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Summer Leaves, Fall Arrives in the Carolinas

Hatteras Red Carlos Autumn

Summer Leaves, Fall Arrives in the Carolinas

Who doesn’t love the colors of autumn? There’s something magical about seeing the leaves of the trees change from bright greens to the warm tones of fall … so much so, that many people drive for miles to meander along one of the mountain corridors noted for their colorful displays. Bright reds and yellows and oranges practically light up the world, with the clear blue fall sky as their backdrop.

Several online resources are available to help you track the peak time for leaf color in your neighborhood or the area you plan to visit. If you do plan a road trip, remember to pack your patience along with your road maps, camera and extra batteries, and favorite travel snacks. Lots of other people are out there looking for colors, too. And of course, remember to pack the cooler with your favorite Duplin wine for your overnight stop!

If you have large trees in your own yard, embrace the chore of leaf raking and turn it into a fun time instead of a chore. Enlist young and old to come to a leaf-raking party. Many hands make light work! Of course, you can expect that perfect pile of leaves to become a magnet for jumping and tossing … but that’s all part of the fun.

Build a nice fire in the fire pit or fireplace to create the perfect fall ambiance. Offer up cups of delicious soup to warm the body and soul. Try our Seafood Bisque, using Duplin’s Carlos wine, or make a crock pot full of Sweet Bean Soup, using Hatteras Red. Then top off the day with our comforting and tasty Carlos Wine Bread Pudding. Of course, as folks gather around the fire, be sure to have lots of marshmallows ready for toasting on sticks … and lots of your favorite Duplin wines ready for toasting the season!

Here are two fun, family-friendly, fall activities for indoors:

• Make sugar cookies using leaf-shaped cookie cutters. Then let everyone create fall leaf colors of icing to frost their own cookies. Each person may select a leaf they find outdoors and try to replicate its colors.

• Create leaf art for your home’s fall décor. You can press pretty, colorful leaves between sheets of newspaper, weighted down with some heavy books. You’ll want to find leaves that are fairly thin and flat, with a low moisture content (or else they will start to rot rather than dry out). Note that it might take a week or so to get the leaves really flat and dry. Then, you can scatter the leaves as table decorations, mount and frame them, or create other fun projects such as table tents for Thanksgiving or holiday greeting cards.

As the days get shorter and the tree branches grow bare, embrace the chance to enjoy the beauty, cozy up to your loved ones, and create your own autumn memories.

Above: Warm up with this recipe for Sweet Bean Soup using Hatteras Red.

If you have large trees in your own yard, embrace the chore of leaf raking and turn it into a fun time instead of a chore. Enlist young and old to come to a leaf-raking party. Many hands make light work! Of course, you can expect that perfect pile of leaves to become a magnet for jumping and tossing … but that’s all part of the fun.

Build a nice fire in the fire pit or fireplace to create the perfect fall ambiance. Offer up cups of delicious soup to warm the body and soul. Try our Seafood Bisque, using Duplin’s Carlos wine, or make a crock pot full of Sweet Bean Soup, using Hatteras Red. Then top off the day with our comforting and tasty Carlos Wine Bread Pudding. Of course, as folks gather around the fire, be sure to have lots of marshmallows ready for toasting on sticks … and lots of your favorite Duplin wines ready for toasting the season!

Here are two fun, family-friendly, fall activities for indoors:

• Make sugar cookies using leaf-shaped cookie cutters. Then let everyone create fall leaf colors of icing to frost their own cookies. Each person may select a leaf they find outdoors and try to replicate its colors.

• Create leaf art for your home’s fall décor. You can press pretty, colorful leaves between sheets of newspaper, weighted down with some heavy books. You’ll want to find leaves that are fairly thin and flat, with a low moisture content (or else they will start to rot rather than dry out). Note that it might take a week or so to get the leaves really flat and dry. Then, you can scatter the leaves as table decorations, mount and frame them, or create other fun projects such as table tents for Thanksgiving or holiday greeting cards.

Above: Warm up with this recipe for Sweet Bean Soup using Hatteras Red.

As the days get shorter and the tree branches grow bare, embrace the chance to enjoy the beauty, cozy up to your loved ones, and create your own autumn memories.

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Treat your mother to a special Mother’s Day

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Treat your mother to a special Mother’s Day

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory? Did you make a hand-print card and a bouquet of paper flowers in elementary school, anxiously waiting to take your creation out of the backpack and present it to your mom on her special day? Did your own child make you breakfast in bed, even though you hated the thought of getting crumbs on the sheets? Perhaps there was another special woman in your life … an aunt or a neighbor or someone else who did “mom” things for you.

Who is the special woman in your life today? Is she someone who taught you things you’ll carry with you forever? Someone who cares about you from many miles away? Someone whose smile lights up a room and makes the world a better place? Mother’s Day is the perfect time to say, “Thank you!”

If you’re lucky enough to live close to this wonderful woman, why invite her to a celebration lunch this Mother’s Day? Make it a special time, just for the two of you to get together. Pull out a couple of old crystal wine glasses and some pretty plates for a luncheon on the porch. Or, load up the picnic basket with paper plates, cups and a blanket, stock the cooler with food and Duplin wine, and head out to a favorite family spot. Whatever you do, remember that it’s about time together, celebrating the woman who gave you so much!

If you are looking for menu suggestions for the perfect Mother’s Day treat, check out the recipes on our website. Here are two springtime lunch menu suggestions, using our recipes, paired with Duplin wines, of course!

Spinach, Orange and Goat Cheese Salad

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Can’t be with your favorite woman this Mother’s Day? Let her know how much you care by sending her a special springtime basket full of her Duplin Winery favorites. Click here for some sweet ideas!

Share your favorite Mother’s Day memory or an idea about how to honor that special woman in your life in the comments below.

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