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Dolcetto Winners!

July 20, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

Dolcetto

We’re so grateful for the many responses we received on Facebook; we enjoyed reading your comments detailing where you would enjoy this great wine!

To all three of our winners, we will send your bottle of Dolcetto to you. We hope you all enjoy it!

Without further ado, we congratulate Courtney Dart, Deann Halback & Niki Zielke! You are our winners for our giveaway of our Dolcetto.

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Didn’t win but still want the wine? Find Dolcetto and other von Stiehl favorites on our online webstore.

$50 Certificate Winners!

June 19, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

We’re so grateful for the many responses we received on Facebook; we enjoyed reading every single response!

To both of our winners, we will send your certificate to you. Once you receive it, you’ll be able to use it when you come and visit us at von Stiehl or at the comfort of your home using our online wine store.

We congratulate Kathy Hawkins & Catherine Otto Rohr! You are our winners for our giveaway of a $50 gift certificate.

Stay connected with us by liking our von Stiehl facebook page.

We love doing fun things on Facebook, but also on our e-newsletter. Subscribing to our e-newsletter will keep you up to date on awards received, upcoming events, recipes and much more. Click here to subscribe.

Award Winning Wines Recognized at von Stiehl Winery

June 18, 2018 by Brad Schmiling

award winning winesTwo von Stiehl favorites were crowned as award winning wines with gold medals from the Tasters Guild International Wine Competition: Crimson Royale and Oktoberfest. What’s more exciting is the double gold medal awarded to von Stiehl’s 2014 Sierra Foothills Montepulciano!

It’s nothing new for Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery to be recognized for its award winning wines. However, receiving double golds on dry red releases is a feather in the cap for von Stiehl Head Winemaker, Aric Schmiling, and his team.

Montepulciano is a delicate red that required a lot of attention. We had to be exact with fermentation, pump-overs and pressing. If anything would have been hurried, we would have lost the finer berry notes. Careful aging in French-hybrid oak developed a satisfying mouthfeel highlighting the barrel spice.

When asked for the inspiration behind Montepulciano, Assistant Winemaker Dave Pizzala explained…

The development of von Stiehl red wines has taken us to Italy! Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and commune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. With so many common varietals on the shelf, we seek to experiment with and provide wines not common among Wisconsin wineries.

Crimson Royale is more than an award winning wine which received a gold, it’s also the largest selling von Stiehl wine on the shelf! Concord grapes are picked and pressed. Juice is then cool-fermented in stainless steel. It pairs well with creamy cheddar or havarti. It’s a great everyday wine for foods like macaroni and cheese and roasted turkey breast.

Oktoberfest is a semi-sweet blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Vignoles. This gold medal-winning wine has grown a following that makes it the winery’s best selling white wine. It was originally developed for the Wet Whistle Wine Fest in 2002.

Critics at the 2018 International Wine Judging by the Tasters Guild awarded von Stiehl an additional eight silver medals. These winners include:

Sparkling Viognier & Chenin Blanc

Stony Creek Rosé

Orange Muscat

Chardonnay

BrewVino Red

Malbec

Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Noir

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.

 

Crimson Royale Celebrates 30 years with a ‘Pop’

April 18, 2018 by Brad Schmiling

Sparkling Crimson RoyaleWhen did you have your first sip of the juicy, sweet red wine known as Crimson Royale? Maybe it was back in the summer of ’88 at a party, or around a camp fire. Perhaps it was during your first Wet Whistle Wine Festival in ’02, or did you try it in our tasting room during your trip last fall to Door County to see the fall colors? Maybe it wasn’t that memorable. What is important though is this announcement of…

Sparkling Crimson Royale!

We’re so excited that we can hardly keep it all bottled up! Though that’s just what we had to do, but with bubbles.

A fruit-forward French-hybrid blend with an effervescence that will invigorate moderately
intense earthy foods. Pair with roasted steer, wild game, savory tomato based dishes, and
heavy, rich foods. A great accompaniment to an Asian feast; pair with Peking or Chinese roast
duck. The slightly sweet balance of low acid and light tannins serves as a great palate
cleanser between bites.

Why release a new version of Crimson Royale on the thirty-year anniversary of the original? No reason. It just worked out that way. But why not mention it… everyone’s 30th birthday should be a blast. Back in ’88, Bill Schmiling, the then owner, winemaker, business manager, etc. of von Stiehl Winery (aka. Dad), didn’t like the idea of his wife Sandy (aka. Mom), drinking Mogan David. Knowing he could do better with the concord grape, Crimson Royale was born.

Mark your calendars! Due to the large following of this new wine, we decided to have a whole weekend dedicated to releasing it. April 27-29th will be our official Sparkling Crimson Royale Wine Release Weekend. Come and visit us anytime* during the weekend to enjoy a sample of it! Starting April 27th, the Sparkling Crimson Royale will be available on the tasting guide, for sale by the glass, and of course, available by the bottle for you to take home and enjoy. Get all the event details here.

To buy our Sparkling Crimson Royale using our online wine store click here!

 

Cheesy Saturdays March 2018

February 22, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

Cheesy Saturdays are back!When should you go on a cheese diet? … When you need to cheddar few pounds!

Our Cheesy Saturdays won’t be quite as cheesy as that joke, but it will include enjoying delectable complimentary samples! Visit us any Saturday* in March and enjoy complimentary samples of various cheese products.

The cheeses we are featuring are near and dear to us because they are made by local cheese producers. We all know Wisconsin does cheese best! Since we are a winery, we will even let you in on a secret as to which wine pairs well with each cheese.

 

Cheese samples will be onsite from Noon – 3 pm each Saturday* in March.

Kraemer Cheese: Kramer Cheese, the maker of our Crimson Royale Cheese Spread, is located in Watertown, WI, and has been making fine dairy products since the 1920s. They will be kicking off Cheesy Saturdays with us on March 3rd. Don’t worry, they will be bringing the Crimson Royale Cheese Spread!

Krohn’s Dairy Products: Krohn’s Dairy Store, located in Luxemburg, WI, is a full service cheese shop offering over 100 styles of Wisconsin cheese, including fresh cheese curds, and has been serving the community for over 125 years. They will be here March 10th!

Renard’s Cheese: Renard’s Cheese, established in 1961 in Door County, WI, is family owned and operated by its 3rd generation of cheese makers, producing handcrafted quality gourmet cheese. They will be sampling their mouthwatering cheeses on March 17th.

Vern’s Cheese: Vern’s Cheese, established in 1964 and located in Chilton,WI. For over three generations, they have been providing quality products and services throughout Wisconsin and neighboring states. They will ending our Cheesy Saturdays on March 24th.

 

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

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 – also featuring premium Wisconsin cheeses!

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.

*March 31st we will not have a local cheese vendor, but will provide samples of cheeses we sell at von Stiehl.

Man Fire Food Features BrewVino Roast at von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, Wisconsin

February 22, 2018 by Brad Schmiling

Man Fire Food Visits von Stiehl Winery

BrewVino Steer Roast Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, Wisconsin. Photo by Len Villano.

Man Fire Food is a favorite Food Network show of our head winemaker.

So, Aric reached out to Man Fire Food producers with photos of what was happening every June at von Stiehl Winery. They loved the idea and quickly scheduled BrewVino Roast for the sixth season of Man Fire Food. The episode featuring Algoma titled “Heavy Metal Meat,” debuted on August 8, 2017. Not only did this episode run on the Food Network, but the BrewVino Roast was added to a second episode featuring “Fire Festivals”. We’ll be sure to share the links once they become available.

Intrigued by the roast? Here’s the big idea…

•A Steer is raised on Ahnapee Brewery spent grains at the Bryersquart Family Farm in Door County, Wisconsin.
•The steer is butchered by Otto’s meats and allowed to age for 21 days in their facility.
•Two days before the event, the steer is bathed in a von Stiehl Winery cherry wine marinade. See the recipe.
•The steer is taken out and injected with more marinade! It stays in the cooler for the remaining 12 hours before roasting.
•Roasting pit is prepped and the fire is started around 2 am. Pit heats up until the steer is placed by forklift at 5 am.
•Steer cooks for 7 hours (or so).
•Forklift removes and places the animal in the butchering area, where four qualified butchers spend up to two hours slicing and chopping.
•Lunch is served! Profits from the steer plates are donated to the Ribbon of Hope Foundation, where 97¢ of every $1 received goes to grant recipients.

What started as a simple way to use up spent grains, turned into a feat of funding breast cancer survivors.

What would a feeding at a winery be without a few other activities? Join the fun and taste von Stiehl Winery wines and Ahnapee Brewery beers. A special wine and beer is created for the day, and extra tastings are offered inside of the winery cellars. Music by MockingBird keeps us going in the morning, and Donny Pick and the Road Band will light things up in the afternoon with the blues.

Get the whole scoop and purchase tickets on the event page before they sell out.

Happy Retirement Shirley

January 25, 2018 by Brad Schmiling

Shirley

Shirley thoroughly enjoying a beer at the Tap Room after her last full day of work.

Hundreds of employees have come and gone from von Stiehl Winery in the 30+ years that our family has held the reins. Some make it a week. Others are here for a few seasons. Just a very select few are built to withstand the tremendous seasonality and shifting sands of winery life. It requires a high amount of patience and flexibility. We have been fortunate to employ a select few that have been with us for a very long time. One of those is Shirley, who officially retired from full-time on December 15th.

Shirley started the last season of her career with us in spring of 2001. She was our second full-time employee. By August of that year, she put in her resignation. We convinced her to stay a little bit longer… which turned out to be 16 years! It’s doubtful that she would have stayed had we pitched the idea of managing the books three businesses. (Those included von Stiehl Winery, Captain’s Walk Winery, and Ahnapee Brewery up until February of 2017.) Some things are better left unsaid.

To describe what it takes to manage the books of two wineries and a brewery under one corporate umbrella would take much too long to spell out. Would you say yes to a job that included all of this?

Daily payables, receivables, deposits, deposit tracking, reconciliation, credit card management, answering phones, gift merchandise buying, credit checks, license procurement, liquor tax reports, state sales tax reports, county sales tax reports, state use tax reports, federal excise tax reports, property tax, personal property tax, invoicing, payroll, wholesale product management, common carrier scheduling, collections, 401k management, health insurance management, event cash management… and that’s all just on Monday!

So, we thank Shirley for sixteen+ years of dependability, flexibility, scrutiny, accuracy, astuteness, consistency and sacrifice. Oh, and let’s not forget the award-winning chili that she’d feed us in the middle of winter.

Hard workers never quit. Notice the article began with retiring from full-time. Shirley plans to stay with us on a part-time basis. Her expertise will come in handy as we grow into the next chapters.

From all of us at von Stiehl, thank you Shirley for all that you have done to make our world better. The most thankless jobs are the ones done when nobody is watching. The reason that we didn’t have to watch too closely is that you did the work so well!

VIP Tours at von Stiehl Winery

November 13, 2017 by Rayanne Racine

VIP Tour Offering Coming Soon…

In 2018, tour von Stiehl Winery like a VIP during our newest tour offering, the VIP Tour.

The tour will start at von Stiehl winery, where we will review our history and talk about the future.

Then, we will walk over to our production facility where we invite you behind the scenes with one of our winemakers. This is a great time to ask them your questions, compliment them on your favorite wine, etc. Also, depending on what is going on at production, you may have the chance to sample something from the tanks before it gets into the bottle.

VIP Tours in the Cellars

VIP Tours will include a private three-course pairing in our wine aging cellar.

After talking with the winemaker(s), we will head to the von Stiehl Winery cellars/tunnels. For 40 years, all of our production took place in these three tunnels. In 2011, we moved all production to the production facility. Now we have our barrels aging in the tunnels. While down in these tunnels, enjoy a private three-course pairing, along with a select tasting of Cherry Bounce from the cask.

Are you a foodie? Interested in what the menu looks like?

The list below covers foods* showcased during the three course pairings.

Cherry Berry Nut Mix from Country Ovens, 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.

Cherry Wine Fudge from 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. Fudge is hand-crafted the old-fashioned way, on a marble slab.

Sap Happy Maple Pecans from Sap Happy Maple Products, 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.

Specialty meats such as Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Beef and Salmon’s Sausage. Located in Wittenberg, WI., the Nueske family came to Wisconsin in 1882, bringing along with them, European Applewood smoking skills. Salmon’s Meats in Luxemburg, WI., has been making fine local sausages for nearly 100 years.

Gourmet cheeses such as Satori Bellavitano Black Pepper, a 2017 Gold & Grand Champion Award Winner from Plymouth, WI., and Renard’s best-selling aged white cheddar. Renard’s Cheese was established in 1961 in Door County, WI., owned and operated by its 3rd generation of cheesemakers.

Interested and wondering when and how?

The VIP Tour will be offered every Friday at 1:00 PM. It will last about 2 hours depending on group size.

The tour will start and finish at von Stiehl Winery and will include short walks and multiple flights of stairs.

The cost of this tour will be $30 plus tax.

In order to make it feel like a more intimate VIP Tour, we are limiting each tour to 15 people. Reservations are required within a week of the tour. To reserve your spot and to check our availability, please call the winery at 1-920-487-5208.

No refunds if cancelled 3 days prior to the tour, however, you will be able to reschedule the tour.

Looking for a place to stay? Algoma has various locations for you to stay with their own unique offerings! View lodging.

More information will be added in the event calendar description, view this by checking out our Events Calendar.

*Food options are subject to change.

Holiday Gift Guide

October 26, 2017 by Rayanne Racine

Gifts for the HolidaysHoliday Gifts by von Stiehl Winery

It’s almost that time of the year when we get in the holiday mindset. One thing we do to make holiday shopping easier for you is creating the Holiday Gift Guide. This way you’ll find something for everyone on your list.

We want to make shopping easy for you, so there are a few key options for you to choose from.

Ready-To-Go Gifts: The Holiday Gift Guide outlines various Ready-to-Go gift ideas for everyone on your list, such as your uncle with the sweet tooth, or your mom who loves wine and cheese!

Family Plan Wine Club Subscription: This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. This gift not only gives the recipient gifts, but as the giver, you also get some great perks, such as various wine discounts! More information on our family plan can be found here.

Create Your Own: You create your own is just as it sounds. You get the choice to pick the wines you want in the box, and then you can decide to pair it with a variety of cheeses, sausages, or other goodies! The hardest part will be to give away all of your favorites!

Check out the guide here.

Riesling Gifts for the HolidaysCorporate gifts? Absolutely. If you are a business looking for the best gifts for your employees or customers, please contact us at vonstiehl@vonstiehl.com to request our Business Holiday Guide. We can pack and wrap your entire order! You may just want to give bottles of wine – we will wrap them in clear plastic with ribbon for free. Do you want your company name or logo to be on the bottle? We look forward to making that happen.

Coming to Algoma to shop? Check out some shopping hot spots in Algoma. Some of our favorites are Steele Street Trading Company, the James May Gallery, and Tina Marie’s Boutique.  From fresh smoked fish at Bearcats Fish House to antiques and collectibles at Amber’s Attic, there are plenty of places to browse while we put together your wine gift order! There will be plenty of special offers in Algoma on Small Business Saturday.

Bourbon Cider ~ Hard Apple Cider Aged in Bourbon Barrels

April 21, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Bourbon CiderBourbon Cider ~ Hard Apple Cider Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Life just doesn’t seem to be able to keep up with our minds. It’s a good problem to have and we sure do appreciate the loyal von Stiehl fans that wait patiently to see if our ideas make it to shelves. We tallied up this year’s new releases and the number came up to 7 offerings. Some are ready to drink, but waiting patiently in the bottle, like the ’12 barrel select Cabernet Sauvignon. Others are still aging in barrels, like our Apple Bounce.

Then there are the future businesses. The wine tunnel bacaro is intended to be the pit stop for the future emporium right above the still. It all barely makes sense. So for now, lets’ focus on what already exists.

It just so happens that a lot of slow-moving wines are about to come up for sale shortly. Cue the whole point of this article…

Next up is our Schmiling Brothers-branded Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hard Apple Cider. See, it takes a half a sentence just for some of these names! This Bourbon cider version will surface shortly after the new Hard Apple Cider is released, which should finally be by May 1.

What’s in a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hard Apple Cider, we ask on your behalf? It’s a brandy-fortified blend of five varieties of Hillside Orchard apples. Aromas of almonds and vanilla beans from six months of bourbon barrel aging are complimented by the heat of apple brandy which adds extra warmth and depth.

We’d like to offer a special event to commemorate this release, but seem to be preoccupied with the steer that we are about to roast. So, it’s just going to show up on the tasting bar one day soon. Be sure to ask about it on your next trip to Algoma. Let us know what you think. Then let’s talk about the Sparkling Viognier & Chenin Blanc blend on the horizon.

Wine Pairing of Four Courses

December 21, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Wine Pairing Cellar Image

Wine Pairing Tour Includes Four Courses – Winter 2016-2017

(Check back in fall 2017 to see if we renew this offer)

That feeling is growing; you know, the one where you need to get out of the house! It’s usually coupled with a desire for something new, something involving food, and something with good friends to lift your spirits. Here’s the antidote: grab three friends and sign up for our four-course pairing tour.

What we propose to offset the winter doldrums (instead of a tour and tasting) is a tasting tour. Enjoy a wine pairing tour this winter with at least three others.

You’ll get to take in the production and wine-aging tunnels with pairings of wine and food along the way. Sample a wide variety of wines. Taste in the 150 year-old barrel aging cellars. See the two-story fermenters up close. This tasting experience includes a wine pairing with locally-produced meat, cheese, and chocolate.

Stop #1

Begin in the tasting room at the bar. This tasting is elevated above your typical complimentary experience. You’ll enjoy a sampling of your choice of six fine wines from our complimentary and Select Vintages wine tasting list. The value of this pairing is $5 per person.

Stop #2

Tour our production facility. See the difference our modern equipment makes when used to produce great wines. Fermentation vessels, the first isobaric bottling line of its kind in North America, ozone and nitrogen generators, a computer-controlled glycol chiller system, and the list goes on.

Stop #3

Go underground and explore the tunnels. Tour our Rathskeller, originally built for the lagering of beer by Ahnapee Brewery in the 1800s. Learn the history of von Stiehl, and the art of barrel aging red wines. From hand-split French Gamba Oak to white Wisconsin oak, the barrels make a huge difference in the smoothness of von Stiehl reds. Enjoy a special white wine blend paired with local cheese. Sample red wine paired with meats from local smoke shops. Value $14 per person.

Stop #4

Return to our tasting room to enjoy a chocolate pairing flight. Take a seat at our cork tables by the fireplace, then experience the pairing of three wines with three specialty chocolates. Just don’t sit too close — you’ll melt the chocolate! Value $7.50 per person.

Package Value $106 for four, but we’re offering this experience for only $30 for four people. Are there more friends that you’d like to invite? Bring six guests for $44 or eight guests for $55.

Call 920-487-5208 to reserve this offer. At that time, we will arrange your tasting tour date and time. The special is available through the end of April.

Please call with at least 7 days advance notice. Tours are typically at 10:30 AM and 1 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. We will be able to accommodate up to twelve guests per time slot. It may be possible to schedule other times. Rescheduling due to weather is permitted. Multiple flights of stairs and outdoor walking will be involved. We will do our best to modify the experience for those who are handicapped. Please note that the experience is for 4, 6, or 8. We cannot accommodate parties of two.

 

Montepulciano – An Italian Grape Makes it to Wisconsin!

October 19, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Montepulciano

Let’s talk about something that isn’t easy to say. Everyone seems to have finally nailed down the pronunciation of Merlot, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, if you’ve also finally mastered Gewürztraminer it may be time for a new challenge: Montepulciano!

Montepulciano is a second-nature wine expression in Italy. It is rarely found in northern Italy because the grape has the tendency to ripen late. You’ll find it mainly in the central and southern part of the country. It follows Sangiovese as Italy’s second most widely dispersed indigenous grape variety. The grapes are plump with a low skin-to-juice ratio. Traditional characteristics are deep ruby color, low acid, and mild tannins.

Since Italy is too far away to ship us grapes, we found a supplier in the Sierra Foothills of California in 2014. After harvest, our small lot of nine barrels spent 14 months in French-hybrid oak before another five months of bottle aging.

Our Montepulciano is rich in color with moderate acidity. Blackberry fruit flavors and barrel spice lead the characteristics of the smooth, mellow red. It’s easy to drink, and will enhance any red sauce pasta dish. Keep a bottle around for pizza night too!

Montepulciano will debut in our tasting room right around the weekend of November 12. Being the astute reader that you are, you’re thinking that you’ll try this new red along with Mourvèdre during your November visit. (We announced the release of Mourvèdre in our November case club newsletter.) After that announcement, we tasted the wine. We know – a little backward. It is wonderful but is still grappling with bottle shock. So the Mourvèdre will stay on its wine stack for another six months.

Pull out those red pasta recipes. Then visit us to sample Montepulciano (not Mourvèdre) in the tasting room this November!

Hard Cider – Double Gold and Best of Class

August 16, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Apple Hard Cider Label

New Hard Cider is Well-Received!

Von Stiehl’s inaugural hard cider release, Apfel Hard Cider, was awarded a Double Gold medal at the 25th annual Indy International Wine Competition. As if that prestigious award wasn’t enough, the cider then received Best of Class in the Apple Hard Cider division.

This competition receives more than 29,000 entries from around the world, the largest independent wine contest in the United States. The event seeks to blend history and culture with modern science.The participants range from small private winemakers to large commercial wineries. It is held at Purdue University in West Lafayette by the Purdue Wine Grape Team.

The Purdue Wine Grape Team is a collaboration between the Purdue University Departments of Food Science and Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, and the Indiana Wine Grape Council. Read more about the program on their website.

Our 2015 Apfel hard apple cider is created from five carefully selected varieties of apples. They are blended to produce a crisp, smooth and refreshing hard cider with just a hint of sweetness for balance.

Apple fermentation requires a bit more finesse and attention to detail than most other fruits. Yeast has a tough time with apple. 49 years in the apple wine fermentation business has its advantages, though. We take extra steps to ensure that the cider yeast gets all of its nutrients. Temperature is regulated and monitored closely. The finest apples are sourced in a specific blend from Hillside Apples.

The first batch of cider sold out in the beginning of August. Look for it to be back in stock by August 24. Apfel hard cider is offered in 750-milliliter bottles in the tasting room only. As production increases, it will be rolled out in twelve-ounce bottles.

Wine Shipping Prices Reduced – As of July 1, 2016

June 29, 2016 by

Shipping Chart 2016 V3

Ordering wine to be shipped used to require picking up the phone and chatting. We’re pretty sure that 800 numbers were created just for this reason. Remember “order toll-free?” While we always enjoy a good phone conversation, we understand that the convenience of online shopping has caught on and in that world, lower wine shipping prices are commonplace. This has caused us to sharpen our pencils and find ways to compete with West Coast wineries.

We now offer a lower price when you order in higher quantities. Order a little wine – pay a lot per bottle for shipping. Order a lot of wine – pay less per bottle in shipping. We’ll cover the extra shipping costs when your order is larger. That means that it will cost you between $10 and $20 per case for shipping in the continental U.S.A. Order less than a case, and the price goes up a little. Buy more, pay less — who wouldn’t love that?

We hope that this works for you because we’d love to help you to enjoy more of our wines! Check out our new rates:

Wisconsin

12 bottles (one case) $10, 6-11 bottles $20, 1-5 bottles $18

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, & Ohio

12 bottles (one case) $15, 6-11 bottles $22, 1-5 bottles $19

California, Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, N. Carolina, N. Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, & Wyoming.

12 bottles (one case) $20, 6-11 bottles $24, 1-5 bottles $22

Want even more details? Follow along with the fine print when you place your order. Have questions? Just call us on our toll-free number: 800-955-5208. Thank you for shopping and shipping von Stiehl wines!

We’re waiting for a few new states to come online soon. Have a look at our shipping chart for clarification. Still have questions? Feel free to contact Katie, our shipping manager, at 800-955-5208 extension 100, or email Katie@vonstiehl.com.

Red Wine Release – Brunello

April 19, 2016 by

Brunello

While Brunello may be a great Italian mobster name in a one-act play, it takes on a much more serious tone when applied to the Sangiovese grape. It’s highly regarded in the Italian wine world where very few vintages rise to the esteemed name. Brunellos are rare in the U.S., but one of them resides in Algoma. We released the Brunello vintage in the April 16 futures tasting, and it is now available for sampling on our Select Tasting list.

How does a Brunello take the stage outside of a one-act? In the U.S., it starts with the vcr6 clone of Sangiovese. In the beginning, it can be called Sangiovese. After two years, it grows into Sangiovese Grosso. After one more year all of those intense, condensed flavors develop into our beloved Brunello.

What are the characteristics of this 2012 Sierra Foothills red? Visit our tasting room to see how time has revealed aromas of black cherry and red fruits with a subtle hint of sweet pipe tobacco and barrel spice. Spending 26 months in French oak imparts a beautiful smoothness. After those 26 months, the Brunello earned yet another 12 months of bottle aging. There is no bottle shock to worry about with Brunello!

If you make the journey to Algoma for a taste of Brunello, you’ll discover the opportunity to sample even more new varieties. Right below Brunello on the Select Tasting list are two newly-released 2012 Mendocino Ridge Zinfandels. Both come from the same vintage fermented from California Zinfandel grapes, which were trucked fresh to us in the fall of 2012. Both were aged in French oak, and we’re very happy with the results. There is a difference. The second holds a special place in our hearts, as it was aged in a distinct French Gamba family barrel. The Gamba family hand splits the oak which is grown in the legendary Allier Forest. Since a saw blade never touches the wood, certain naturally occurring green phenolic components stay bound to the wood. They never come in contact with the wine, creating an even smoother aging experience.

Sample Brunello and the Mendocino Ridge Zinfandels on your next visit to von Stiehl. Starting May 1, we’re open longer hours and offer daily tours.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Wine Weekend at von Stiehl Winery

January 28, 2016 by

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

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

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

We’ll be offering the special all weekend long. Visit us Friday through Sunday, February 12-14, to take advantage of the deal. No reservations are needed. Just show up when you’re ready. We are open from 10-4 every day.

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

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

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

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

Tap Room & Wine

July 23, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Tap Room & Wine
What’s the first thing on your mind when you walk into a tap room? Not everyone would say beer; especially you — after all, you’re reading a winery blog post. The city of Algoma discovered an unused liquor license a few months ago and we were the first ones to ask for it. As of July 1, we are able to serve wine in the Ahnapee Brewery tap room.

Remember it’s a two stall garage, so tap room space is limited. The more we bring in, the less seats there are at the bar. So we’ve selected five von Stiehl favorites to pour: Riesling, Oktoberfest, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stony Creek Rosé, and Crimson Royale. They’ll be available by the bottle only. If you can’t finish the bottle in the tap room you are allowed to cork it and drive it home. If you do finish the bottle, you probably shouldn’t be driving and we’ll call the cab for you. Yes, Algoma has one taxi cab available. Though we do have many other cabs in the winery: Cab Franc, Cab Sauv., Gamba Barrel-Aged Cab Sauv – you get the idea. If you’re drinking and can’t walk home or to your hotel, we’ll call Angel Taxi for you.

Like most things that we do, there’s a level of complication in getting wine to the tap room and that’s why we charge $3 more per bottle in the tap room over the winery. The Tavern League along with big liquor distributors in Wisconsin were successful in forcing wineries to sell through the three tier system to retailers, which requires us to sell our wine to a distributor in Milwaukee, who then sells and delivers it to the Tap Room. Traveling isn’t free, so to make it all work out we have to ask for a few bucks extra per bottle. Our distributor thanks you!

Meet the Makers Beer & Wine Festival

April 2, 2015 by

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Meet the Makers Wine and Beer Festival

June 20, 2015 from 11am. to 6pm.

Do you know the difference between a wine festival and a beer festival? Wine fests, at least in the Midwest, are usually hosted by a single winery to celebrate the grape harvest. There’s no better feeling for a vineyard owner than to see all of the grapes in lugs, safe from hail, birds, and all of the little critters that love ripe grapes! Beer festivals typically bring in dozens and sometimes hundreds of different breweries for a crazy big tasting event. Attendees come anticipating new flavors from the brewmasters’ latest creations.

Meet the Makers will be a blend of the two types of festivals. We will be offering a number of von Stiehl Winery wines and Ahnapee Brewery beers made just for that day. They may or may not last for the entirety of the Meet the Makers festival. You will Meet the Makers as the brewers and winemakers will be the ones pouring, leaving no question unanswered and giving you a chance to judge, taste, and write your own descriptions of the experimental batches. Awards will be given for the most accurate, and most hilarious descriptions.

Speaking of critters, we’re going to feed you one, but it won’t be small. The spent grains from the brewery are
currently being fed to a Texas Longhorn cattle on a nearby farm in Door County. In fact, the Bryersquart Family Farm is one of the top farms in polled genetic cattle in Door County. One Longhorn/Jersey mix steer will meet their maker so that Skaliwags can smoke them whole for the festival. That’s one more Meet the Makers maker: Skaliwags owner Chef Chris.

Not to sound like a cheesy TV commercial, but there’s more! Meet the Makers will be rolling out a Shopping Expo to include even more makers.

We will also be having a special Cheese and Chocolate and wine pairing for that day only.

Cost is $5 per person. Advanced tickets are no longer available at Brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are available at the winery or at the gate on Saturday.

Live Music:

MockingBird from 11-2

MockingBird is a full, energetic and harmonious sound; blending acoustic, bass and electric guitars with vocals, keyboards and drums. They perform a variety of 60’s to 80’s classic-rock, and country-rock standards. MockingBird is a fun and family-friendly band.

Brass Differential • 2–6 pm: Horn-centered sound is steeped in New Orleans tradition and features a spicy gumbo of musical styles, including jazz, blues, funk, R&B, soul, and hip-hop.

 

Thank you to all that attended our first Meet the Makers Festival! Below are the winners of the name and description writing contest. Congratulations to all!

Wines

Traminette: Description winner: Laura Slater

The light, aromatic, delightfully sweet wine with a delicious floral bouquet will delight your senses and remind you of a beautiful summer day!

Big Roast Red: Winner: Barbara LaPlant

Name: Cool City Red

Sparkling Red: Winner: Laura Slater

Name: Firecracker Red

Muscat Royale: Winner: Brad Beckman

Name: Muscat Love

Beers

Whiskey Barrel: Winner: Julian Davis

Name: Kentucky Burn

Rum Barrel: Winner: Kira Ohlsen

Name: Peg-Legged

Description: Get your German pirate on with this delicious rum barrel-aged Doppelbock. Balanced perfectly with a subtle sweetness of vanilla beans, but still strong enough to ward off the scurvy!

Stainless: Winner: Ryan Hatzenbeller

Name: Steelhead Doppelbock

Swap Meet

February 12, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

 

Purses

Swap Meet Sunday, April 19, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We women like options when it comes to accessorizing! It’s not that my lime green purse is old or worn, it still looks great! It’s just that I’m tired of it. I have this funky set of earrings that are just too nice to sell to a second hand store, but now that my hair is short with red highlights, they just don’t work. I have this beautiful scarf that went great with that sweater before it got a big red wine stain. My husband recycled the sweater by putting it on the scarecrow in the vineyard, but I wouldn’t let him have the scarf to complete the outfit. What’s a girl to do with all of these fashionable items? I can’t just give them away. I think I’ll take them to the von Stiehl Swap Meet!

Shop without money while you enjoy wine and light appetizers. Here’s how it works: You get a ticket for every item that you bring, then you use those tickets to purchase something new (to you) and different. Not paying a thing for all of those new things is only part of the win. In addition you can take 25% off of wine purchases (6 or more bottles), and enjoy a glass of wine with your $10 admission to the event. Call 800-955-5208 to reserve your spot in the swap meet, then use your new found excitement to start cleaning out the closet!
Disclaimer: This was written by a man. I apologize for the imperfections in thought patterns while writing to promote this event.

Red Wine Tasting and Barbecue

October 8, 2014 by

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Red Wine Tasting and Barbecue – von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin
You know how in some unnamed states there are these big posh tasting rooms overflowing with expensive furniture and 24 carat gold lighting fixtures staffed with snooty I’m-better-than-you workers spouting facts that you just don’t care about? That’s not us. We make wines from the same grapes bought from the same grape farmers in California and Washington. The difference is that we’re a bunch of Midwesterners taught to work hard and put out a great product at a value price. The other difference is that we don’t put ourselves on a pedestal. We’d prefer to make you the important one. After all, you are who keeps our doors open.

In light of having a relaxed atmosphere focused on great wine and good times, we are offering a Red Wine Tasting and Barbecue. Join us for the unveiling of our newest dry red wines, delicious barbecue, the roll-out of our Reds Only wine club, tasting and fun on November 8th from 4pm-7pm.  Your $25 includes a full red wine tasting, a glass of the wine you choose as your favorite, and a plate of tasty

Tasting in Production

Tasting in production room

barbecue that pairs perfectly with the day. You’ll have an opportunity to sample a few new reds including Sangiovese Grosso, Petite Sirah and Stony Creek Red, as well as a couple of wines still in their barrels. On November 8th only when you sign up for a year of shipments, you’ll receive a free bottle of wine to take home with you!

This event won’t be in our tasting room. Rather you’ll enjoy a night in our production facility hosted by our wine makers. Please call right away or to purchase tickets please visit Brown Paper Tickets.

Three New Wines

September 16, 2014 by

Come celebrate the release of three new wines this weekend in the von Stiehl tasting room!

As harvest approaches, we are opening up barrel space for new reds. That means bottling wine out of those barrels! What new wines will we have on the tasting guide this weekend, you ask? Find Petite Sirah, Stony Creek Red, and Barrel Aged Bounce on the Select Tasting list starting this Friday. Check out these three new wines:

Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah

2012 Clarksburg Petite Sirah: AGED 12 MONTHS IN AMERICAN OAK • TEN BARRELS PRODUCED

This vibrant, full-bodied wine resounds with deep layers of dark fruit flavors and tannins. On the palate the bright berries spiced with pepper and combined with hints of leather result in a rich mouth feel and satisfying finish.

While we have been producing Petite Sirah for many years, this is the first time that it will be under its own label. This wine is the magic ingredient that we use to blend into other reds to enhance their mouth feel and aroma. This variety is not as popular on the grocery store shelves since California wineries often save it to sell only in their tasting rooms. Come taste the first of our three new wines and tell us what you think!

Stony Creek Red

Stony Creek Red

2012 Estate Grown Marquette: WISCONSIN LEDGE AVA • AGED 12 MONTHS IN WISCONSIN OAK * FIVE BARRELS PRODUCED

The stunning ruby red color of this wine made of estate-grown grapes boasts dark cherry notes and hints of light oak on the palate. Aged in custom hybrid Wisconsin/French oak barrels for 12 months, this wine is sure to please even the most sophisticated red wine drinker.

We grow the Marquette grape in our Door County vineyard, where we have complete control of the vines. After many years of test batches and experimentation, we release what we believe to be a highly refined French-hybrid wine. The two-barrel lot will not last long, so come taste the second of our three new wines soon!

Cherry Bounce

Cherry Bounce Label

2011 Doc Stiehl’s Extra Aged Cherry Bounce: AGED 30 MONTHS IN FRENCH HYBRID OAK • ONE BARREL PRODUCED

This barrel has been left in warm summer and cold winter temperatures over the course of 30 months to expidite aging. A sweet and smooth concoction of cherry wine and cherry brandy. Intense aromas of fresh cherry pie for a truly exquisite dessert wine.

To produce Cherry Bounce, we begin with Door County Cherries grown by Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay. The wine is fermented with the entire cherry, including pits, skins, and stems. Then the cherry wine is distilled into cherry brandy by Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee. The Cherry brandy is infused into more cherry wine, and is then aged four months in American oak barrels. This version of Cherry Bounce was aged for thirty months in varying temperatures to create a much more intense experience. Come taste the third of our three new wines before it’s gone!

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.

von Stiehl Receives Two Gold Medals from Tasters’ Guild

May 22, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

Two High-Class Gold Medals

 Tasters Guild International Recognizes Wisconsin’s Oldest Licensed Winery

 May 20, 2014, Algoma, Wisconsin

 Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma just received six medals from Tasters Guild International, a wine and food appreciation society based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The judging accepts many styles of wine from around the world and places them into classes consisting of fruit type and retail price. While the Algoma winery won awards from the Tasters’ Guild for decades, gold medals in the higher dollar classes are difficult to attain.

Winemaker Aric Schmiling has seen hundreds, if not thousands, of medals awarded to von Stiehl Winery in the 32 years that he has been in the family business. “For a while, the medals were coming so regularly that we didn’t see much reason to keep sending out for more. Instead, we invested in equipment and practices that would turn out higher end wines,” Schmiling comments. “It’s not that uncommom to receive a gold medal in a class under $20, but to receive two gold medals in $30+ classes is a fantastic feeling!”

Both gold medal awards were presented to wines made from Wisconsin fruit. Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, a sweet and smooth concoction of Door County cherry wine and cherry brandy distilled from von Stiehl’s cherry wine was the first to receive a gold in the $30 class. The high-alcohol bounce is produced from Door County Cherries grown by Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay, and is aged in red wine barrels for six months prior to release. Barrels help to smooth out the high alcohol, which comes in at 20.5%. The second gold was awarded to von Stiehl Apple Icing. The ice wine is produced from fruit grown at Hillside Apples in Kewaunee County; a perfectly balanced ice wine that pairs concentrated aromas of freshly picked apples with flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, and honey.

Silver Medals were awarded to two new dry red wines, Zinfandel and Union, and the winery’s classic Blueberry Wine. A silver medal was awarded to a new French-hybrid oak barrel-fermented Chardonnay.

The oldest licensed award-winning Wisconsin winery was the first to produce wine from Door County cherries, and specializes in red varietals. Tour barrel-filled arched limestone aging cellars, and a modern winemaking facility. A positive staff and value priced wines make this a “must-stop” destination. The winery is located at 115 Navarino Street in Algoma, and is open seven days a week. More information can be found at vonStiehl.com or by calling 920-487-5208.

Join the Trolley Tour

April 22, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

The second annual Gala Wine and Beer Tasting Trolley Tour on behalf of Money Manager Counselors is scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m. May 14.

The budget, credit and financial planning counseling agency is formally known as Money Manager Counselors powered by FISC/CCCS, incorporating the former names of the nonprofit that has been helping Door County families for decades.

Participants in the trolley tour will meet a Door County Trolley atop the Second Avenue parking ramp between Kentucky and Louisiana streets between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. May 14, then depart for Von Stiehl Winery and Brewery in Algoma.

After about an hour at Von Stiehl, the group will board the trolley for a trip to Red Oak Winery in Sturgeon Bay. There, the group will partake of more wine tasting with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and cash bar until about 9:15 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and space is limited. Reservations for the fundraising event can be made by calling (920) 743-1862.

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