Save the date! The 10th annual Wet Whistle Wine Festival is a month from now, on September 16th and 17th. We're looking forward to another fantastic event filled with grape stomping, music, fine arts, tasty food, and our Wisconsin Wine.
Our grape vines are heavy with fruit and the grapes are beginning to ripen. It won't be long until harvest and the fall crush. Be a part of the excitement. Attend the 2011 Wet Whistle Wine Festival at our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery.
The Cuisine Concert series at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery continues on Saturday, August 13, with the Modern Day Drifters. It's hard to sit still when listening to music by this country band from Door County. Jason Leist fronts the band; his deep, smooth voice moves audiences no matter what their age. He's joined on stage by his brother Brian, cousins Mike and John McCaulley, and Bobby Brauer, no relation.
We'll serve some tasty country-style food on the 13th, along with a selection of Wisconsin cheeses and crackers. Our Wisconsin Wine will be available for purchase as well. Ask us which wines best compliment the food and cheese, or try several and see for yourself. We've recently bottled a new batch of Framboise and it's ready to drink.
Since Algoma's Shanty Days Festival takes place the weekend of August 13, the Modern Day Drifters Cuisine Concert will start at 1 p.m. and run until 5 p.m. Drop by for a while if you're in town for Shanty Days, and check out Shanty Days if your in town for the Cuisine Concerts.
Our Cuisine Concerts take place outside on our terrace, where seating is available both in the shade and sun. In the event of rain, we host our Cuisine Concerts in our limestone tunnels. It's such a beautiful setting we know folks who hope for rain!
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!
Several super fun events are on the horizon at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery. Algoma is located at the gateway to Door County, on the shores of Lake Michigan. It is a small town with a big personality, and we think it's worth a visit.
This Saturday, July 9, 2011, is our annual Ladies' Fest. It runs for 8 hours and you and your friends are welcome to stay the whole time. There will be massages, cool vendors, chocolate, and plenty of Wisconsin Wine. You'll lunch, learn to belly dance, and listen to great music by The Kerry Michaels Duo and The Mulligans. Doors open to the ladies at 11 a.m.
Friends having fun at the 2010 Ladies' Fest.
The following Saturday, July 16, is the first of our Summer Cuisine Concert Series on the Terrace. We welcome the John Lambert Trio for an afternoon of "solid rock on the cutting edge". We anticipate hearing both original songs and favorite covers as we sip Wisconsin Wine on our lovely new terrace. The music lasts from noon to 4 p.m.
Keith Abler will perform at our Cuisine Concert Series on Saturday July 23, 2011. Keith asks only that he never be taken seriously. With that in mind, the afternoon is sure to be delightfully amusing; oh yes, there will be good music, too. As always, our Cuisine Concert Series run from noon to 4 p.m. on the terrace of our Algoma Wisconsin Winery.
See The Bluegills live at von Stiehl on July 30th. The weather may be a bit steamy by then, and this trio of Chicago-style blues players will help you chill out.
We not only pair great wine with the music during our Cuisine Concert Series, we also pair great food. Consider it a holistic experience, and enjoy.
Algoma is the perfect place to stop and refuel (both your transportation and yourself) on the way to Door County this summer. It is also a great spot in and of itself. Arrive by car, boat, or bike. Stay for an hour or a week, and while you're here, we hope you'll swing by von Stiehl Wisconsin Winery for a tour, a taste, and maybe some live music and food.
Every family has their own way of celebrating Father's Day. Father's of young children are often treated to breakfast in bed and homemade cards. Father's of teens might get a nod and a "Happy Father's Day. Can I borrow the car?" Father's of adult children may get a call and a gift in the mail.
Some dads want nothing more than to spend Father's Day with their children, no matter their age. This can mean of day of fishing on Lake Michigan, golfing, or watching a game on t.v. It may mean spending the day in the kitchen with the kids, preparing a great feast, or heading to the closest city for a day of exploration and eating out. You never can tell with Dads.
No matter how you celebrate Father's Day in your family, consider giving dad a bottle (or two) of von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine.
If you live near Algoma or have plans to visit Door County over the weekend, stop by the winery for a bit of wine tasting. The tasting bar is bustling these days, which means the mood is festive. If you find a bottle you like and have a little time to spare, ask us for some "to go" wine glasses, purchase some local cheese and crackers in our store, and enjoy an impromptu picnic on our new terrace. Just be sure you remember to bring a bottle of our Algoma Wisconsin Wine with you when you leave.
We here at von Stiehl wish dads everywhere a Happy Father's Day in 2011.
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.
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.
Okay, maybe there isn't a lot of snow in Door County at the moment, but there is enough snow to ski and snowshoe at Snowkraft Nordic Resort, in nearby Sturgeon Bay. So pack your skis and snowshoes and head for Door County for a few days. Stop by our Algoma Wisconsin Winery for a couple of bottles of your favorite Wisconsin Wine on your way north.
Winter in Door County is idyllic. Think romantic weekends cuddling by the fire in a vacation cabin or B&B. Think families playing together in the great outdoors. Think of skiing and snowshoeing with a group of friends. Imagine yourself flying over the snow on a snowmobile, ice fishing on Green Bay, or quietly cantering through the forest on horseback. Yes, Door County is a wonderland in winter time.
If you are traveling to Door County some weekend soon, stop by our Algoma Wisconsin Winery on your way north. The perfect end to a day of winter recreation is to share a bottle of our Wisconsin Wine by the fire.
Sip on Doc Stiehl's Cherry Bounce, a wonderful blend of cherry wine and cherry brandy - it will warm you from the inside out. Share a bottle of Meritage, a uniquely Wisconsin wine that is earthy and full. Serve the kids our Sparkling Grape Juice. The gift shop and tasting room at our Wisconsin winery is also a good place to find chocolate treats and Wisconsin cheeses to share on winter nights in Door County.
Many Door County Bed and Breakfasts and vacation cabins are offering romance packages now through March, 2011. This is a wonderful time to run off to beautiful Door County with the person you love. Be sure to swing by our Wisconsin Winery in Algoma when you do, for our wine complements romance.
If you define a romantic weekend as days of fresh air followed evenings by the fire, Door County has what you need. Outdoor activities abound year round in Door County. At this time of year, nordic skiers and snowmobilers have an eye to the sky and an ear to snow reports; most are ready to drop everything and head for the trails as soon as the powder starts to accumulate. As of yet there is not a deep base of snow in the Door County, but many trails are still skiable and fresh snow is on the way. If you're planning a trip this weekend, head to the Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek or Snowkraft Nordic in Sturgeon Bay.
Our Algoma Wisconsin Winery is situated at the base of the Door Peninsula on the shores of Lake Michigan. We're just 45 minutes northeast of Green Bay. Stop by the winery on your way to a romantic getaway at a Door County inn or cabin. Take time to taste our wine and find one that will be perfect for your weekend. If you're planning to cook, our pourers can suggest a wine to pair with your meal. If you would like a bottle to share while cuddling by the fire, we can help you find a wine that is lovely on its own.
Hope to see you soon.