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Vintage Wines with a River View

May 28, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

Summer Concert SeriesIf you’ve been to one of our summer concerts you know they are a big hit! We are excited that our 2018 Concert Series will be starting up in a month!

Below you will find a few updates we made for this year’s Summer Concert Series.

We’ve learned our customers love events that are all about the wine! This year, we will be offering a special Super Select Tasting in our cellar tunnels. Our Super Select Tasting features our Select Tasting wines in addition to featuring one wine from our Vintage Tasting list. The featured vintage wine will switch out each weekend, adding a something special to each concert. Most of the wines featured have less than 15 cases left, so tears will be shed.

The special Super Select Tasting will take place during the concerts. A $15 admission will cover the cost of the tastings and the Riedel crystal glass you’ll be able to take home with you. The featured wines, along with the bands, are listed below to help plan your trip!

  • July 7th – Annie Rose – 2010 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • July 14th – Beaker Street – 2013 Extended Barrel Aged Kirsche
  • July 21st – Shocker – 2014 Alexander Valley Merlot
  • July 28th – Del Rays – 2012 Sierra Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon
  • August 4th – Doc Rube – 2012 Sangiovese Grosso
  • August 11th – Classic Friends – 2013 Sierra Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon
  • August 18th – Giving up the Ghost – Tequila Barrel Aged Hard Cider
  • August 25th – Glass Hammer – 2018 BrewVino Red
  • September 1st – Annie Rose – 2009 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

The above vintage wines will only be available for purchase by the bottle.

Summer Series Vintage Wines

In past years, we’ve had a tent out on our lawn serving our wine and Ahnapee’s beer. This year, we’ve decided to open the doors to our tunnels and serve the wine in our barrel aging tunnels and inside the winery allowing for cash and card sales. Beer will be available at the Taproom, but still can be enjoyed on the terrace. The Skaliwagon Food Truck will not be with us this year. Instead, we recommend trying our Picnic Box for 2. The Picnic Box will include local Wisconsin cheeses, crackers, von Stiehl’s Hard Cider Sausage from Salmon’s Meat made with our Hard Cider, Door County munchies, Halo Vino glasses and other yummy snacks fit for two.

If you have any questions please contact our Special Event Coordinator, Rayanne Racine, at rayanne@vonstiehl.com.

Door County Wine Fest

May 28, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

Door County Wine Fest

When coming to Door County, do you often think “So much wine and oh so little time”?

We are honored to be a part of the Door County Wine Trail‘s third annual Door County Wine Fest. The Door County Wine Fest features all your favorite wineries in one convenient location.

Who are the participating wineries? The list is the same as that of the Door County Wine Trail: Door 44, Door Peninsula, Harbor Ridge, Orchard Country, Red Oak, Simon Creek, Stone’s Throw, and von Stiehl Winery. Each will bring 8 wines for sampling.

Wondering what tricks we have up our sleeve (A.K.A what wines we will be bringing)? We’ve got a great line up for this year’s event. We don’t want to spoil the fun when you get to our tasting table, so we won’t spill all our secrets. To give you a nice little tease, we will share three wines you can look forward to seeing this year.

  1. For starters, our 50th year anniversary wine, 2013 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon, will be available to sample. To those who have had this wine, you know how generous we are being sampling this fine wine. Those that haven’t yet had the chance, be sure to stop by and give it a try. It was hand-crafted and nurtured in the finest Italian-coopered French Gamba Barrels. Its well-balanced acid and tannin give way to opulent flavors of dark fruit and vanilla.
  2. On the sweeter side, enjoy the sweet and smooth concoction of cherry wine and cherry brandy that is prevalent in our Cherry Bounce. It features intense aromas of fresh cherry pie, but be careful, it’s right around 20.5% alcohol.
  3. Lastly, our ever so popular Crimson Royale will be at this year’s festival, as it is celebrating its 30 year anniversary! This wine is always a crowd pleaser as it’s a sweet Concord wine great for sipping on warm days or enjoying with your favorite creamy Cheddar or Havarti.

 

What began as a small 500-800 person tasting event has grown into a full-blown ‘rent the entire park’ kind of party. Sturgeon Bay will be a wine taster’s paradise June 30th. To learn more about the event and to get tickets, visit the Door County Wine Fest website by clicking here.

P.S. Don’t forget to take advantage of our one time only offer given to those that come to the event!

BrewVino 2018 – 5 Reasons…

April 26, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

Our 2018 BrewVino sold out and has passed. For information and tickets for our 2019 BrewVino click this link.

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BrewVino Steer Roast 5 Reasons

BrewVino Roast – a True Farm-to-Table Experience!

By now you have heard about our BrewVino Roast through our Facebook page, an episode featured on the Cooking Channel, or even word of mouth from an attendee that told you they got their tickets and you shouldn’t wait much longer. BrewVino is only a month away and with less than half of the tickets left for this year’s event, time is no longer on your side!

Maybe you’ve seen all the posts and the episodes on television, yet you need one more reason you should come to this year’s BrewVino Roast. Well, that’s exactly why we are going to give you “5 Reasons You Should Attend our 2018 BrewVino!” If you’ve already bought your tickets, then think of this list as the “5 Reasons You Should Be Excited to Attend our 2018 BrewVino!”

  1. Wine! After all, what’s an event at a winery without wine? Not only do we have our typical wine selection, but we’ll also have a vintage wine tasting offered in our century year old tunnels. Some of the wines you’ll find waiting for you include our 2014 Alexander Valley Merlot, 2009 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 BrewVino Red (which we will talk about more in just a little bit) and our 2013 Extended Barrel Aged Kirsche. These wines and others on this list aren’t available for purchase just any normal day. After BrewVino, the wine left over will be hidden away until our winemakers decide when to bring them back out.
  2. Jumping off of our first point, our 2018 BrewVino Roast Red has taken a step up from past years. You can tell by the smile on our winemakers’ faces that they are proud of this year’s vintage. If you are a fan of our Calistoga Cabernet, this wine is right up your alley! It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. To match the exquisite wine inside the bottle, the label is a decadent maple veneer label with a black foil stamp.
  3. Everyone loves a little feel good aspect. This year we’ve decided to come together with the Wolf Den organization at the Algoma High School. Wolf Den is an after school program aimed at improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of Algoma’s youth. Wolves (high school students) plan and lead various activities which build Pups’ (elementary students) resilience, positive mindset, and basic life skills. There is an optional meal at the end of the program each day to ensure their basic needs are met before going home. Food insecurity and poverty effect many of our Algoma youth.  This program, along with the Wolves & Pups Mentorship Program, ensures that the Pups feel safe, valued and supported.
  4. A true Farm-to-Table experience, that’s exactly what you’ll get! This steer was raised on Ahnapee Brewery spent grains on the Bryersquart Family Farm in Forestville. This is not an amateur production either — for starters, the steer is processed by Otto’s Meats in Luxemburg. After, von Stiehl’s winemaker, Aric Schmiling, will prepare the special cherry wine marinade. Then, the full carcass is marinated for 24 hours before it’s laid over a hot fire at 2 am on the day of the event, with a serving time somewhere between noon and 2 pm, or when our experts deem it ready.
  5. Tickets are selling fast and you’ll regret not getting your tickets fast enough after listening to your friends talking about how much fun they had! Now that the event is drawing closer, the phone calls are coming in, ticket sales are booming and attendees keep calling back to get more tickets for their groups. This year we are capping our attendance to 750 lucky individuals. If you are thinking about how fun this event is, there hasn’t been a better time to get your tickets than now, in order to secure your spot at this event.

 

Ready to buy your tickets? Click here to order online or give us a call at 920-487-5208!

If you still need more reasons, or further information about our 2018 BrewVino Steer Roast, click here.

 

Teacher & School Staff Appreciation Weekend

March 22, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

“Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” – UnknownTeacher & Staff Appreciation

Hang in there, summer is almost here! We know this time of the year can get hectic, which is why we are hoping to boost your morale with a Teacher & School Staff Appreciation Weekend May 4th-6th at von Stiehl Winery.

As a small token of our gratitude, we invite all teachers and school staff to stop by our tasting room and enjoy our complimentary samples. After your tasting and choosing your favorite, we will continue honoring teachers and staff with our $5 Glasses of Wine Special all weekend when you show us your school district ID. After all, having wine does help reduce stress!

While you’re here, we will also provide light appetizers in our lounge, such as award winning cheeses from Vern’s Cheese, Inc. We also have a variety of wine pairings (cheese, chocolate and caramel) you’re more than welcome to purchase and enjoy next to the fireplace while you are here.

To view more event details, click here.

This event is open to the public, so feel free to bring your family, however, the $5 Glasses of Wine Special will be only given to Teachers & Staff with their school district IDs. With school coming close to an end, we are glad to show you how grateful we are for your service!

Plan your getaway… If you’re planning on coming Friday, we will have extended hours* from 5:30-8pm in honor of the Art of Water Exhibition by James May Gallery. Throughout the weekend you’ll be able to view beautiful art pieces at various locations throughout the town – including here at von Stiehl Winery!

We look forward to you joining us for our $5 Glasses of Wine Special May 4th-6th at von Stiehl Winery.

*Hours for Teacher Appreciation weekend are Friday, May 4th 9am-8:30pm; Saturday, May 5th 9-5pm; Sunday, May 6th 9-5pm.

Art of Water II

March 20, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

Art of Water at von Stiehl WineryAs summer gets closer and closer, we are often reminded of all the great times we enjoyed in previous summers. Maybe it included a lovely stroll down Crescent Beach’s boardwalk, or splashing around in beautiful Lake Michigan. Or maybe if you’re lucky, it included reeling in the big one out on the lake!

No matter how you enjoyed your time over the summer – water played a part. Water is our most vital resource! The Art of Water exhibition put on by James May Gallery, hopes that by celebrating the water on the shores of Lake Michigan that they can also help to better protect it.

The Art of Water exhibition will be on display at various locations throughout Algoma including here at von Stiehl Winery. Other locations include: James May Gallery, JM North, Steele Street Trading Co. Gallery, Jabberwock Gallery and Studio, Clay on Steele and Steele Street Hops.

Opening night of the Art of Water exhibition will be held May 4th from 5:30 to 8pm. The opening night will include art openings at all of the locations above. Art celebrating water from over 100 regional and national artists! Taste of Ethiopia, a pay-it-forward food truck, will be serving some of their local favorites. Waters Edge Artists, painters for preservation, will be plein air painting at James May Gallery from 9am to dusk.

Saturday, May 5th, you will be able to see the art you missed the night before at the various open locations and continue the conversation about water. Waters Edge Artists will be plein air painting at James May Gallery.

All pieces of the Art of Water exhibit will be for sale.

Art of Water exhibition is free for all ages! So bring your family to show them how vital water is.

If you aren’t able to attend opening night, the exhibition will run from May 3rd-May 27th.

As more information is provided, we will update our listing. Be sure to check out James May Gallery’s website for information on upcoming exhibits.

Wet Whistle Wine Fest

January 12, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

Wet Whistle Wine FestWet Whistle Wine Fest • Friday, Sept. 14 | 5–9pm (Free)

Saturday, Sept. 15 | 10am–6pm ($10)

Wet Whistle Wine Fest offers award-winning wines, a grape stomp, hearty sandwiches, & live music! It isn’t the 2,000 visitors smiling all the time that’s weird. Nor is it the trombonist standing in a grape-filled barrel while playing an amazing riff, nor the people with sticky purple feet dancing onstage. This is normal at a wine fest and to be expected. What’s odd at Wet Whistle Wine Fest are all the costumes. We don’t ask anyone to show up dressed as wine bottles, or happy nuns who love Naughty Girl wine. These are just a couple examples of Wet Whistle Wine Fest goings-on that we just couldn’t make up. Don’t take our word for it… come to the wine fest and see it for yourself!

This Wet Whistle Wine Fest is a fundraiser for the Community Improvement of Algoma, and the Algoma Fire and Rescue. Come out to support these great non-profit organizations of Algoma!

Friday

Free admission, but canned food donations for Kewaunee County Food Pantry are welcome! All weekend, children under 12 FREE. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Band: Cat Five • 5–9pm
Specialty Foods • 5–9pm

Saturday

$10 Admission. All weekend, children under 12 FREE. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Band: Conscious Pilot • 10am–1:30pm
Band: The Groove Hogs • 2–6pm
Tours & Wine Tasting • At Winery,  9am–6pm
Specialty Foods • 10am–6pm
Celebrity Stomp Off • 11am & 11:20am
Grape Stomp Heats: 12:20pm, 1:30pm & 3pm
Grand Grape Stomp Off • 4:30pm

Vintage Wine Tasting • 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the production building.

Need a place to stay? Visit the Algoma Chamber of Commerce for lodging and a list of other great things to do while in town for the Wet Whistle Wine Fest.

Sweet Saturdays February 2018

December 28, 2017 by Rayanne Racine

Sweet Pairing example

Bored of being inside this winter? Jump in the car, go for a drive, and visit us any Saturday in February and enjoy complimentary samples of various sweet treats.

Sweet treats we will be featuring are near and dear to us because they are from local confectioners. That means you may find a new favorite. We will even let you know which wine pairs well with each sweet!

Confectioners will be onsite from Noon – 3 pm each Saturday in February.

White Cottage Red Door: White Cottage Red Door just opened in the spring of 2017, in what was the space formerly occupied for 57 years, by Ray’s Cherry Hut. Their Cherry Wine Fudge is hand-crafted the old-fashioned way, on a marble slab. They will be kicking off Sweet Saturdays with us on February 3rd.

Country Ovens: Country Ovens is located in Forestville, WI. Since 1987, Country Ovens is home to many Cherry De-Lite cherry treats made exclusively from Door County Montmorency tart cherries. They will be here February 10th!

Love You More Toffee: Specializes in hand-dipped small batch English toffee, Love You More, LLC was founded in 2015 and is a local favorite! They will be sampling their toffee February 17th.

Sap Happy Maple Products: Maple Glazed Pecans and other treats from Sap Happy Maple Products. Sap Happy Maple Products is owned by a local family right here in Algoma, WI. The owner is a fourth-generation maple syrup producer and he and his wife create these delightful treats. They will be here February 24th.

Anything sampled will be available for purchase, in case the sample kept you craving for more!

Make your day even sweeter by enjoying complimentary wine tastings! We recommend trying our Cherry Bounce or Apple Bounce, as they are brandy fortified and an extraordinary treat.

If sweets aren’t your thing, don’t worry… we have plenty of delectable dry wines, such as our Pinot Noir, Calistoga Cabernet, and our Montepulciano. And if you are feeling like snacking, we have an array of gourmet cheeses.

Why not make a weekend of it and reserve spots on our VIP Tour that takes place on Friday afternoons! It includes a behind the scenes tour with one of our wine makers and a three course pairing.

Looking for a place to stay? We recommend staying at Hotel Stebbins if you want to be within walking distance. Otherwise, view all of Algoma’s Lodging here.

For more information check our events calendar and check our Facebook page for any updates.

Vintage Tasting At Wet Whistle Wine Fest

August 18, 2017 by Rayanne Racine

 

von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 16

Tucked away in various places of our production and tasting room buildings are small lots of old vintages. There will be two to ten cases of our favorite varieties spread out and tucked under pallet racking that look out of place. Early September, the odd lots are gathered, we come to terms with how many bottles of each to sell, and we then come up with a Vintage Tasting List. This list is offered only once a year at the Wet Whistle Wine Fest.

Some of the wines offered at this event have a limited supply, so tears will be shed. Below is a sneak peek at a few of the wines featured at this year’s Vintage Tasting.

2015 Big Roast Red ~ This special bottling for our 2015 Meet the Makers Festival, now known as BrewVino Roast, is a blend of four different wines to create the perfect blend. A little spicy with a hint of oak, this blend creates the perfect wine for a barbecue. Only 16 bottles left!

2012 VS Barrel Select Cabernet ~ Every few years an outstanding vintage is allowed an extended time in oak. Three top-tier barrels from a lot of twelve were blended to create this one-time offering. This medium bodied, rich and elegant wine features fragrant aromas of black cherry, cassis and plum with flavors of currant and dark berries. It will only be available at special tastings, so this may be your only time to try it! 20 cases – New Release! 

2016 Apple Bounce ~ Intense aromas of fresh apple pie marry with smooth apple brandy overtones. It’s been aged in small American oak bourbon barrels for four months. 20.5% alcohol. Be careful! Unlimited ~ New Release!

We’d love for you to join us on September 16, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the bottling room of our production building at 104 Steele Street. You don’t have to attend the wine festival in order to take part in this tasting, but you are more than welcome to!

For more information click here.

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.

 

Vintage Tasting at Wet Whistle Wine Fest

August 16, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Vintage Tasting

Von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 17

Tucked away in various places of our production building and tasting room buildings are small lots of old vintages. You will only notice them on tour if you look closely to find pallets of mismatched wine boxes. There will be two to ten cases of our favorite varieties spread out, and tucked under pallet racking that look out of place. We like to hide these vintages in plain sight. When the beginning of September rolls around, we go on a wine hunt. The odd lots are gathered, then signs are made. Pricing is negotiated. Tears are shed. You get the idea.

When we come to terms with how many bottles of each vintage to sell, we then come up with a Vintage Tasting List. This list is offered once a year at the Wet Whistle Wine Fest in September. These wines are near and dear to us, so just our family pulls corks and pours them for guests. We love to see the reactions on tasters’ faces as they first try our 2006 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon. Another highlight is to pull and offer barrel samples of a special batch of Cherry Bounce. It’s a bit of an abnormal tasting, set up on planks and barrels in our bottling room. Just the wine is fancy – the rest of it comes down to simple enjoyment of vintages that have enjoyed extra time relaxing within the winery walls.

We’d love for you to join us on September 17, from 12:30 to 4 pm in the bottling room of our production building at 104 Steele Street. You need not attend the wine festival in order to take part in this tasting, but as they say, “When in Rome…”

We ask that you buy a Riedel stemless wine glass for $10. After that, we’ll pour five samples from the special vintage tasting list. No reservations are needed, but keep in mind that we will run out of certain offerings as the day goes on. It’s both a sad, and a happy time!

Algoma August Amusement

July 20, 2016 by

Algoma in August

August Amusement in Algoma

If summer was only a month long, then we’d have the entire season left! As it is, the time to give it is here and there’s no shortage of things to see in Algoma in August.

You might think summer activities would be dying down by August, but in Algoma, we’re just getting started!

Cuisine Concerts on August 6, 13, and 20

Our summer concerts are still gaining ground. With extra seating next door, you probably won’t even need a lawn chair. The August band lineup:
August 6 – The Outpatients, led by lord of the lick, Bob Balsley. If you love great guitar, he’s your guy.
August 13 – The Jenirators, led by Jenny Funk. Her vocal range and power is amazing, and not to be missed.
August 20 – 12 Volt, We don’t know much about these guys, but they come highly recommended by a former employee. Come listen and tell us what you think.
Enjoy food at the Skaliwag’s food trailer along with our wine and Ahnapee Brewery beer!

Tall Ship Sneak Peak on August 3

These ships will be in a bit of a race that finishes outside of Algoma. The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race finish line will leave them mustering off shore in Algoma before heading to Sturgeon Bay.  There’s something involving a massive floating duck associated with this festival that we haven’t completely figured out. As part of the mystery, a seven-foot baby duck will be set up outside the winery on the 3rd. Ahnapee Brewery is the beer sponsor. So come enjoy a Tall Ships Lager and see the massive ships from our brewery patio. Read more about the Green Bay event here.

Shanty Days August 12-14

Fishing Shanties are the small buildings that used to line the Ahnapee River. They served as the home base for commercial fishing vessels in our port. A couple shanties remain, and they are a popular subject for photographers and painters in the summer and fall. To commemorate these local historic icons Algoma hosts Shanty Days. This annual event supports a number of non-profit organizations in the area. Fair food never tastes better than when a lake breeze is blowing through and at Shanty Days you’ll find everything from fried chicken on a stick to funnel cakes.

Do they have our wine? You betcha! Find five of our top varieties in the Algoma Main Street tent. One note – if you’re planning to visit us on August 13, be aware that the streets around the winery are closed all morning due to the noon parade. Things get flowing around 1 pm when the blockades come down. Until then you may want to wear your walking shoes!

 

BrewVino Roast

March 22, 2016 by

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BrewVino Roast – an Event With a Different Flavor!

You may have enjoyed our inaugural steer roast last June when it was called Meet the Makers. We found that the most exciting part of the event was not the makers, but the steer roast. This year, we’ll be focusing more on the steer in the renamed BrewVino Roast event, but will also offer a unique batch of wine and beer to complement the steer.

You’ll have the chance to taste the most popular varieties of von Stiehl wines and Ahnapee brews during the event, and enjoy the opportunity to buy an exclusive batch of beer made just for the occasion. What’s unique about the BrewVino Steer roast? This steer was raised on Ahnapee Brewery spent grains on the Bryersquart Family Farm in Forestville. Prior to the roast the whole steer is bathed in a von Stiehl cherry wine marinade. This is not an amateur production, either — for starters, the steer is processed by Ottos Meats in Luxemburg, after which Chef Chris from Skaliwags and von Stiehl winemaker Aric Schmiling will prepare the special  cherry wine marinade. Then the full carcass is marinated for 24 hours before it’s laid over a hot fire at 2 am on the day of the event, with a serving time somewhere between noon and 2 pm, or when our experts deem it ready. This is a true farm-to-table experience!

All profits from the steer roast are donated to the Ribbon of Hope fund. Their mission is to be a financial, informational and emotional resource for individuals with breast cancer in Northeastern Wisconsin. Ribbon of Hope assists breast cancer patients regardless of age, gender, race or religion. This is a great organization where 97¢ of every $1 goes to grant recipients!

If tickets sell out online, they will not be available on the day of the event.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 11am – 6pm

Buy Tickets for $5

Steer roast, specialty beer and wine, a shopping expo, and great music.

Music: Bob Balsley  11am-2pm, Conscious Pilot  2-6pm.

Steer Plate: $10  To benefit Ribbon of Hope

Wine or Beer: $5

Super Bowl Wine Pairing

November 16, 2015 by

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 one of the barrel rooms of our cellars. The arched limestone tunnels are 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 for February 7 – 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!

Summer Cuisine Concert Series

June 25, 2015 by

Cuisine Concerts

Cuisine Concerts

Cuisine Concerts

Legend has it that there was a Green Bay summertime billboard in the 1980s that displayed the air temperature of Algoma. There would be such a thing because in July and August when it is sweltering inland, Algoma typically enjoys a 70-something degree breeze off of Lake Michigan. Two blocks in from the beach you’ll find Skaliwags, a little dive bar that serves five star cuisine. Skaliwags birthed the Skaliwagon food truck, which shows up in front of our tap room and winery during the Saturday Cuisine Concerts.

Let’s do the math…

1 Cool Breeze + 1 Winery + 1 Brewery + 1 Food Truck + 1 Band =

5 Star Summer Bliss!

With a seating capacity of around 200, there’s plenty of room to take in the best parts of summer right in our back yard. Admission is free, so come take in all that Algoma has to offer with this band lineup:

 

Cuisine Concert Series Calendar

12:30 – 4 pm*

7/11 Annie Rose Band (Classic Rock)

7/18 Sly Joe Trio (Earthy Soul With a Funky Stroll)

7/25 Clipper City Cats (Blues and Old School Rock)

8/1 Dr. Bombay (Great Guitar from Buffet to Santana)

8/8 Beaker Street (Rock and Blues)

8/15 The Hits (Covers of 60s-90s hits) 1:30-5 pm due to parade

 

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but beer, food, water & soda pop will be available for purchase.

Red Wine Tasting

February 5, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

copy-headerHome1.jpgBe first in line at this red wine tasting and sample the newest and oldest vintages currently in barrels. Barrel-fermented Riesling, Brunello, Mourvèdre, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, and Marquette are some that are waiting for you.
Aric, Dave, and Chad will be on hand to pull samples from the barrels in our cellars for you to taste, forecast, and purchase at a discounted price.
Your session will include appetizers, five unique barrel tastings, and past vintage reserve tastings. Cost is $20/person and space is limited, so please call soon to reserve your spot. 800-955-5208.

Wet Whistle Wine Fest is this weekend!

September 10, 2014 by

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Wet Whistle Wine Fest

Grape Stomp • Live Music • Art Fair • Heritage Foods • Wine Tasting

The Wet Whistle Wine Fest is almost here! Are the matching t-shirtsready for the group? Are the costumes ready to go? A spare change of clothes for after the grape stomp? A campsite or hotel room confirmed? With the wine festival only a few days away, we hope that you’re prepared for a great little small-town festival.

There are two main draws to a wine fest. Some attend to simply enjoy wine along with friends and entertainment. This group enjoys being goofy at the grape stomps and will most likely be in matching costumes. A great wine experience with music and friends is what’s important.

The second type of wine fest attendee is planning to explore. These visitors like to wander the aging tunnels, look at the bottling equipment, read up on the history of the oldest licensed winery in the state, and take in more of the winery experience. For this second group, we are bringing back the special vintage wine tasting from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the production building. This tasting isn’t technically part of the wine fest as it is held off of the grounds and away from the busy tents. To participate in the event, we ask that you buy one of our crystal Riedel stemless glasses for $10 per person. In that glass we pour five samples of our special vintages. No reservations are needed. Just come through the door located in the alley which connects the winery to the festival.

Find out what else is going on in Algoma during the wine fest weekend at algoma.org.

Information on the wine fest is also available on the Algoma Main Street website.

 

Summer Cuisine Concerts – More Than String Pluckers and Cover Singers

July 2, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

Summer Cuisine Concerts

Live Music is like heat in Wisconsin. It isn’t around for long, but when it’s here there’s no missing it – and the Summer Cuisine Concerts are hot. Finding live entertainment in the Door County area is easy on any given day in summer. So you hear “live music” and think “big whoop, everybody’s got that.” You’re right, and we agree that it takes more than string pluckers and cover singers to make a summer day special. So we start with talented musicians and add wine. If you like von Stiehl, then that’s the start of something good. More of a beer drinker? Got you covered with small batch craft brews from our tap room two doors down. Music, wine, and beer all need food. Good food? No, great food! Hence the Summer Cuisine Concerts name. Who serves the best Door County cuisine? Many would say Skaliwags. The Skaliwagon will be serving fantastic gourmet outdoor faire at all of the concerts. More on them in the next article.
What’s the last thing we all would like to make things perfect? The weather. Typically, the coolest summer breeze is found on the shore of Lake Michigan in Algoma. While the rest of the state is soaking in sticky 80-90 degree temps, we’re enjoying soothing 75 degree air wafting in from the lake. The same lake that you will enjoy viewing while partaking in all that other stuff that goes along with string pluckers and cover singers at von Stiehl this summer.

The Summer Cuisine Concerts Lineup:
7/5 Annie Rose Band (Classic Rock)
7/12 Two Souls (Island and Rock)
7/19 The Blue Gills (Classic Rock & Blues)
7/26 Dave Steffan Band (Blues Rock)
8/2 Givin Up the Ghost (Acoustic Rock)
8/9 The Hits (Covers from 60s to 90s) *1:30 to 5 PM Due to Parade
8/16 Redfish (Cajun & Rock)

Ladies Festival

May 22, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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If you don’t like change then you’ll be happy to know that this year’s Ladies’ Fest will be every bit as much fun as the last five. Shopping, massages, a Naughty Girl glass with two fills of wine, lunch and a chocolate truffle all for $35. Classic rock by Two Souls in the morning, then Men in Suits will return from 2 pm. to 6 pm with cover favorites and disco. Don’t worry, they keep their suits on. If you liked Ladies’ Fests of the past then come this year to relive the day one last time. Due to dwindling attendance, we’ll be making some tweaks to the 2015 festival according to your feedback. Please let us know what you like and don’t like about the structure of the event this year so that we can make it more attractive in future years. We’d like to do away with the $35 admission fee to grow the event and perhaps offer something at the tap room next door for beer lovers. Either way, mark your calendars for the June 20, 2015 mystery event!

 

Stiletto Stroll

You know how it’s all about who you know? A good friend owns a boutique in Green Bay called Nell’s that specializes in prosthetics and high end wigs to help women fighting cancer. It’s a confidential, classy, and established joint which is Medicaid-qualified. Stacey’s compassion for those suffering from cancer motivated her to get involved in the Northeast Wisconsin Ribbon of Hope campaign. We noticed that a number of Ribbon of Hope supporters were also involved as Ladies’ Fest vendors. After a few glasses of wine, the ideas were flying and the Stiletto Stroll was born. Last year it was known as the Strut, but a cease-and-desist letter from another organization quickly initiated a name-change to Stiletto Stroll.

Long story short, they want you and your heels at 10 am on the morning of Ladies’ Fest. The $10 entry fee goes to the good cause, while you go for a walk along the Algoma boardwalk in comfortable shoes. Save your stamina for the last few-tenths of a mile where you are welcome to strap on heels and cross the finish line in style. Is it a contest? Yes, but not a race. Contestants will be judged on attitude, style, costume, and most interesting shoes. Then there is an overall winner. Want that trophy? Just think outside the box. Here’s a picture of last year’s winner so you know what you are up against. The rest of the prizes are awarded in wine.

Beauty and the Beads • November 10

October 15, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

There are still spots available at the Ladies of the Vine “Beauty and the Beads” winery event! The best way to be ready for whatever the holidays have in store is with our Beauty and the Beads party on Sunday, November 10, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Rocks of Ages will be on hand with all the materials and help needed to make a bracelet or beaded wine glass and charm for you or for a gift. Enjoy appetizers and two glasses of wine while you create. You can also learn how to be the Belle of the Ball from our beauty experts who will introduce you to new products and provide tips for your beauty regimen. $35/person includes all supplies plus the wine and munchies, but call 800-955-5208 soon for reservations, because space is limited. Beauty and the Beads Event

Wet Whistle Wine Fest September 13 & 14, 2013

August 6, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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In 2011, the Groove Hogs played their last reunioun concert for the wine fest. To get them back we had to rent a sound system and pay a little higher price to cover airfaire for a couple of the band members. We moved on to the rythm and blues of In Black ‘n’ White last year and while they brought it, many were sad to have lost the Hogs. The magic is back. After some begging and pleading, the band has agreed to buy plane tickets, rehearse, and show up to relive their glory days on the grounds of this fall’s Wet Whistle Wine Fest. This is where we would normally copy something off of their website about their music style, but there is no longer a website. To help you get the idea, they have brass, love playing songs from the past 40 years that were written by musicians that had brass, and rock them and the crowd to no end. It wasn’t uncommon to see 80+ year-old grandmothers dancing on picnic tables (no disrespect to grandmothers, they can move with the best of them). They don’t mind if you dance on stage with them while they tend to tight harmonies as they scale the scales and rock the grannies.
Don’t let the Groove Hogs steal the thunder from The Cougars on Friday afternoon or the Annie Rose Band on Saturday morning. Both these bands have strong female vocals. The Cougars are a year-old band that should be charging more. With three female leads and a solid rock band behind them, they will get you dancing and keep you saying “wow they sing that too!” Bring your ear plugs for Annie Rose as it won’t be a quiet Saturday morning overlooking the lake. She’ll have you looking over your shoulder for Bobby McGee while the wine shakes in your glass.
Of course there will be plenty of our wine, a beer bar, specialty foods, fine art fair, and multitudes of creative costumes. One suggestion: plan wine tasting for Friday or Monday. Due to so much traffic during the weekend, we set up tasting outside in a tent in small plastic cups. It’s not ideal but serving free wine to 2,000 in one day is no small feat; even if they’re purple. Flanking the crowded days will be a busy Friday and slower Monday and those will be the best for visiting the regular tasting bar.
If you grew accustomed to enjoying the vintage wine tasting we apologize as there will not be one this year. Instead, we will most likely plan an event over winter when the crowds aren’t loud, allowing us to talk in our normal voices as we pour the high end wines.
Wet Whistle Wine Fest! • September 13 & 14, 2013
Grape Stomp, Wine Tasting, Great Music, Specialty Foods, & Fine Art Fair
Admission Charge $10 (Saturday) Friday Free
Friday 4 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
Music Friday: The Cougars 4 PM to 8 PM,
Music Saturday: Annie Rose Band 10 AM to 1:30 PM, The Groove Hogs (Reunion Concert) 2:00 PM to 6 PM
Event location: Legion Memorial Park & von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, WI
algomamainstreet.org or vonstiehl.com • 800-955-5208

Steel Bridge Songfest

May 19, 2013 by

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Celebrating their ninth year, Steel Bridge Songfest takes place in Sturgeon Bay to celebrate historic preservation through music. Over 150 artists perform all original music at more than a dozen venues throughout the city. Steel Bridge Songfest 2013 takes place June 13 -16. Come and enjoy four days of music for the unbelievably affordable ticket price of $25!

Story of the Steele Bridge Songfest

According to the Steel Bridge website, in 1996, a grassroots group called “the SOBs” (Save Our Bridge) was organized to save Sturgeon Bay’s Michigan Street Bridge from the scheduled wrecking ball. They amazingly succeeded and in 2005, Citizens for Our Bridge (CFOB) was registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Their mission: preserve and promote this historic bridge through community outreach and education via creative musical events and projects.

To build public appreciation for the bridge and the Historic Downtown District in Sturgeon Bay, a week-long celebration is held every June in and around The Holiday Music Motel, a fully operational motel that also hosts live music events. Songwriters and musicians from around the world, including Jackson Browne, Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s), James McMurtry and hundreds of others have performed at this event, donating their time and talents to perform at Steel Bridge Songfest.

Since 2007, thanks to assistance from the National Trust For Historic Preservation and the funds raised through Songfest, Sturgeon Bay’s Historic “Steel Bridge” is protected, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge turned 80 the summer of 2011 and also underwent a long awaited rehab. Since the bridge is officially “saved,” CFOB’s continued mission is to honor the bridge as a living symbol of creative collaboration and preservation thriving together harmoniously, building community, drawing greater beauty and vitality to our surroundings.

Check out some of this year’s performers on the Steel Bridge Songfest website.

Like Historic Spaces? Stop by von Stiehl Winery!

Our winery is over 150 years old. It was originally a brewery, however, in the mid 1960s, Dr. Charles Stiehl purchased and restored the building to expand his hobby, making wine out of Door County cherries. Intrigued? Stop by our winery in Algoma any day of the week and join in a tour – we have about seven per day during the summer. Look forward to seeing you!

Door County Wine Tour Weekend

April 21, 2013 by

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.

Girls Weekend Getaway in Door County

March 30, 2013 by

Get over the winter with a fabulous weekend of female fun! The fifth annual Groovin’ Sisterhood Weekend is coming up from April 25 – 28th.

Celebrate womanhood in the beautiful and historical city of Sturgeon Bay, in Door County. Embrace life, love, and laughter during this women-oriented four-day weekend! Come to shop, discover, and revitalize with other fabulous women! Enjoy a weekend filled with activities, seminars, and groovin’ classes!

There will be a variety of fun activities over the weekend! You can participate as much or as little as you would like. There are also optional sessions for a small fee. Receive your exclusive Groovin’ Sisterhood coupon book, fabulous tote, and Sisterhood Enquirer, which details all sessions and events, included in your registration bag!

Events and Sessions at the Groovin Sisterhood Weekend

All weekend long, the Door County Trolley will be providing free transportation around Sturgeon Bay. Explore Door County!

There will be art and craft sessions as well – everything from glass blowing to floral design to food and beer pairings.

Check the Groovin’ Sisterhood webpage for more updates soon.

Registration starts at $65, with a variety of other ticketed events you may want to attend.

Wine and Women – A Wonderful Combination!

While you are in Sturgeon Bay for the weekend, take the short drive to Algoma, a cute waterfront town about 17 miles South. We have a winery tour every Saturday at 2 p.m. when you can see our underground arched limestone caverns and the new production facility. At only $4, you can’t find a cheaper way to enjoy 30 minutes! Plus, the wine tasting is always complimentary. Our tasting room and shop is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While visiting, you may want to become a member of the Ladies of the Vine club. Enjoy unique wine and food pairings, shopping discounts in our store and the opportunity to order from our gift and decorating catalogues at great discounts. The Ladies of the Vine have at least three unique events per year.

Last Days to Take Advantage of Romance Getaway Package

February 18, 2013 by

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How did Valentine’s Day go for you this year? Did you forget to make reservations in advance and end up in the same old eatery you’re at every weekend?

If, for some reason, the lover’s holiday wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, we have round two for you.

Get away to the Fox Hill Resort in Mishicot, about 45 minutes south of our winery here in Algoma. For the absolute bargain price of $84, get a room for you and your significant other, a tour and tasting for the two of you here at von Stiehl along with a wine and chocolate pairing and a bottle of wine to bring home with you! Wholly cow! You can’t beat that! Upgrade your room at Fox Hill Resort to one with a fireplace for only $50 in addition.

However, you do need to act fast – this offer expires at the end of February!

About Fox Hill Resort

Fox Hill is a golf resort, so if weather permits, you can go catch a few rounds. Aside from golf, Fox Hills is a great weekend destination. They have over 100 tasteful guest rooms and suites, including some dog friendly rooms. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and several eateries. The 19th Hole Bar & Grill, The Willowview Restaurant and Benchwarmers Sports Bar, all feature daily food and drink specials.

Winery Tours at von Stiehl

When you attend a tour at our facility we show you everything, including the underground arched limestone caverns and the new production facility. The building itself has a rich history, built five years after the end of the Civil War. During the 30-minute tour, enjoy a glimpse into winemaking: view the bottling line, receive an introduction to wine varieties and sample some of our fine wines.

Door County Fire and Ice Festival

February 3, 2013 by

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.

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