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Pinot Noir Returns

September 19, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Pinot Noir is back in stock!

Pinot Noir Label

Our timing can be impeccably poor, and we like it that way. In 1967, Doc Stiehl was ahead of his time with screw caps. The closure let in less oxygen, and was less prone to the natural bacteria that is commonly found in natural corks. Af­ter decades of hearing ’why don’t you use corks?’ we invested in a mono-block filler and converted entirely to corks. Guess what happened next? Screw-caps became the new thing! We’re not going back after putting in our 25 years of screw-caps. It’s the principle of the matter.

The same thing is happening with Pinot Noir. This lovely wine was our first dry red release. A 1998 vintage Oregon-sourced Pinot Noir was von Stiehl’s first foray into the dry red market. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot quickly fol­lowed. Many of our reds did (and still do) well, but Pinot flopped. It was an odd grape that garnered no interest so we discontinued it. Then Sideways premiered. You know, the 2004 movie that put Pinot Noir on the map. For a decade to follow everyone asked, “Do you have a Pinot Noir?” No, and now we’re not going to just because. Blame it on our German stubbornness. It’s the principle of the matter.

The buzz has worn down, and we are offering Pinot Noir another shot at standing on its own. We fermented eight barrels of 2015 Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir, and aged it eight months in medium toast French hybrid Oak. If you are one of the few die-hard customers that remembers the last Pinot Noir, we applaud your patience! We hope that it was worth the wait. It is available in our tasting room now for you to sample, or get it online. Just don’t ask us to bring back Robust Red.

You’ll see two other new reds this fall, Mourvèdre and Mal­bec, and in case you’re wondering, we do still use corks. With the exception of our reserve reds, they are 100% green syn­thetic corks (Select Bio Corks) that leave a zero carbon footprint. We’re sticking to that principle.

Gold Medal Wines

June 10, 2016 by vonstiehl

Gold Medal Wines

Four Gold Medal Wines Recognized at von Stiehl Winery

Wisconsin’s oldest winery just brought home to the peninsula four more gold medals; three from Tasters Guild International Wine Competition and one from the West Coast Wine Competition.

Tasters Guild Golds were awarded to von Stiehl’s Sangiovese Grosso, Late Harvest Riesling, and Apple Icing. These three wines have become accustomed to the color gold as they have collected many over the past few years.

The 2012 Sierra Foothills Sangiovese Grosso was also awarded a gold medal by the West Coast Wine Competition. It is produced from the vcr6 clone used to produce Italy’s renowned Brunello. Expect aromas of black cherry and red fruits in this wine, along with a subtle hint of sweet pipe tobacco and barrel spice.

In all, 18 medals were awarded to the winery by the Tasters Guild International, West Coast Wine Competition, and the International Eastern Wine Competition.

Tasters Guild International:

Sangiovese Grosso – Gold

Apple Icing – Gold

Late Harvest Riesling – Gold

Cherry Bounce – Silver

Oktoberfest – Silver

Petite Sirah – Silver

Brunello – Silver

Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver

Stony Creek Red – Silver

Sylvester (Marechal Foch) – Silver

Merlot – Silver

Chardonnay – Bronze

West Coast Wine Competition:

Sangiovese Grosso – Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver

Zinfandel – Bronze

International Eastern Wine Competition:

Stony Creek Red – Silver

Apple Icing – Silver

Cherry Bounce – Bronze

Visit the von Stiehl tasting room in Algoma to sample the gold medal wines along with the rest of the winners, or order online at vonStiehl.com.

Help Wanted

March 22, 2016 by vonstiehl

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help wanted! Imagine working in a place where customers enter anticipating a good time. In this world you offer complimentary wine to happy guests, suggest enjoyable ways to save money, and deliver chocolate and cheese to satisfy eager taste buds.

Only a fraction of customers bring problems. Instead, most will visit with you and eagerly anticipate learning a few bits of wine knowledge. Some may even enjoy a tour of the oldest licensed winery in the state, which utilizes the newest winemaking equipment and practices. Our customers are most often looking to have a good time: they are not a standard cross-section of consumers. You’ll witness engagement proposals, first dates, ghost occurrences, and a wide variety of things that just aren’t normal.

Your co-workers have a positive attitude toward life, and will seek to build you up. Nothing will taste better after a full day of giving tours and tastings than a glass of beer with your co-workers two doors down in the neighborhood garage-turned-tap room.

Can you see yourself working hard in a part-time job like this?

It won’t make you rich, but the group of people that inhabit and visit von Stiehl Winery are about as good as it gets.

Sound interesting? Here are more details. Won’t you consider working for us this season?

The position of Hospitality/Tourguide is one of being involved with people. Guests arrive anticipating an enjoyable experience, and we ask that you grant that experience through wine tasting, guided tours, culinary pairings, and your personality. You will be asked to pour wine samples and to entertain guests as you guide their tour through our 15,000 square foot production winery.

You might fit well with us if you:
•Understand the necessity of a positive attitude
•Possess superb interpersonal skills related to customer service
•Have effectiveness in persuasively presenting our product
•Can hustle and think fast while exhibiting a calm demeanor
•Are willing to help clean
•Can entertain, be relaxed, and be yourself while giving tours of our facility

A few more things you’re probably wondering…

Dress Suggestion:
Casual business attire is appropriate; we want you to look professional and be comfortable. Mostly we want our guests to notice our wine, not what our staff is wearing. No open toed shoes, blue jeans or shorts are allowed. NO perfumes or colognes are to be worn while working at von Stiehl Winery. Any personal odors such as cigarette smoke, diesel fumes, halitosis, etc. cannot be permitted.

Scheduling:
Our intent is to be flexible when scheduling tasting room staff. If you have a time when you cannot work please give notification as soon as possible before the schedule is made. Please note that you are responsible for covering the hours assigned to you once a schedule is posted.

Benefits:
• 30% off of the retail price of all merchandise at von Stiehl, Captain’s Walk, and Ahnapee Brewery, including wine and beer.
• Two bottles of wine per month, for a penny each, up to a $30 value, for any employee working a minimum of four days per month.

Compensation:
• New hire starting wage is $9.50/hour.
• Additional commission based on group club sales along with winery dollars.

Please email your resumé to Sal@vonstiehl.com, or call Sallie at 920-487-5208 ext 103 to learn more about becoming part of our winery.

Family Wine Matters

March 18, 2016 by vonstiehl

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Join the Family for wine discounts that matter!

When’s the last time you bought a new suit or dress to go to a neighbor’s kid’s wedding? That’s more of a ‘pick something out of the closet that’s comfortable’ affair, if you go at all. That’s the outside circle. Then there’s the group of those closest to you that get the most of your thoughts and free time. They are as significant to you as you are to them.

We’ve had it with the third cousins that drink three-dollar wine. We at von Stiehl are looking for more close family members like the ones who have been purchasing Crimson Royale and Niagara by the case since the late 80s. If it weren’t for our long-time die-hard wine-buying friends, we may not have made it this far.

If you haven’t yet made the decision to join us, then we invite you to now. Please sign up for a spot in the Family Plan Club. The discounts are higher (up to 36%) than what we give to our actual family, and we go to great lengths to put together special pairings to pique your favorite addictions of cheese, sweets, or dry reds.

Are you thinking… that’s just another wine club and I’m already a member of a few? Well, do your wine clubs carefully pair wines with just the perfect cheeses, and then include some quick notes on how best to enjoy them? That’s dedication, and we’re happy to take on that challenge for our family. We do it out of love! Not really a cheese fan? How about sweets? We pair sweet wines with sweet offerings including chocolate, candy-coated popcorn, hard candy, and other delicacies we find around the state. Getting together with family means desserts in Northeastern Wisconsin!

Don’t care about anything paired with your wine? You can be a red wine purist if you like and sign up for the reds-only option of our family plan where you’ll often receive new releases first. Plus you’ll receive a great discount.

We do all of this to reward our family members for being loyal customers. The prices that you’ll pay as a Family Plan member will almost always be lower than you’ll pay at any retailer, and lower than the options for regular von Stiehl customers. Still interested? Read more about the club and discounts here, or join the plan today?

Wine Awards Published

July 27, 2015 by vonstiehl

Tasters Guild Wine Awards

The von Stiehl Winery in Algoma recently brought home 12 wine awards from the 2015 International Tasters Guild competition.Three wines awards were prestigious Double Gold medals:

Sylvester, a 2012 estate-grown Marechal Foch. Dark ruby in color with aromas of cedar, Damson plums, and spicy black cherry. This lighter bodied red boasts flavors of dark stone fruits with a subtle earthiness on the finish. Sylvester grew up on the Schmiling homestead and spent his life farming the land that is now Stony Creek Vineyard where these Marechal Foch grapes are grown.

Symmetry, an intriguing blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Traminette. Three grapes lend their unique traits to create an ensemble that lingers on the tongue, redolent with the aromas of apricot and honey. This off-dry, smooth triad pairs well with salads, quiche, and shrimp cocktail.

Apple Icing, a cryo-concentrated apple ice wine. A perfectly balanced ice wine that pairs concentrated aromas of freshly picked apples with flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, and honey.

These wines are featured along with top international wines in the Summer 2015 Tasters Guild Journal. This highly acclaimed publication is sent to over 20,000 winery owners and producers, and is dedicated to the education and appreciation of wine. Over 200 retailers, gift shops, wineries and restaurants are in the Tasters Guild national network. Von Stiehl Winery is featured in the journal along with wineries from across the globe.

Rounding out the wine award categories Cherry Bounce, Oktoberfest, and Yakima Valley Cabernet all earned gold medals; Blueberry, Sangiovese and Marquette won silver; and Chardonnay, Stony Creek Rosé and Union Blend #2 merited bronze.

Symmetry pulled double duty in the wine award arena and also brought home a Double Gold medal from the Wisconsin State Fair. Oktoberfest, a blend of Riesling, Vignoles, and Gewurztraminer, continued its medal winning streak and brought home a gold.

Cherry Bounce Awarded Highest Honor

March 20, 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.

 

Three New Wines

September 16, 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!

Ladies Festival

May 22, 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 22, 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.

The Flying Pig in Algoma, WI: A Gallery & Green Space

September 10, 2012 by vonstiehl

Our Algoma winery is a fan of local creativity so we love it when we hear about the arts flourishing in our area. A favorite near Algoma is The Flying Pig, a fun and inspiring gallery and green space. They have beautiful gardens along Lake Michigan’s shore, and large interior windows make for a bright space with splendid views. Inside and out, The Flying Pig features the quirky, fun and distinctive artwork of regional, national and international artists. See garden art, fine sculptures, unique furniture, beauteous two dimensional work and more. Get ideas and buy an original piece to take home! Periodically, a variety of events and classes at The Flying Pig are offered. Previous classes have included polymer clay, metal jewelry making and digital art.

It’s altogether a lovely place to visit, made all the more comfortable with a bar offering coffee, tea, beer and fine wines. Co-owners Susan Connor and Robyn Mulhaney invite visitors to explore and enjoy their Algoma gallery and gardens. They and a host of helpers (all of them are “the favorite employee”) provide hospitality, maintenance and all-around assistance to keep this place special.

Located at N6975 State Hwy 42, The Flying Pig is about 2.5 miles south of the winery–less than a five-minute drive away! From May to October, they’re open seven days a week, 10 am to 5 pm. Hours change during the winter months. For more information, call (920) 487-9902 or visit TheFlyingPig.biz.

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Come to The Flying Pig’s lovely green space and gallery near Algoma, WI right along the shore of Lake Michigan. Photo provided Courtesy of The Flying Pig.

February Getaway Packages

February 10, 2012 by vonstiehl

Sometimes it’s just nice to step out of your routine. If you’re feeling like you could use a change of scenery, consider spending a few days in Algoma, Wisconsin. Our charming little town is nestled against Lake Michigan at the base of the Door Peninsula. It’s beautiful, it’s peaceful, it’s fun, and it’s less than an hour from Green Bay.

Hotel Stebbins is offering a February Lodging Package that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. The “For Fun – For Romance” All-inclusive Package at Hotel Stebbins is a great deal.

Start with delicious coffee and breakfast at Caffé Tlazo, where you can surf the web, read the paper, or simply enjoy each other’s company as you sink your teeth into freshly baked treats.

In the middle of the day head over to Algoma Pizza Bowl for a couple of games and a slice or two. Then come to von Stiehl, our Algoma Wisconsin Winery, for wine and chocolate pairing. Yum.

Dinner at the Stebbins Restaurant is the perfect way to round out the day. Start with drinks in the lounge, where you can sit by the fireplace and admire the original tin ceilings. Move to the dining room for dinner, and be sure to try the Frog Legs. They’re amazing.

The special package at Hotel Stebbins is available through the month of February. Come for a little R&R: some Wisconsin Wine, some artisan chocolates, some bowling… What could be better?

The historic Hotel Stebbins.

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Wisconsin Wine and Cheese. The Best Gift Ever.

November 22, 2011 by vonstiehl

The von Stiehl Wine and Cheese Club makes the best gift ever. Really.

Four times a year, members of our Wine and Cheese Club receive a delicious package in the mail. Each box contains a block of Wisconsin cheese and 2 bottles of our Wisconsin Wine that have been selected to complement the cheese. Tasting notes accompany the wine, and a selection of other tasty goodies are also included.

Present the gift announcement with a bottle of our Wisconsin Wine and a block of cheese – we’ll help you make a good selection when you visit our Algoma Winery and Tasting Room. Your friend will be delighted, and you’ll probably enjoy that bottle of wine and that block of cheese together, right then. A few months later, your friend will receive a gift box of wine, cheese, and goodies in the mail. This will happen again, and again, and again.

Each time your friend opens the box, he or she will think of you. If you live close to one another, you may be invited over to share the contents. If you live far from one another, our Wine and Cheese is a way to stay connected.

Why limit the holidays to just once a year? With our Wine and Cheese Club, you can enjoy them, and share them, winter, spring, summer, and fall.

For additional information, please see our Wisconsin Wine and Cheese Club brochure.

Give a von Stiehl gift box to someone you love this holiday season.

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Door County Wine Trail

August 23, 2011 by vonstiehl

Have you ever considered a trek along the Door County Wine Trail? The coming weeks and months are a great time to bike or drive from one winery to another, enjoying the last days of summer or basking in the autumnal beauty of the Door Peninsula. Von Stiehl Winery, in Algoma Wisconsin, makes a good starting (and ending) point for the trail. Door County is a courageous sliver of land between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. It is filled with quaint small towns, rolling farmland, hardwood forests, and miles of beaches and waterfront. It’s a wonderland in the summer and winter, full of fragrant blossoms in the spring, and ablaze in fall colors in autumn. Outdoor recreation is paramount, and there is plenty of space for everyone to stretch and explore.

A handful of wineries are now growing grapes and making wine on the fertile land of Door County. Each Door County, Wisconsin Winery produces distinct wines, proving that even minuscule geographic distinctions can have huge impacts on the end products. Come see (and taste) for yourself. Visit them all. Seven Wisconsin Wineries comprise the Door County Wine Trail:
1. Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
2. Red Oak Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
3. Door Peninsula Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
5. Harbor Ridge Winery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
6. Stone’s Throw Winery, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
7. Orchard Country Winery & Market, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The Anhapee State Park Trail runs between Algoma and Sturgeon may, making the first (and last) leg of a bike trip between wineries a cinch. From Sturgeon Bay, Bay Shore Drive hugs the coast up to Ephraim. Riders will have to travel inland a bit to visit several of the wineries. It’s approximately fifty miles between Algoma and Ephraim – take your time and savor wine tasting over several days. We of course hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, von Stiehl, for a sample of our Door County Wine.

Additional information may be found at Door County Wine Trail. The map above is from this site.

Door County Wine Trail

August 23, 2011 by vonstiehl

Have you ever considered a trek along the Door County Wine Trail? The coming weeks and months are a great time to bike or drive from one winery to another, enjoying the last days of summer or basking in the autumnal beauty of the Door Peninsula. Von Stiehl Winery, in Algoma Wisconsin, makes a good starting (and ending) point for the trail. Door County is a courageous sliver of land between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. It is filled with quaint small towns, rolling farmland, hardwood forests, and miles of beaches and waterfront. It’s a wonderland in the summer and winter, full of fragrant blossoms in the spring, and ablaze in fall colors in autumn. Outdoor recreation is paramount, and there is plenty of space for everyone to stretch and explore.

A handful of wineries are now growing grapes and making wine on the fertile land of Door County. Each Door County, Wisconsin Winery produces distinct wines, proving that even minuscule geographic distinctions can have huge impacts on the end products. Come see (and taste) for yourself. Visit them all. Seven Wisconsin Wineries comprise the Door County Wine Trail:
1. Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
2. Red Oak Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
3. Door Peninsula Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
5. Harbor Ridge Winery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
6. Stone’s Throw Winery, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
7. Orchard Country Winery & Market, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The Anhapee State Park Trail runs between Algoma and Sturgeon may, making the first (and last) leg of a bike trip between wineries a cinch. From Sturgeon Bay, Bay Shore Drive hugs the coast up to Ephraim. Riders will have to travel inland a bit to visit several of the wineries. It’s approximately fifty miles between Algoma and Ephraim – take your time and savor wine tasting over several days. We of course hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, von Stiehl, for a sample of our Door County Wine.

Additional information may be found at Door County Wine Trail. The map above is from this site.

The Wisconsin Wines of Summer

July 14, 2011 by vonstiehl

Summer means long evenings. After a full day of work, folks head out for walks along the shores of Lake Michigan and bike rides on the Ahnapee State Trail. They waterski and jet ski and set sail on Lake Michigan to watch the sunset over the Door Peninsula. Summer means being outside as much as possible. Summer evenings are also ideal for sharing Wisconsin wine with friends and loved ones. The von Stiehl Summer Sampler provides everything you need for a summer evening with friends, and more. It includes 10 bottles of our Wisconsin wine (the ones we think are best for warm weather). Also included are six plastic wine glasses – essential if you plan to enjoy a glass of wine while on a boat or at the beach (offer expires 10-1-11). We also stock nifty suctioned holders at our gift shop / Wisconsin wine tasting room. These come in handy when you’re rocking on a boat out on the lake; your bottle of wine will not go flying across the deck when secured with one of these. Our insulated picnic totes will keep your wines the right temperature until it’s the right moment to enjoy them. Drop by our Wisconsin Winery the next time you’re in Algoma, or visit our shop online. Don’t let another summer evening go by without Wisconsin wine!

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The Miller Art Museum

March 7, 2011 by vonstiehl

The Miller Art Museum is located in historic Sturgeon Bay and is open year round. It’s a great addition to a Door County vacation, particularly at this time of year, when snows are receding and spring has yet to arrive. Currently on exhibit at the Miller Art Museum is “Abstractions: Seven Artists – Seven Views”, through April 18, 2011. Seven Midwestern artists were invited to participate in this exhibit. They are painters and printmakers, sculptors and photographers. The museum is home to a permanent collection of works by 20th century Wisconsin artists; in addition, there is a special wing dedicated to the work of Gerhard C. F. Miller, who founded the museum along with his wife, Ruth. We invite you to stop by our Algoma Wisconsin Winery on your way up to Sturgeon Bay and the Miller Art Museum. Sample our Wisconsin wines in the tasting room, and select a bottle to enjoy while you’re up to Door County.

Superlative art by Midwestern Artists at the Miller Art Museum. Miller Art Museum is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. (it is open late on Mondays). Our Algoma Wisconsin Winery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Romantic Getaway in Door County

August 23, 2010 by vonstiehl

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there is still time to grab your sweetie and head to Door County for a romantic getaway. On the way to an adorable vacation cottage or bed and breakfast, stop by our Algoma Wisconsin winery. Take a tour of our historic facilities, if you have time, and spend some time wine tasting. Don’t leave without a bottle or two of your favorite Von Stiehl Wisconsin wines – they will make your weekend extra special.

Stay cool with a bottle of one of our fruit wines. Nothing says summer like our Blueberry wine, full of the fresh taste of Michigan berries. It is semi-sweet and has a hint of tartness – just right for enjoying after dinner, while watching the sun set.

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Ladies of the Vine Sale Still Going

December 17, 2009 by vonstiehl

The Ladies of the Vine Sale featuring 25% off all gift merchandise ends December 19th, 2009.

Don’t miss the chance to purchase a Naughty Basket for 20% off. We’ll ship it for only $5.00!

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The Final Clue

December 1, 2009 by vonstiehl

The Final Clue – Mrs. Naughty Klaus is Back in Town

Other than feeling bad about accidently stealing a kayak, Santa was in a fairly chipper mood upon his return to the North Pole. You could say he was in a “ho, ho, whole better mood.”

The crew was cranking out toys and had returned to a happy mood. The elves were washing their own laundry, and Bart moved past toast and ketchup to creating some delightful cuisine for the elves culinary enjoyment. Bart had perfected his helicopter design. Everyone was healthy (plenty of sanitizer around) and happy and singing songs of Christmas cheer.

Things took a slight turn for the worse when Santa stuck his head into the elves’ quarters. Now that the laundry wasn’t piled up, Santa was able to see a kris cross pattern of duct tape covering the hatch to the elves’ basement. Being curious, Santa crawled to the top of the roof and slid down the chimney with lightning speed. Popping out by the basement boiler, Santa was stunned when he saw his missing case of hydraulic fluid stacked on top of a case (well, 11 bottles to be exact) of Christmas Blush.

Santa called Bart into the workshop office to have a little conversation about oil hoarding. Bart explained that it was for Santa’s own good and that hydraulic was neither an essential or cooking oil! Well, that misunderstanding was smoothed out when Santa said he had no intention of ingesting, only dumping. With his sleigh, of course.

Just when all of the awkward moments had passed, Mrs. Klaus returned from that harbor town named after the predecessor to a baby chicken.

Mrs. Naughty Klaus called Santa into her kitchen to have a little conversation about wine hoarding. She explained that she doesn’t normally drink more than a glass or two a day. So his idea to fill up wine bottles with hydraulic oil insulted her. Santa explained that it wasn’t his idea, it was Bart’s, but that he still agreed to it and now feels “ho, ho, horrible.” Mrs. Klaus confirmed that it was a bad idea and informed Santa that it will never happen again. He apologized.

Mrs. Klaus sure did have a terrific time on her ten day tour. She met the most adorable couple, Carl and Susan, at her hideout. In fact, they even poured some von Stiehl wine for her to enjoy after the mocha wore off.

Santa and Bart cooked the rest of the cookies for the season, the case of Christmas Blush was returned to Mrs. Naughty Klaus for her enjoyment (although she gave most if it away as gifts), and the elves tied a small bottle of hand sanitizer to every present for every girl and boy.

If there was a moral to this story, it might be that you shouldn’t try to trick other people, because things can go south fast, but there isn’t.

If you are one of the first twelve to e-mail where Mrs. Klaus was to vonstiehl@vonstiehl.com, we’ll give you a free bottle of Naughty Girl.

Mrs. Klaus may have been naughty, but you’ve been nice. Please enjoy as your reward a free bottle of Christmas Blush or Christmas Wine when you buy six at the winery through Christmas (expires 12/20/2009).

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The Third Clue

November 23, 2009 by vonstiehl

Third Clue – Mrs. Naughty Klaus & the Mysterious Kayak

Santa returned from his jaunt to Wisconsin dragging a kayak behind his sleigh and he has no idea why! Santa was so angry when he left that he pushed Comet and Dasher a little too hard. Dasher blew a reindeershoe and limped through the air like a…well there aren’t many similes for that one.

Feeling bad and wanting to “smooth” things over, Santa opened a bottle of Cherry Bounce and shared it with Dasher, Bart, and Comet. The bottle of Bounce briskly disappeared.

Bart asked Santa if there was any sight or sound from Mrs. Klaus. Santa got a tip from Sallie at the winery. Sallie said she saw Mrs. Klaus come in three separate times to sample the same six wines. Mrs. Klaus let a few things slip to Sallie. She donated half of Santa’s red coats to the Salvation Army, then sought out a delightful massage at the spa in Hotel Sierra. She sashayed across the river to Captain’s Walk Winery and caused a bottle of their Disappearing Treasure to live up to its name. Sallie said that in her last visit, Mrs. Klaus mentioned she was going to a delightful cabin north of Algoma to have a cup of something to sober up.

Comet, Dasher, and Bart were at the edge of their seat in anticipation: had Santa finally found her and was he about to say where this cabin was? Santa said that while she didn’t want to be seen, he saw her with Donner and Blitzen. He parked behind that cabin to sneak a peak. Afraid of being spotted, he hurried the takeoff; that’s when he snagged the kayak.

Fill your sleigh, or kayak, with these special pre-packaged two and four bottle gift boxes now through Christmas:

Four Bottle Gift Box (expires 12/20/2009):

Chardonnay, Dry Riesling, Christmas Blush, & Christmas Wine.

Value $47.60

Special Sale $34.95 Wrapped

Limit ten per customer

Two Bottle Gift Box (expires 12/20/2009):

Christmas Blush & Chardonnay.

Value $25.80

Special Sale $19.95 Wrapped

Limit ten per customer

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Autumn in Wisconsin – Ideal for Wine Tasting

October 7, 2009 by vonstiehl

Isn’t it true? Something about autumn is ripe for wine tasting, and if we know about anything at Wisconsin wineries, we know about Wine Tasting.

This weekend, instead of cleaning the gutters or raking up the first of the fallen leaves, throw an overnight bag into your car and head to Algoma, on Lake Michigan. Be open to adventure. Maybe you’ll camp at a state park, maybe you’ll find a quaint inn that tickles your fancy, or maybe you’ll knock on the door of old friends. The open road awaits, the fall colors are brilliant, and R&R is the theme of the day.

A tour of our Wisconsin winery is the perfect addition to your weekend getaway. Our historic stone building exudes that wine cellar, musky odor; you know, the scent that just readies your tastebuds for a glass of wine. We have many varieties to choose from, and can recommend bottles to suit particular occassions or meals. Wine tasting is an enjoyable event here. So come on by!

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