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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.

Just Desserts

June 17, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

 Just Desserts LOTV LogoHeaven on earth—an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet! It’s the perfect BrewVino Roast Eve celebration. Your $15 includes all the desserts your heart desires plus a glass of wine. If one glass isn’t enough at Just Desserts, you may buy more at just $4 per glass.

What makes these desserts so special is the place that made them. These aren’t out of a box or a food truck. At Just Desserts we will be serving delicious hand-made delights from North Water Bakery, 133 North Water Street, just a few blocks from the winery in Algoma. This exclusive licensed bake shop is the home of Cake Designs by JoAnn, specializing in all forms of the confectionary arts. They use the highest quality ingredients ensuring you the best tasting bakery products ever. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, read on. North Water Bakery is well-known for their mini-dessert bites, and many of these will be featured at Just Desserts:

Chocolate Mousse: Chocolate cake with whipped cream filling inside, buttercream, chocolate ganache and shaved chocolate on the outside
Carrot Cake: Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, chopped walnuts on the sides, topped with a candy carrot
Strawberry Genoise: Genoise with buttercream and sliced strawberries in between and buttercream on the outside
Banana Square: Banana cake with chocolate buttercream inside and chocolate ganache on the outside
Poppyseed Mini: Poppyseed cake with custard filling and buttercream on the outside with seeds sprinkled on the sides and top
Lemon Mousse: Genoise with lemon mousse filling and buttercream on the outside
Hazelnut Square: Hazelnut cake with chocolate buttercream inside and outside with crushed hazelnuts
Raspberry Mousse: Genoise with raspberry filling and custard inside with buttercream on the outside topped with a raspberry

While you satisfy your sweet tooth, take advantage of a huge Just Desserts-only sale… take 25% off your case purchase and 15% off any other merchandise! Get the deals the night before, so that you can relax and enjoy the BrewVino Roast the next day.

Call 800-955-5208 to RSVP by June 9th to be sure you have a spot at Just Desserts!

Looking for a place to stay during the weekend of Just Desserts and the BrewVino Roast? Find plenty of hotels options in Algoma. Stay at the Hotel Stebbins if you’d like to be within walking distance.

Door County Wine Tour Weekend

April 21, 2013 by vonstiehl

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

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

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

Door County Wine Trail Weekend Events

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

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

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

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

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

Door County Fire and Ice Festival

February 3, 2013 by vonstiehl

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

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

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

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

While You’re At It…Visit Door County Wineries

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

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

Wine and Soup Pairing before the Super Bowl!

January 4, 2013 by vonstiehl

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If you need something to fill the hours before the Super Bowl begins, or, if the big game is just not a big deal for you, come join us at our winery in Door County for a special afternoon of food and wine pairing!

Taking place on February 3 from noon till 3 p.m., we will go beyond the traditional pairing of wine with a main course item. Instead, we will pair von Stiehl wines with a salad, two soups and three different desserts. We will assist you in pairing all these courses with the appropriate wines.

This can be a fun event for a group of ladies trying to get away from the house for a bit while the living room is dominated by with football fever. In fact, to become a member of our fun, femme and fearless membership club, called the Ladies of the Vine, all you have to do is attend an event! Ladies of the Vine members receive 10% off all gift merchandise in the winery and invitations to exclusive events.

Benefits of being in the “Ladies of the Vine” Wine Club

  • A 10% discount on all gift merchandise at the von Stiehl Winery.
  • Free tours for you and your party every time you visit. (May through October)
  • A 15% discount at Steele Street Floral & Gallery and Good Tidings Nautical Gifts & Decor (excluding consignment art) when you show them your ladies of The Vine card.
  • Discounts on other future winery events.

At this “Souper Sunday,” as we are calling it, experts here at the winery will share the “dos and don’ts” of wine tasting, give you an opportunity to save some money with a one day sale to attendees and win some great prizes!

After all this you will still have plenty of time to get to your Super Bowl party. Don’t miss an afternoon of fun, food, and of course wine! Call early, as space is limited and reserve your spot: 800-955-5208. The cost is an $20 affordable per person for all your wine pairings and food.

Door County Winter Wonderland Trolley Tour

December 22, 2012 by vonstiehl

The Door County Trolley is a quaint and fun way to take a scenic tour of the Sturgeon Bay area. Right now, they are offering a special holiday tour called Winter Wonderland. Trolley guests tour and taste at a Door County winery (possibly the Orchard Country Winery, but speak with the Door County Trolley Tours for details), followed by a cozy sleigh ride through picturesque winter landscapes. Finish off the tour with a fireside lunch at the romantic English Inn. The Winter Wonderland tour is $60 plus tax, which includes your trolley ride, lunch and sleigh ride. The tour usually lasts 5 hours.

The Door County Trolley will pick you up at your Sturgeon Bay lodging between 9:30 and 10 a.m. or at Door County Coffee and Tea at 10 a.m. Call 920-868-1100 to reserve.

Dates:

  • Saturday – December 29, & 31 (Monday)
  • Saturday – January 5, 12, 19, & 26
  • Saturday – February 2, 9, 16, & 23
  • Saturday – March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

A Trip Advisor Review of the tour (from 1/9/10):

“The Winter Wonderland Trolley Tour was a blast. A.J.(our trolley guide) was fantastic!!! He had us laughing from the moment we stepped foot on the trolley and by the time we left him we were much more educated to historic Door County. We visited two different wineries, Simon Creek and Orchard. Both were very nice. The lunch at the Gull in was good but could have been better………..(the only thing that I would say could see improvement) The sleigh ride was neat and for a normally slow day in January my wife and I found ourselves also having a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for something to do in Door County during the winter months.”

We may not be on the tour, but we hope to see you in nearby Algoma for a tasting at our Wisconsin winery!

Event at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery: Holiday Baskets

November 12, 2012 by vonstiehl

Don’t you love when someone gives you a gift basket? Those themed items – like wine and cheese, desserts, coffees and teas or even bath products – make the gift seem well-rounded. Here at von Stiehl, we think gift baskets are great for the holidays and we are having an event to celebrate. Christmas is coming and the von Stiehl elves want to help you put the most popular gift under the tree.

Build Your Own Holiday Basket

On Saturday December 1st from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., join us for a fun afternoon of wine drinking and gift making. Bring a basket and items to put inside, or use some of ours! This event is meant to be affordable for everyone, so the cost is $5/basket for supplies. Plus, every attendee receives a complementary glass of wine! If you want to bring items from the dollar store to stuff your basket, go for it! On the other hand, if you’d like to use red caviar and Godiva chocolate, that’s fine too. We will have a selection of retail items, like dried fruit mixes, wine, hard cheeses, breads, crackers and preserves to purchase for stuffing baskets.

We’ll help you assemble and arrange the perfect gift baskets for friends and relatives. No need to RSVP, just stop by our Algoma winery for some wine and fun! We will have all the supplies that give that extra-special touch to professional baskets: ribbons and cellophane wrapping, decorative stuffing and more.

Hope to see you there!

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