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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!

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!

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.



  • 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) 



  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. 

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!

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!

Winter & Holiday Wine Giveaway Winners

October 12, 2018 by Rayanne Racine

We are so grateful for the many responses we received on our most recent Facebook giveaway; we enjoyed reading every single response! Whether it’s cuddling up while watching A Wonderful Life or making Christmas cookies with the fan, any time is a great time to enjoy our two seasonal releases.

To all three of our winners, we will send your bottles of our Holiday Wine & Winter Wine to you. We hope you all enjoy these wonderful wines!

We congratulate Jill Koss Groth, Lara Spiegelberg & Trish Jose! You are our winners for our seasonal release giveaway.

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

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!


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.

Apple Cider

May 20, 2016 by

Apple Cider Label

It’s working! Our bubble making machine is actually working! The new bottling line is pumping out still AND sparkling wine in a glorious manner. The unexpected add-on of a bottle washer and dryer only makes the end product that much more enticing. Now it’s time to have some fun. Our first batch of apple cider, aka Apfel, will be passing through the machine on its way to our tasting bar in just a couple of weeks.

This isn’t watered down, cheaply-sweetened apple-flavored ale, like what the big beer companies have been marketing so successfully in the last few years. This is true apple cider fermented by a winery. The fruit comes from Hillside Apples, just twelve miles west of the winery. These are, in fact, the same apples that are blended for our Apple Icing.

Owning a winery in Wisconsin is both rewarding and heart-breaking. Most of our customers welcome our wine profiles ranging from Door County cherries to Sonoma reds. So often the judgement is laid down that Wisconsinites aren’t qualified to make wine; that only Californians and Europeans are recognized as quality producers. That’s the heart-wrenching part. Never mind the 49 years that we’ve been putting smiles on wine drinkers’ faces.

That opinion is completely absent when we talk about our Ahnapee Brewery Wisconsin beer since everyone knows Wisconsinites make great beer, even if their family hasn’t been doing it for generations. Suds are received with glee, and guests are open to trying all sorts of beers from light to dark. Never once have we been asked “What? they make beer in Wisconsin?”

There is one category that perfectly suits our Wisconsin winery, and that’s cider! True apple cider can only be made by a winery. Given our great relationship with Hillside Apples, we thought it time to try our hand at apple cider.

Our 2015 hard apple cider is created from five carefully selected varieties of Hillside Orchard’s apples. They are blended together to produce a crisp, smooth and refreshing hard cider with just a hint of sweetness.

Ask for a sample of our apple cider this summer when you visit!

Red Wine Release – Brunello

April 19, 2016 by


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.



Moscato for von Stiehl is Orange

February 26, 2016 by

Orange Muscat Wine Bottle

Sometimes Moscato is orange, but most of the time it is not. For von Stiehl, it is Orange Muscat, but it doesn’t have any oranges, and it isn’t Moscato. Follow?

Orange Muscat is a grape that you’ve probably never tasted. It is one of over 200 varieties of the Muscat, or Moscato, grape family that is best known in Italy. Orange Muscat is part of the family, but isn’t a Moscato. This small part of the family was popular in France at one time, and is now grown in the Veneto region of Italy. Fortunately for us, Orange Muscat is also grown in small amounts in California and Washington. This white grape exhibits Moscato characteristics with, you guessed it, a strong orange nose. Just to be sure that we are all on the same page, we do not add oranges or orange juice to the wine. Oranges are for breakfast… and possibly mimosas, when mixed with Titletown Wine (Sparkling Muscat).

Our Orange Muscat is sourced from Mendocino grape farmers. Now Mendocino is to Napa what Algoma is to Door County. Great quality without the price. A beautiful adventure without the hubbub. Lake breezes without the aroma of exhaust. A slower pace without the long lines.

Made from grapes grown in this laid-back and relaxed region, Orange Muscat is smooth and settled. Clear like your mind when you’re sitting on a warm beach. Sweet like the gratification of a hard day’s work at closing time. Here’s the winemaker’s version:

‘This rare and delicate Orange Muscat grape evokes aromas of peach, apricot, and orange blossoms. The flavors of tangelo and honey meld to produce a perfect accompaniment to cheesecake or peach cobbler á la mode. Residual Sugar 3.0% by weight.’

Just as White Zinfandel was the go-to semi-sweet and easy-to-drink wine of the 80s, wine drinkers are enjoying those virtues in Moscato today. While a limited amount was offered last year in a 500ml bottle, our Orange Muscat  has grown up in quantity and is now wearing a full-size 750ml glass casing. Enjoy it for $14.99.

Winter Wine in Wisconsin

December 15, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

Winter Wine in Wisconsin

Have you found yourself turning cold at all the of talk of blustery weather? We live in Wisconsin where weather won’t always be wonderful. If all that we do is wallow in weary alliteration, we’ll wear out those within earshot! Given that we do well with seasonal wines at von Stiehl, we thought, “Why not create a wine for the longest season of the year?” winter wine

Given our unhealthy dose of obsession with the cold, we thought it best to whip up a batch of warming Door County cherry winter wine seasoned with spices, cinnamon, and clove. Heat Winter Wine in a pot on the stove (or cup in the microwave) to a steamy level, but don’t let the alcohol boil away into the atmosphere. The air isn’t the one that should enjoy the alcohol.

While Winter Wine tastes great chilled, we suggest enjoying it warm. Whether the weather or listening to others whine gives you a chill, we hope that the warmth of our cherry Winter Wine keeps you in good spirits throughout the cold months! Now before you run off with new-found inspiration to play Scrabble with the W, find a way to get your hands on some of this new wine before it all disappears.

Find Winter Wine at your favorite Wisconsin retailer, here on our website, or call or visit the winery to purchase bottles direct.

800-955-5208 • www.vonstiehl.com • 115 Navarino Street, Algoma, Wis.

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.

Gamba Barrel Tastings

July 3, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

OV Merlot

One of the Gamba barrel-aged wines awaiting your taste buds!

The Gamba Barrel

In the heart of Monferrato, France, the Gamba family has been handing down the ancient art of the master cooper from father to son for decades. Their unique wood aging and barrel building process takes considerable patience and capital, in keeping with the Gamba family tradition. White oak is sourced from the prestigious Allier Forest, then split to preserve continuous fibers through the entire length of each stave. The wood is then weathered in the microclimate of the French countryside for a full thirty-six months. This seasoning process polymerizes tannins and eliminates green phenolic components. Gamba Cooperage’s main objective is, as it has always been, to select the best wood so that the wines will have nothing but premium quality after aging. The treasured Gamba barrel ultimately leads to an incredibly soft, silky mouthfeel.

On the Wisconsin lakeshore just before the edge of Door County, the  produces red wines to age in the prestigious Gamba barrel. The three varieties offered this summer by the winery are Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Clarksburg Old Vine Merlot, and Sierra Foothills Zinfandel. Each varietal is offered from French hybrid barrels and Gamba barrels, giving guests an opportunity to do a side by side tasting. If these same wines were offered from a California winery, their value would easily reach to just below $100/bottle. The Algoma winery offers all for less then $50/bottle.

Guests will often comment that the Gamba barrel-aged reds are smoother, and have more fruit aromas. Come taste the difference at von Stiehl!

The Perfect Gift for a Sweet Tooth

December 15, 2011 by

Von Stiehl Wisconsin Winery has the perfect gift for folks with a Sweet Tooth (Sweet Teeth?).

Members of our Sweets Club receive five gifts a year. Each one contains 2 bottles of semi-sweet or sweet wine, and a sweet treat. We pair the wines with the sweet, and they are meant to be enjoyed together.

This is a great gift for anyone who likes to drink wine, from budding wine drinkers to folks who’ve had many years with the bottle. Our Sweets Club introduces wines to novice wine drinkers. It helps seasoned oenophiles get out of ruts by introducing wines they might not choose on their own. In addition, it educates recipients on the wonderful science of pairing wine and desserts (not always an easy task, but so worth the effort).

Plus, the Sweets Club is a gift that arrives at regular intervals throughout the year. It’s a wonderful way for folks who live far from the recipient to stay in touch: each time the recipient opens the wine and sweet, they’ll think of you. Likewise, it’s a wonderful way to connect with friends and family who live nearby: when the shipment arrives, you can enjoy it together. That’s what we call a “win, win” situation.

So give a gift of Wisconsin Wine this holiday season; sweet wines for the sweetest people in your life.

Picture this, five times a year.


Be Naughty This Christmas

November 29, 2011 by

Or rather, serve Naughty…Naughty Girl Red Wine, that is.

Our top-selling Wisconsin Wine is on sale through the end of November. That means you have a day and a half to stock your wine cellars with Naughty Girl at the sale price. If you live close to our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, stop by our tasting room. If you live far from here, order online.

Buy six bottles of Naughty Girl, and get one bottle free. Buy a case of Naughty Girl, and receive a 20% discount off the case (offer expires 11/30/11). Shipping costs will apply to online or phone orders.

With holiday parties just around the corner, it’s worth stocking up on your favorite Wisconsin Wine. It’s also worth taking advantage of a bargain. We hope you’ll do both, and we hope you’ll serve our fabulous blend of Cabernet Franc and brandy-fortified black raspberry wine to your guests this holiday season. We call her Naughty Girl.


Serve Wisconsin Wine with Thanksgiving

November 12, 2011 by

The Thanksgiving feast is close at hand. Soon we’ll be tucking into roast turkey, stuffing, hot buttered rolls, and greens. We’ll be cooking for days, or traveling for hours, and joining together with friends and family no matter where we are. It’s a busy time of year, but a good time of year.

For us, it’s impossible to think about our Thanksgiving feast without wondering which of our Wisconsin Wines we’ll enjoy with it.

Each year, many people are haunted by these and other age-old questions:

  • “Which wine will go best with the appetizers?”
  • “Which wine goes best with roast Turkey?”
  • “Which wine goes best with candied yams?”
  • “Red or white?”
  • “What should I serve with dessert?”

Aside from the strong belief that you can’t go wrong with von Stiehl Wisconsin Wines, we support your right to serve what you like. Don’t worry about convention.

If you’re hosting many people, consider opening several different bottles and letting your guests decide for themselves. After all, extra wine will keep, and you want your guests to be happy. We know people who only drink red wine. They drink it on hot summer days, they drink it with hot, spicy food, they drink it on its own. They drink it because they like it. Likewise, we know people who prefer white on any occasion – with a big slab of red meat, with a big bowl of hearty pasta, and on its own.

We believe certain wines and foods complement each other. We are not alone. But if you have friends who like what they like, let them drink what they like on Thanksgiving. Or give them a choice. Open a bottle of our Chardonnay and a bottle of our Naughty Girl with the appetizers. Open bottles of our Satin Red and Riesling with the main meal. Open Doc Steihl’s Cherry Bounce and our Raspberry Framboise with dessert. You’ll find out if your guests prefer one bottle over another.

If you have your heart set on pairing wine with your meal, stop by our Tasting Room in Algoma and ask for advice. We’d love to work with you.

Our Riesling would go well with a Thanksgiving feast.


Fall Color and Wisconsin Wine

September 27, 2011 by

Ah, it’s that time of year. The time when green leaves in Algoma and Door County Wisconsin transform into glorious shades of red, gold, orange, and yellow. The heat of summer dissipates, and cool, crisp days invite outdoor activity. It’s the perfect time to run away to a cabin in the woods or by the lake.

Von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine augments every weekend getaway. Grill a steak and share a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon after a long hike through the trails of colorful Door County. Sip on our Dry Apple “Wrap” after a long bike ride. Spend all day outside then curl up by the fire with a glass of our Oak Aged Cherry Kirsche.

Autumn and von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine. They go together.


The Fresh Taste of Spring

May 9, 2011 by

Spring in and around Door County bursts with color. Pink and white cherry and apple blossoms sit fatly on trees, gathering energy to morph into tasty, succulent fruit. The vintner at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery transforms some of those luscious cherries into Cherry Blossom Blush.
Enjoy a glass of this semi-dry white wine blushed with Montmorency cherries. It’s delightful on its own, with a plate of hard cheeses and crackers, or even with a dense, delicious, chocolate dessert. Stop by our Algoma WI Winery on your way up to the Door County Festival of Blossoms this spring. Enjoy a Spring Blossom Trolley Tour out of Sturgeon Bay or Carlsville. Bike the 30-mile Ahnapee Trail. Explore Ellison Bluff Park or bring your boat and cruise along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. A cooling glass of Cherry Blossom Blush is the perfect way to end a day spent breathing in the lovely scent of spring blossoms. Or toast the arrival of spring with one of our other Wisconsin Wines: Dry Cherry, Dry Apple “Wrap”, Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, Cherry Kirsche “Oak Aged”, or Cherry Brandy.


Serve Wisconsin Wine at Easter Dinner

April 18, 2011 by

Easter is a wonderful time to come together with family and friends. This year, whether you are the host of Easter dinner or a guest, consider opening a bottle of our von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine. Many families enjoy roast lamb or honey-baked ham for Easter dinner. Roast lamb goes well with strong reds, such as our Meritage Wisconsin Red Wine. Try pairing a honey-baked ham with our Christmas Blush, a semi-dry white with a hint of cherries. Lakeshore Mist Wisconsin White Wine would also be an excellent accompaniment to a baked ham dinner. Crisp, fruity Mademoiselle – a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Traminette grapes – was released last summer. As days and evenings grow warmer, it feels time to pour Mademoiselle once again. Enjoy a glass of Mademoiselle after dinner with a light, spring-time dessert such as a plate of colorful cookies; it is sweet enough to function as a dessert itself. Our newest release – White Stiletto – is made from the same grapes but is less sweet. It pairs well with everything from salads to grilled foods to cakes. Winter is putting up a strong fight this year, but spring is sure to eventually conquer it. Toast its arrival at Easter dinner with Wisconsin Wine.


The Release of White Stiletto

March 24, 2011 by

Imagine the perfect glass of Chardonnay. Imagine the perfect glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Now imagine they are blended together with some Traminette grapes. Eureka! It’s our White Stiletto, and it’s in the bottle. The next time you visit our Wisconsin Winery in Agloma, be sure to ask for a taste of our newest release: White Stiletto. We think you’ll like this crisp white Wisconsin wine. It’s not too sweet, not too fruity. Just right. Then imagine your next dinner party. White Stiletto on the table next to Naughty Girl Red. Now that’s a good looking table.

White Stiletto – now bottled and ready to drink.


Woo Your Valentine with Wisconsin Wine

January 28, 2011 by

Treat your Valentine to a bottle of our Wisconsin wine. Inspire an evening of romance with Naughty Girl Red, White Zinfandel Love, or Risqué Riesling. If you can’t decide which she’ll like best, offer all three! In addition to Wisconsin wine, you’ll find many inspired gifts at our Gift Shop and Tasting Room, such as hand-crafted chocolates and unique bottle stoppers. It’s easy to woo your sweet Valentine when you shop at Von Stiehl.


Wisconsin Wine – the Perfect Gift

December 22, 2010 by

Writer and humorist Oren Arnold once said that the best gift for one’s enemy is forgiveness, the best gift to a friend is your heart, and the best gift to yourself is respect. Wise words indeed, and while we don’t dispute them, we do have a few other ideas.

How about giving the gift of Wisconsin Wine?

Give Napa Valley Mulling Spices along with a bottle of Cranberry Wine, Sweet Cherry Wine, or Dry Apple Wrap; it’s something not everyone thinks to purchase themselves and most people enjoy. Plus it’s festive. Or offer bottles of Christmas Blush and Christmas Wine – it’s the perfect time of year for these, after all. If you love to give wine with fun labels, leave a bottle of Knockin’ Heads Red under the tree. Bring a bottle of Dry Riesling to hosts of a gathering, and put a bow on a bottle of Naughty Girl Wisconsin Wine for the lady who is too naughty to receive a gift from Santa! For stocking stuffers, try an assortment of bottle stoppers, bottle decorations, and wine glass trinkets (never confuse your glass with another again). For under the tree, how about a lovely wine rack? The best thing about the gift of wine is that there is never a bad moment to offer it. It’s appropriate any time of year, before and after Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. Stop by our Wisconsin Winery in Algoma when you’re on your way to Door County. Taste our wines and pick up a few bottles of the ones you like most, and keep them on hand to offer friends and families on any occasion. Merry Christmas.


Thanksgiving Wines

November 17, 2010 by

Wisconsin wine is a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving feast. We recognize, however, that deciding which wine to serve can be difficult. Some guests will prefer white, some red, some rosé; some prefer hearty reds and sweet whites, some don’t. As hosts, we wish to satisfy every palate. There are two ways to approach this dilemma, as we see it. Option 1. Empty your personal wine cellars, finding a bottle to suit every taste. There is nothing wrong with that. We may be told to pair turkey with white wine, but if Uncle Charlie prefers our Crimson Royale, by all means, let him have it. Option 2. Slip away this weekend to sample a variety of wines at our Algoma Wisconsin winery, and pick the ones you think would best complement each course. Our pourers will be happy to offer advice, and may suggest you try the following wines: Cranberry Wine, which is made with holiday meals in mind; Oktoberfest, a blend of Vignoles, Gewurztraminer and Riesling grapes; Sparkling Muscat, perfect for celebratory toasts; and our brandy-fortified Cherry Kirsche and Framboise dessert wines, the perfect way to end a meal. Happy Thanksgiving!


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