Wine down with us on Wednesday, August 25, 5 pm – 7 pm at the new Bridgewater Wines + Dines in Leland! Attendees will receive a complimentary glass of wine courtesy of Intracoastal Realty. This unique wine shop offers wines from around the world, a range of food to savor from small plates to main courses all in an inviting atmosphere.
We spoke with Bridgewater Wines + Dines owner Susan Zucker to learn how she and her husband Doug Zucker came to open their two wine shops and what brought them to beautiful Southeastern NC.
What is Doug’s and your background?
Doug and I are the perfect pairing, Doug is the “wines” and I am the “dines.” Doug left the world famous food and wine emporium Stew Leonard’s after 31 years where he was the Director of Operations, opening and running all nine wine shops in New York and Connecticut. I taught culinary classes at the university and high school level for years in New York.
What inspired you both to open Bridgewater Wines + Dines?
We were looking to get out of the north and focused on the Southeast coast of NC where we could bring both of our extensive skill sets and passions. We were able to open a retail wine shop and a wine bar blending both of our expertise.
What makes your wine shop stand out?
There are quite a few things that make the wine shop and wine bar stand out from others. First and foremost, is the relationship that we build with each and every guest. People walk in as guests and leave as family, not just with Doug and I, but the team members as well.
The wine knowledge is incomparable. During Doug’s tenure at Stew Leonard’s, he was fortunate to travel internationally and personally build relationships with wine makers from around the world. We continue to travel and have relationships with most of the wine producers in our shop.
We offer a full menu, but are known for our beautiful, handcrafted charcuterie boards. A lot of our cheeses are local North Carolina cheeses. We also carry local beer! We have eight Wilmington beers on tap and even more North Carolina beers on the shelf. We have a wine club with more than 500 “wine explorers” and we also do custom gift baskets.
What wine would you recommend for anyone new to Bridgewater Wines + Dines?
We have so many great wines from around the world at all price points. Our slogan is, “Explore the World, One Wine at a Time!” We love helping guests discover new hidden gems and introducing them to what would become new favorites. We recommend that anyone new to Bridgewater Wines+ Dines come into any of our FREE tastings to sample wines to learn what they like, they are offered three days a week. We have our monthly 15 under $15 wines. These wines are great hidden gems that chief wine explorer Doug has discovered, and I approved! These wines drink more like a $30-$40 bottle.
You are both new to the area, any advice for those looking to move to Southeastern NC?
Just do it! We should have made the move years ago. We absolutely love living in Southeastern, NC. There’s so much to do and we can be outside year-round. It’s a much better quality of life, almost like a permanent vacation. And the BEST part, no more snow!
Favorite Beach: This is a tough one, the beaches on the NC coast are all beautifully different. Our closest beach is Oak Island, but we love trying new beaches whenever we can. We are partial to Bald Head Island. Even a day trip to Bald Head Island is like being on vacation, beautiful and remote. It’s a must visit if you haven’t already!
Favorite Restaurant: There are many favorite restaurants that come to our foodie minds, but Circa 1922 stands out. We are fortunate to live by Wilmington with a great food and wine scene and so many great restaurants to choose from.
Shine On Local Event Details
Join us at Bridgewater Wines + Dines located at 1132 New Pointe Blvd. #5 Leland, NC 28451 from 5 pm – 7 pm on Wednesday, August 25 for a complimentary glass of wine. Make sure to follow @intracoastalrealty and @bridgewaterwines on Instagram and use the hashtag #ShineOnLocal when you visit!
*Must be 21 or older to receive item