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Winery Anniversary Party – von Stiehl is Turning 50!

March 18, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Winery Anniversary

Winery Anniversary Party set for March 18

We made it to our 50th winery anniversary. With that, a plethora of emotions are flying about. We made it. We’re here – we did it! From the days of flower children and Elvis to the age of smart-phones and millennial bosses. We survived it all.

From English Morello to Montmorency, cherry wine kept us alive for our first 25 years. Cherry wine was the mac ‘n’ cheese of our college years, and Vitis Vinifera filtered its way into most of our wine list by age 35 when we thought that we were becoming refined. Don’t be quick to judge; who hasn’t changed over 50 years?

Maybe you gulped sweet cherry wine from a screw-capped gauze-wrapped bottle under the Forestville bridge at age 16 and nobody knew. Perhaps you found that Kirsche and Coke made a mean mixer in your young adulthood and that’s what got you into von Stiehl wines. Hey, you can’t drink Zima all of the time.

Where did all of those years go? It was seriously just one day at a time. Filter on Mondays and Wednesdays; bottle on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Run the delivery truck on Thursday afternoons to Door County. The delivery truck was just a truck, a 1986 two tone red F150 with an H.O. 302, two gas tanks, chrome rims, and an ugly black cap that Dad put on to keep his sons humble. Saturdays and Sundays were spent in the tasting room and it all started over on Mondays.

There are too many memories to remember and there’s always too little time to talk when big talkers are in the room. These memoirs are the tip of the iceberg and our story is ready to be told. We’d like to give that a shot on March 18, with a winery anniversary celebration. At first, we thought about a fancy dinner, but we decided it better to stick to a daytime event.

We’ve invited Skaliwags to put on a buffet luncheon and the River City Six to romance us with ragtime. In between the feasting and dancing, we’ll conduct three tours of the new and old production buildings. When we say we, we mean Aric and Brad (me), the owners. The boys… who grew up in the biz while their parents poured their souls into making monthly payments. The tour will be a real-life account of how 50 years went down presented by the boys that saw the last 36.

Leave your dress pants at home and put on a clean pair of blue jeans. Winery owners are always happier when dressing down. Come hear the story of how a winery is full of hard work and art work.

Winery Anniversary Stamp

Please check out the winery Anniversary party details below and give us a call if you’d like to be one of the 90 in attendance. We hope that you can make it to share in the finale of the first fifty.

Event Date & Time: March 18, Noon to 5:30 pm

Location: 104 Steele Street (our production building), enter the service door by the loading dock on 1st Street.

Feasting: Skaliwags Lunch Buffet 12:30 pm. to 2:30 pm.

Tours: Sign up when calling for one of the following times. Noon, 2:15 pm., 3:30 pm. (These may not be exact.) Tours will include an account of the last 50 years at von Stiehl Winery by owners Aric and Brad Schmiling. We plan to crack open some tanks and pull some barrel samples for you to taste along the way.

Includes: One signed 50th Anniversary Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon commemorative bottle per person ($50 value).

Event price: $75 per person.

Please call 920-487-5208 to reserve your tickets or join the waiting list if tickets sell out.

Planning to stay over and stay out of the car once you’re here? Visit the Algoma Chamber lodging list.

Valentine’s Week Celebration

February 10, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Valentine's DayWe know that you and your special someone will be headed out to dinner somewhere over the course of Valentine’s Day week, but what about the magic hours leading up to the main event?

Wouldn’t it be great to skip the usual chores and add a little more to your Valentine’s Day celebration?

Your experience awaits at von Stiehl Winery in Algoma where we’ll present you and your Valentine an indulgent, but inexpensive way to start the festivities. For $25 you’ll get a bottle of Naughty Girl wine, two Naughty Girl glasses, a box of chocolate truffles, and since you’ll need to stock up on wine for winter, a 10% discount on all purchases. This just may be the highlight of your Valentine’s Day weekend!

We’ll be offering the special for an extended range of days. Visit us February 10-19, to take advantage of this offer. No reservations are needed. Just show up when you’re ready. We are open from 10-4 every day.

If one day isn’t enough, you might enjoy staying for the weekend. There are plenty of great hotels and motels in Algoma. See the list here. We like the proximity of the Hotel Stebbins, just two blocks from the winery. The Stebbins is a full-service hotel, restaurant, and bar. Most everything is within walking distance in Algoma. They even have their own Valentine’s offer.

A steak at the Stebbins is always a great choice. We also recommend Skaliwag’s for food that’s five star in a crazy little dive bar. Enjoy a fantastic burger or pizza at the Algoma Pizza bowl, or choose from one of these dining options in Algoma.

Need another idea? Visit our brewery’s tap room before or after your Naughty Girl Pairing and dinner. If you want to skip the big dining scene, you can get a pizza in the tap room while you enjoy fresh Ahnapee Brewery beer.

There are lots of Valentine’s Day options available in Algoma, so make a day or an entire weekend out of it! We’ll look forward to seeing you!

50th Anniversary Celebration – von Stiehl Winery is Turning 50!

December 2, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

50th Anniversary Logo

 

We kept a winery in business until its 50th anniversary. With that, a plethora of emotions are flying about. We made it. We’re here – we did it! From the days of flower children and Elvis to the age of smart-phones and millennial bosses. We survived it all.

From English Morello to Montmorency, cherry wine kept us alive for our first 25 years. Cherry wine was the mac ‘n’ cheese of our college years, and Vitis Vinifera filtered its way into most of our wine list by age 35 when we thought that we were becoming refined. Don’t be quick to judge; who hasn’t changed over 50 years?

Maybe you gulped sweet cherry wine from a screw-capped gauze-wrapped bottle under the Forestville bridge at age 16 and nobody knew. Perhaps you found that Kirsche and Coke made a mean mixer in your young adulthood and that’s what got you into von Stiehl wines. Hey, you can’t drink Zima all of the time.

Where did all of those years go? It was seriously just one day at a time. Filter on Mondays and Wednesdays; bottle on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Run the delivery truck on Thursday afternoons to Door County. The delivery truck was just a truck, a 1986 two tone red F150 with an H.O. 302, two gas tanks, chrome rims, and an ugly black cap that Dad put on to keep his sons humble. Saturdays and Sundays were spent in the tasting room and it all started over on Mondays.

There are too many memories to remember and there’s always too little time to talk when big talkers are in the room. These memoirs are the tip of the iceberg and our story is ready to be told. We’d like to give that a shot on March 18, with a 50th anniversary celebration. At first, we thought about a fancy dinner, but we decided it better to stick to a daytime event.

We’ve invited Skaliwags to put on a buffet luncheon and the River City Six to romance us with ragtime. In between the feasting and dancing, we’ll conduct three tours of the new and old production buildings. When we say we, we mean Aric and Brad (me), the owners. The boys… who grew up in the biz while their parents poured their souls into making monthly payments. The tour will be a real-life account of how 50 years went down presented by the boys that saw the last 36.

Leave your dress pants at home and put on a clean pair of blue jeans. Winery owners are always happier when dressing down. Come hear the story of how a winery is full of hard work and art work.

VS anniversary Stamp

Please check out the 50th Anniversary party details below and give us a call if you’d like to be one of the 90 in attendance. We hope that you can make it to share in the finale of the first fifty.

Event Date & Time: March 18, Noon to 5:30 pm

Location: 104 Steele Street (our production building), enter the service door by the loading dock on 1st Street.

Feasting: Skaliwags Lunch Buffet 12:30 pm. to 2:30 pm.

Tours: Sign up when calling for one of the following times. Noon, 2:15 pm., 3:30 pm. (These may not be exact.) Tours will include an account of the last 50 years at von Stiehl Winery by owners Aric and Brad Schmiling. We plan to crack open some tanks and pull some barrel samples for you to taste along the way.

Includes: One signed 50th Anniversary Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon commemorative bottle per person ($50 value).

Event price: $75 per person.

Please call 920-487-5208 to reserve your tickets or join the waiting list if tickets sell out.

Planning to stay over and stay out of the car once you’re here? Visit the Algoma Chamber lodging list.

 

Murder Mystery Wine Dinner

March 11, 2016 by vonstiehl

Murder Mystery Wine Dinner

Many mysteries are at work in our production building, officially named “Over There.”  There’s no shortage of unexplained noises coming from the upper floors of the pre-prohibition-era brothel. Stencil-lined walls and gunshot holes in the floor are clues to the origins of past mysteries. The tavern that lived Over There operated from 1902 through the late 1990s. During prohibition, it was noted that ‘near beer’ and soda were popular, but we think that much more was going on. Many owners and many stories passed those walls and we’re sure that many more will!

The present offers new conundrums, including how we’re going to fit 100 guests trying to solve the March 2016 Murder Mystery Dinner in the same room as our new bottling line Over There. Riddles like these are meant to be solved, as well as those brought to us by Without A Net Entertainment, who will again be entertaining us on the nights of March 11 and 12th. If you are interested in helping, please give us a call at 1-800-955-5208 to sign up for the show.

Our Murder Mystery begins with a wine reception at 6:00 pm, followed by the dinner theater at 6:30. During dinner you will enjoy three courses of catered food matched with von Stiehl wines. The murder mystery and laughter will continue through dinner, and should end around 8:30 pm.

Looking for a place to stay? Find plenty of hotels options in Algoma. Stay at the Hotel Stebbins if you’d like to be in walking distance. Enjoy the lake shore views of the Algoma Beach Motel. Don’t miss this evening of fun, food, and, of course, wine!

Cost: $49 per person. Visit the winery or call for reservations by March 6. 920.487.5208.

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.

Super Bowl Wine Pairing

February 7, 2016 by vonstiehl

Super Bowl Wine Pairing - Ladies of the Vine

While all eyes may be on football during Super Bowl Sunday, our Super Bowl Wine and Small Plate event is the perfect pre-party way to spend your day!

Ladies of the Vine can now sign up for the Super Bowl event at von Stiehl on Super Bowl Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00 PM, and still get to a Super Bowl party in time for the big game.

Our event features three small plates including salad, soup, and dessert, all paired with von Stiehl wines. The day will include a bucket raffle and discounts throughout the tasting room. Those discounts will include a free bottle on the purchase of six, and 25% off non-wine merchandise. The Super Bowl wine pairing discounts offer the perfect use for your envelope of cash from Christmas gift returns; find yourself something special at the Super Bowl Wine Pairing Party!

We plan to hold the Super Bowl Wine Pairing in the winery’s upstairs lounge, which is the perfect place to hide out on a February winter day!

The Ladies of the Vine is an easy-going group of gals with no membership fees or requirements! Simply attend a Ladies of the Vine event to get into the club. Benefits include special gatherings like this one, and an all-of-the-time discount of 10% on gift merchandise at the von Stiehl Winery.

It doesn’t matter if you are a football lover or football widow, the daytime is meant to give you an alternate experience on Super Bowl Sunday. Bring some friends or make some friends at this intimate event. It’s also a great time for many generations of family to gather in an easy-going environment.

Call now to reserve your spot as space is limited – 800-955-5208.  Cost is $20/person.

If you plan to stay overnight, find plenty of hotels in Algoma. Stay at the Hotel Stebbins if you’d like to be in walking distance. Don’t miss this afternoon of fun, food, and, of course, wine!

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