Category Archives: Wines

Apple Cider

May 20, 2016 by vonstiehl

Apple Cider Label

It’s working! Our bubble making machine is actually working! The new bottling line is pumping out still AND sparkling wine in a glorious manner. The unexpected add-on of a bottle washer and dryer only makes the end product that much more enticing. Now it’s time to have some fun. Our first batch of apple cider, aka Apfel, will be passing through the machine on its way to our tasting bar in just a couple of weeks.

This isn’t watered down, cheaply-sweetened apple-flavored ale, like what the big beer companies have been marketing so successfully in the last few years. This is true apple cider fermented by a winery. The fruit comes from Hillside Apples, just twelve miles west of the winery. These are, in fact, the same apples that are blended for our Apple Icing.

Owning a winery in Wisconsin is both rewarding and heart-breaking. Most of our customers welcome our wine profiles ranging from Door County cherries to Sonoma reds. So often the judgement is laid down that Wisconsinites aren’t qualified to make wine; that only Californians and Europeans are recognized as quality producers. That’s the heart-wrenching part. Never mind the 49 years that we’ve been putting smiles on wine drinkers’ faces.

That opinion is completely absent when we talk about our Ahnapee Brewery Wisconsin beer since everyone knows Wisconsinites make great beer, even if their family hasn’t been doing it for generations. Suds are received with glee, and guests are open to trying all sorts of beers from light to dark. Never once have we been asked “What? they make beer in Wisconsin?”

There is one category that perfectly suits our Wisconsin winery, and that’s cider! True apple cider can only be made by a winery. Given our great relationship with Hillside Apples, we thought it time to try our hand at apple cider.

Our 2015 hard apple cider is created from five carefully selected varieties of Hillside Orchard’s apples. They are blended together to produce a crisp, smooth and refreshing hard cider with just a hint of sweetness.

Ask for a sample of our apple cider this summer when you visit!

Red Wine Release – Brunello

April 19, 2016 by vonstiehl

Brunello

While Brunello may be a great Italian mobster name in a one-act play, it takes on a much more serious tone when applied to the Sangiovese grape. It’s highly regarded in the Italian wine world where very few vintages rise to the esteemed name. Brunellos are rare in the U.S., but one of them resides in Algoma. We released the Brunello vintage in the April 16 futures tasting, and it is now available for sampling on our Select Tasting list.

How does a Brunello take the stage outside of a one-act? In the U.S., it starts with the vcr6 clone of Sangiovese. In the beginning, it can be called Sangiovese. After two years, it grows into Sangiovese Grosso. After one more year all of those intense, condensed flavors develop into our beloved Brunello.

What are the characteristics of this 2012 Sierra Foothills red? Visit our tasting room to see how time has revealed aromas of black cherry and red fruits with a subtle hint of sweet pipe tobacco and barrel spice. Spending 26 months in French oak imparts a beautiful smoothness. After those 26 months, the Brunello earned yet another 12 months of bottle aging. There is no bottle shock to worry about with Brunello!

If you make the journey to Algoma for a taste of Brunello, you’ll discover the opportunity to sample even more new varieties. Right below Brunello on the Select Tasting list are two newly-released 2012 Mendocino Ridge Zinfandels. Both come from the same vintage fermented from California Zinfandel grapes, which were trucked fresh to us in the fall of 2012. Both were aged in French oak, and we’re very happy with the results. There is a difference. The second holds a special place in our hearts, as it was aged in a distinct French Gamba family barrel. The Gamba family hand splits the oak which is grown in the legendary Allier Forest. Since a saw blade never touches the wood, certain naturally occurring green phenolic components stay bound to the wood. They never come in contact with the wine, creating an even smoother aging experience.

Sample Brunello and the Mendocino Ridge Zinfandels on your next visit to von Stiehl. Starting May 1, we’re open longer hours and offer daily tours.

 

 

Moscato for von Stiehl is Orange

February 26, 2016 by vonstiehl

Orange Muscat Wine Bottle

Sometimes Moscato is orange, but most of the time it is not. For von Stiehl, it is Orange Muscat, but it doesn’t have any oranges, and it isn’t Moscato. Follow?

Orange Muscat is a grape that you’ve probably never tasted. It is one of over 200 varieties of the Muscat, or Moscato, grape family that is best known in Italy. Orange Muscat is part of the family, but isn’t a Moscato. This small part of the family was popular in France at one time, and is now grown in the Veneto region of Italy. Fortunately for us, Orange Muscat is also grown in small amounts in California and Washington. This white grape exhibits Moscato characteristics with, you guessed it, a strong orange nose. Just to be sure that we are all on the same page, we do not add oranges or orange juice to the wine. Oranges are for breakfast… and possibly mimosas, when mixed with Titletown Wine (Sparkling Muscat).

Our Orange Muscat is sourced from Mendocino grape farmers. Now Mendocino is to Napa what Algoma is to Door County. Great quality without the price. A beautiful adventure without the hubbub. Lake breezes without the aroma of exhaust. A slower pace without the long lines.

Made from grapes grown in this laid-back and relaxed region, Orange Muscat is smooth and settled. Clear like your mind when you’re sitting on a warm beach. Sweet like the gratification of a hard day’s work at closing time. Here’s the winemaker’s version:

‘This rare and delicate Orange Muscat grape evokes aromas of peach, apricot, and orange blossoms. The flavors of tangelo and honey meld to produce a perfect accompaniment to cheesecake or peach cobbler á la mode. Residual Sugar 3.0% by weight.’

Just as White Zinfandel was the go-to semi-sweet and easy-to-drink wine of the 80s, wine drinkers are enjoying those virtues in Moscato today. While a limited amount was offered last year in a 500ml bottle, our Orange Muscat  has grown up in quantity and is now wearing a full-size 750ml glass casing. Enjoy it for $14.99.

Winter Wine in Wisconsin

December 15, 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.

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.

Gamba Barrel Tastings

July 3, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

OV Merlot

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!

The Perfect Gift for a Sweet Tooth

December 15, 2011 by vonstiehl

Von Stiehl Wisconsin Winery has the perfect gift for folks with a Sweet Tooth (Sweet Teeth?).

Members of our Sweets Club receive five gifts a year. Each one contains 2 bottles of semi-sweet or sweet wine, and a sweet treat. We pair the wines with the sweet, and they are meant to be enjoyed together.

This is a great gift for anyone who likes to drink wine, from budding wine drinkers to folks who’ve had many years with the bottle. Our Sweets Club introduces wines to novice wine drinkers. It helps seasoned oenophiles get out of ruts by introducing wines they might not choose on their own. In addition, it educates recipients on the wonderful science of pairing wine and desserts (not always an easy task, but so worth the effort).

Plus, the Sweets Club is a gift that arrives at regular intervals throughout the year. It’s a wonderful way for folks who live far from the recipient to stay in touch: each time the recipient opens the wine and sweet, they’ll think of you. Likewise, it’s a wonderful way to connect with friends and family who live nearby: when the shipment arrives, you can enjoy it together. That’s what we call a “win, win” situation.

So give a gift of Wisconsin Wine this holiday season; sweet wines for the sweetest people in your life.

Picture this, five times a year.

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Be Naughty This Christmas

November 29, 2011 by vonstiehl

Or rather, serve Naughty…Naughty Girl Red Wine, that is.

Our top-selling Wisconsin Wine is on sale through the end of November. That means you have a day and a half to stock your wine cellars with Naughty Girl at the sale price. If you live close to our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, stop by our tasting room. If you live far from here, order online.

Buy six bottles of Naughty Girl, and get one bottle free. Buy a case of Naughty Girl, and receive a 20% discount off the case (offer expires 11/30/11). Shipping costs will apply to online or phone orders.

With holiday parties just around the corner, it’s worth stocking up on your favorite Wisconsin Wine. It’s also worth taking advantage of a bargain. We hope you’ll do both, and we hope you’ll serve our fabulous blend of Cabernet Franc and brandy-fortified black raspberry wine to your guests this holiday season. We call her Naughty Girl.

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Serve Wisconsin Wine with Thanksgiving

November 12, 2011 by vonstiehl

The Thanksgiving feast is close at hand. Soon we’ll be tucking into roast turkey, stuffing, hot buttered rolls, and greens. We’ll be cooking for days, or traveling for hours, and joining together with friends and family no matter where we are. It’s a busy time of year, but a good time of year.

For us, it’s impossible to think about our Thanksgiving feast without wondering which of our Wisconsin Wines we’ll enjoy with it.

Each year, many people are haunted by these and other age-old questions:

  • “Which wine will go best with the appetizers?”
  • “Which wine goes best with roast Turkey?”
  • “Which wine goes best with candied yams?”
  • “Red or white?”
  • “What should I serve with dessert?”

Aside from the strong belief that you can’t go wrong with von Stiehl Wisconsin Wines, we support your right to serve what you like. Don’t worry about convention.

If you’re hosting many people, consider opening several different bottles and letting your guests decide for themselves. After all, extra wine will keep, and you want your guests to be happy. We know people who only drink red wine. They drink it on hot summer days, they drink it with hot, spicy food, they drink it on its own. They drink it because they like it. Likewise, we know people who prefer white on any occasion – with a big slab of red meat, with a big bowl of hearty pasta, and on its own.

We believe certain wines and foods complement each other. We are not alone. But if you have friends who like what they like, let them drink what they like on Thanksgiving. Or give them a choice. Open a bottle of our Chardonnay and a bottle of our Naughty Girl with the appetizers. Open bottles of our Satin Red and Riesling with the main meal. Open Doc Steihl’s Cherry Bounce and our Raspberry Framboise with dessert. You’ll find out if your guests prefer one bottle over another.

If you have your heart set on pairing wine with your meal, stop by our Tasting Room in Algoma and ask for advice. We’d love to work with you.

Our Riesling would go well with a Thanksgiving feast.

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Fall Color and Wisconsin Wine

September 27, 2011 by vonstiehl

Ah, it’s that time of year. The time when green leaves in Algoma and Door County Wisconsin transform into glorious shades of red, gold, orange, and yellow. The heat of summer dissipates, and cool, crisp days invite outdoor activity. It’s the perfect time to run away to a cabin in the woods or by the lake.

Von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine augments every weekend getaway. Grill a steak and share a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon after a long hike through the trails of colorful Door County. Sip on our Dry Apple “Wrap” after a long bike ride. Spend all day outside then curl up by the fire with a glass of our Oak Aged Cherry Kirsche.

Autumn and von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine. They go together.

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The Fresh Taste of Spring

May 9, 2011 by vonstiehl

Spring in and around Door County bursts with color. Pink and white cherry and apple blossoms sit fatly on trees, gathering energy to morph into tasty, succulent fruit. The vintner at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery transforms some of those luscious cherries into Cherry Blossom Blush.
Enjoy a glass of this semi-dry white wine blushed with Montmorency cherries. It’s delightful on its own, with a plate of hard cheeses and crackers, or even with a dense, delicious, chocolate dessert. Stop by our Algoma WI Winery on your way up to the Door County Festival of Blossoms this spring. Enjoy a Spring Blossom Trolley Tour out of Sturgeon Bay or Carlsville. Bike the 30-mile Ahnapee Trail. Explore Ellison Bluff Park or bring your boat and cruise along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. A cooling glass of Cherry Blossom Blush is the perfect way to end a day spent breathing in the lovely scent of spring blossoms. Or toast the arrival of spring with one of our other Wisconsin Wines: Dry Cherry, Dry Apple “Wrap”, Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, Cherry Kirsche “Oak Aged”, or Cherry Brandy.

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Serve Wisconsin Wine at Easter Dinner

April 18, 2011 by vonstiehl

Easter is a wonderful time to come together with family and friends. This year, whether you are the host of Easter dinner or a guest, consider opening a bottle of our von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine. Many families enjoy roast lamb or honey-baked ham for Easter dinner. Roast lamb goes well with strong reds, such as our Meritage Wisconsin Red Wine. Try pairing a honey-baked ham with our Christmas Blush, a semi-dry white with a hint of cherries. Lakeshore Mist Wisconsin White Wine would also be an excellent accompaniment to a baked ham dinner. Crisp, fruity Mademoiselle – a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Traminette grapes – was released last summer. As days and evenings grow warmer, it feels time to pour Mademoiselle once again. Enjoy a glass of Mademoiselle after dinner with a light, spring-time dessert such as a plate of colorful cookies; it is sweet enough to function as a dessert itself. Our newest release – White Stiletto – is made from the same grapes but is less sweet. It pairs well with everything from salads to grilled foods to cakes. Winter is putting up a strong fight this year, but spring is sure to eventually conquer it. Toast its arrival at Easter dinner with Wisconsin Wine.

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The Release of White Stiletto

March 24, 2011 by vonstiehl

Imagine the perfect glass of Chardonnay. Imagine the perfect glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Now imagine they are blended together with some Traminette grapes. Eureka! It’s our White Stiletto, and it’s in the bottle. The next time you visit our Wisconsin Winery in Agloma, be sure to ask for a taste of our newest release: White Stiletto. We think you’ll like this crisp white Wisconsin wine. It’s not too sweet, not too fruity. Just right. Then imagine your next dinner party. White Stiletto on the table next to Naughty Girl Red. Now that’s a good looking table.

White Stiletto – now bottled and ready to drink.

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Woo Your Valentine with Wisconsin Wine

January 28, 2011 by vonstiehl

Treat your Valentine to a bottle of our Wisconsin wine. Inspire an evening of romance with Naughty Girl Red, White Zinfandel Love, or Risqué Riesling. If you can’t decide which she’ll like best, offer all three! In addition to Wisconsin wine, you’ll find many inspired gifts at our Gift Shop and Tasting Room, such as hand-crafted chocolates and unique bottle stoppers. It’s easy to woo your sweet Valentine when you shop at Von Stiehl.

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Wisconsin Wine – the Perfect Gift

December 22, 2010 by vonstiehl

Writer and humorist Oren Arnold once said that the best gift for one’s enemy is forgiveness, the best gift to a friend is your heart, and the best gift to yourself is respect. Wise words indeed, and while we don’t dispute them, we do have a few other ideas.

How about giving the gift of Wisconsin Wine?

Give Napa Valley Mulling Spices along with a bottle of Cranberry Wine, Sweet Cherry Wine, or Dry Apple Wrap; it’s something not everyone thinks to purchase themselves and most people enjoy. Plus it’s festive. Or offer bottles of Christmas Blush and Christmas Wine – it’s the perfect time of year for these, after all. If you love to give wine with fun labels, leave a bottle of Knockin’ Heads Red under the tree. Bring a bottle of Dry Riesling to hosts of a gathering, and put a bow on a bottle of Naughty Girl Wisconsin Wine for the lady who is too naughty to receive a gift from Santa! For stocking stuffers, try an assortment of bottle stoppers, bottle decorations, and wine glass trinkets (never confuse your glass with another again). For under the tree, how about a lovely wine rack? The best thing about the gift of wine is that there is never a bad moment to offer it. It’s appropriate any time of year, before and after Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. Stop by our Wisconsin Winery in Algoma when you’re on your way to Door County. Taste our wines and pick up a few bottles of the ones you like most, and keep them on hand to offer friends and families on any occasion. Merry Christmas.

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Thanksgiving Wines

November 17, 2010 by vonstiehl

Wisconsin wine is a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving feast. We recognize, however, that deciding which wine to serve can be difficult. Some guests will prefer white, some red, some rosé; some prefer hearty reds and sweet whites, some don’t. As hosts, we wish to satisfy every palate. There are two ways to approach this dilemma, as we see it. Option 1. Empty your personal wine cellars, finding a bottle to suit every taste. There is nothing wrong with that. We may be told to pair turkey with white wine, but if Uncle Charlie prefers our Crimson Royale, by all means, let him have it. Option 2. Slip away this weekend to sample a variety of wines at our Algoma Wisconsin winery, and pick the ones you think would best complement each course. Our pourers will be happy to offer advice, and may suggest you try the following wines: Cranberry Wine, which is made with holiday meals in mind; Oktoberfest, a blend of Vignoles, Gewurztraminer and Riesling grapes; Sparkling Muscat, perfect for celebratory toasts; and our brandy-fortified Cherry Kirsche and Framboise dessert wines, the perfect way to end a meal. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fall Colors in Door County

September 21, 2010 by vonstiehl

Door County is recognized as one of the most spectacular spots in the Midwest for leaf peeping. As you plan your fall color tours in and around Door County, remember to stop by our Algoma Wisconsin winery. Our Apple Icing is delightful at this time of year, combining as it does the flavors of freshly picked apples and butterscotch. Delicious.

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Summer = Riesling

August 10, 2010 by vonstiehl

Summer is wonderful. It means long, hot, days, and long, warm nights. It means beach parties, lake swimming, camping and boating. It’s when we stay up late, get up early, and try to fit in as much as possible. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without our Wisconsin Riesling. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Riesling – even people who say they don’t like wine (hard to believe, but they’re out there) usually find they enjoy a glass of Riesling once they try it. It is the perfect Wisconsin wine for summer afternoons and evenings.


Von Stiehl Wisconsin Winery offers three Rieslings. Our Riesling is true to the Rieslings of Germany – fruity and lively. Our Dry Riesling has a semi-dry, fruity taste; it is well balanced, subtle, and clean. Our Risqué Riesling is a bit spicy but well-rounded. Try them all when you visit the tasting room of our Wisconsin Winery, and bring your favorite bottles home. You’ll have fun sharing them with friends throughout the rest of the summer.

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Wisconsin Cherry Wine

April 27, 2010 by vonstiehl

When the cherry trees are in bloom, it’s a good time to drink our Cherry Wisconsin Wines.

We have several varieties. Our Dry Cherry is an excellent accompaniment to hearty meat dishes, like wild game. Imagine that food drenched in a cherry reduction sauce, and you have an idea of what awaits when you crack open a bottle of Door County Montmorency Cherries.

For dessert, enjoy a glass of our Cherry Kirsche or Cherry Kirsche Oak Aged, Wisconsin Dessert Wines. These fortified wines blend brandy spirits and cherry wine, and are the perfect match to dense chocolate desserts or rich cheese cakes.

Or finish off your meal with a glass of Dr. Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, a smooth blend of cherry wine and cherry brandy. You won’t need dessert – you’ll just want to sink into a chair and let the doctor work his magic.

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A Taste of Spring

March 4, 2010 by vonstiehl

It's March, and though you may not know it by looking out the window, spring is on the way. Spring means cherries, and when anyone mentions cherries here at our Wisconsin winery, we think of our Cherry Kirsche “Oak Aged” fortified wine. And that makes us happy.

When you are looking for a wine to pair with a nice, rich dessert, try the Cherry Kirsche Oak Aged. It has an intense flavor, bursting with the flavor of Door County Cherries. It goes exceptionally well with rich chocolate desserts (is there anything better than chocolate and cherries?) and cheesecake. It will infuse your dining room with the fragrance of spring.

During these last weeks of winter, it is essential to eat comfort food as often as possible, and an integral part of these hearty meals is our Wisconsin wine. We encourage you to stop by our Tasting Room any day of the week, so you can choose an assortment of wines for a variety of meals. If you stop by on a Saturday, you may enjoy the tour of our historic buildings, offered at 2pm through May.

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Risque Riesling. Wow.

February 22, 2010 by vonstiehl

It’s a new decade, and it’s time some of our Wisconsin Wine had a new look. That’s the motivation behind replacing our Dry Riesling with the new Risque Riesling. Folks who have had a few sips of this new blend (such as the lucky ladies who attended the Wine and Cheese gathering earlier this month) say they like it, and we sure hope you will too. We are preparing 600 cases for the warmer months, when drinking refreshing rieslings is the best way to stay cool. In the meantime, you may want to pick up a few bottles of something more hearty to help you make it through the rest of the winter, such as our rich Meritage or the Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Select. While you are at our Algoma Wisconsin winery, stop by our tasting room and ask to try our new Risque Riesling. You may find that you are ready for it now.

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Wisconsin Wine is Love

January 29, 2010 by vonstiehl

Few things say “I love you” like Love-wrapped Wisconsin wines, and a special environment in which to share them.

This year, for Valentine’s Day, surprise the one you love with our uniquely labeled White Zinfandel.

White Zinfandel “Love” is a delicate, fruity, semi-dry Wisconsin wine. It is the ideal accompaniment to fresh fruits and light cuisine. Refreshing and restorative, it is the perfect addition to a romantic evening.

It is also affordable. So pick up a bottle – or two – today.


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Naughty November

November 9, 2009 by vonstiehl

Things haven’t been good lately up in the North Pole, and we’re not referring to climate change. Naughty Mrs. Klaus told Santa what he could do with his sleigh, ran out the door and hasn’t been seen since. The elves found a note on their workbench reading “Bake your own cookies and wash your own underwear; I’m headed south!” Everyone is worried.

Help us find Naughty Mrs. Klaus!

Every week in November, we will post a hint within a wine special here in the blog. If you are one of the first twelve to e-mail her exact location to vonstiehl@vonstiehl.com, you’ll receive a free bottle of Naughty Girl. We don’t recommend sharing it with Mrs. Klaus.

Read on to learn about our newest wine, Doc. Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce.

We will be bottling a new wine called Cherry Bounce this Thursday… Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce.

We announced the coming of this high-spirited wine in spring. As with any wine aged in oak, it took a little longer than what we expected. Thank you for your patience. The label has now been sent for printing and the Bounce bottling is scheduled for the week of November 16 (no promises).

This is a blend of cherry wine and cherry eau dé vie (brandy distilled from cherry wine). The concoction was aged in oak for four months with cherries. Those same cherries will then be added to each bottle when filled with wine.

Please come taste some of the best cherry wine that we have ever produced.

Retail $28/bottle.

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Autumn means Harvest Apple

August 29, 2009 by vonstiehl

When I think of autumn, I think of apple trees, apple pressing and apple cider. The Harvest Apple made at our Wisconsin Winery is akin to a traditional apple cider. Enjoy!

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Summer is the perfect time to drink Wisconsin Riesling

July 27, 2009 by vonstiehl

Summer can be hot and sticky, and our Wisconsin Winery Riesling is cool and dry. Enjoy it on it’s own, or with spicy dishes that will cool you from the inside out.

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