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The Duplin Winery

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Jeska is a twenty something mother of one tiny human, lover of hawaii, a tad bit of a runner, one with the ocean, and last but not least a hopeless wanderer.
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For those of you who don’t know me on a personal level..or well really at all let me introduce myself. Hi, my name is Jeska and I’m a winoholic. Wine is one of my favorite things in the world and has been for the last 2 years since I had my gateway wine, moscato. Needless to say I was really really wanting to go to a winery and finally on my last trip to North Carolina my sister, best friend, and I decided to head to the Duplin Winery and check it out.

When we arrived we were about an hour too early for the first tour so the girl at the front desk asked if we wanted to go ahead with the free wine tasting so of course we said yes. We sat down at the end of the bar and eagerly awaited our samples. The server promptly greeted us and explained how the tasting was going to go, what the empty glasses and crackers were for, and handed us a grading sheet.

After a brief history about the winery she began filling the glasses with each delicious wine. I believe there were about 12 in total ranging from the sweetest to the driest red and whites. We also tried out 1 of their frozen wines which was absolutely delicious!

Once we finished with our tasting we checked out the little gift shop and picked up a few goodies including the mix to make our own frozen wine. Once we finished looking around we decided to grab a quick bite at the restaurant before lining up for the tour. We really only had a small bowl of soup and maybe some salad to go with our glasses of wine.

Finally it was time for the tour to start so we headed towards the building where it started. From there a nice blonde woman showed us around and explained each device and how it operated. Since I had no idea how wine was made other than the thought of I Love Lucy stomping in a barrel of grapes, I was very intrigued. I paid attention to every detail soaking it all up.

Overall the Duplin Winery was a great first experience to a winery and enlightened me with the wine making process. I loved getting to sample so many different wines and the crackers to cleanse your palate were tasty. The only advice I would give the winery would be to invest in a van/train/shuttle to transport everyone from the tasting side to the processing side.

27 Things Only People From Hawaii Will Understand

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Yes, there are a couple of versions of these but this one is mine and what I really think only people from Hawai’i would understand.

1. Sometimes it gets so cold you actually have to put real clothing on…and when I say cold I mean below 70 degrees. Yes, that’s right. Don’t judge me.

2. Oh you wanted to buy groceries? How’s that second mortgage treating you?

3. Everyone is your cousin, braddah, or auntie.

4. While I don’t have this problem, many of my local friends are in love with spam. Spam is served everywhere, even McDonald’s drive thrus.

5. Giving/getting directions is always an adventure. Pretty much goes like this…go all the way Kam Highway then turn right at the Shrimp Farm trucks, left at the birds of paradise section then…etc.

6. When shipping costs more than the total cost of the item you’re shipping. Yeah, it puts a whole new meaning to priority flat rate shipping.

7. Shave ice and your indecisiveness. Though Matsumoto’s is delicious I prefer the Pupukea food truck’s version.

8. If it doesn’t have rice and mac salad then it’s not a meal. True story. I never even liked either until I lived here.

9. When you haven’t been to the beach in two days. That’s a long ass time, don’t judge.

10. Then you can’t decide which beach to go to. This is always a problem. Do I want to go to Bellows because there’s not a lot of reef or do I want to go to Papailoa and sunbath with the sea turtles?!

11. But it doesn’t really matter when you have to leave 1-2 hours early because you’re stuck in this. NO ONE will beat this traffic, no one.

12. Not to mention gas already costs your first born keiki. Just take the price you’re paying and add a dollar basically.

13. Shark week is a daily happening. You can see them any time you want, if you really want to that is.

14. There is no civilized way to eat a malasada. They are a delicious mess.

15. That annoying voice on the radio saying “at Jeans Warehouse” 20 times a day yet you still go there.  I’m not going to lie, it would be hard to have a conversation with that girl in real life but the cheap camisoles are hard to pass up on.

16. Trying to beat the security guards to climb the stairway to heaven. I have yet to complete this since I have a little one and you seriously have to be there at like 3am.

17. Potholes. Plan on buying new tires often.

18. Your favorite band will NEVER EVER tour here. EVER.

19. There are so many Zippy’s that you can’t decide which is your favorite one or let alone remember. There are probably 4 in a quarter mile block at a time.

20. Aloha has a whole other meaning than hello.

21. You’re told to pronounce Hawai’i incorrectly. It makes me sad how many Hawaiian words have a slang version that is believed to be the correct pronunciation.

22. And know that pidgin isn’t a bird.

23. These are called slippahs not to be confused with flipflops.

24. Centipedes and….Roaches. *shudders* No matter how clean your place is, THEY WILL FIND YOU.

25. The lack of gnarly snakes hiding in the brushes. One of the many things I’m thankful of. I can hop in a bushel of brush taller than me and not have to think twice.

26. The cravings you will always have for restaurants that only exist on the other islands or the mainland. No Olive Garden for you sir.

27. Waikiki is the dirtiest beach on the island. Don’t go there. Seriously.

What others would YOU add to the list?