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duplinvinesComing Soon August 2017! 

Can you believe that 2016 is almost at the end? What a year it has been at Duplin Winery! I hope that each and every one of you has had a fantastic year too.

This harvest season has been imperative to us. There were two major freezes in April that ending up causing damage to our vines in North Carolina. Because of this, we are anticipating a 30-40% loss, but we are working hard on building new relationships and finding new grapes to purchase.

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ChampangeThe Worst Beating Ever!

My brothers and I have done every job there is at Duplin Winery.  I do not know if this was my father’s plan or if he just did not have anyone else to do it.  My favorite job as a teenager was making our Champagne.  It made me feel like a big shot, especially when I was in high school!  I got paid $10 for every case of Champagne made.  I know you think this sounds like a lot of money.  It wasn’t, especially when you consider how long it takes to make our champagne.

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Learn From My Mistake

“Talk, talk, talk, that’s all he does!” – My wife Angie explaining to others what I actually do at Duplin Winery. In our North Myrtle Beach Winery, just above our cash registers where many excellent people work, including Angie, there’s a big-screen TV. This TV plays repeats of our “Duplin Winery Story” narrated by Jonathan and me. I guess someone had enough of my talk and turned off the volume. Now someone has got to read my lips to enjoy. Who in the world would have done that?!

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Jonathan Hair 8x10The Time that I Got Fired

It was Mother’s Day weekend in 1999 and Leah was graduating from Campbell University. We had been dating for over a year. Leah told me that she was not going to move to Rose Hill, NC without a reason. I knew just what she meant, so I asked her to marry me. Over the years, I gave Leah many reasons to wish she had made a different decision. Our first Christmas together as a couple one of those occasions.

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Firing Number 5 | Blowing Up the Wine Tank

Rumor has it that there were several more. But to the best of my memory, my mom only hired me eight times. And just in case you’re one that has heard we Southerners are prone to exaggeration, this means my dad and/or my granddad has literally fired me SEVEN times! But, number FIVE, now that was an epic ‘Uh-Oh’! I can still hear his words today as he walked through the winery, “Boys, do not forget to vent the tanks. Remember, we have to vent the tanks before pumping.” And again he emphasized, “Vent, Vent, Vent!” Dad never shied away from persistently and doggedly reminding us to, “Vent!”

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Under the Grape Vines

Duplin Fans and Family,

I am sure all of you have been in a planning meeting at work, church, chamber, etc. where someone comes up with a great idea. You leave that meeting and that idea goes nowhere. Eight years ago, one of our staff members came up with a great idea for Dave and me. They recommended us writing a blog.

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