Category Archives: von Stiehl Winery

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

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Wine Pairing Tour Includes Four Courses

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 vonstiehl

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 vonstiehl

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.

 

 

Help Wanted

March 22, 2016 by vonstiehl

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help wanted! Imagine working in a place where customers enter anticipating a good time. In this world you offer complimentary wine to happy guests, suggest enjoyable ways to save money, and deliver chocolate and cheese to satisfy eager taste buds.

Only a fraction of customers bring problems. Instead, most will visit with you and eagerly anticipate learning a few bits of wine knowledge. Some may even enjoy a tour of the oldest licensed winery in the state, which utilizes the newest winemaking equipment and practices. Our customers are most often looking to have a good time: they are not a standard cross-section of consumers. You’ll witness engagement proposals, first dates, ghost occurrences, and a wide variety of things that just aren’t normal.

Your co-workers have a positive attitude toward life, and will seek to build you up. Nothing will taste better after a full day of giving tours and tastings than a glass of beer with your co-workers two doors down in the neighborhood garage-turned-tap room.

Can you see yourself working hard in a part-time job like this?

It won’t make you rich, but the group of people that inhabit and visit von Stiehl Winery are about as good as it gets.

Sound interesting? Here are more details. Won’t you consider working for us this season?

The position of Hospitality/Tourguide is one of being involved with people. Guests arrive anticipating an enjoyable experience, and we ask that you grant that experience through wine tasting, guided tours, culinary pairings, and your personality. You will be asked to pour wine samples and to entertain guests as you guide their tour through our 15,000 square foot production winery.

You might fit well with us if you:
•Understand the necessity of a positive attitude
•Possess superb interpersonal skills related to customer service
•Have effectiveness in persuasively presenting our product
•Can hustle and think fast while exhibiting a calm demeanor
•Are willing to help clean
•Can entertain, be relaxed, and be yourself while giving tours of our facility

A few more things you’re probably wondering…

Dress Suggestion:
Casual business attire is appropriate; we want you to look professional and be comfortable. Mostly we want our guests to notice our wine, not what our staff is wearing. No open toed shoes, blue jeans or shorts are allowed. NO perfumes or colognes are to be worn while working at von Stiehl Winery. Any personal odors such as cigarette smoke, diesel fumes, halitosis, etc. cannot be permitted.

Scheduling:
Our intent is to be flexible when scheduling tasting room staff. If you have a time when you cannot work please give notification as soon as possible before the schedule is made. Please note that you are responsible for covering the hours assigned to you once a schedule is posted.

Benefits:
• 30% off of the retail price of all merchandise at von Stiehl, Captain’s Walk, and Ahnapee Brewery, including wine and beer.
• Two bottles of wine per month, for a penny each, up to a $30 value, for any employee working a minimum of four days per month.

Compensation:
• New hire starting wage is $9.50/hour.
• Additional commission based on group club sales along with winery dollars.

Please email your resumé to Sal@vonstiehl.com, or call Sallie at 920-487-5208 ext 103 to learn more about becoming part of our winery.

Valentine’s Day Wine Weekend at von Stiehl Winery

January 28, 2016 by vonstiehl

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 vonstiehl

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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 vonstiehl

production room tanks

Production room tanks

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 vonstiehl

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.

All-inclusive, fun-filled weekend!

March 14, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Doesn’t a little weekend getaway sound appealing right now? A Caribbean cruise is probably not in the cards for most of us, but the idea of an all-inclusive, fun-filled weekend really hits the spot. Here’s an idea: come to Algoma! Take a look at this invitation from our friends at the Hotel Stebbins and come on up! We’ll have your Wine and Chocolate Pairing ready for you.

 

Valued @ $275

For Only $159/couple(+ Tax)!!!

Available 3/20/14 (1st day of Spring:) thru 4/26/14 (Thursday thru Saturdays only)

Booking Info: (920) 487-5521 or see package here.

(Choose the “Spring Fever” Package when booking)

New Chocolate Pairings!

March 5, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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When you come see us be sure to ask about our new chocolates! Many of you have enjoyed our Chocolate and Wine Pairings, and they were fabulous, but wait till you try the combinations featuring the confections created by our new chocolatiers, Daniel and Tamara Herskovic, of Mayana Chocolates in Spooner, Wisconsin. Their chocolates won “Best Chocolates” in the Taste of Chicago issue of the Chicago Reader, as well as one of “Editors’ Top 10 Picks” in February’s edition of Food and Wine magazine. And no wonder. You won’t believe how beautiful they are! And once again we were put to the test, tasting wine after wine trying to come up with the best combinations with Mayana’s chocolates. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it! We persevered, and the flights offered will knock your socks off. So anyway, back to our cozy fireside wining area; we are happy to serve your Chocolate and/or Cheese and Wine Pairings at your table, or even upstairs in our lounge if you wish. Just ask!

Pass the Wine, Pass the Paint!

February 25, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Life is just more interesting when there’s wine involved, and so are hobbies. That’s why we think the April Ladies of the Vine event will be one of our best! Sunday, April 27, from noon to 3:00, prepare for your inner artist to emerge! Pass the Wine, Pass the Paint starts with a clean canvas, lots of colorful acrylics, and a bottomless wine glass; it ends when you leave the winery with your new artwork in hand. Oh, did we mention that everyone at your table will contribute to your portrait/landscape/still life/abstract as the masterpieces are passed around on command? Reservations are needed, as space is limited, so call soon to save a spot. No prior talent necessary. $25/person, includes wine and supplies. 800-955-5208.

Valentine’s Day Special

February 5, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Now, we don’t rent skis or ice shanties or skates or snowmobiles, but we sure can help with the indoor pursuits. Valentine’s Day, Friday the 14th, is the perfect day to visit our tasting room because not only do we have a romantic and comfortable seating area in front of the blazing fireplace where you can enjoy wine by the glass or a bottle to share, but we will have a special deal that day only for you and your honey. For only $25 you and your date/companion will get a cheese platter (a $10 value), a glass of wine each (any up to $7 each), and a bottle of wine (your choice up to $15 value) to take home, and the first 25 to join us will also get a free heart-shaped basket filled with von Stiehl goodies. In addition, each special bought entitles the purchaser to 10% off all purchases that day! We will stay open until 5:00PM so you can start your perfect date night in the perfect spot, von Stiehl’s tasting room!

Souper “Bowl” Sunday Luncheon

January 20, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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Sunday, February 2nd, is our Ladies of the Vine SuperBowl Luncheon. The tradition at von Stiehl is to offer our ladies their own celebration of that male-dominated event in the form of a Super BOWL luncheon of soup, salad, pasta, and dessert. You will enjoy lunch, raffles, prizes, discounts throughout the tasting room, and wine, all for just $25 per person. February 2nd from noon to 3PM, and you will still have plenty of time to get to your football-oriented Super Bowl party! Please call 800-955-5208 for reservations.

33% off Select Wines by the Case

December 9, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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Now is the time to buy!

This week only from December 9th through 13th, enjoy a straight 33% discount on the following wines when purchased by the case:

Blueberry Normal $141.48 Sale Price $94.79 Save $46.69
Yakima Cab Sauvignon Normal $287.88 Sale $192.88 Save $95
Cherry Blossom Blush Normal $119 Sale $80.32 Save $39.56
Late Harv. Riesling Normal $239.88 Sale $160.72 Save $79.16
Old Vine Merlot Normal $311.88 Sale $208.96 Save $102.92
Oktoberfest Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Risqué Riesling Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Satin Red Normal Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
White Stiletto Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Pink Stiletto Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Sassy Sangria Normal $119.88 Sale $80.32 Save $39.56
Skinny Dip Point Normal $153.48 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
Tranquility Lookout Normal $153 Sale $102.83 Save $50.65
How to redeem…

These special prices are only available when you call 920-487-5208 or visit the winery from 10 am. to 5 pm. Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 13th. Please reference the 33% off email to receive this special discount.Special prices cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials. Regular shipping charges apply. But it’s still a really good deal! Just think of all of the smiling faces you’ll create when you give away bottles of wine this holiday season. That makes you super special!

Would you rather open four boxes or one?

November 11, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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We’d rather open four too!

When you give the wine and cheese pairing club as a gift, the recipient will receive four shipments spread out over a year.

For a significantly discounted price ranging from $29 to $39 (plus shipping), we will send you or a friend or family member four shipments yearly of two wines paired with a unique cheese and specialty food. A lot of thought and tasting energy goes into every pairing by the winemaker and our staff. These pairings come with tasting notes for how to enjoy them. So call today to sign up for a year’s worth of pairings, or an ongoing membership. Think of the gifts you need to start shopping for. If you don’t want to give this as a gift to anyone else, then Merry Christmas to you!
Sign up today by calling 800-955-5208, download the brochure, or visit vonstiehl.com/clubsignup.

Sign up a gift recipient for at least one year (four pairings) and receive free shipping on the first package! Offer for new members only.
Maximum value $20.

All About Wine and Cheese!

October 7, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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Last Chance!
This is your last chance to register for the Ladies of the Vine event on Sunday, October 13th, called “It’s All About Wine and Cheese.” This event is open to all and space is limited, so call soon to hold your spot. We are pretty sure every attendee will really enjoy all the informative and entertaining activities we have planned. Hours are from noon to 3:00 and the cost is $20/person which includes two glasses of wine, cheese samples, raffles, games, and prizes. Call today to reserve your place – 800-955-5208.

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

Wine Fest – What you want to know

September 13, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

 

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Below are most of the facts. Now they don’t sound like anything that you can’t find at other wine fests. So if you’re wondering why you want to drop $20 per couple to go on the wine fest grounds for one day, then pay for all of your wine and food on top of that, here’s the scoop. It’s crazy. Not crazy in a bad way. Just crazy. There are the 7′ wine bottle costumes, multiple groups with funny matching shirts and painted wine glasses, the guy with the wine scepter, chain smoking nuns drinking Naughty Girl wine, the elderly ladies dancing on the tables. There’s just stuff at this event that you don’t see at other festivals and we have no idea why. The funnest part for me is during the grape stomps. Just about the entire crowd has a smile on. It’s fun, it’s funny, you’ll make friends (if you want to), and you’ll remember this as a unique festival. If it’s not unique, then please let me know. I’d love to attend another event like this.

One more thing. Please bring a designated driver. Wine hits most people hard when it’s consumed all day. We don’t want anyone to get hurt or go past their limits. Having a sober person to take care and watch out for everyone else is the best thing that you can do to ensure the day doesn’t end badly. Remember, crazy fun!

There are a lot of things to do and places to go. At the winery, find…

•Complimentary wine tasting of our top 16 varieties in a white tent in front of the winery on 115 Navarino Street

•$5 Select tastings including our high end wines in Riedel stemware inside the winery

•Wine and Chocolate, and wine and cheese pairings in a black tent outside the winery

•Self-guided tours of both winery buildings

On the wine fest grounds, find…

•Wine by the glass and bottle

•Food by the Farm Market Kitchen

•Complimentary admission on Friday night

•$10 admission for Saturday. The entire admission and grounds event is a fundraiser for the Community Improvement of Algoma and Farm Market Kitchen.

•Celebrity and regular grape stomps throughout the day on Saturday

•Fine art fair on Saturday (just outside the grounds). Some artists may set up Friday night too.

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