Meet the Makers Beer & Wine Festival

April 2nd, 2015 by vonstiehl

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Meet the Makers Wine and Beer Festival

June 20, 2015 from 11am. to 6pm.

Do you know the difference between a wine festival and a beer festival? Wine fests, at least in the Midwest, are usually hosted by a single winery to celebrate the grape harvest. There’s no better feeling for a vineyard owner than to see all of the grapes in lugs, safe from hail, birds, and all of the little critters that love ripe grapes! Beer festivals typically bring in dozens and sometimes hundreds of different breweries for a crazy big tasting event. Attendees come anticipating new flavors from the brewmasters’ latest creations.

Meet the Makers will be a blend of the two types of festivals. We will be offering a number of von Stiehl Winery wines and Ahnapee Brewery beers made just for that day. They may or may not last for the entirety of the Meet the Makers festival. You will Meet the Makers as the brewers and winemakers will be the ones pouring, leaving no question unanswered and giving you a chance to judge, taste, and write your own descriptions of the experimental batches. Awards will be given for the most accurate, and most hilarious descriptions.

Speaking of critters, we’re going to feed you one, but it won’t be small. The spent grains from the brewery are
currently being fed to a Texas Longhorn cattle on a nearby farm in Door County. In fact, the Bryersquart Family Farm is one of the top farms in polled genetic cattle in Door County. One Longhorn/Jersey mix steer will meet their maker so that Skaliwags can smoke them whole for the festival. That’s one more Meet the Makers maker: Skaliwags owner Chef Chris.

Not to sound like a cheesy TV commercial, but there’s more! Meet the Makers will be rolling out a Shopping Expo to include even more makers.

We will also be having a special Cheese and Chocolate and wine pairing for that day only.

Cost is $5 per person. Advanced tickets are no longer available at Brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are available at the winery or at the gate on Saturday.

Live Music:

MockingBird from 11-2

MockingBird is a full, energetic and harmonious sound; blending acoustic, bass and electric guitars with vocals, keyboards and drums. They perform a variety of 60’s to 80’s classic-rock, and country-rock standards. MockingBird is a fun and family-friendly band.

Brass Differential • 2–6 pm: Horn-centered sound is steeped in New Orleans tradition and features a spicy gumbo of musical styles, including jazz, blues, funk, R&B, soul, and hip-hop.

 

Thank you to all that attended our first Meet the Makers Festival! Below are the winners of the name and description writing contest. Congratulations to all!

Wines

Traminette: Description winner: Laura Slater

The light, aromatic, delightfully sweet wine with a delicious floral bouquet will delight your senses and remind you of a beautiful summer day!

Big Roast Red: Winner: Barbara LaPlant

Name: Cool City Red

Sparkling Red: Winner: Laura Slater

Name: Firecracker Red

Muscat Royale: Winner: Brad Beckman

Name: Muscat Love

Beers

Whiskey Barrel: Winner: Julian Davis

Name: Kentucky Burn

Rum Barrel: Winner: Kira Ohlsen

Name: Peg-Legged

Description: Get your German pirate on with this delicious rum barrel-aged Doppelbock. Balanced perfectly with a subtle sweetness of vanilla beans, but still strong enough to ward off the scurvy!

Stainless: Winner: Ryan Hatzenbeller

Name: Steelhead Doppelbock

Cherry Bounce Awarded Highest Honor

March 20th, 2015 by vonstiehl

International Eastern Wine Competition

Cherry Bounce on Top with Highest Honor

We just received six medals at the International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) in Sonoma County, California. Established in 1975, the IEWC is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in the nation. 

The judging was held Feb. 10-11, 2015 in Sonoma County, California. Traditional awards were given in each division; any wines given a gold medal were then entered into a Taste off to see which wine was “Best of Class”. 

Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, a sweet and smooth concoction of cherry wine and cherry brandy distilled from von Stiehl’s cherry wine, brought home a Double Gold and Best of Class. The high-alcohol Bounce is produced from Door County Cherries grown by Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay. The cherry wine is then distilled into cherry brandy at Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee. Once back at von Stiehl the brandy is blended with more cherry wine and 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%. Winemaker Aric Schmiling says, “Next to the 30 month aged Cherry Bounce, this is one of the finest cherry wines that our winery has ever produced.”

The IWEC poured out more medals for von Stiehl’s wine. A gold medal was also awarded to Symmetry, an off-dry white wine. Blueberry received a silver medal, and bronze medals were awarded to von Stiehl’s Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio.

 

Swap Meet

February 12th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

 

Purses

Swap Meet Sunday, April 19, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We women like options when it comes to accessorizing! It’s not that my lime green purse is old or worn, it still looks great! It’s just that I’m tired of it. I have this funky set of earrings that are just too nice to sell to a second hand store, but now that my hair is short with red highlights, they just don’t work. I have this beautiful scarf that went great with that sweater before it got a big red wine stain. My husband recycled the sweater by putting it on the scarecrow in the vineyard, but I wouldn’t let him have the scarf to complete the outfit. What’s a girl to do with all of these fashionable items? I can’t just give them away. I think I’ll take them to the von Stiehl Swap Meet!

Shop without money while you enjoy wine and light appetizers. Here’s how it works: You get a ticket for every item that you bring, then you use those tickets to purchase something new (to you) and different. Not paying a thing for all of those new things is only part of the win. In addition you can take 25% off of wine purchases (6 or more bottles), and enjoy a glass of wine with your $10 admission to the event. Call 800-955-5208 to reserve your spot in the swap meet, then use your new found excitement to start cleaning out the closet!
Disclaimer: This was written by a man. I apologize for the imperfections in thought patterns while writing to promote this event.

Red Wine Tasting

February 5th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

copy-headerHome1.jpgBe first in line at this red wine tasting and sample the newest and oldest vintages currently in barrels. Barrel-fermented Riesling, Brunello, Mourvèdre, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, and Marquette are some that are waiting for you.
Aric, Dave, and Chad will be on hand to pull samples from the barrels in our cellars for you to taste, forecast, and purchase at a discounted price.
Your session will include appetizers, five unique barrel tastings, and past vintage reserve tastings. Cost is $20/person and space is limited, so please call soon to reserve your spot. 800-955-5208.

Free Sandwich Mondays

January 5th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

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Visit our tap room from noon to 2 pm on Mondays in July and August for a free sandwich with the purchase of a growler fill. Free sandwiches may vary, but we are planning to offer beef brisket on a regular basis.

How does that work? Here are the details. Growler jars can be purchased for $5. Once you have a jar, just bring it in as often as you like for a refill. The fill of a growler (½ gallon of beer) will cost $15, unless it is a specialty beer.

Are you planning to drink some beer at home this weekend or take it to a party? So are we! Bring it in for a fill on Thursdays during your lunch hour for $15, and we’ll give you a free sandwich (value $6.50). If you want to buy lunch at the tap room, but don’t believe in the value of a whole growler of beer in your fridge, you can do that. We offer a sandwich plate for $10. That includes a sandwich, chips, and soda or water. You can substitute in a beer and pay the difference.

Can you get a free sandwich to go? Sure, just buy a growler to go too. Can you get 10 free sandwiches to go for everyone at work? Sure, just buy 10 growlers to go along with it. But fair warning, very little work will get done on Thursday afternoon.

All of that being said, it’s while supplies last because we have no idea how well the free sandwich promotion will go over. There might be exclusions if there are loopholes that we didn’t think of.

Winter Wine in Wisconsin

December 15th, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

Winter Wine in Wisconsin

Have you found yourself turning cold at all the of talk of blustery weather? We live in Wisconsin where weather won’t always be wonderful. If all that we do is wallow in weary alliteration, we’ll wear out those within earshot! Given that we do well with seasonal wines at von Stiehl, we thought, “Why not create a wine for the longest season of the year?” winter wine

Given our unhealthy dose of obsession with the cold, we thought it best to whip up a batch of warming Door County cherry winter wine seasoned with spices, cinnamon, and clove. Heat Winter Wine in a pot on the stove (or cup in the microwave) to a steamy level, but don’t let the alcohol boil away into the atmosphere. The air isn’t the one that should enjoy the alcohol.

While Winter Wine tastes great chilled, we suggest enjoying it warm. Whether the weather or listening to others whine gives you a chill, we hope that the warmth of our cherry Winter Wine keeps you in good spirits throughout the cold months! Now before you run off with new-found inspiration to play Scrabble with the W, find a way to get your hands on some of this new wine before it all disappears.

Find Winter Wine at your favorite Wisconsin retailer, here on our website, or call or visit the winery to purchase bottles direct.

800-955-5208 • www.vonstiehl.com • 115 Navarino Street, Algoma, Wis.

Red Wine Tasting and Barbecue

October 8th, 2014 by vonstiehl

production room tanks

Production room tanks

Red Wine Tasting and Barbecue – von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin
You know how in some unnamed states there are these big posh tasting rooms overflowing with expensive furniture and 24 carat gold lighting fixtures staffed with snooty I’m-better-than-you workers spouting facts that you just don’t care about? That’s not us. We make wines from the same grapes bought from the same grape farmers in California and Washington. The difference is that we’re a bunch of Midwesterners taught to work hard and put out a great product at a value price. The other difference is that we don’t put ourselves on a pedestal. We’d prefer to make you the important one. After all, you are who keeps our doors open.

In light of having a relaxed atmosphere focused on great wine and good times, we are offering a Red Wine Tasting and Barbecue. Join us for the unveiling of our newest dry red wines, delicious barbecue, the roll-out of our Reds Only wine club, tasting and fun on November 8th from 4pm-7pm.  Your $25 includes a full red wine tasting, a glass of the wine you choose as your favorite, and a plate of tasty

Tasting in Production

Tasting in production room

barbecue that pairs perfectly with the day. You’ll have an opportunity to sample a few new reds including Sangiovese Grosso, Petite Sirah and Stony Creek Red, as well as a couple of wines still in their barrels. On November 8th only when you sign up for a year of shipments, you’ll receive a free bottle of wine to take home with you!

This event won’t be in our tasting room. Rather you’ll enjoy a night in our production facility hosted by our wine makers. Please call right away or to purchase tickets please visit Brown Paper Tickets.

Three New Wines

September 16th, 2014 by vonstiehl

Come celebrate the release of three new wines this weekend in the von Stiehl tasting room!

As harvest approaches, we are opening up barrel space for new reds. That means bottling wine out of those barrels! What new wines will we have on the tasting guide this weekend, you ask? Find Petite Sirah, Stony Creek Red, and Barrel Aged Bounce on the Select Tasting list starting this Friday. Check out these three new wines:

Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah

2012 Clarksburg Petite Sirah: AGED 12 MONTHS IN AMERICAN OAK • TEN BARRELS PRODUCED

This vibrant, full-bodied wine resounds with deep layers of dark fruit flavors and tannins. On the palate the bright berries spiced with pepper and combined with hints of leather result in a rich mouth feel and satisfying finish.

While we have been producing Petite Sirah for many years, this is the first time that it will be under its own label. This wine is the magic ingredient that we use to blend into other reds to enhance their mouth feel and aroma. This variety is not as popular on the grocery store shelves since California wineries often save it to sell only in their tasting rooms. Come taste the first of our three new wines and tell us what you think!

Stony Creek Red

Stony Creek Red

2012 Estate Grown Marquette: WISCONSIN LEDGE AVA • AGED 12 MONTHS IN WISCONSIN OAK * FIVE BARRELS PRODUCED

The stunning ruby red color of this wine made of estate-grown grapes boasts dark cherry notes and hints of light oak on the palate. Aged in custom hybrid Wisconsin/French oak barrels for 12 months, this wine is sure to please even the most sophisticated red wine drinker.

We grow the Marquette grape in our Door County vineyard, where we have complete control of the vines. After many years of test batches and experimentation, we release what we believe to be a highly refined French-hybrid wine. The two-barrel lot will not last long, so come taste the second of our three new wines soon!

Cherry Bounce

Cherry Bounce Label

2011 Doc Stiehl’s Extra Aged Cherry Bounce: AGED 30 MONTHS IN FRENCH HYBRID OAK • ONE BARREL PRODUCED

This barrel has been left in warm summer and cold winter temperatures over the course of 30 months to expidite aging. A sweet and smooth concoction of cherry wine and cherry brandy. Intense aromas of fresh cherry pie for a truly exquisite dessert wine.

To produce Cherry Bounce, we begin with Door County Cherries grown by Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay. The wine is fermented with the entire cherry, including pits, skins, and stems. Then the cherry wine is distilled into cherry brandy by Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee. The Cherry brandy is infused into more cherry wine, and is then aged four months in American oak barrels. This version of Cherry Bounce was aged for thirty months in varying temperatures to create a much more intense experience. Come taste the third of our three new wines before it’s gone!

Wet Whistle Wine Fest is this weekend!

September 10th, 2014 by vonstiehl

Wine Fest Rack Card

Wet Whistle Wine Fest rack card

Wet Whistle Wine Fest

Grape Stomp • Live Music • Art Fair • Heritage Foods • Wine Tasting

The Wet Whistle Wine Fest is almost here! Are the matching t-shirtsready for the group? Are the costumes ready to go? A spare change of clothes for after the grape stomp? A campsite or hotel room confirmed? With the wine festival only a few days away, we hope that you’re prepared for a great little small-town festival.

There are two main draws to a wine fest. Some attend to simply enjoy wine along with friends and entertainment. This group enjoys being goofy at the grape stomps and will most likely be in matching costumes. A great wine experience with music and friends is what’s important.

The second type of wine fest attendee is planning to explore. These visitors like to wander the aging tunnels, look at the bottling equipment, read up on the history of the oldest licensed winery in the state, and take in more of the winery experience. For this second group, we are bringing back the special vintage wine tasting from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the production building. This tasting isn’t technically part of the wine fest as it is held off of the grounds and away from the busy tents. To participate in the event, we ask that you buy one of our crystal Riedel stemless glasses for $10 per person. In that glass we pour five samples of our special vintages. No reservations are needed. Just come through the door located in the alley which connects the winery to the festival.

Find out what else is going on in Algoma during the wine fest weekend at algoma.org.

Information on the wine fest is also available on the Algoma Main Street website.

 

Summer Cuisine Concerts – More Than String Pluckers and Cover Singers

July 2nd, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

Cuisine Concert

Summer Cuisine Concerts

Live Music is like heat in Wisconsin. It isn’t around for long, but when it’s here there’s no missing it – and the Summer Cuisine Concerts are hot. 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 Summer Cuisine Concerts name. Who serves the best Door County cuisine? 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 Summer Cuisine Concerts 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

Stebbins

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!

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