The annual Northeastern Wisconsin Czech/Kolache Fest comes to the peninsula August 7 and 8, 2010. It is the largest Czech Festival in Northeastern Wisconsin, and features accordion music, vendors, and kolaches fresh from the oven until the crowds eat them all.
The event takes place at the Heritage Farm, a well-preserved Czech Farmstead just south of Kewaunee. Tap your feet to the Jolly Czechs Band while nibbling tasty Czech Chicken Booyah. Life doesn't get much better than this.
On your way to and/or from Kewaunee, stop by our Algoma Wisconsin winery for a tour and wine tasting. We will happily recommend wine to accompany your chicken booyah and favorite Czech desserts.
Our Algoma winery is located just 45 minutes northeast of Green Bay, by Lake Michigan. Drive to Algoma, head south along the coast to Kewaunee, then circle back to Green Bay - it's the perfect weekend scenic drive, and it can involve good Wisconsin wine and Czech food to boot.
The Eclipse Gallery in Algoma celebrates its first anniversary on August 1, 2010, and we are so happy they are here. The Eclipse Gallery is a wonderful addition to the community of downtown Algoma. It specializes in contemporary art and handmade design, fine crafts and goods, supporting living artists and helping them find an audience for their work.
Now through September 26, 2919, The Eclipse Gallery is running a solo show of Andrew Linsken's recent work. The show is entitled Andrew Linsken: Abstract Intuitive Tessellation Illustrations and other 3D Explorations. Andrew Linsken hails from Green Bay, and we are hoping that folks from his home town will make the drive to Algoma to support him.
While in town for the exhibition, stop by our Algoma Wisconsin winery. Art and wine go together like paint and canvas. Well, maybe that's not quite right. but you get the picture. Before heading to the gallery, enjoy a little wine at our winery Wisconsin. After viewing the show, enjoy a taste of wine at Von Stiehl. Pick up a bottle or two to bring back home, where you can continue your discussion of the show.
Pictured above: from Andrew Linsken: Abstract Intuitive Tessellation Illustrations and other 3D Explorations.
The 28th Annual Kewaunee/Door Salmon Tournament is just around the corner, July 24 to August 1, 2010. Already, anglers are checking their gear and preparing themselves for the Midwest's most popular Chinook salmon fishing contest. The king fish will bring its angler $10,000. Now that's some fish!
The fish must be caught in Lake Michigan waters off Kewaunee or Door Counties. Weigh-in ports are at Algoma, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor and Washington Island.
That's wonderful, you say, but what does all this have to do with Wisconsin wine? Everyone knows that wine is not what serious anglers drink when seriously angling.
Ah, but what about those the fishermen left behind?
Every angler leaves someone behind. There are many spouses and friends of anglers who are simply not interested in spending the day in pursuit of the biggest and best fish in the lake. For these souls, may we recommend waiting for your angler in the tasting room of our Algoma Wisconsin winery.
Remember, Algoma is a weigh-in station for the 28th Annual Kewaunee/Dorr Salmon Tournament. While your man (or woman) fishes, visit Algoma. Stop by our Algoma Wisconsin winery, tour our historic building, and taste until you find the perfect bottle to toast the biggest fish, or offer consolation for the one that got away. We have wines for every event, every occasion, every possibility.
We are thrilled each summer when ladies step out for Ladies' Fest at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery. Since Ladies' Fest 2010 is just a few days away on Saturday, July 10, we thought we'd pass on a few comments about past Ladies' Festivals.
Our Algoma Wisconsin Winery annual Ladies Fest is just around the corner, on July 10, 2010. We've been fielding a lot of questions about the event, so we thought we'd provide a few FAQs. Read on to learn about food choices, dance lessions, massages and more!
Do I need to purchase a ticket prior to the event?
We do not offer pre-sales of tickets unless it's a discounted package price for 10 or more ladies. Simply purchase your ticket at the gate on July 10th. The line is the longest between 11:30 am. and 1 pm., but it's a festival atmosphere so nobody seems to mind.
What is the food that is included?
You will have a choice: (while supplies last)
Poppyseed Chicken Pasta Salad
Julienne Chicken Breast Strips, Red & Yellow Peppers, Fresh Grapes, and pasta mixed through with poppyseed dressing
Chicken Caesar Wrap
Grilled Chicken, Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan Cheese & Caesar dressing wrapped in a tortilla. The dishes will be catered in by The Marq (the former Apple Creek Inn out of De Pere)
Other food to be purchased on the grounds includes items like cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, turtle brownies, and strawberry shortcake.
What is the shopping all about?
The shopping "Faire" will include over twenty vendors and will be set up just outside of the festival grounds. A large variety of purses, jewelry, kitchen wares, and other fun items will be available. There will also be experts on hand to advise you in skin care, financial decisions, and travel.
What kind of dance lessons are going on and at what times?
Throughout the day, there are belly dancing demos and lessons.
How do the massages work?
The massages are from 11am to 5 pm, and are given by a team of 20 professional massage therapists in a separate tent. They are there to pamper you and help you to enjoy the benefits of massage. Every lady that receives a massage will also be given a free bottle of water afterward. A third glass of wine, soda, or water will be offered to ladies who are unable to receive a massage due to lack of availability, any personal health condition, or your personal preference. The therapists reserve the right to refuse a massage to anyone at any time.
If I purchase wine, is there some way to get it to my car?
Yes, we will have "pool boys" to serve and help out. We will also be running a jeep as a shuttle. This is a clean event, so don't worry about the pool boys. They are harmless.
What bands are playing and when?
Kerry Michaels acoustic rock from 11 am. to 3 pm., and the Mango Brothers Band from 3 pm. to 7 pm.
Do I have to be a member of the Ladies of the Vine to attend?
You do not need to be a member, but you will become one just by attending this event.
You get special treatment as soon as you become a member, including 10% off of all gift merchandise and free tours for you and your party (May through October). We also will keep you informed via email about upcoming Ladies' events and specials.
Is the winery open that day and will there be tours?
Yes, we will be open from 9 am. to 7 pm. Tours normally cost $3.75 per person and run from 9:30 am. to 5 pm. Once you become a LOTV member, your tours are free.
Will there be any non-alcoholic beverages?
Yes, non alcoholic sparking grape juice, soda, and water.
Algoma's Wednesday Night Concerts start July 7, 2010, and runs through August 18, 2010. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear great music in a relaxed, lovely setting overlooking Lake Michigan.
Arrive early and visit the Farmers Market, which starts at 6pm. Select fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, along with fresh breads, cheeses, and jams. Pick up fixings for a picnic to enjoy while you listen to the music.
While in Algoma, you must stop by our Wisconsin Winery - it's the oldest winery in Wisconsin, and in our humble opinion, one of the best. Take a tour of our historic building, and enjoy wine tasting. Our knowledgeable pourers will help you select Wisconsin wines you are sure to like.
The line-up of the Wednesday Night Concerts is below:
July 7: Conscious Pilot
July 14: Chicago Blues Summit
July 21: Dave Steffen Band
July 28: Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns
August 4: Mantra
August 11: Lubriphonic
August 18: Copper Box
Ladies Festival 2010
Mark your calendars, Ladies! Our annual Ladies' Festival takes place July 10, 2010, from 11am - 7pm. We hope to host ladies from all over the midwest at our Wisconsin Winery for a day of "indulgence, entertainment, and massage".
You'll want to travel to our Algoma Wisconsin Winery with good girlfriends for Ladies Fest. We'll have lots of delicious Wisconsin wine to taste, lots of good food to eat (prepared by Apple Spice Junction), and of course, chocolate. Indulge in a massage, and cut loose on the dance floor.
You will undoubtedly talk about this day for years.
We recommend staying at Hotel Stebbins, just steps away from our Wisconsin winery. Sleep late Sunday, then spend the day exploring historic Algoma: visiting the marina, browsing the shops, and strolling the beach.
We look forward to welcoming you ladies to Ladies Festival 2010, where we'll release the new batch of Naughty Girl Red.
Bluegrass music makes the world a better place, don't you think?
The 6th Annual Bluegrass on the Lake Festival takes place June 11 - 13, 2010 at the Heritage Farm in nearby Kewaunee, WI. That's about 12 miles south of our Wisconsin winery in Algoma. Spend a long weekend in rural Northeast Wisconsin, listening to some fine fiddling and sipping refreshing Wisconsin wines. It's the perfect combination.
Mark your calendars! Sunday, June 13, 2010, is an important day for wine and cheese aficionados. It's our "Wine of the Quarter Cheese Pairing" event.
Our Wisconsin winery has joined forces with Sartori Foods, maker of exceptional Wisconsin cheese. On the 13th, we'll nibble our way through Dolina Gorgonzola, double aged Asiago, and Raspberry BellaVitano. You'll have to be here to learn which Wisconsin wines we'll pair with these terrific cheeses.
The event takes place between 1 and 4, and is free to Wine and Cheese Club members. If you are interested in checking out these pairings without joining the club, you may do so for a very reasonable $5.
Our Wisconsin Winery is owned and operated by brothers Brad and Aric Schmiling. Brewing wine and beer has been in the Schmiling family for generations. Henry Schmiling was a brew master at the original Ahnapee Brewing, back in the 19th century. In 1981, Bill and Sandy Schmiling purchased the Von Stiehl winery (in the original Ahnapee Brewing building) from Dr. Stiehl. They continued producing great Wisconsin wines, and raised their sons to love the winemaking industry.
In 2003, Brad and Aric Smiling purchased the winery from their parents, who remain involved to this day. The business has prospered under Brad and Aric's leadership. They are producing more grape wines than ever before, though the fruit wines - particularly the original Montmorency Cherry wines created by Dr. Stiehl - are still an important part of their business.
Come take a tour of the winery this summer, and pick up a bottle of refreshing Wisconsin wine. We are located on the shores of Lake Michigan, in the lovely little town of Algoma - perfect for a weekend getaway from the city.
For more information about the oldest Wisconsin Winery, please watch this video.