4th of July celebrations: 10 wines intertwined with America's story

Make this 4th of July an unforgettable celebration filled with spectacular fireworks displays, cherished memories and wines that embody the essence of America.

Our nation's rich winemaking history began with the cultivation of America's native muscadine grapes, and we are thrilled to offer you a selection of 10 different muscadine wines in our brand new Party of the 4th tasting kit.

Forget about dealing with the hassle of Independence Day traffic. We deliver everything you need for a fantastic Happy Birthday America wine-tasting party right to your doorstep. Along with our special wines, we have included delicious treats in your Party on the 4th tasting kit.

Kick off the festivities by icing down your kit’s wines. Don’t forget to set out copies of the tasting sheet that comes with your kit. Then, cue up the video above to follow along as a professional Duplin tasting guide takes everyone on a virtual tour of our best summer wines. 

In honor of our nation's heroes, we are proud share our new bold, sweet Armed Forces Red and graceful First Responders White wines. With every purchase of these wines, $1 will be donated to Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to families of fallen heroes. Additionally, we have included our finest red, Queen Anne's Revenge, and the world's first-ever Muscadine Moscato blend.

Enhance your tasting experience with the kit's delectable sweet and salty pretzel bites infused with white wine. Once everyone has discovered their favorite wines, fire up the grill and indulge in all-American burgers and hearty shrimp hoagies, made even more mouthwatering with the addition of Duplin Gourmet Sweet Bourbon Glaze from your kit. Be sure to stir the sauce right into your burger blend and opt for jumbo shrimp for those extra-satisfying hoagies.

To surprise and delight your guests, treat them to an unexpected dessert: Red, White, and Blue Wine Slushies! Your kit also includes our popular Blueberry Freeze Sweetzer wine slushie mix. Preparing a batch is incredibly easy using your blender. Simply fill a wine glass halfway with the slushie, top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Cheers to an incredible 4th of July filled with joy, laughter, and the taste of America's finest wines!

How to taste wine like a Duplin pro

See. Swirl. Sniff. Sip. Savor. Use this 5-step system for each wine on the tasting sheet included in your kit. Here's how. 

See: First, hold a glass of wine up to a light and look at the color. It will allude to the variety of grapes used and what the wine will taste like. Is it Scuppernong? Nobel? Carlos? Another? Color also indicates flavor. A bright, saturated hue often means a more intense flavor. See if you can guess the grape and flavor before you sip.

Swirl: Consider the wine's body next. Swirl the wine in your glass to determine if it is light or heavy. You're looking for the viscous streaks running down the side of the glass after you swirl. They're called "legs." Sweeter wines will leave streaks to cling or move slowly. That means a heavier body.

Sniff: After you swirl, really dip your nose into the glass and inhale the aroma, which wine pros call the "bouquet" or "nose." Pausing to experience the bouquet heightens your senses and anticipation of the first sip. Think about what you are smelling. Is it fruity? What kind of fruit? Berries? Ripe banana? Musky honeydew melon? Pure grape? Are you getting floral notes like honeysuckle or gardenia? See if you pick up unexpected smells like pine or fall leaves. Describe the bouquet and discuss it.  

Sip: Take a sip slightly larger than normal and hold the wine in your mouth for 3-5 seconds. Let the wine coat the tongue and the inside of your mouth. Wine releases more flavors as it warms on your taste buds. Before swallowing, purse your lips and breathe in gently, allowing the air to travel across the wine in your mouth to get the full flavor profile.

Do the flavors you're experiencing match the wine's nose? When and where are you tasting those flavors? Are you getting, say, banana bread on the first sip and then astringency or acidity at the end, which is called "the finish." Where do flavors hit you? On the tongue? On the side of your mouth.

Think back to the wine's body. Compare the texture of different wines, how they feel in your mouth. Light as water or heavier, like the texture of sweet iced tea? If you're sampling a sparkling wine, do the bubbles feel fine or medium in size. Compare your experience to the wine's description and see if it matches.

Savor: As you continue sipping, note how the sensation is slightly different from what you experienced when the wine was resting in your mouth on the first sip. This is the point when you taste and feel the wine's finish. As you continue tasting, note how the wine pairs with the Duplin Gourmet crackers and Muscadine Pineapple Habenero dip. See which wine you like best with those snacks and others you may be enjoying during your at-home or virtual tasting. Cheers!

Buy Now


(that's $30 off!)


Party on the 4th Wine Tasting KitParty on the 4th Wine Tasting Kit

Party on the 4th Tasting Kit

Party on the 4th Tasting SheetParty on the 4th Tasting Sheet

Party on the 4th Tasting Sheet

Now, let's begin your wine tasting!

Muscadine MoscatoMuscadine Moscato

Muscadine Moscato

Three years in the making, Muscadine Moscato sent our winemakers on a search for the finest Moscato wine to meld with Duplin's famous muscadine. "We're the first to do this, and no one can do it like we can," Dave says. "Muscadine Moscato is the best wine we've ever made, hands down.”

Smooth and sweet, with the Muscat grape’s natural hints of nectarine and white peach, Muscadine Moscato is beautifully sophisticated yet at home in any setting. Lightly chilled or ice-cold, this wine pairs with everything from filet to fried chicken. Like Dave says, “It’s hard to drink just one glass.”

Brice's CreekBrice's Creek

Brice's Creek

Brices' Creek is named after a tiny community near New Bern, N.C., where pine forests are calming and peaceful.

Take time to notice the slight floral start. Do you sense jasmine? Yellow jessamine? Pay attention to the smooth finish and light alcohol bite. This wine’s complexity is thanks to a combination of Scuppernong and Niagara grapes. Niagara is not a muscadine grape but a native American vitis labrusca variety developed in Niagara County, N.Y. 

First RespondersFirst Responders

First Responders

Duplin Winery is immensely proud to introduce two new wines, First Responders White and Armed Forces Red, dedicated to the bravest among us. For every bottle sold, Duplin will donate $1 to Folds of Honor, a charity that directs an impressive 91% of contributions towards providing scholarships to families in need.

First Responders White is another truly distinctive muscadine wine honoring the incredible firefighters, police officers and medical professionals who carry out spilt-second, life-saving decisions with boundless courage and compassion. This generously sweet yet graceful blend embodies their unceasing selflessness.



Burgundy has a 1.5% sugar level, similar to the sugar content in merlot or cabernet sauvignon. Duplin Burgundy is much lighter and fruitier than those wines.

Duplin winemakers use a blend of early-harvest muscadine grapes. Grapes picked before they become too ripe are less sweet. Sip slowly. This wine packs 13% alcohol, making it a great partner to a big steak or caramelized onion and mushroom burger.

Pelican RedPelican Red

Pelican Red

Pelican Red blends mid-harvest muscadines with Pink Catawba grapes, the latter being a hybrid of Vitis Labrusca and the European Semillon grape. Semillon, originally from France, is a golden, thin-skinned grape used in both sweet and dry wines. While the origins of this grape crossing remain unclear, early vines were reportedly cultivated on a "Rose Hill property" in Maryland.

With 7% sugar, Pelican Red offers a mid-sweet profile with a smooth, floral finish.

Sunshine State of WineSunshine State of Wine

Sunshine State of Wine

Last summer kicked off with Sunshine State of Wine, a sweet, refreshing red to celebrate our newest location, Duplin Winery-Panama City Beach! Soon after, we discovered Sunshine’s fruity notes were extra tasty with top-selling Berry Bliss Sweetzer wine slushie mix.

Chillax with this so sippable wine — yummy with light dishes like seared salmon and an indulgent Valentine’s treat blended with Berry Bliss in a chocolate-rimmed glass — get ready for the days of more sunshine.

Queen Anne's RevengeQueen Anne's Revenge

Queen Anne's Revenge

For the truly ambitious Muscadine aficionado, rich and thick in flavor with a great balance of sweetness and tartness. A very southern experience awaits you. Gluten-free and handcrafted in copper kettles, using time-honored recipes.

Armed ForcesArmed Forces

Armed Forces

Duplin Winery is immensely proud to introduce two new wines, Armed Forces Red and First Responders White, dedicated to the bravest among us. For every bottle sold, Duplin will donate $1 to Folds of Honor, a charity that directs an impressive 91% of contributions towards providing scholarships to families in need.

Made with America's own muscadine grapes, grown on cherished family farms, Armed Forces Red wine salutes veterans, active-duty personnel and fallen U.S. service members. This bold, sweet wine full of heart is an expression of their unwavering valor and steadfast dedication.

Sangria RoséSangria Rosé

Sangria Rosé

So delicious fans call it “God Bless America.” This blush is thanks to Heritage Club members who told us time and again how they blended Duplin Red Sangria and White Sangria at home to create a delicious new wine. Fruity, mellow and just sweet enough, with a hint of citrus, Sangria Rosé is refreshing poured into a pitcher full of frozen strawberries. Pair it with late summer/early fall dishes such as steamed shrimp, chilled oysters, grilled salmon, butternut squash soup and spicy barbecue chicken sandwiches.

Orange BlossomOrange Blossom

Orange Blossom

A wine to welcome Florida to the Duplin family as we celebrate the opening of our new location in Panama City Beach. Inspired by the place where warm, orange blossom breezes blow and summer never ends. Refreshingly juicy citrus notes and light marmalade sweetness sparkle in this finely carbonated wine. 

Sweet Bourbon SauceSweet Bourbon Sauce

Sweet Bourbon Sauce

A Muscadine flair added to a traditional sauce. This perfectly rich blend is just thick enough to evenly coat beef, poultry or wild game.

Blueberry Freeze SweetzerBlueberry Freeze Sweetzer

Blueberry Freeze Sweetzer

Blueberry and pomegranates mingle to create our Blueberry Freeze. Blend with Duplin Brice’s Creek (or another Duplin sweet white wine) for a cool, sweet and freezy experience.

White Wine Pretzel BizesWhite Wine Pretzel Bizes

White Wine Pretzel Bites

Elevate your snacking experience with White Wine Pretzel Bites—a delightful blend of sweet and salty with a touch of sophistication (and real wine!). These treats are perfect for adding a fun twist to your charcuterie board. Cheers to indulgent snacking!

©2023 Duplin Winery. All Rights Reserved.