extra water for clean up
  • Pots and pans
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Team Flag
  • Self powered radio or ipod with speakers
  • Binoculars and Cameras
  • Rain gear
  • Generator/heater
  • Blankets and sunscreen
  • Antacid/Pepto Bismol
  • Tablecloth and decorations and toothpicks

Envy of All

  • Gas powered blender
  • Football, Frisbee and Cornhole Boards
  • Tiki Bar and torches
  • Big Screen TV/Portable Satellite System

Impress Your Friends – Game Day Treats

  • Crackers and Dip

    • Create the ultimate dip with Duplin’s Pineapple Habanero Salsa and cream cheese blended together. Don’t forget to bring the Duplin Gourmet Crackers.
  • Duplin’s Magnolia Chicken

    • It’s time to break out the grill and enjoy this scrumptious meal. Simply mix a bottle of Duplin’s Magnolia Wine with Italian dressing to create a marinade everyone will love.
  • Magnolia Magic Cake

    • Don’t forget about the dessert! This Magnolia Magic Cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

In our experiences, tailgating is all about what you make it. After all, the most important part of the day is creating new memories with family and friends!

Jonathan Goes to Atlantic City

Jonathan Goes to Atlantic City

Listen as Jonathan and Dave Fussell tell us about the time Jonathan got fired… again!

Stay tuned for more Fussell Stories where you’ll learn the good, bad and ugly of Duplin Winery!

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