You’ve waited long enough…at long last, it’s that special time of year when Algoma’s downtown fills with people imbibing great local wines, stomping on grapes and wearing funny costumes while dancing to live music. Yes, it’s the 11th annual Wet Whistle Wine Festival!
As always, the center of the action is our Algoma winery at 115 Navarino Street and the Algoma Festival Grounds at Clark and Second.
This year’s hours are:
Friday 4-8 pm (free)
Saturday 10 am-6 pm ($10)
Sunday 11 am-3 pm (free)
All weekend, there’s a ton of fun to be had! Friday night’s event includes the exciting 8 pm drawing of the raffle prize winners. The featured prize, a new 2012 Cub Cadet riding mower is why it’s the “Mower for your Money” Raffle. But if you don’t get the mower, there’s also a laptop computer and generous Chamber Bucks, Shopping Sprees and Gift Certificates to win too.
A juried fine art exhibit will showcase the work of local and regional artists and artisans. Specialty foods will be offered expertly paired with von Stiehl’s award-winning Wisconsin wines. The Saturday Grape Stomp is always a hoot! There will be five heats of laughing, squishy good fun. For the live music, Mango Brothers, In Black ‘n’ White and Giv’n up the Ghost will get everyone dancing at the festival grounds on Friday and Saturday. The live music continues at the winery on Sunday with the Annie Rose Band.
There’s even more going on at the winery this year, in addition to tours and tastings all weekend. Special chocolate and wine pairings will be offered at the winery tasting bar. You can also sit in and enjoy delicious cheese and wine pairings out on the winery’s terrace.
A special “family pouring” will take place in the new production building on Saturday, 12:30 to 5 pm. For $10, guests can keep a lovely stemless Riedel glass and members of the Schmiling family will offer a tasting of fine von Stiehl wines. It’s a great opportunity to talk with the winemakers and get to know our Algoma, WI wines even better.
For a detailed schedule of events, please visit vonStiehl.com/events. Special thanks to the sponsors who support the Community Improvement of Algoma Main Street Program that helps make this great annual Algoma festival possible!