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Lighting The Way to Holiday Cheers

December 2, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

December is filled with family dinners, get-togethers, and cozying up inside. Just don’t forget the wine! Luckily, we have free shipping available for case purchases until this Thursday, December 5th. Stock up on wine for all of your holiday gatherings, or enough to hunker down with this winter. Use code FreeShipWine at checkout at our online store. You will be the favorite at every holiday party in the coming weeks with your von Stiehl wines.
One of the reasons this time of year is so special is because it brings all of us to gather with friends and loved ones. This is exactly why we chose to feature Dolcetto during December because it was a wine created from a special bond. Dolcetto was developed in honor of the man who introduced our Assistant Winemaker, Dave, to it in the summer of 1989 while serving in the U.S. Army in Italy. His name was Carlos. He had a passion for his vineyard and fine red wines and quickly became a very good friend. He has long passed now but taught Dave how a red wine should smell and taste. So lift your glasses, swirl, smell, and taste what the Italians have known for many years in this hidden gem and salute!
As you gather with your friends and family, raise a glass to all of those who have impacted your life!
~Cheers to a merry holiday season!

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.

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.

Fall is in the Air

September 5, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

Summer is winding down and fall is in the air. Our grapes are starting to plump and turn red with the late summer sunshine. This is the time of year when grapes start to produce their sugars in preparation for harvest. To celebrate harvest season, we look forward to Wet Whistle Wine Fest taking place September 13th and 14th. At this year’s festival, we hope to see you enjoy wine, music, and friends of new and old, all while helping to raise funds for the Community Improvement of Algoma.
In preparation for fall and the harvest, we have decided to feature our Sparkling Viognier & Chenin Blanc for September. It’s an even blend of Viognier and Chenin Blanc. When you enjoy this Brut style wine, you will taste notes of apricot and honeysuckle along with rich flavors of ripe white peach and mineral. The small bubbles will heighten your senses and cleanse your palate between courses. Pair this dry white with a garlic shrimp dish, your favorite sushi, or Thai cuisine. Chévre and Brie are also the perfect soft cheeses that are enhanced by the mouthful of tiny bubbles from the wine. We even suggest starting your Saturday morning by adding this wine to your favorite orange juice, or relax after work with this intensely satisfying dry white wine.
Stop by and enjoy a free sample of Sparkling Viognier & Chenin Blanc with your tastings all month long. In fact, stop by this Saturday as we wrap up ourSummer Concert Series with the Annie Rose Band. We have our wine flights and wine slushies ready for you to enjoy as well.
Hope to see you soon!
~Cheers.

Wine Down This August

August 7, 2019 by Molly Schroeder

Just because the kids are headed back to school, doesn’t mean that summer is over. That’s why we are featuring one of our favorite summertime fruit wines, Blueberry. This delightful semi-sweet wine is filled with New York blueberries that dance across your pallet. It has a smooth blueberry finish. Your mind will be tricked into thinking you just had a handful of blueberries. Enjoy a complimentary tasting of our Blueberry wine during August. It’s best served chilled with cheesecake or pizza. One of our customers even suggests skipping the mimosa and instead of enjoying a glass of Blueberry wine
with your pancakes.
If your palate enjoys dry reds over sweets, we have a new wine just for you. Our 2016 Petite Sirah, is ready for you to take home. This vibrant, full-bodied red wine was aged for twenty-eight months in an American Oak barrel before it was ready to be bottled. Try pairing it with bacon, blue cheese or a filet mignon.
Enjoy a glass or a bottle of either the Blueberry or the 2016 Petite Sirah, during our Summer Concert Series happening Thursday and Saturday afternoons throughout August. We look forward to seeing you soon!
~Cheers!

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!

Happy Retirement Sallie!

September 25, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Happy Retirement Sallie!We Wish a Happy Retirement to Sallie!

On von Stiehl’s 38th year in business, the best salesperson to work in a winery this side of the Mississippi River took over our Algoma tasting room. Arriving with decades of experience in the art of service and selling, Sallie Marquardt massaged a ‘sweet cherry wine in a plastic cup’ winery into an elegant upscale tasting room experience. Now we wish her a Happy Retirement.

Over the years, Sal gathered individuals with big hearts and amazing work ethics. She found talent willing to learn and grow. She herself dove deep into learning through wine shows, tastings and seminars. Her experience as a caterer contributed to the development of our wine and food pairings. She led us all into further development of our palates and knowledge of how wine and food marry (she would never say food and wine; wine always came first!)

Building relationships with vendors, long-term customers, and employees was one of her many strong suits. Approachable by all, and a discouragement to none, a simple smile from Sallie was often enough to keep us all going. Having her in the building gave us all a little more peace of mind.

As part of her farewell, we asked her co-workers to write a little something to honor Sallie in her retirement. Here’s what we had to say…

Dear Sallie,
As an Algoma ‘resider’…one who returns home after being elsewhere… you helped me find a new connection to friends, activities, fun, and a sense of purpose. It has been a daily learning experience working with you at von Stiehl. You are an expert at many things–you can calm a tasting room with a ‘look,’ help a clueless wine taster find a perfect wine, encourage tasting room staff in ways we all know!  You have been a teacher, counselor, and instigator!
Thank you!
One retirement phrase is my mantra, and I recommend it to you…
‘Never say never,’
May you find joy and happiness as your life continues to unfold.
Love to you,
Joan, Hospitality

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Sallie, you are a wonderful mentor, leader and friend.

Not only have you provided instruction, but also gave direction and inspiration to all of your co-workers, in building this taste room into what it is today.

I am grateful for your support and kindness during our transition over the last seven months, and wish you happiness and health as you move on to the next chapter in your life. Happy retirement!

Patti, Retail Manager

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The stories and memories of Sallie are endless as they are priceless. But the thing I’m going to remember and miss most about Sallie is the impression she was able to leave on every person she met. From the smile and hugs she received from customers whom recognized her from past experiences at von Stiehl and Captain’s Walk- as she was able to connect and talk to anyone at a unique and personal level, to the way she was able to teach and guide employees and co-workers and turn anyone into a sales person-it just took that special touch to get to know each person in order to dig deep into their individual potential.

Even though we drove each other crazy at times due to our differences, we always seemed to ‘get’ each other and connected to make things work. Thank you for being an amazing teacher, co-worker and friend for the past 8 years! I wish you nothing but the best in your retirement as you deserve it!

Katie, General Manager

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When I think about Sallie, I immediately go to food and wine pairing.  Over all of the years with her at von Stiehl, we’ve done a ton of pairings and have learned a lot from each other about food and wine.  Sallie has a keen sense when it comes to aromas and flavors of food and I’m grateful to have learned from her during her time here.

We are all lucky to have Sallie as a co-worker and friend over all the years here at von Stiehl.  Sallie has brought von Stiehl great refinement, impeccable customer service, increased sales, and most of all an enjoyable tasting room experience for both customers and employees.

Thank you for all of the years dedicated to von Stiehl and we look forward to working with you in the future.  Cheers to Sallie!!

Aric, Master Winemaker and Co-Owner

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Of the many, almost forgotten, jobs between college and winery ownership, I had a two-month stint of installing phones in cars at Cellcom in De Pere. Not too many people went out of their way to say hi… with the exception of Sallie, a polished saleswoman who was making the mobile phone business into what it is today. She would always have a kind word walking by as I stopped to look up from under the dirty carpet of a contractor truck. Way back in 1998 is when Sallie earned my admiration, when the only things that I managed were wires, and candy-bar wrappers that had fallen under car seats. Who would have known that she would work for our family business someday?

Now in 2017, we’ve had the honor of employing her for twelve years, and even the higher honor of calling her a friend. I’m sad that we won’t see her smiling, encouraging, face daily at the winery, but am so happy that she now has the free time of retirement to call her own.

My regret is that we allowed her to give so much of herself. We all were so eager to receive her attention, so willing to let her pour into us, so quick to share our challenges with her. She gave so much of herself; and I’m not sure that we gave as much back. Yet she took it in stride without complaint, and did her best with all of us.

In her twelve years at von Stiehl, Sallie left more than a fingerprint. She left an unmatched legacy of priorities and values with our business. ‘Just putting in time’ was never a sentiment that any of us gleaned from her attitude. She showed up with enthusiasm, drive, desire to improve others, and a better future for all of us in mind. Who gives like that?

Sallie – Take extra time to shoot that turkey. Wait it out for the 14 point buck this November. Make your garden and flowers more beautiful than ever next spring. Sleep whenever you want to. YOU EARNED IT!

William Butler Yeats said it best…

“Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends”

Sallie, you have made us all better for knowing you.

Brad, Business Manager & Co-Owner

 

 

 

Happy Retirement Sallie!

 

von Stiehl Winery Named in Top Vineyards All Around the Country by Travel + Leisure

June 15, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Winery Reviews Help von Stiehl to be Listed in Travel + Leisure

Guests have been enjoying the experience in our little Algoma tasting room for a very long time. While we mostly think of ourselves as a small town winery close to Door County, it would appear that we are getting noticed much further away than the borders of Kewaunee County. While our wine ships interstate to the country’s corners, evidence of our actions are open to the world via winery reviews.

These digital reviews have become the primary place to learn the truths of a business. That means good or bad, everyone can read what anyone wants to post. This time around it’s a positive because Travel + Leisure dug into winery reviews all around the country. It’s no surprise that California came out on top given the density of wineries. However, we’re pretty excited to be on the list just below our West Coast friends.

How did this happen, you ask? Here are details taken from Travel + Leisure’s website:

“Yelp analyzed the reviews of vineyards throughout the country to determine which ones Americans like best. From the Sauvignon Blanc of the Napa Valley to the Rieslings of New York’s Finger Lakes, each area of the country has its own specialties.

To compile the list, Yelp looked at businesses in the wineries category, compared quantity and quality of reviews, and limited results to two per state to ensure geographic diversity.”

Winery Reviews

If you’re thinking, enough already, share the link! Here it is.

We got this far by receiving reviews from our wonderful customers. Here are some of our favorite Yelp reviews:

Wisconsin’s oldest and most delighted winery for sure! They have such a great array of wines to choose from that there is no way you can’t find one that you don’t like. The staff is astute, well kept and very timely in their service.

Free-tasting unless you go to the more expensive wines – your oak-aged wines, the cherry bounce which is borderline brandy, etc. The bottles of wine themselves are priced very reasonably as well.

I come back here bi-weekly in the summer. To stock up, bring friends to try new wines, or to just get out and enjoy the day. I would definitely recommend this stop to anyone who loves wine!   Annabella R.

We have been going to Von Stiehl for years and each year their wine gets better and better. The building itself is wonderful to visit as its gorgeous and historic. They have a varied wine selection, some good, some just okay but they have something for everyone. We are suckers for anything they Gamba age so we always buy a few bottles of whatever they have in stock! The Alexander Cabernet is another favorite.

It always a fun time to stop in and do a wine tasting. Jason B.

 

Read them all here.

Winery reviews like these are rewarding and we are humbled to be spoken of so nicely. We hope that you stop in this summer and enjoy your experience down the road less traveled that leads to Algoma!

New Sparkling Wine – a Viognier & Chenin Blanc Blend

May 19, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Sparkling Wine Produced In-House

Welcome to the first page in the new chapter of von Stiehl Winery – in a 50 year old book that we’re still writing!

What makes the Sparkling Viognier & Chenin Blanc blend different from our past pressurized wines? The bubbles are added right here in Algoma. Before our 2016 bottling line, wineries of Wisconsin would ship their wines to a winery in Michigan to be sparkled. We like our neighbors to the east, but those shipping charges add up. In a way, our bubbles are green!

Sparkling Wine - Viognier & Chenin BlancWhat does this new wine taste like? It’s a little on the dry side, so all you Brut drinkers out there can let out a little cheer, unless you’re reading this at home, then you can cheer loudly. Cue the winemaker’s description:

2016 Columbia Valley Viognier & Chenin Blanc

VIOGNIER 70% • CHENIN BLANC 30%
This textured and aromatic wine done in a Brut style offers sumptuous aromas of apricot and honeysuckle with rich flavors of white peach, ripe pear, and mineral. Pairs well with sushi, shellfish dishes, Thai, or softer cheeses such as Chevre’ and Brie.

This test batch was produced in a 160 case lot and will be available on our tasting menu this June, for $17.99/bottle.

You may only slightly recognize the label. We started with the base von Stiehl white label concept, and then reversed it to appear mainly black. The foil label is matched by a matte black foil capsule. Underneath is a new type of closure, developed to look like a champagne cork, but unscrew. This allows it to be easily re-closed should the rare occurrence happen that you don’t finish the bottle with friends.

The first sparkling wine of von Stiehl came in the mid ’90s in a white painted Holiday Wine bottle. You few historians might also remember the same wine under the Cherry Sparkle label for the summer time season.

Next came Sparkling Muscat. The Muscat Canelli grape makes for a fantastic sparkling semi-sweet wine. The branding eventually changed to Captain’s Walk Titletown Wine, and is a favorite of Green Bay and the peninsula.

If you’re still reading this, then here’s an extra nugget. Not only did we offer a Sparkling Holiday and Sparkling Cherry wine, but for a short period of time in the early 90s there was a Cranberry Esprit. That probably won’t come back, but who knows? Maybe a version will resurface as Hard Cranberry Cider!

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.

Pinot Noir Returns

September 19, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Pinot Noir is back in stock!

Pinot Noir Label

Our timing can be impeccably poor, and we like it that way. In 1967, Doc Stiehl was ahead of his time with screw caps. The closure let in less oxygen, and was less prone to the natural bacteria that is commonly found in natural corks. Af­ter decades of hearing ’why don’t you use corks?’ we invested in a mono-block filler and converted entirely to corks. Guess what happened next? Screw-caps became the new thing! We’re not going back after putting in our 25 years of screw-caps. It’s the principle of the matter.

The same thing is happening with Pinot Noir. This lovely wine was our first dry red release. A 1998 vintage Oregon-sourced Pinot Noir was von Stiehl’s first foray into the dry red market. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot quickly fol­lowed. Many of our reds did (and still do) well, but Pinot flopped. It was an odd grape that garnered no interest so we discontinued it. Then Sideways premiered. You know, the 2004 movie that put Pinot Noir on the map. For a decade to follow everyone asked, “Do you have a Pinot Noir?” No, and now we’re not going to just because. Blame it on our German stubbornness. It’s the principle of the matter.

The buzz has worn down, and we are offering Pinot Noir another shot at standing on its own. We fermented eight barrels of 2015 Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir, and aged it eight months in medium toast French hybrid Oak. If you are one of the few die-hard customers that remembers the last Pinot Noir, we applaud your patience! We hope that it was worth the wait. It is available in our tasting room now for you to sample, or get it online. Just don’t ask us to bring back Robust Red.

You’ll see two other new reds this fall, Mourvèdre and Mal­bec, and in case you’re wondering, we do still use corks. With the exception of our reserve reds, they are 100% green syn­thetic corks (Select Bio Corks) that leave a zero carbon footprint. We’re sticking to that principle.

Gold Medal Wines

June 10, 2016 by

Gold Medal Wines

Four Gold Medal Wines Recognized at von Stiehl Winery

Wisconsin’s oldest winery just brought home to the peninsula four more gold medals; three from Tasters Guild International Wine Competition and one from the West Coast Wine Competition.

Tasters Guild Golds were awarded to von Stiehl’s Sangiovese Grosso, Late Harvest Riesling, and Apple Icing. These three wines have become accustomed to the color gold as they have collected many over the past few years.

The 2012 Sierra Foothills Sangiovese Grosso was also awarded a gold medal by the West Coast Wine Competition. It is produced from the vcr6 clone used to produce Italy’s renowned Brunello. Expect aromas of black cherry and red fruits in this wine, along with a subtle hint of sweet pipe tobacco and barrel spice.

In all, 18 medals were awarded to the winery by the Tasters Guild International, West Coast Wine Competition, and the International Eastern Wine Competition.

Tasters Guild International:

Sangiovese Grosso – Gold

Apple Icing – Gold

Late Harvest Riesling – Gold

Cherry Bounce – Silver

Oktoberfest – Silver

Petite Sirah – Silver

Brunello – Silver

Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver

Stony Creek Red – Silver

Sylvester (Marechal Foch) – Silver

Merlot – Silver

Chardonnay – Bronze

West Coast Wine Competition:

Sangiovese Grosso – Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver

Zinfandel – Bronze

International Eastern Wine Competition:

Stony Creek Red – Silver

Apple Icing – Silver

Cherry Bounce – Bronze

Visit the von Stiehl tasting room in Algoma to sample the gold medal wines along with the rest of the winners, or order online at vonStiehl.com.

Family Wine Matters

March 18, 2016 by

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Join the Family for wine discounts that matter!

When’s the last time you bought a new suit or dress to go to a neighbor’s kid’s wedding? That’s more of a ‘pick something out of the closet that’s comfortable’ affair, if you go at all. That’s the outside circle. Then there’s the group of those closest to you that get the most of your thoughts and free time. They are as significant to you as you are to them.

We’ve had it with the third cousins that drink three-dollar wine. We at von Stiehl are looking for more close family members like the ones who have been purchasing Crimson Royale and Niagara by the case since the late 80s. If it weren’t for our long-time die-hard wine-buying friends, we may not have made it this far.

If you haven’t yet made the decision to join us, then we invite you to now. Please sign up for a spot in the Family Plan Club. The discounts are higher (up to 36%) than what we give to our actual family, and we go to great lengths to put together special pairings to pique your favorite addictions of cheese, sweets, or dry reds.

Are you thinking… that’s just another wine club and I’m already a member of a few? Well, do your wine clubs carefully pair wines with just the perfect cheeses, and then include some quick notes on how best to enjoy them? That’s dedication, and we’re happy to take on that challenge for our family. We do it out of love! Not really a cheese fan? How about sweets? We pair sweet wines with sweet offerings including chocolate, candy-coated popcorn, hard candy, and other delicacies we find around the state. Getting together with family means desserts in Northeastern Wisconsin!

Don’t care about anything paired with your wine? You can be a red wine purist if you like and sign up for the reds-only option of our family plan where you’ll often receive new releases first. Plus you’ll receive a great discount.

We do all of this to reward our family members for being loyal customers. The prices that you’ll pay as a Family Plan member will almost always be lower than you’ll pay at any retailer, and lower than the options for regular von Stiehl customers. Still interested? Read more about the club and discounts here, or join the plan today?

Wine Awards Published

July 27, 2015 by

Tasters Guild Wine Awards

The von Stiehl Winery in Algoma recently brought home 12 wine awards from the 2015 International Tasters Guild competition.Three wines awards were prestigious Double Gold medals:

Sylvester, a 2012 estate-grown Marechal Foch. Dark ruby in color with aromas of cedar, Damson plums, and spicy black cherry. This lighter bodied red boasts flavors of dark stone fruits with a subtle earthiness on the finish. Sylvester grew up on the Schmiling homestead and spent his life farming the land that is now Stony Creek Vineyard where these Marechal Foch grapes are grown.

Symmetry, an intriguing blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Traminette. Three grapes lend their unique traits to create an ensemble that lingers on the tongue, redolent with the aromas of apricot and honey. This off-dry, smooth triad pairs well with salads, quiche, and shrimp cocktail.

Apple Icing, a cryo-concentrated apple ice wine. A perfectly balanced ice wine that pairs concentrated aromas of freshly picked apples with flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, and honey.

These wines are featured along with top international wines in the Summer 2015 Tasters Guild Journal. This highly acclaimed publication is sent to over 20,000 winery owners and producers, and is dedicated to the education and appreciation of wine. Over 200 retailers, gift shops, wineries and restaurants are in the Tasters Guild national network. Von Stiehl Winery is featured in the journal along with wineries from across the globe.

Rounding out the wine award categories Cherry Bounce, Oktoberfest, and Yakima Valley Cabernet all earned gold medals; Blueberry, Sangiovese and Marquette won silver; and Chardonnay, Stony Creek Rosé and Union Blend #2 merited bronze.

Symmetry pulled double duty in the wine award arena and also brought home a Double Gold medal from the Wisconsin State Fair. Oktoberfest, a blend of Riesling, Vignoles, and Gewurztraminer, continued its medal winning streak and brought home a gold.

Cherry Bounce Awarded Highest Honor

March 20, 2015 by

International Eastern Wine Competition

Cherry Bounce on Top with Highest Honor

We just received six medals at the International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) in Sonoma County, California. Established in 1975, the IEWC is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in the nation. 

The judging was held Feb. 10-11, 2015 in Sonoma County, California. Traditional awards were given in each division; any wines given a gold medal were then entered into a Taste off to see which wine was “Best of Class”. 

Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, a sweet and smooth concoction of cherry wine and cherry brandy distilled from von Stiehl’s cherry wine, brought home a Double Gold and Best of Class. The high-alcohol Bounce is produced from Door County Cherries grown by Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay. The cherry wine is then distilled into cherry brandy at Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee. Once back at von Stiehl the brandy is blended with more cherry wine and 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%. Winemaker Aric Schmiling says, “Next to the 30 month aged Cherry Bounce, this is one of the finest cherry wines that our winery has ever produced.”

The IWEC poured out more medals for von Stiehl’s wine. A gold medal was also awarded to Symmetry, an off-dry white wine. Blueberry received a silver medal, and bronze medals were awarded to von Stiehl’s Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio.

 

Three New Wines

September 16, 2014 by

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

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

Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah

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

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

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

Stony Creek Red

Stony Creek Red

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

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

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

Cherry Bounce

Cherry Bounce Label

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

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

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

Ladies Festival

May 22, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

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

 

Stiletto Stroll

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

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

von Stiehl Receives Two Gold Medals from Tasters’ Guild

May 22, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

Two High-Class Gold Medals

 Tasters Guild International Recognizes Wisconsin’s Oldest Licensed Winery

 May 20, 2014, Algoma, Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

The Flying Pig in Algoma, WI: A Gallery & Green Space

September 10, 2012 by

Our Algoma winery is a fan of local creativity so we love it when we hear about the arts flourishing in our area. A favorite near Algoma is The Flying Pig, a fun and inspiring gallery and green space. They have beautiful gardens along Lake Michigan’s shore, and large interior windows make for a bright space with splendid views. Inside and out, The Flying Pig features the quirky, fun and distinctive artwork of regional, national and international artists. See garden art, fine sculptures, unique furniture, beauteous two dimensional work and more. Get ideas and buy an original piece to take home! Periodically, a variety of events and classes at The Flying Pig are offered. Previous classes have included polymer clay, metal jewelry making and digital art.

It’s altogether a lovely place to visit, made all the more comfortable with a bar offering coffee, tea, beer and fine wines. Co-owners Susan Connor and Robyn Mulhaney invite visitors to explore and enjoy their Algoma gallery and gardens. They and a host of helpers (all of them are “the favorite employee”) provide hospitality, maintenance and all-around assistance to keep this place special.

Located at N6975 State Hwy 42, The Flying Pig is about 2.5 miles south of the winery–less than a five-minute drive away! From May to October, they’re open seven days a week, 10 am to 5 pm. Hours change during the winter months. For more information, call (920) 487-9902 or visit TheFlyingPig.biz.

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Come to The Flying Pig’s lovely green space and gallery near Algoma, WI right along the shore of Lake Michigan. Photo provided Courtesy of The Flying Pig.

February Getaway Packages

February 10, 2012 by

Sometimes it’s just nice to step out of your routine. If you’re feeling like you could use a change of scenery, consider spending a few days in Algoma, Wisconsin. Our charming little town is nestled against Lake Michigan at the base of the Door Peninsula. It’s beautiful, it’s peaceful, it’s fun, and it’s less than an hour from Green Bay.

Hotel Stebbins is offering a February Lodging Package that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. The “For Fun – For Romance” All-inclusive Package at Hotel Stebbins is a great deal.

Start with delicious coffee and breakfast at Caffé Tlazo, where you can surf the web, read the paper, or simply enjoy each other’s company as you sink your teeth into freshly baked treats.

In the middle of the day head over to Algoma Pizza Bowl for a couple of games and a slice or two. Then come to von Stiehl, our Algoma Wisconsin Winery, for wine and chocolate pairing. Yum.

Dinner at the Stebbins Restaurant is the perfect way to round out the day. Start with drinks in the lounge, where you can sit by the fireplace and admire the original tin ceilings. Move to the dining room for dinner, and be sure to try the Frog Legs. They’re amazing.

The special package at Hotel Stebbins is available through the month of February. Come for a little R&R: some Wisconsin Wine, some artisan chocolates, some bowling… What could be better?

The historic Hotel Stebbins.

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Wisconsin Wine and Cheese. The Best Gift Ever.

November 22, 2011 by

The von Stiehl Wine and Cheese Club makes the best gift ever. Really.

Four times a year, members of our Wine and Cheese Club receive a delicious package in the mail. Each box contains a block of Wisconsin cheese and 2 bottles of our Wisconsin Wine that have been selected to complement the cheese. Tasting notes accompany the wine, and a selection of other tasty goodies are also included.

Present the gift announcement with a bottle of our Wisconsin Wine and a block of cheese – we’ll help you make a good selection when you visit our Algoma Winery and Tasting Room. Your friend will be delighted, and you’ll probably enjoy that bottle of wine and that block of cheese together, right then. A few months later, your friend will receive a gift box of wine, cheese, and goodies in the mail. This will happen again, and again, and again.

Each time your friend opens the box, he or she will think of you. If you live close to one another, you may be invited over to share the contents. If you live far from one another, our Wine and Cheese is a way to stay connected.

Why limit the holidays to just once a year? With our Wine and Cheese Club, you can enjoy them, and share them, winter, spring, summer, and fall.

For additional information, please see our Wisconsin Wine and Cheese Club brochure.

Give a von Stiehl gift box to someone you love this holiday season.

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Door County Wine Trail

August 23, 2011 by

Have you ever considered a trek along the Door County Wine Trail? The coming weeks and months are a great time to bike or drive from one winery to another, enjoying the last days of summer or basking in the autumnal beauty of the Door Peninsula. Von Stiehl Winery, in Algoma Wisconsin, makes a good starting (and ending) point for the trail. Door County is a courageous sliver of land between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. It is filled with quaint small towns, rolling farmland, hardwood forests, and miles of beaches and waterfront. It’s a wonderland in the summer and winter, full of fragrant blossoms in the spring, and ablaze in fall colors in autumn. Outdoor recreation is paramount, and there is plenty of space for everyone to stretch and explore.

A handful of wineries are now growing grapes and making wine on the fertile land of Door County. Each Door County, Wisconsin Winery produces distinct wines, proving that even minuscule geographic distinctions can have huge impacts on the end products. Come see (and taste) for yourself. Visit them all. Seven Wisconsin Wineries comprise the Door County Wine Trail:
1. Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
2. Red Oak Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
3. Door Peninsula Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
5. Harbor Ridge Winery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
6. Stone’s Throw Winery, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
7. Orchard Country Winery & Market, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The Anhapee State Park Trail runs between Algoma and Sturgeon may, making the first (and last) leg of a bike trip between wineries a cinch. From Sturgeon Bay, Bay Shore Drive hugs the coast up to Ephraim. Riders will have to travel inland a bit to visit several of the wineries. It’s approximately fifty miles between Algoma and Ephraim – take your time and savor wine tasting over several days. We of course hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, von Stiehl, for a sample of our Door County Wine.

Additional information may be found at Door County Wine Trail. The map above is from this site.

Door County Wine Trail

August 23, 2011 by

Have you ever considered a trek along the Door County Wine Trail? The coming weeks and months are a great time to bike or drive from one winery to another, enjoying the last days of summer or basking in the autumnal beauty of the Door Peninsula. Von Stiehl Winery, in Algoma Wisconsin, makes a good starting (and ending) point for the trail. Door County is a courageous sliver of land between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. It is filled with quaint small towns, rolling farmland, hardwood forests, and miles of beaches and waterfront. It’s a wonderland in the summer and winter, full of fragrant blossoms in the spring, and ablaze in fall colors in autumn. Outdoor recreation is paramount, and there is plenty of space for everyone to stretch and explore.

A handful of wineries are now growing grapes and making wine on the fertile land of Door County. Each Door County, Wisconsin Winery produces distinct wines, proving that even minuscule geographic distinctions can have huge impacts on the end products. Come see (and taste) for yourself. Visit them all. Seven Wisconsin Wineries comprise the Door County Wine Trail:
1. Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
2. Red Oak Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
3. Door Peninsula Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
5. Harbor Ridge Winery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
6. Stone’s Throw Winery, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
7. Orchard Country Winery & Market, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The Anhapee State Park Trail runs between Algoma and Sturgeon may, making the first (and last) leg of a bike trip between wineries a cinch. From Sturgeon Bay, Bay Shore Drive hugs the coast up to Ephraim. Riders will have to travel inland a bit to visit several of the wineries. It’s approximately fifty miles between Algoma and Ephraim – take your time and savor wine tasting over several days. We of course hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, von Stiehl, for a sample of our Door County Wine.

Additional information may be found at Door County Wine Trail. The map above is from this site.

The Wisconsin Wines of Summer

July 14, 2011 by

Summer means long evenings. After a full day of work, folks head out for walks along the shores of Lake Michigan and bike rides on the Ahnapee State Trail. They waterski and jet ski and set sail on Lake Michigan to watch the sunset over the Door Peninsula. Summer means being outside as much as possible. Summer evenings are also ideal for sharing Wisconsin wine with friends and loved ones. The von Stiehl Summer Sampler provides everything you need for a summer evening with friends, and more. It includes 10 bottles of our Wisconsin wine (the ones we think are best for warm weather). Also included are six plastic wine glasses – essential if you plan to enjoy a glass of wine while on a boat or at the beach (offer expires 10-1-11). We also stock nifty suctioned holders at our gift shop / Wisconsin wine tasting room. These come in handy when you’re rocking on a boat out on the lake; your bottle of wine will not go flying across the deck when secured with one of these. Our insulated picnic totes will keep your wines the right temperature until it’s the right moment to enjoy them. Drop by our Wisconsin Winery the next time you’re in Algoma, or visit our shop online. Don’t let another summer evening go by without Wisconsin wine!

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