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Get Your Game On!

Get Your Game On

Get Your Game On!

The kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to change color, and there’s a little chill in the night air. But nothing says fall in America quite like football.

Even if you’re not lucky enough to snag seats for your favorite college or professional football team’s biggest game of the season, you can still enjoy all the excitement of game day by creating your own “tailgate party” at home. Why not plan a party for your team’s “rivalry day?”

Invite your friends and neighbors, set up a tent, get out the college/pro logo chairs, fill the coolers with ice, chill down the Duplin wine, and get ready for a good time and some healthy competition. It’s always fun when you invite people from both camps. Encourage everyone to wear their favorite team’s colors and come ready to cheer.

There’s no need to worry about having the biggest television in the neighborhood. People can gather around any size screen (or multiple TVs in adjacent rooms) and still have a roaring good time. Remember that even the smallest TV screen gives us a much better view than the vast majority of the seats in a stadium!

Of course, there’s got to be food. Guests always feel good if they can chip in with munchies, a side dish or dessert, so if they ask, just say, “Bring it on, thanks!” It’s not the time for a formal meal or meal plan, so let the creativity flow.

Dip In!

Two make-ahead dips that are sure to be a hit are Duplin’s Muscadine Pepper Jack Cheese Dip and Brice’s Creek Spinach Artichoke Dip. Be sure to make more than you think you’ll need because you’ll be surprised at how fast they go. Pair the dips with Duplin’s Homemade Gourmet Crackers, and even friends rooting for the “other” team may come on over to your side!

Fire Up the Grill!

A tailgate party wouldn’t be complete without food on the grill. From steaks and ribs marinated with your secret sauce, to something as simple as hot dogs, the choices are endless. A perfect appetizer or side that will score points with your friends is an employee’s favorite, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Bites with Habanero Cream Cheese Filling.

Why not make it a burger party? Today’s burgers can be so much more than a simple patty of ground beef. Different meats (or veggies/beans), cheeses and a wide variety of toppings will give everyone a delicious experience. Grill up a variety of burgers and let everyone create their own masterpieces by setting out a range of toppers.

Here are two of our favorite burger recipes, using Duplin wines:

Basil Burgers (ground beef, with Christmas Eve or Bald Head Red wine)

Blackberry Basil Burgers (ground turkey, with Duplin Blackberry wine)

You can even add another layer of competition to the day with a burger cook off! Have several friends contribute their special burgers to the grill, and then let the kids choose the winner in a blind taste test.

Bring on the Competition!

Speaking of competition, add another layer of fun with some tailgate party games. Corn hole is a classic, and the boards can be painted (or use decals) with competing teams’ logos/mascots. A football toss, relay race, tug of war and so many more games will spark the competitive spirit and keep the fun flowing.

Just remember … keep the competition friendly and keep the game-day party Cool, Sweet and Easy with an ice chest full of your favorite Duplin wines. Game on!

Invite your friends and neighbors, set up a tent, get out the college/pro logo chairs, fill the coolers with ice, chill down the Duplin wine, and get ready for a good time and some healthy competition. It’s always fun when you invite people from both camps. Encourage everyone to wear their favorite team’s colors and come ready to cheer.

There’s no need to worry about having the biggest television in the neighborhood. People can gather around any size screen (or multiple TVs in adjacent rooms) and still have a roaring good time. Remember that even the smallest TV screen gives us a much better view than the vast majority of the seats in a stadium!

Of course, there’s got to be food. Guests always feel good if they can chip in with munchies, a side dish or dessert, so if they ask, just say, “Bring it on, thanks!” It’s not the time for a formal meal or meal plan, so let the creativity flow.

Dip In!

Two make-ahead dips that are sure to be a hit are Duplin’s Muscadine Pepper Jack Cheese Dip and Brice’s Creek Spinach Artichoke Dip. Be sure to make more than you think you’ll need because you’ll be surprised at how fast they go. Pair the dips with Duplin’s Homemade Gourmet Crackers, and even friends rooting for the “other” team may come on over to your side!

Fire Up the Grill!

A tailgate party wouldn’t be complete without food on the grill. From steaks and ribs marinated with your secret sauce, to something as simple as hot dogs, the choices are endless. A perfect appetizer or side that will score points with your friends is an employee’s favorite, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Bites with Habanero Cream Cheese Filling.

Why not make it a burger party? Today’s burgers can be so much more than a simple patty of ground beef. Different meats (or veggies/beans), cheeses and a wide variety of toppings will give everyone a delicious experience. Grill up a variety of burgers and let everyone create their own masterpieces by setting out a range of toppers.

Here are two of our favorite burger recipes, using Duplin wines:

Basil Burgers (ground beef, with Christmas Eve or Bald Head Red wine)

Blackberry Basil Burgers (ground turkey, with Duplin Blackberry wine)

You can even add another layer of competition to the day with a burger cook off! Have several friends contribute their special burgers to the grill, and then let the kids choose the winner in a blind taste test.

Bring on the Competition!

Speaking of competition, add another layer of fun with some tailgate party games. Corn hole is a classic, and the boards can be painted (or use decals) with competing teams’ logos/mascots. A football toss, relay race, tug of war and so many more games will spark the competitive spirit and keep the fun flowing.

Just remember … keep the competition friendly and keep the game-day party Cool, Sweet and Easy with an ice chest full of your favorite Duplin wines. Game on!

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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!

Life Is Sweeter With Duplin