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Relax and Unwind

November 1, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

We encourage you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass (or a bottle) of wine before the Holiday season kicks off. Just remember wine is the perfect gift, especially for the holidays. We have multiple varieties of holiday gift boxes featuring wine, sweet or salty treats, cheese, crackers and logo tumblers. Visit our online store to view all of our gift boxes or visit the winery to create custom holiday gift boxes.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we thought the perfect wine to feature is von Stiehl Cranberry wine. Each bottle of Cranberry wine is jam-packed with cranberries. In fact, if you like dry red wines, you need to give this one a try. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it. The cranberries we use are from Wisconsin Rapids and are hot-pressed to extract the most color and flavor. The cranberry juice is then fermented in stainless steel to create a more intense, tart, but balanced wine. This is why von Stiehl Cranberry wine is a special treat with your holiday meals. Skip the canned cranberries and enjoy a glass of wine with your turkey and ham. In fact, we suggest turning your turkey or chicken leftovers into a chicken salad sandwich.
Stay warm and enjoy the time with your family and friends over the next month. Keep checking your emails for upcoming specials and promotions on your favorite von Stiehl wines.
Hope to see you soon!
~Cheers.

Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover

October 24, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

Wine is the perfect gift for the holidays. We have multiple varieties of holiday gift boxes featuring wine, sweet or salty treats, cheese, crackers and logo tumblers. Our pre-made boxes are available online and at von Stiehl. Custom holiday gift boxes are also available to those who stop by the winery.

Cherry Delight $41.99

Holiday Classic $37.99

Holiday Sweets $32.99

Christmas Morning $42.99

Winter Night In $44.99

Our most popular pre-made boxes are all dressed up and ready to go. Pick your box or boxes and call your holiday shopping “DONE!” Stop by the winery today or visit our online store today!

Chicken Salad Sandwich Pairing

October 23, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

Turn your holiday meal leftovers into an easy dish that you can enjoy any time and pairs great with von Stiehl Cranberry Wine. Each bottle of Cranberry wine is jam-packed with cranberries. In fact, if you like dry red wines, you need to give this one a try, you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it. The cranberries in this wine come to us from Wisconsin Rapids and are hot-pressed to extract the most color and flavor. The cranberry juice is then fermented in stainless steel to create a more intense, tart, but balanced wine. This is why von Stiehl Cranberry wine is a special treat with your holiday meals and leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups shredded chicken or turkey
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup firm red grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

 

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

 

For the Sandwich

  • 6 large croissants
  • green leaf lettuce

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Instructions

  1. Combine the chicken (or turkey), celery, grapes and almonds in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dressing until smooth. Pour the dressing into the bowl with the chicken and stir until it is all coated.
  3. To serve the sandwich, cut the croissants in half and place a leaf of lettuce on the bottom half. Top with the chicken salad mixture and place the top half of the croissant on the top.
  4. Enjoy with a glass of von Stiehl Cranberry wine.
Image & recipe from iwashyoudry.com

Hello Fall

October 2, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

The leaves are changing and the beauty of Fall is officially here. We are so lucky to be located right on the water where we can enjoy a glass of wine and watch the boats float by between the orange and yellow trees. 
One of the wines we like to enjoy during this time of year is our Late Harvest Riesling. While the Riesling grapes originated in Germany, our Late Harvest Riesling grapes come from Yakima Valley in the state of Washington. The desert-like climate provides a long summer full of hot days and cool nights coupled with irrigation from the Columbia River. The grapes are left on the vine well into the fall to intensify in taste and sweetness. A very low yield produces an intense Riesling flavor. Enjoy this wine with New York-style cheesecake or peach cobbler.
Come in and sample Late Harvest Riesling for yourself. We will give you a free sample with your tastings all month long.
Hope to see you soon!
~Cheers.

Peach Cobbler Pairing

September 24, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

 

Warm your home with the delightful smell of Peach Cobbler. Then once you have created this delicious dessert, enjoy a glass of Late Harvest Reisling. Our Late Harvest Riesling grapes come from Yakima Valley in the state of Washington. The desert-like climate provides a long summer full of hot days and cool nights coupled with irrigation from the Columbia River. The grapes are left on the vine well into the fall to intensify in taste and sweetness. This is why Late Harvest Reisling pairs so great with a dish like Peach Cobbler.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar (divided) 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups fresh beach slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional) 

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Direction

  1. Melt butter in a 13′ x 9′ inch baking dish.
  2. Combing the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt. Then add milk and stir until dry ingredients are moist. Pour the batter over butter but DO NOT STIR. 
  3. Bring the remaining 1 cup of sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Then pour over the batter again, DO NOT STIR. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg is desired. 
  4. Bake at 370 for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool. 

Add a scoop of ice cream and a glass of von Stiehl’s Late Harvest Reisling to enhance the flavors of your peach cobbler. 

Garlic Shrimp Recipe & Pairing

August 26, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

Being located on Lake Michigan we have a love for fish and seafood. Many of our wines pair perfectly with both. Our September featured wine is Sparkling Viognier & Chenin Blanc and it compliments shellfish dishes wonderfully. Cook up this delicious recipe and pair it with our dry white, Sparkling Viognier & Chenin Blanc.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 6 garlic cloves (grated or minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound shelled large shrimp (leave the tails attached) and deveined

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Instructions

  1. Whisk together olive oil, juice, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Add in shrimp and toss to coat. Set aside for 20 minutes to marinate. *
  2. After marinating, place marinated shrimp into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until done (about three minutes), turning them over halfway through.
  3. Plate your shrimp with your favorite type of noodle or a side of rice. Don’t forget your glass of von Stiehl Sparkling Viognier & Chenin Blanc.

*Shrimp may be marinated for up to a day. If you are marinating your shrimp for more than 20 minutes, omit lime/lemon juice, then add juice just before cooking.

Just Desserts

July 21, 2019 by Rayanne Racine

Just Desserts is a great time!

Just Desserts is truly heaven on earth—featuring von Stiehl wine & various sweet treats!!

Our 4th annual, Just Desserts will take place on Friday, November 15th from 6-8 pm. Enjoy a flight of five pre-selected von Stiehl wines paired with different sweet treats at this exclusive after hours event. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and brought to century and half year old tunnels to enjoy your dessert and wine flight.

Pamper yourself during this crazy time of the year surrounded by good friends, great wine and delicious desserts! PLUS, enjoy exclusive savings when buying your christmas gifts with 25% off case purchases and additional savings just for you!!

Just Desserts Specials

  • Happy Hour! All night enjoy glasses of wine at $5 each of any von Stiehl wine on our complimentary or select tasting list.
  • 15 % off all merchandise = A great time to get your holiday gift shopping done!
  • Just Desserts Pairing25% off case purchases

Admission

Admission is $28 and includes your dessert & wine flight pairing and exclusive specials.
Tickets can be purchased starting August 1st by clicking here.

Event Details

  • Must be at least 21 to consume alcohol.
  • This event is an adult only event. Those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult and will have to purchase a ticket.
  • Going up and down stairs will be required, as this event will be held in our barrel-aging cellars.

Spots are limited! Buy tickets online or call us at 920-487-5208!

Looking for a place to stay during the weekend of Just Desserts? Find plenty of hotel options in Algoma. If you would like to be within walking distance, we recommend staying at the Hotel Stebbins.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Events, Rayanne, at rayanne@vonstiehl.com.

Wisconsin Winery of the Year 2019 – Giveaway Winners!

February 8, 2019 by Rayanne Racine

Facebook Giveaway winners

We are excited to announce that von Stiehl Winery was awarded “Wisconsin Winery of the Year 2019” by the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association!

This is a HUGE honor – and we are ever grateful to be awarded with this achievement!

To celebrate this achievement, we did a giveaway on our Facebook page and WOW! We are so thankful for the THOUSANDS of comments and your role in helping us achieving this award, after all, it’s because of you we are where we are today (producing 85,000+ gallons a wine a year)!!

NOW, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. (insert drumroll)

Our 10 lucky Facebook giveaway winners are…

  1. Doreen Pataki – Crimson Royale
  2. Wendy Younk – Naughty Girl
  3. Alicia Bilski-Arnold – Winter Wine (Mulled Cherry)
  4. Lori Minnema – Oktoberfest
  5. Deb Eakins McCool-Cloute – Sierra Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon
  6. Wendy Gajeski – Crimson Royale
  7. Diane Leach – Naughty Girl
  8. Jane Cochart – Sassy Sangria
  9. Michele Ginter – Riesling
  10. Pam Tesch – Sweet Cherry

 

If your name is on the list, please contact us at shipping@vonstiehl.com with your address so we can send your favorite von Stiehl wine to you! Please note, we cannot ship to any PO Boxes and a signature provided by someone 21+ is required upon delivery. It is often preferred by our customers, to send their wine to their place of employment as someone will be able to sign for it. We look forward to getting these wines sent to you as soon as weather permits.

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.

Didn’t win but still need some wine? Shop our online wine store by clicking ->here<-.

Thanks again all you lovely von Stielians! Wine Cheers!

Cheesy Saturdays March 2020

January 22, 2019 by Rayanne Racine

When should you go on a cheese diet? … When you need to cheddar a 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.

Vendors will be added closer to the event.

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

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

Cheesy Saturday Photo

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.

VIP Tour at von Stiehl Winery

October 13, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

VIP Tour Returns for 2019…

In 2019, 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 or compliment them on your favorite wine. 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 150 year old wine aging cellar.

After talking with the winemaker(s), we will head to the von Stiehl Winery century and a half year old cellars. While down in these cellars, enjoy a private three-course pairing, along with a select tasting of Cherry Bounce from the cask.

In order to make it feel more intimate, 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 below.

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.

To book your tour, click one of the available dates below and purchase your tickets.

Available tour dates are below:

 

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*.

Tickets are non-transferable. Lastly, no refunds on tickets.

*Kewaunee County sales tax and an 85¢ online ticketing fee are added to e-commerce sales.

 

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.

Marquette Rosé Winners!

September 25, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

We’re so grateful for the many responses we received on Facebook; we enjoyed reading every single response! Sounds like most of you have the same idea of enjoying our Stony Creek Rosé outdoors, snuggled with your loved ones and just relaxing. We love that idea! 🙂

To all three of our winners, we will send your bottle of our Stony Creek Rosé to you. We hope you all enjoy our estate grown Rosé!

We congratulate Cynthia Jean, Cassie Worachek & Randy Griepentrog! You are our winners for our giveaway of our Stony Creek Rosé.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

 

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!

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

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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.

 

 

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