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Worker Call – Door County Wine Fest

April 25, 2016 by

Door County Wine Fest

Von Stiehl is excited to be one of eight wineries participating in the Door County Wine Fest. What began as a small 500-800 person tasting event has grown into a full-blown ‘close down the highway’ kind of party. There are over 1,700 tickets sold so far, and online ticket purchasing is only picking up. Egg Harbor will be a wine taster’s paradise this June 25.

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 Wineries. Each will bring 10 wines for sampling along with two select vintages for a V.I.P. tasting.

While we are promoting attendance, our equal concern is staffing. We’re looking for a few workers that would be willing to set up, and pour wine samples, on June 25th. Interested? We’ll happily compensate you a bottle of wine or $10 in cash per hour worked. If you’re up for pouring, please email Brad@vonStiehl.com to sign up.

Here’s the scope of the day:

11 am: Set up of von Stiehl Winery tent

Noon: Eat lunch

1 pm to 5 pm: Pour 1/2 ounce samples, sell select varieties by the glass and bottle

5 pm: Clean and pack up

6 pm: Finished

If you’re interested in attending but aren’t too keen on working it, here’s some more information from DoorCountyWineTrail.com:

Calling all wine lovers. This is an event celebrating quality “Made in Door County” wine products. The Door County Wine Trail group and Egg Harbor Business Association partner to bring you a viticulture and entertainment extravaganza. Join us at the inaugural Door County Wine Fest on Saturday, June 25, 2016 for unlimited tasting of more than 80 different wines. There will be plenty of sumptuous food, tasty cheese, incredible music and delicious wines. – See more at: http://www.doorcountywinetrail.com/door-county-wine-fest/#sthash.UT76NunF.dpuf

Wine Festival on September 11 & 12

August 10, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Beware of Wine Bottles and Dancing Nuns at the Wet Whistle Wine Festival this year in Algoma!

Wine Bottles and Nuns at the Wet Whistle Wine FestivalThe wine festival is earlier than ever this year — perhaps the earliest it will ever be! Join us on September 11 & 12 for a grape stomping good time!

Here are a few tips:
*For a better time, bring a chair, costume, and lots of friends.
*Plan to eat food and drink water along with your wine.
*You may feel out of place if your party isn’t wearing matching shirts.T-shirts at the Wine Festival

*The brewery patio will be serving burgers Friday afternoon and Saturday night. Wine is now available in the tap room.
*It’s not the best setting for children.
*The nuns aren’t really nuns. The walking wine bottles aren’t full of wine… until the end of the day.

We all get along at the Wet Whistle Wine Festival*The Police uniforms aren’t costumes.

*Intoxicated wine bottles aren’t allowed outside the wine festival grounds without a police escort.
*The wine festival tasting tent is packed from 11 am to 4 pm so plan to sample early or late.
*It’s a great day for a free self-guided walking tour of the winery.

See more details here: Friday & Saturday.

Special Vintage Tasting Saturday at Wet Whistle Wine Festival
We are bringing back the special vintage wine tasting from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the production building. We’re still pretty small Vintage Tasting at Wet Whistle Wine Festivalbeans at von Stiehl so it’ll be just us owners along with our assistant winemaker Dave.
To participate in the event, we ask that you buy one of our crystal Riedel stemless glasses for $10. In that glass we will pour five samples of our special vintages. No reservations are needed. Just knock twice on the alley door on the west side of the production building!

Summer Cuisine Concert Series

June 25, 2015 by

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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.

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.

Wet Whistle Wine Fest September 13 & 14, 2013

August 6, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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Wine Fest Next Month
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

Ridges Sanctuary Hosts Door County Festival of Nature

April 29, 2013 by

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The Door County Festival of Nature is your opportunity to learn more about the wildflowers, geology, birds and insects of our peninsula. During field trips and hands-on programs, guides will walk you through some of the most pristine and unique natural areas in the county. Many of these areas are not typically open to the public and can only be accessed during this special event, taking place from May 23 -25, 2013. Conservation organizations in Door County will share ways in which they are working to preserve our rich natural heritage for the future. Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to share your love of the natural world with other conservation-minded participants from all over the Midwest.

Spring is a great time to experience the natural wonder of Door County. Migrating warblers and other songbirds return to the peninsula and shorebirds gather on our lakes and bays. Wildflowers are opening out into the spring sunshine. Come join us!

Highlights of the Door County Festival of Nature

  • Canoe & Kayak Trips – Paddle the Peninsula!
  • Birding Hotspots
  • Wildflower Outings
  • Photography Workshops
  • NEW! Nature Trivia Night
  • NEW! Local Land & Lake Picnic featuring organic and locally sourced foods
  • Early morning birdwatching trips to local hotspots for waterfowl, warblers and more
  • Geology of the Door Peninsula
  • An old-fashioned Barn Dance / Social to wrap up the weekend’s activities

Register for Festival of Nature Events

Online registration is the fastest and easiest way to register for the Festival. You get up-to-date information on trips that are fully booked and reserve trips immediately. You can pay by credit card or print your registration form and mail it to The Ridges Sanctuary with payment by check or debit/credit card.

Visit von Stiehl While in Door County

Add one other item to your spring must-see list while on the Peninsula: von Stiehl. While there isn’t much wildlife at the winery, but we do have Ladies of the Vine, our wine club that you automatically become a member of when you purchase one case of wine per year. Come and take a tour of our beautiful facility in the charming waterfront town of Algoma!

Door County Spring Blossom Tour

March 16, 2013 by

Next month is when spring really begins in Door County. And how do we know this? Because the cherry blossoms appear – at last! All over the countryside and along the roadways, cherry blossoms leave their thin carpeting of white and pink petals. The trees become like giant cotton candy puffs and we remember what a warm breeze feels like on our faces.

A fun way to celebrate spring in Door County is via a trolley tour. The tours are run by Door County Trolley Inc. They pick you up in Sturgeon Bay around 9:30 a.m. and take you up the peninsula to the adorable community of Fish Creek, exploring orchards of blossoms and large expanses of wildflower fields along the way. There will be many great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera!

While in Fish Creek, you will enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride! Lunch and two wine tastings are also included in the tour.

The tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout April and May. Cost is $60. Visit the Door County Trolley website to purchase tickets.

von Stiehl’s Cherry Wines

We have a wide selection of wines created from the very cherries these blossoms hail! After your tour, stop by von Stiehl in Algoma to taste some of our Door County cherry wines. Here are some of our most popular:

  • Cherry Blush Wine: A smooth and appealing semi-dry white blushed with Montmorency cherries.
  • Cherry Kirsche: This fortified wine is the perfect marriage of brandy spirits and cherry wine.
  • Cherry Kirsche Oak-Aged: This fortified wine is the perfect marriage of brandy spirits and cherry wine, aged in American Oak for an extra smooth finish.

You can buy any of our wines from our website if you can’t make it to our winery.

St. Patrick’s Day Party & Parade in Sturgeon Bay

March 5, 2013 by

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On Saint Patrick’s, everyone can be Irish for a day! Sturgeon Bay parade gives you your chance! Brush off your green duds and join in the fun of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 16.

While it is not a national holiday, communities all over the country celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parties, parades and wearing of the green. Of course in Sturgeon Bay and Door County, we have our share of Irish Americans (and those that wish they were!) We don’t dye the waters of the bay green, but the Sturgeon Bay parade is not-to-miss. Come check out the floats, cars, trucks, horse and of course Leprechauns!

The Sturgeon Bay Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Route

The parade starts promptly at 11 a.m. on the West Side at Sawyer Park, and goes up Oak Street to Madison Avenue. It turns South on Maple, goes across the Oregon Street Bridge, then turns left on Third Avenue to Jefferson Street, before ending at 7th Avenue. Awards are given for Best Irish Entry, Best Tavern/Bar Entry, Best Retail Entry, and Best Non-Profit Entry. Last year it was 70 degrees and there were over 60 parade participants. We hope this year the parade will be even bigger!

To get you in the Saint Patty’s day mood, here are some fun facts about the holiday:

  • In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
  • Most Catholics attend mass in the morning and then attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
  • The phrase “drowning the Shamrock” comes from the custom of floating a shamrock on the top of a whiskey shot before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.

Stop by von Stiehl winery in Algoma on your way home from the parade to wrap up your day with some local Wisconsin wine!

Lake Michigan fishing in Algoma, Wisconsin

June 26, 2012 by

If you’re not a local, you might not realize that Algoma Wisconsin fishing is a big deal for area fishermen-in-the-know.

In fact, two of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan record fish have been caught in our very own Kewaunee County. In 1997, Debbie Morrison got a 27 lbs. 2 oz Steelhead. Dick Crowe got the record Lake Michigan brown trout (36 lbs. 9 oz.) in 2004. If you love to fish, your next fishing trip in Algoma, WI could land you the next record-breaker! Lake Michigan fishing from the waters of Algoma Wisconsin offers a wide range of fish to catch: Coho salmon, Chinook salmon, Steelhead trout, lake trout, brown trout and brook trout abound.

There are a lot of resources for Lake Michigan fishermen. For information on fishing licenses, weather conditions and much more, visit the DNR’s Lake Michigan Fishing page. The local fishing report is always a handy reference if you want to know where the fish are, what the weather’s doing, and what lures are making the fish bite. If you have your own boat for your Lake Michigan fishing trip, there are four marinas in Algoma: Algoma Boat Club, Algoma Marina, Captain K’s Landing and Pier 42 Marina.

Consider Algoma Charter Boat Fishing

If you don’t have your own boat or gas prices have made you rethink hauling your own, you can always opt for the experience and safety of a local charter boat. No one knows the local waters and the best Lake Michigan fishing spots better! There are a number of Algoma-area charter fishing companies. For a full list of charter boat services in Kewaunee County, check out the list at the Algoma Chamber of Commerce.

We also found this short but sweet reference for things to think about when hiring a charter fishing boat: http://www.takemefishing.org/assets/downloads/charter_fishing_tips.pdf

After you’re done with the day’s fishing, stop by our Algoma winery and unwind with some award-winning Wisconsin wines!

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Door County Cherry Blossoms

April 7, 2012 by

Door County Cherries are imbued with all the freshness of spring. They burst with flavor. They’re tangy-sweet and juicy. To eat a cherry is to taste heaven.

When we see all the Door County Cherry blossoms, we dream of the future harvest and the cherry pies to come. We dream of jams and tarts and cherry-filled pastries. We anticipate cheesecakes topped with cherries, yogurt mixed with cherries, and chocolate covered cherries.

All these thoughts compel us to open a bottle of Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, a delightful combination of Wisconsin Cherry Wine and Cherry Brandy. We sip it after dinner, in lieu of eating a slice of non-existent cherry pie. When we feel in a very cherry mood, we also have a glass of Cherry Blossom Blush before dinner. The cherry flavor in our Wisconsin Cherry wines is always fresh.

Come to Door County to see the Cherry Blossoms this spring. Drive around on your own, ride your bike past the many orchards of the Door Peninsula, or sign up for a Spring Blossom Trolley Tour in Egg Harbor.

In the evening, after dinner, pull out a bottle of Doc. Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, and toast the arrival of spring.

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Visit Door County

January 23, 2012 by

Wisconsinites who are crazy about ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing have been a bit blue this winter. While the mild temperatures and lack of snow have their benefits, they interfere with winter sports.

Door County, just north of our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, is known as a winter wonderland. During typical winter weather, folks flock there to explore its miles of trails on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. Don’t stay home just because Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated; there is plenty to do in Door County even without snow.

  • The 25th Annual Fish Creek Winter Festival takes place February 3-5, 2012. Ride the trolley, play human foosball, and check out the Door County Idol contest.
  • Candlelight Ski/Hike through Peninsula State Park on February 4, 2012. Warm yourself by the big old bonfire. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Fire and Ice at Sturgeon Bay, February 17-19, 2012. Watch professionals carve ice, or try your own hand at it. Evenings are full of dancing.

Or forego the festivities and head to Door Peninsula with your sweetie for a romantic getaway. Cute cabins, quaint inns, and luxurious resorts invite lazy mornings and romantic evenings. Be sure to visit the tasting room at our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery on your way north. Find a wine you both like, and maybe some local cheese or sweet treat, to enjoy during your weekend in Door County. Valentine’s Day will soon be here; what are your plans?

Try a bottle of our 2008 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, made with grapes from Washington State’s Yakima Valley. A special wine for a special occasion.

Get Out on the Greens

October 18, 2011 by

There is nothing like Door County during the autumn. The air is crisp and the colors are magnificent. It’s nearly impossible to stay indoors during the daytime.

Many people head up to Door County at this time of year from parts further south. They pick apples and pears, visit pumpkin patches, and wander through lengthy corn mazes. They hike through wooded trails, bike down wooded lanes, and they golf.

There are more than a dozen golf courses on the Door Peninsula, where the golfing is bested only by the superlative views. The challenging greens of Alpine Golf Course in Egg Harbor afford stunning views of Egg Harbor and the surrounding bluffs. Deer Run Golf Course up on Washington Island is particularly colorful this time of year, surrounded as it is with mature maple trees. The golf course at Peninsula State Park is said to boast the most scenic greenways in the state. In addition to the large oak, maple and birch trees that line the greens (currently dressed in vivid red, orange, and yellow leaves), the course offers panoramic views of Green Bay, the coastline, and many villages on the peninsula.

We hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery as you travel north to the Door Peninsula. Our tasting room is open daily. Take time to try a few of our Wisconsin wines, and when you find one you especially like (we think you’ll like them all), purchase a bottle or two to take with you. The only thing better than an autumn weekend in Door County is an autumn weekend in Door County accompanied by our Algoma, Wisconsin Wine.

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Fall Colors are Peaking

October 11, 2011 by

Fall Colors are Peaking along the coast of Lake Michigan and up into the Door Peninsula. In other words, drop all responsibilities, pack the car, and start driving. By next week, the leaves will be starting to drop.

Door County is always lovely, but at the height of fall foliage, it is a feast for the senses. With the landscape dressed in rich shades of red, orange, and yellow, it’s impossible to resist. Trails beckon and country roads invite scenic drives and long bike rides. Beaches beg for blankets laden with food and Wisconsin Wine. It’s the perfect time for a little holiday.

Fun fall activities in Door County:

There are also numerous hiking trails, bike trails, golf courses, and kayak launch points in Door County.

Call your sweetie or gather your friends and head to Door County as soon as you can. Stop by our Algoma Wisconsin winery on the way, so you’ll have good wine to enjoy after full days enjoying the splendor of autumn in Door County.

Try a glass of our new Diamond Chardonnay while you’re at our Tasting Room. We’ve used grapes from Sonoma, California, to produce a lush, full Chardonnay. It’s perfect for a warm autumn day.

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Shanty Days 2011

July 29, 2011 by

Algoma’s annual Shanty Days festival is a “Celebration of the Lake”. Since Algoma sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, we have good reason to celebrate. Thanks to the lake we have fish, beaches, and huge stretches of water on which to boat. The lake keeps us cool in the summer and gives us something beautiful to look at in the winter.

Shanty Days 2011 takes place August 12 – 14. Highlights include:

  • Parade (Saturday at noon)
  • Fireworks (Sunday at dusk)
  • Street Fair (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Arts & Craft Show (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Lots of live music


There’s also a 5K walk/run (Saturday morning), and an area “Just for Kids”. Shanty Days wouldn’t be Shanty Days without the Fishing Contest, held Thursday through Sunday. Call 920.883.9792 for more information. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery. We pour all of our wines in the Tasting Room, and guests are welcome to enjoy purchased bottles of wine on our terrace. Our Cuisine Concert Series on August 13 will feature The Modern Day Drifters, a Door County band known for its genre-crossing style and super fun music. Drop by any time between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. for music, food, and delicious Wisconsin Wine. Additional information about Shanty Days is available at the Algoma Chamber of Commerce.

July Events at von Stiehl Wisconsin Winery

July 7, 2011 by

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.

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Algoma’s Wednesday Night Concerts

June 28, 2011 by

Music is everywhere these days – it must be the fine summer weather. Algoma’s 2011 Wednesday Night Concert series starts July 6 at 7 p.m. Concerts run weekly through August 17. Our Algoma Wisconsin Winery Tasting Room and store are open daily until 5 p.m. In other words, you have plenty of time to visit our winery, try our Wisconsin Wine, and have dinner before the concerts start. Heritage Park is quite close to von Stiehl Wisconsin Winery. Stretch out on a blanket or sit up in a chair as you enjoy views of Lake Michigan and great music. Algoma Wednesday Night Concert Series:

  • July 13: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.
  • July 20: Chicago Blues Summit
  • July 27: Green Tea Irish Band
  • August 3: Kerry Michaels Band
  • August 10: Dave Steffen Band
  • August 17: Copper Box

See Terrence Simien in Algoma on July 6, 2011. Photo by Micheal Weintrob.

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There’s Still Snow in Door County

February 27, 2011 by

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.

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Winter in Door County

February 14, 2011 by

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.

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Romance and Wine in Door County

January 5, 2011 by

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.

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Wisconsin Wine and Quilts

November 9, 2010 by

Blustery fall weather has arrived, but that doesn’t stop intrepid Midwesterners from having fun. Weekends are still a time for outdoor activity and recreation – hiking, biking, boating, sightseeing, wine tasting… anything goes. This weekend, why not take a break from the city (Green Bay, Manitowoc) and head up to Door County to relax and unwind. When you do, stop by our Algoma Wisconsin Winery for wine tasting and a bottle or two of your favorite Wisconsin wine – it will make the weekend that much better. Touring the Kewaunee Area Barn Quilts is a great way to spend a day. Inspired by a similar project in Iowa, the Kewaunee County Area Barn Quilt project highlights historically significant barns. 4-H and FFA students throughout Kewaunee County spoke with the property owners about their barns, and patterns and colors were selected. The youngsters created the quilts and hung them over the course of a year, and today there are 18 barn quilts in the region. Our Algoma Winery tasting room is conveniently located in the midst of these beautifully adorned historic barns. On warm and sunny fall days, try a glass of refreshing Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc. If you need to hold on to your hat, stop by for a sip of our velvety Cabernet Sauvignon or our eminently drinkable Satin Red. The atmosphere of our tasting room is inviting and friendly – the perfect addition to a weekend getaway on the Door Peninsula.

Please visit Kewaunee County Area Barn Quilts for additional information.

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Door County Fall Color Tour

October 12, 2010 by

Fall colors are at their peak at our Algoma Wisconsin winery and north of us in Door County. Now is the time to drop everything, hop in the car, and head to the Door County Peninsula. Use stored vacation time, call in sick, or bring your laptop and work from the road – in short, do what it takes. This won’t last forever; in a week or two, the trees will be bare.

The first stop when heading to Door County should always be our Algoma Wisconsin winery. After all, no weekend in Door County is complete without Wisconsin wine. Chilly evenings call for our Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Select, while sunny fall days seem to demand our Chardonnay, full of the flavor of ripe apples.

This weekend – October 15 , 16, and 17, 2010 – is the 65th annual Fall Festival in Sister Bay, about fifty miles north of Algoma. The festival features a parade, a Classic Car Show, a fish boil, and arts and crafts. It takes place in town, along the coast of Green Bay. No festival in Wisconsin is complete without live music, so many bands will take the stage.

Once you’ve had your fill of the festival, head to one of the numerous orchards in the area for apple picking. Or enjoy a colorful bike ride along around the peninsula, up Green Bay and down the coast of Lake Michigan. Now that sounds like a perfect fall day.

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The Salmon of Lake Michigan

July 13, 2010 by

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.

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Explore Door Peninsula

February 5, 2010 by

Door County is considered one of the most beautiful spots in the country. Take a few days to explore Door County in the coming months, before the crowds come. Meander up the peninsula and experience the landscape in winter.

If you are starting in Green Bay, pick up some artisan cheese at Nala’s Fromagerie. You’ll find the perfect bottle to accompany it when you stop for a little Wisconsin Wine tasting in Algoma. From there, it takes less than two hours to drive straight to Newport State Park, at the tip of Door Peninsula. There are several areas up there good for stretching your legs: Newport State Park and Peninsula State Park come to mind. Newport State Park has over 25 miles of trails open for cross-country skiing, including some areas tracked for classical skiing and some groomed for skate skiing. There are also trails to explore on snow shoes. More XC skiing is available at Peninsula State Park, where you can take in the view from atop the bluffs, or visit the historic Eagle Buff Lighthouse. In short, there is no end to the delights of Door Peninsula. Ask us about some of our favorite spots out here when you stop by our Algoma Winery to pick out a bottle or two for your weekend.

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Try Apres Ski at our Wisconsin Winery

January 6, 2010 by

A Day of Biking and Wine Tasting

August 12, 2009 by

Aside from being home to the oldest winery in Wisconsin, Algoma has other attractions. Particularly pleasant is the 15.3 mile Ahnapee State Trail between Algoma and Sturgeon Bay. The trail follows an abandoned railroad line, is mostly flat, and incredibly scenic. The entire trail is easy to cover on a bicycle in one day. You’ll ride through marhes, woods, and lush farmland, and pass the small villages of Forestville and Maplewood.

It goes without saying that you’ll be tired after your day on the Ahnapee State Trail, and ready for refreshment. That’s where we come in. Our Algoma Winery offers tastings every day of the week, and at this time of year, we are open from 9am to 5pm. You can stop in before your ride and select the perfect wine to drink at the half-way point – something cool and refreshing like our Niagara, a semi-sweet white. Or stop by after you’ve logged many miles, and pick up something for the evening – perhaps a bottle of Sparkling Muscat. You are welcome to taste our products, because we want you to buy a bottle that you will enjoy.

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