More Than String Pluckers and Cover Singers

July 2nd, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Live Music is like heat in Wisconsin. It isn’t around for long, but when it’s here there’s no missing it. Finding live entertainment in the Door County area is easy on any given day in summer. So you hear “live music” and think “big whoop, everybody’s got that.” You’re right, and we agree that it takes more than string pluckers and cover singers to make a summer day special. So we start with talented musicians and add wine. If you like von Stiehl, then that’s the start of something good. More of a beer drinker? Got you covered with small batch craft brews from our tap room two doors down. Music, wine, and beer all need food. Good food? No, great food! Hence the Cuisine Concert name. Who serves the best cuisine in Door County? Many would say Skaliwags. The Skaliwagon will be serving fantastic gourmet outdoor faire at all of the concerts. More on them in the next article.
What’s the last thing we all would like to make things perfect? The weather. Typically, the coolest summer breeze is found on the shore of Lake Michigan in Algoma. While the rest of the state is soaking in sticky 80-90 degree temps, we’re enjoying soothing 75 degree air wafting in from the lake. The same lake that you will enjoy viewing while partaking in all that other stuff that goes along with string pluckers and cover singers at von Stiehl this summer.

The Music Lineup:
7/5 Annie Rose Band (Classic Rock)
7/12 Two Souls (Island and Rock)
7/19 The Blue Gills (Classic Rock & Blues)
7/26 Dave Steffan Band (Blues Rock)
8/2 Givin Up the Ghost (Acoustic Rock)
8/9 The Hits (Covers from 60s to 90s) *1:30 to 5 PM Due to Parade
8/16 Redfish (Cajun & Rock)

Ladies Festival

May 22nd, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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If you don’t like change then you’ll be happy to know that this year’s Ladies’ Fest will be every bit as much fun as the last five. Shopping, massages, a Naughty Girl glass with two fills of wine, lunch and a chocolate truffle all for $35. Classic rock by Two Souls in the morning, then Men in Suits will return from 2 pm. to 6 pm with cover favorites and disco. Don’t worry, they keep their suits on. If you liked Ladies’ Fests of the past then come this year to relive the day one last time. Due to dwindling attendance, we’ll be making some tweaks to the 2015 festival according to your feedback. Please let us know what you like and don’t like about the structure of the event this year so that we can make it more attractive in future years. We’d like to do away with the $35 admission fee to grow the event and perhaps offer something at the tap room next door for beer lovers. Either way, mark your calendars for the June 20, 2015 mystery event!

 

Stiletto Stroll

You know how it’s all about who you know? A good friend owns a boutique in Green Bay called Nell’s that specializes in prosthetics and high end wigs to help women fighting cancer. It’s a confidential, classy, and established joint which is Medicaid-qualified. Stacey’s compassion for those suffering from cancer motivated her to get involved in the Northeast Wisconsin Ribbon of Hope campaign. We noticed that a number of Ribbon of Hope supporters were also involved as Ladies’ Fest vendors. After a few glasses of wine, the ideas were flying and the Stiletto Stroll was born. Last year it was known as the Strut, but a cease-and-desist letter from another organization quickly initiated a name-change to Stiletto Stroll.

Long story short, they want you and your heels at 10 am on the morning of Ladies’ Fest. The $10 entry fee goes to the good cause, while you go for a walk along the Algoma boardwalk in comfortable shoes. Save your stamina for the last few-tenths of a mile where you are welcome to strap on heels and cross the finish line in style. Is it a contest? Yes, but not a race. Contestants will be judged on attitude, style, costume, and most interesting shoes. Then there is an overall winner. Want that trophy? Just think outside the box. Here’s a picture of last year’s winner so you know what you are up against. The rest of the prizes are awarded in wine.

von Stiehl Receives Two Gold Medals from Tasters’ Guild

May 22nd, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

Two High-Class Gold Medals

 Tasters Guild International Recognizes Wisconsin’s Oldest Licensed Winery

 May 20, 2014, Algoma, Wisconsin

 Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma just received six medals from Tasters Guild International, a wine and food appreciation society based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The judging accepts many styles of wine from around the world and places them into classes consisting of fruit type and retail price. While the Algoma winery won awards from the Tasters’ Guild for decades, gold medals in the higher dollar classes are difficult to attain.

Winemaker Aric Schmiling has seen hundreds, if not thousands, of medals awarded to von Stiehl Winery in the 32 years that he has been in the family business. “For a while, the medals were coming so regularly that we didn’t see much reason to keep sending out for more. Instead, we invested in equipment and practices that would turn out higher end wines,” Schmiling comments. “It’s not that uncommom to receive a gold medal in a class under $20, but to receive two gold medals in $30+ classes is a fantastic feeling!”

Both gold medal awards were presented to wines made from Wisconsin fruit. Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, a sweet and smooth concoction of Door County cherry wine and cherry brandy distilled from von Stiehl’s cherry wine was the first to receive a gold in the $30 class. The high-alcohol bounce is produced from Door County Cherries grown by Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay, and is aged in red wine barrels for six months prior to release. Barrels help to smooth out the high alcohol, which comes in at 20.5%. The second gold was awarded to von Stiehl Apple Icing. The ice wine is produced from fruit grown at Hillside Apples in Kewaunee County; a perfectly balanced ice wine that pairs concentrated aromas of freshly picked apples with flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, and honey.

Silver Medals were awarded to two new dry red wines, Zinfandel and Union, and the winery’s classic Blueberry Wine. A silver medal was awarded to a new French-hybrid oak barrel-fermented Chardonnay.

The oldest licensed award-winning Wisconsin winery was the first to produce wine from Door County cherries, and specializes in red varietals. Tour barrel-filled arched limestone aging cellars, and a modern winemaking facility. A positive staff and value priced wines make this a “must-stop” destination. The winery is located at 115 Navarino Street in Algoma, and is open seven days a week. More information can be found at vonStiehl.com or by calling 920-487-5208.

Join the Trolley Tour

April 22nd, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

The second annual Gala Wine and Beer Tasting Trolley Tour on behalf of Money Manager Counselors is scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m. May 14.

The budget, credit and financial planning counseling agency is formally known as Money Manager Counselors powered by FISC/CCCS, incorporating the former names of the nonprofit that has been helping Door County families for decades.

Participants in the trolley tour will meet a Door County Trolley atop the Second Avenue parking ramp between Kentucky and Louisiana streets between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. May 14, then depart for Von Stiehl Winery and Brewery in Algoma.

After about an hour at Von Stiehl, the group will board the trolley for a trip to Red Oak Winery in Sturgeon Bay. There, the group will partake of more wine tasting with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and cash bar until about 9:15 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and space is limited. Reservations for the fundraising event can be made by calling (920) 743-1862.

All-inclusive, fun-filled weekend!

March 14th, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Doesn’t a little weekend getaway sound appealing right now? A Caribbean cruise is probably not in the cards for most of us, but the idea of an all-inclusive, fun-filled weekend really hits the spot. Here’s an idea: come to Algoma! Take a look at this invitation from our friends at the Hotel Stebbins and come on up! We’ll have your Wine and Chocolate Pairing ready for you.

 

Valued @ $275

For Only $159/couple(+ Tax)!!!

Available 3/20/14 (1st day of Spring:) thru 4/26/14 (Thursday thru Saturdays only)

Booking Info: (920) 487-5521 or see package here.

(Choose the “Spring Fever” Package when booking)

New Chocolate Pairings!

March 5th, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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When you come see us be sure to ask about our new chocolates! Many of you have enjoyed our Chocolate and Wine Pairings, and they were fabulous, but wait till you try the combinations featuring the confections created by our new chocolatiers, Daniel and Tamara Herskovic, of Mayana Chocolates in Spooner, Wisconsin. Their chocolates won “Best Chocolates” in the Taste of Chicago issue of the Chicago Reader, as well as one of “Editors’ Top 10 Picks” in February’s edition of Food and Wine magazine. And no wonder. You won’t believe how beautiful they are! And once again we were put to the test, tasting wine after wine trying to come up with the best combinations with Mayana’s chocolates. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it! We persevered, and the flights offered will knock your socks off. So anyway, back to our cozy fireside wining area; we are happy to serve your Chocolate and/or Cheese and Wine Pairings at your table, or even upstairs in our lounge if you wish. Just ask!

Pass the Wine, Pass the Paint!

February 25th, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Life is just more interesting when there’s wine involved, and so are hobbies. That’s why we think the April Ladies of the Vine event will be one of our best! Sunday, April 27, from noon to 3:00, prepare for your inner artist to emerge! Pass the Wine, Pass the Paint starts with a clean canvas, lots of colorful acrylics, and a bottomless wine glass; it ends when you leave the winery with your new artwork in hand. Oh, did we mention that everyone at your table will contribute to your portrait/landscape/still life/abstract as the masterpieces are passed around on command? Reservations are needed, as space is limited, so call soon to save a spot. No prior talent necessary. $25/person, includes wine and supplies. 800-955-5208.

Valentine’s Day Special

February 5th, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Now, we don’t rent skis or ice shanties or skates or snowmobiles, but we sure can help with the indoor pursuits. Valentine’s Day, Friday the 14th, is the perfect day to visit our tasting room because not only do we have a romantic and comfortable seating area in front of the blazing fireplace where you can enjoy wine by the glass or a bottle to share, but we will have a special deal that day only for you and your honey. For only $25 you and your date/companion will get a cheese platter (a $10 value), a glass of wine each (any up to $7 each), and a bottle of wine (your choice up to $15 value) to take home, and the first 25 to join us will also get a free heart-shaped basket filled with von Stiehl goodies. In addition, each special bought entitles the purchaser to 10% off all purchases that day! We will stay open until 5:00PM so you can start your perfect date night in the perfect spot, von Stiehl’s tasting room!

Souper “Bowl” Sunday Luncheon

January 20th, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Sunday, February 2nd, is our Ladies of the Vine SuperBowl Luncheon. The tradition at von Stiehl is to offer our ladies their own celebration of that male-dominated event in the form of a Super BOWL luncheon of soup, salad, pasta, and dessert. You will enjoy lunch, raffles, prizes, discounts throughout the tasting room, and wine, all for just $25 per person. February 2nd from noon to 3PM, and you will still have plenty of time to get to your football-oriented Super Bowl party! Please call 800-955-5208 for reservations.

33% off Select Wines by the Case

December 9th, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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Now is the time to buy!

This week only from December 9th through 13th, enjoy a straight 33% discount on the following wines when purchased by the case:

Blueberry Normal $141.48 Sale Price $94.79 Save $46.69
Yakima Cab Sauvignon Normal $287.88 Sale $192.88 Save $95
Cherry Blossom Blush Normal $119 Sale $80.32 Save $39.56
Late Harv. Riesling Normal $239.88 Sale $160.72 Save $79.16
Old Vine Merlot Normal $311.88 Sale $208.96 Save $102.92
Oktoberfest Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Risqué Riesling Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Satin Red Normal Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
White Stiletto Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Pink Stiletto Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Sassy Sangria Normal $119.88 Sale $80.32 Save $39.56
Skinny Dip Point Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Tranquility Lookout Normal $153 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
How to redeem…

These special prices are only available when you call 920-487-5208 or visit the winery from 10 am. to 5 pm. Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 13th. Please reference the 33% off email to receive this special discount.Special prices cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials. Regular shipping charges apply. But it’s still a really good deal! Just think of all of the smiling faces you’ll create when you give away bottles of wine this holiday season. That makes you super special!

Would you rather open four boxes or one?

November 11th, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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We’d rather open four too!

When you give the wine and cheese pairing club as a gift, the recipient will receive four shipments spread out over a year.

For a significantly discounted price ranging from $29 to $39 (plus shipping), we will send you or a friend or family member four shipments yearly of two wines paired with a unique cheese and specialty food. A lot of thought and tasting energy goes into every pairing by the winemaker and our staff. These pairings come with tasting notes for how to enjoy them. So call today to sign up for a year’s worth of pairings, or an ongoing membership. Think of the gifts you need to start shopping for. If you don’t want to give this as a gift to anyone else, then Merry Christmas to you!
Sign up today by calling 800-955-5208, download the brochure, or visit vonstiehl.com/clubsignup.

Sign up a gift recipient for at least one year (four pairings) and receive free shipping on the first package! Offer for new members only.
Maximum value $20.

Beauty and the Beads • November 10

October 15th, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

There are still spots available at the Ladies of the Vine “Beauty and the Beads” winery event! The best way to be ready for whatever the holidays have in store is with our Beauty and the Beads party on Sunday, November 10, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Rocks of Ages will be on hand with all the materials and help needed to make a bracelet or beaded wine glass and charm for you or for a gift. Enjoy appetizers and two glasses of wine while you create. You can also learn how to be the Belle of the Ball from our beauty experts who will introduce you to new products and provide tips for your beauty regimen. $35/person includes all supplies plus the wine and munchies, but call 800-955-5208 soon for reservations, because space is limited. Beauty and the Beads Event

All About Wine and Cheese!

October 7th, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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Last Chance!
This is your last chance to register for the Ladies of the Vine event on Sunday, October 13th, called “It’s All About Wine and Cheese.” This event is open to all and space is limited, so call soon to hold your spot. We are pretty sure every attendee will really enjoy all the informative and entertaining activities we have planned. Hours are from noon to 3:00 and the cost is $20/person which includes two glasses of wine, cheese samples, raffles, games, and prizes. Call today to reserve your place – 800-955-5208.

Speaking of last chances, there are still spots available at the Ladies of the Vine “Beauty and the Beads” event! The best way to be ready for whatever the holidays have in store is with our Beauty and the Beads party on Sunday, November 10, from 1:00 to 4:00PM. Rocks of Ages will be on hand with all the materials and help needed to make a bracelet or beaded wine glass and charm for you or for a gift. Enjoy appetizers and two glasses of wine while you create. You can also learn how to be the Belle of the Ball from our beauty experts who will introduce you to new products and provide tips for your beauty regimen. $35/person includes all supplies plus the wine and munchies, but call soon for reservations, because space is limited.

Wine Fest – What you want to know

September 13th, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

 

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Below are most of the facts. Now they don’t sound like anything that you can’t find at other wine fests. So if you’re wondering why you want to drop $20 per couple to go on the wine fest grounds for one day, then pay for all of your wine and food on top of that, here’s the scoop. It’s crazy. Not crazy in a bad way. Just crazy. There are the 7′ wine bottle costumes, multiple groups with funny matching shirts and painted wine glasses, the guy with the wine scepter, chain smoking nuns drinking Naughty Girl wine, the elderly ladies dancing on the tables. There’s just stuff at this event that you don’t see at other festivals and we have no idea why. The funnest part for me is during the grape stomps. Just about the entire crowd has a smile on. It’s fun, it’s funny, you’ll make friends (if you want to), and you’ll remember this as a unique festival. If it’s not unique, then please let me know. I’d love to attend another event like this.

One more thing. Please bring a designated driver. Wine hits most people hard when it’s consumed all day. We don’t want anyone to get hurt or go past their limits. Having a sober person to take care and watch out for everyone else is the best thing that you can do to ensure the day doesn’t end badly. Remember, crazy fun!

There are a lot of things to do and places to go. At the winery, find…

•Complimentary wine tasting of our top 16 varieties in a white tent in front of the winery on 115 Navarino Street

•$5 Select tastings including our high end wines in Riedel stemware inside the winery

•Wine and Chocolate, and wine and cheese pairings in a black tent outside the winery

•Self-guided tours of both winery buildings

On the wine fest grounds, find…

•Wine by the glass and bottle

•Food by the Farm Market Kitchen

•Complimentary admission on Friday night

•$10 admission for Saturday. The entire admission and grounds event is a fundraiser for the Community Improvement of Algoma and Farm Market Kitchen.

•Celebrity and regular grape stomps throughout the day on Saturday

•Fine art fair on Saturday (just outside the grounds). Some artists may set up Friday night too.

Wet Whistle Wine Fest September 13 & 14, 2013

August 6th, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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Wine Fest Next Month
In 2011, the Groove Hogs played their last reunioun concert for the wine fest. To get them back we had to rent a sound system and pay a little higher price to cover airfaire for a couple of the band members. We moved on to the rythm and blues of In Black ‘n’ White last year and while they brought it, many were sad to have lost the Hogs. The magic is back. After some begging and pleading, the band has agreed to buy plane tickets, rehearse, and show up to relive their glory days on the grounds of this fall’s Wet Whistle Wine Fest. This is where we would normally copy something off of their website about their music style, but there is no longer a website. To help you get the idea, they have brass, love playing songs from the past 40 years that were written by musicians that had brass, and rock them and the crowd to no end. It wasn’t uncommon to see 80+ year-old grandmothers dancing on picnic tables (no disrespect to grandmothers, they can move with the best of them). They don’t mind if you dance on stage with them while they tend to tight harmonies as they scale the scales and rock the grannies.
Don’t let the Groove Hogs steal the thunder from The Cougars on Friday afternoon or the Annie Rose Band on Saturday morning. Both these bands have strong female vocals. The Cougars are a year-old band that should be charging more. With three female leads and a solid rock band behind them, they will get you dancing and keep you saying “wow they sing that too!” Bring your ear plugs for Annie Rose as it won’t be a quiet Saturday morning overlooking the lake. She’ll have you looking over your shoulder for Bobby McGee while the wine shakes in your glass.
Of course there will be plenty of our wine, a beer bar, specialty foods, fine art fair, and multitudes of creative costumes. One suggestion: plan wine tasting for Friday or Monday. Due to so much traffic during the weekend, we set up tasting outside in a tent in small plastic cups. It’s not ideal but serving free wine to 2,000 in one day is no small feat; even if they’re purple. Flanking the crowded days will be a busy Friday and slower Monday and those will be the best for visiting the regular tasting bar.
If you grew accustomed to enjoying the vintage wine tasting we apologize as there will not be one this year. Instead, we will most likely plan an event over winter when the crowds aren’t loud, allowing us to talk in our normal voices as we pour the high end wines.
Wet Whistle Wine Fest! • September 13 & 14, 2013
Grape Stomp, Wine Tasting, Great Music, Specialty Foods, & Fine Art Fair
Admission Charge $10 (Saturday) Friday Free
Friday 4 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
Music Friday: The Cougars 4 PM to 8 PM,
Music Saturday: Annie Rose Band 10 AM to 1:30 PM, The Groove Hogs (Reunion Concert) 2:00 PM to 6 PM
Event location: Legion Memorial Park & von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, WI
algomamainstreet.org or vonstiehl.com • 800-955-5208

Ahnapee Brewery Tap Room Now Open!

July 22nd, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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Ahnapee Brewery first opened its doors in 1868 in the city of Ahnapee, now named Algoma. Bohemian immigrants brought skilled craftsmen to erect Kewaunee County’s first sizable building. Beers were produced under the supervision of the head brewmaster, Henry Schmiling (the great- great-great-great uncle of the current owners). The Civil War veteran sold barrels of beer by horse and sleigh, rail and the schooner, “Whisky Pete.” Schmiling’s Ahnapee Lager was known far and wide for its Wisconsin-made quality. Hops blight put the original brewery out of business in 1886. A new chapter in the brewery’s history began in July. Fueled by the dreams of our General Manager and Head Brewer, Nick Calaway, we’re picking up where Henry left off. This time small craft batches of full-flavored beers with aging potential will be served for limited hours.

Right now, we’re open from 2 pm. to 8 pm on Fridays and noon to 8 pm on Saturdays. Beer on tap: Ahnapee Lager, Little Soldier Amber, Bavarian Dunkel, German Style IPA. On deck: Chocolate Milk Stout, Bavarian Helles.
While the brewery is located five miles out of Algoma and not open to the public, the tap room is located at 105 Navarino Street just two doors east of the winery.

www.ahnapeebrewery.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ahnapee-Brewery/457131664358366?fref=ts

Please come visit us soon!

Gamba Barrel Tastings

July 3rd, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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One of the Gamba barrel-aged wines awaiting your taste buds!

The Gamba Barrel

In the heart of Monferrato, France, the Gamba family has been handing down the ancient art of the master cooper from father to son for decades. Their unique wood aging and barrel building process takes considerable patience and capital, in keeping with the Gamba family tradition. White oak is sourced from the prestigious Allier Forest, then split to preserve continuous fibers through the entire length of each stave. The wood is then weathered in the microclimate of the French countryside for a full thirty-six months. This seasoning process polymerizes tannins and eliminates green phenolic components. Gamba Cooperage’s main objective is, as it has always been, to select the best wood so that the wines will have nothing but premium quality after aging. The treasured Gamba barrel ultimately leads to an incredibly soft, silky mouthfeel.

On the Wisconsin lakeshore just before the edge of Door County, the  produces red wines to age in the prestigious Gamba barrel. The three varieties offered this summer by the winery are Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Clarksburg Old Vine Merlot, and Sierra Foothills Zinfandel. Each varietal is offered from French hybrid barrels and Gamba barrels, giving guests an opportunity to do a side by side tasting. If these same wines were offered from a California winery, their value would easily reach to just below $100/bottle. The Algoma winery offers all for less then $50/bottle.

Guests will often comment that the Gamba barrel-aged reds are smoother, and have more fruit aromas. Come taste the difference at von Stiehl!

Steel Bridge Songfest

May 19th, 2013 by vonstiehl

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Celebrating their ninth year, Steel Bridge Songfest takes place in Sturgeon Bay to celebrate historic preservation through music. Over 150 artists perform all original music at more than a dozen venues throughout the city. Steel Bridge Songfest 2013 takes place June 13 -16. Come and enjoy four days of music for the unbelievably affordable ticket price of $25!

Story of the Steele Bridge Songfest

According to the Steel Bridge website, in 1996, a grassroots group called “the SOBs” (Save Our Bridge) was organized to save Sturgeon Bay’s Michigan Street Bridge from the scheduled wrecking ball. They amazingly succeeded and in 2005, Citizens for Our Bridge (CFOB) was registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Their mission: preserve and promote this historic bridge through community outreach and education via creative musical events and projects.

To build public appreciation for the bridge and the Historic Downtown District in Sturgeon Bay, a week-long celebration is held every June in and around The Holiday Music Motel, a fully operational motel that also hosts live music events. Songwriters and musicians from around the world, including Jackson Browne, Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s), James McMurtry and hundreds of others have performed at this event, donating their time and talents to perform at Steel Bridge Songfest.

Since 2007, thanks to assistance from the National Trust For Historic Preservation and the funds raised through Songfest, Sturgeon Bay’s Historic “Steel Bridge” is protected, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge turned 80 the summer of 2011 and also underwent a long awaited rehab. Since the bridge is officially “saved,” CFOB’s continued mission is to honor the bridge as a living symbol of creative collaboration and preservation thriving together harmoniously, building community, drawing greater beauty and vitality to our surroundings.

Check out some of this year’s performers on the Steel Bridge Songfest website.

Like Historic Spaces? Stop by von Stiehl Winery!

Our winery is over 150 years old. It was originally a brewery, however, in the mid 1960s, Dr. Charles Stiehl purchased and restored the building to expand his hobby, making wine out of Door County cherries. Intrigued? Stop by our winery in Algoma any day of the week and join in a tour – we have about seven per day during the summer. Look forward to seeing you!

Ridges Sanctuary Hosts Door County Festival of Nature

April 29th, 2013 by vonstiehl

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The Door County Festival of Nature is your opportunity to learn more about the wildflowers, geology, birds and insects of our peninsula. During field trips and hands-on programs, guides will walk you through some of the most pristine and unique natural areas in the county. Many of these areas are not typically open to the public and can only be accessed during this special event, taking place from May 23 -25, 2013. Conservation organizations in Door County will share ways in which they are working to preserve our rich natural heritage for the future. Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to share your love of the natural world with other conservation-minded participants from all over the Midwest.

Spring is a great time to experience the natural wonder of Door County. Migrating warblers and other songbirds return to the peninsula and shorebirds gather on our lakes and bays. Wildflowers are opening out into the spring sunshine. Come join us!

Highlights of the Door County Festival of Nature

  • Canoe & Kayak Trips – Paddle the Peninsula!
  • Birding Hotspots
  • Wildflower Outings
  • Photography Workshops
  • NEW! Nature Trivia Night
  • NEW! Local Land & Lake Picnic featuring organic and locally sourced foods
  • Early morning birdwatching trips to local hotspots for waterfowl, warblers and more
  • Geology of the Door Peninsula
  • An old-fashioned Barn Dance / Social to wrap up the weekend’s activities

Register for Festival of Nature Events

Online registration is the fastest and easiest way to register for the Festival. You get up-to-date information on trips that are fully booked and reserve trips immediately. You can pay by credit card or print your registration form and mail it to The Ridges Sanctuary with payment by check or debit/credit card.

Visit von Stiehl While in Door County

Add one other item to your spring must-see list while on the Peninsula: von Stiehl. While there isn’t much wildlife at the winery, but we do have Ladies of the Vine, our wine club that you automatically become a member of when you purchase one case of wine per year. Come and take a tour of our beautiful facility in the charming waterfront town of Algoma!

Door County Wine Tour Weekend

April 21st, 2013 by vonstiehl

Spring in Door County wine country is filled with blossoming orchards and vineyards regenerating after a long winter. With these buds and blossoms comes the excitement of a new crop and every farmer and vintner’s hope for a bountiful harvest.

On the weekend of May 17-19, the Door County Wine Trail Weekend will take place. Celebrate the spring by indulging in a wide array of individual events at seven local wineries including orchard and vineyard tours, cheese and chocolate pairings, live music and salsa dancing. Take part in a barrel tasting seminar or dinner show.

Maximize your wine trail weekend experience by picking up a wine trail brochure including our new passport program. Visit all seven wineries, collect a stamp at each and receive a limited edition wine trail logo embossed glass, while supplies last.

Door County Wine Trail Weekend Events

At von Stiehl: Barrel Tasting Saturday morning starting at 10:00 am

We will host a special Wine Futures and One-Of-A-Kind Barrel Tasting in conjunction with the Door County Wine Trail Weekend. Dave, one of our winemakers, will be on hand to pull samples from the barrels in our cellars for you to taste, forecast, and purchase at a discounted price. Be one of the first to try the Zinfandel, Brunello, and our estate barrel-aged Marechal Foch, an estate wine made entirely from grapes grown in our own Stony Creek vineyard. Enjoy the barrel tasting in von Stiehl’s 150 year old limestone tunnels starting at 10 a.m. Saturday May 18. $6 per person.

Murder Mystery Dinner Show at Door Peninsula Winery: Saturday night 7 – 10 p.m.

Styled like a winemaker dinner, Door Peninsula Winery welcomes the Dinner Detectives to Door County. Enjoy a four course dinner paired with select Door Peninsula wines while you solve a Murder Mystery. A truly unique tasting experience intermingled with the excitement & suspense of dinner theater. This event promises to be memorable – great wine, great food and great entertainment. Cost is $75 per person (plus tip) and will take place at Bistro 42, attached to the winery. Dinner starts promptly at 7 p.m. with mystery solved by 10 p.m. Follow this link to make your reservations. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Menu will be posted as it is finalized and paired with wines.

See the full event list on the Door County Wine Trail website.

Girls Weekend Getaway in Door County

March 30th, 2013 by vonstiehl

Get over the winter with a fabulous weekend of female fun! The fifth annual Groovin’ Sisterhood Weekend is coming up from April 25 – 28th.

Celebrate womanhood in the beautiful and historical city of Sturgeon Bay, in Door County. Embrace life, love, and laughter during this women-oriented four-day weekend! Come to shop, discover, and revitalize with other fabulous women! Enjoy a weekend filled with activities, seminars, and groovin’ classes!

There will be a variety of fun activities over the weekend! You can participate as much or as little as you would like. There are also optional sessions for a small fee. Receive your exclusive Groovin’ Sisterhood coupon book, fabulous tote, and Sisterhood Enquirer, which details all sessions and events, included in your registration bag!

Events and Sessions at the Groovin Sisterhood Weekend

All weekend long, the Door County Trolley will be providing free transportation around Sturgeon Bay. Explore Door County!

There will be art and craft sessions as well – everything from glass blowing to floral design to food and beer pairings.

Check the Groovin’ Sisterhood webpage for more updates soon.

Registration starts at $65, with a variety of other ticketed events you may want to attend.

Wine and Women – A Wonderful Combination!

While you are in Sturgeon Bay for the weekend, take the short drive to Algoma, a cute waterfront town about 17 miles South. We have a winery tour every Saturday at 2 p.m. when you can see our underground arched limestone caverns and the new production facility. At only $4, you can’t find a cheaper way to enjoy 30 minutes! Plus, the wine tasting is always complimentary. Our tasting room and shop is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While visiting, you may want to become a member of the Ladies of the Vine club. Enjoy unique wine and food pairings, shopping discounts in our store and the opportunity to order from our gift and decorating catalogues at great discounts. The Ladies of the Vine have at least three unique events per year.

Door County Spring Blossom Tour

March 16th, 2013 by vonstiehl

Next month is when spring really begins in Door County. And how do we know this? Because the cherry blossoms appear – at last! All over the countryside and along the roadways, cherry blossoms leave their thin carpeting of white and pink petals. The trees become like giant cotton candy puffs and we remember what a warm breeze feels like on our faces.

A fun way to celebrate spring in Door County is via a trolley tour. The tours are run by Door County Trolley Inc. They pick you up in Sturgeon Bay around 9:30 a.m. and take you up the peninsula to the adorable community of Fish Creek, exploring orchards of blossoms and large expanses of wildflower fields along the way. There will be many great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera!

While in Fish Creek, you will enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride! Lunch and two wine tastings are also included in the tour.

The tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout April and May. Cost is $60. Visit the Door County Trolley website to purchase tickets.

von Stiehl’s Cherry Wines

We have a wide selection of wines created from the very cherries these blossoms hail! After your tour, stop by von Stiehl in Algoma to taste some of our Door County cherry wines. Here are some of our most popular:

  • Cherry Blush Wine: A smooth and appealing semi-dry white blushed with Montmorency cherries.
  • Cherry Kirsche: This fortified wine is the perfect marriage of brandy spirits and cherry wine.
  • Cherry Kirsche Oak-Aged: This fortified wine is the perfect marriage of brandy spirits and cherry wine, aged in American Oak for an extra smooth finish.

You can buy any of our wines from our website if you can’t make it to our winery.

St. Patrick’s Day Party & Parade in Sturgeon Bay

March 5th, 2013 by vonstiehl

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On Saint Patrick’s, everyone can be Irish for a day! Sturgeon Bay parade gives you your chance! Brush off your green duds and join in the fun of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 16.

While it is not a national holiday, communities all over the country celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parties, parades and wearing of the green. Of course in Sturgeon Bay and Door County, we have our share of Irish Americans (and those that wish they were!) We don’t dye the waters of the bay green, but the Sturgeon Bay parade is not-to-miss. Come check out the floats, cars, trucks, horse and of course Leprechauns!

The Sturgeon Bay Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Route

The parade starts promptly at 11 a.m. on the West Side at Sawyer Park, and goes up Oak Street to Madison Avenue. It turns South on Maple, goes across the Oregon Street Bridge, then turns left on Third Avenue to Jefferson Street, before ending at 7th Avenue. Awards are given for Best Irish Entry, Best Tavern/Bar Entry, Best Retail Entry, and Best Non-Profit Entry. Last year it was 70 degrees and there were over 60 parade participants. We hope this year the parade will be even bigger!

To get you in the Saint Patty’s day mood, here are some fun facts about the holiday:

  • In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
  • Most Catholics attend mass in the morning and then attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
  • The phrase “drowning the Shamrock” comes from the custom of floating a shamrock on the top of a whiskey shot before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.

Stop by von Stiehl winery in Algoma on your way home from the parade to wrap up your day with some local Wisconsin wine!

Last Days to Take Advantage of Romance Getaway Package

February 18th, 2013 by vonstiehl

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How did Valentine’s Day go for you this year? Did you forget to make reservations in advance and end up in the same old eatery you’re at every weekend?

If, for some reason, the lover’s holiday wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, we have round two for you.

Get away to the Fox Hill Resort in Mishicot, about 45 minutes south of our winery here in Algoma. For the absolute bargain price of $84, get a room for you and your significant other, a tour and tasting for the two of you here at von Stiehl along with a wine and chocolate pairing and a bottle of wine to bring home with you! Wholly cow! You can’t beat that! Upgrade your room at Fox Hill Resort to one with a fireplace for only $50 in addition.

However, you do need to act fast – this offer expires at the end of February!

About Fox Hill Resort

Fox Hill is a golf resort, so if weather permits, you can go catch a few rounds. Aside from golf, Fox Hills is a great weekend destination. They have over 100 tasteful guest rooms and suites, including some dog friendly rooms. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and several eateries. The 19th Hole Bar & Grill, The Willowview Restaurant and Benchwarmers Sports Bar, all feature daily food and drink specials.

Winery Tours at von Stiehl

When you attend a tour at our facility we show you everything, including the underground arched limestone caverns and the new production facility. The building itself has a rich history, built five years after the end of the Civil War. During the 30-minute tour, enjoy a glimpse into winemaking: view the bottling line, receive an introduction to wine varieties and sample some of our fine wines.

Door County Fire and Ice Festival

February 3rd, 2013 by vonstiehl

Break up the monotony of the long winter with a fun festival in Sturgeon Bay.

Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center hosts the annual Fire and Ice weekend, February 15 – 17. Saturday, enjoy cool activities including a city-wide ice carving competition by local ice artists and professional carvers. Watch as they transform large and small snow blocks into masterpieces!! Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, carvers will begin the process of turning snow & ice into art!

The public is invited to vote for their favorite carving for the People’s Choice Award. Event maps with ice & snow block locations will be available at most businesses throughout the weekend or at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center office, 36 S. 3rd Avenue.

Saturday night, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and Stone Harbor Resort host the annual “Fire & Ice” Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction. Enjoy a fabulous meal followed by the musical sounds of Little Vito and the Torpedoes. Tickets to the dinner dance and additional information about Fire & Ice and other special events is available by calling the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center; 800.301.6695 or 920.743.6246 or by visiting www.SturgeonBay.net.

While You’re At It…Visit Door County Wineries

von Stiehl is just outside of Sturgeon Bay in the lovely waterfront town of Algoma. We would love it for you to stop by on your way to or from the Fire and Ice festival for a tasting, tour, glass of wine or all three!

We have a very fun and informative winery tour for only $4 per person on Saturday’s at 2pm during winter. Explore underground arched limestone caverns and our new production facility! Built five years after the end of the Civil War, the 19th century building was first home to Ahnapee Brewing. During the 30-minute tour, enjoy a glimpse into winemaking, view the bottling line, receive an introduction to wine varieties, and sample fine wines.

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