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Just Desserts

November 17, 2017 by Rayanne Racine

von Stiehl Winery (Algoma, WI)

Just Desserts is truly heaven on earth—featuring an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet! Plus, a wine glass coloring event for all skill levels! 

 

Please join us during Deer Hunter Widows Weekend for a relaxing evening of wine, desserts, and coloring. Your $28 admission includes all the desserts your heart desires, a wine glass coloring set, and a glass of wine. If one glass isn’t enough at Just Desserts, you may buy any wine by the glass offered on our complimentary tasting guide list for just $5 per glass.

 

Each wine glass coloring set is gift boxed and ready for coloring – markers included! Also, no experience is required.

 

The desserts are just as special as the place that made them. These aren’t out of a box or a food truck. At Just Desserts, we will be serving delicious hand-made delights from North Water Bakery, 133 North Water Street, just a few blocks from the winery in Algoma. This exclusive licensed bake shop is the home of Cake Designs by JoAnn, specializing in all forms of the confectionary arts. They use the highest quality ingredients ensuring you the best tasting bakery products ever. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, read on. North Water Bakery is well-known for their mini-dessert bites, and many of these will be featured at Just Desserts:

Chocolate Mousse: Chocolate cake with whipped cream filling inside, buttercream, chocolate ganache and shaved chocolate on the outside

Carrot Cake: Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, chopped walnuts on the sides, topped with a candy carrot

Strawberry Genoise: Genoise with buttercream and sliced strawberries in between, and buttercream on the outside

Banana Square: Banana cake with chocolate buttercream inside and chocolate ganache on the outside

Poppyseed Mini: Poppyseed cake with custard filling and buttercream on the outside with seeds sprinkled on the sides and top

Lemon Mousse: Genoise with lemon mousse filling and buttercream on the outside

Hazelnut Square: Hazelnut cake with chocolate buttercream inside and outside, with crushed hazelnuts

Raspberry Mousse: Genoise with raspberry filling and custard inside with buttercream on the outside topped with a raspberry

 

While you satisfy your sweet tooth, take advantage of a huge Just Desserts-only sale… take 25% off your case purchase and 15% off any other merchandise!

Spots are limited! Buy tickets online or call 800-955-5208 to RSVP by November 3rd to be sure you have a spot at Just Desserts!

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

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.

 

Wet Whistle Wine Fest in Algoma, Wisconsin

September 15, 2017 by

Wet Whistle Wine FestWet Whistle Wine Fest • Friday, Sept. 15 | 4–8pm (Free) • Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10am–6pm ($10)

Wet Whistle Wine Fest offers award-winning wines, a grape stomp, hearty sandwiches, & live music! It isn’t the 2,000 visitors smiling all the time that’s weird. Nor is it the trombonist standing in a grape-filled barrel while playing an amazing riff, nor the people with sticky purple feet dancing onstage. This is normal at a wine fest and to be expected. What’s odd at Wet Whistle Wine Fest are all the costumes. We don’t ask anyone to show up dressed as wine bottles, or happy nuns who love their wine. And these are just a couple examples of Wet Whistle Wine Fest goings-on that we just couldn’t make up. Don’t take our word for it… come to the wine fest and see it for yourself!

This Wet Whistle Wine Fest is a fundraiser for the Community Improvement of Algoma, and the Algoma Fire and Rescue. Come out to support these great non-profit organizations of Algoma!

Friday

Free admission, but canned food donations for Kewaunee County Food Pantry are welcome! All weekend, children under 12 FREE. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Band: Cat Five • 4–8pm
Specialty Foods • 4–8pm

Saturday

$10 Admission. All weekend, children under 12 FREE. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Band: Beaker Street • 10am–1:30pm
Band: The Groove Hogs • 2–6pm
Tours & Wine Tasting • At Winery,  9am–6pm
Specialty Foods • 10am–6pm
Celebrity Stomp Off • 11am & 11:20am
Grape Stomp Heats: 12:20pm, 1:30pm & 3pm
Grand Grape Stomp Off • 4:30pm

Vintage Wine Tasting • 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the production building.

Need a place to stay? Visit the Algoma Chamber of Commerce for lodging and a list of other great things to do while in town for the Wet Whistle Wine Fest.

Summer Cuisine Concert with Blues Band – Howard & the Bluegills

August 19, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills – Blues Band

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

Blues Band

Come enjoy the music of Howard & the Bluegills as we wind down the summer and enjoy another amazing Summer Cuisine Concert of 2017. Howard and the Bluegills, a blues band based out of Manitowoc, will be live August 19th from 12:30-4:00pm. Nothing says relaxation better than a glass of wine and an afternoon of blues music on the lake shore.
The music is going to be great. Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

Von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our award-winning gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Howard & the Bluegills, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert with Beaker Street

August 12, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

Beaker Street

Beaker Street will be live on stage August 12 from 1:30-5:00pm as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series. Beaker Street’s music includes rock, blues and many popular hits from the past and present. Come join us after the Shanty Days parade. We will continue to celebrate the lake, the amazing Algoma weather and all things summer.
The music is going to be great. Add to Beaker Street a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a craft beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

Von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our award-winning gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Music by Beaker Street, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful scenic shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert with the Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

August 5, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

Jazz Quartet

Join us for as we continue to celebrate our beautiful summer with the Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet in concert. Their name says it all. Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet will be live on stage August 5 from 12:30-4:00pm as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series. Nothing says relaxation better than an afternoon of jazz music on the lake shore.
The music is going to be great.  Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our award-winning gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Jazz music, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert with Two Souls

July 29, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 – Two Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

Door County Music

Join us July 29 from 12:30-4:00pm for some Door County music featuring Two Souls in concert. Three Souls will be live on stage as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series.

Nothing says summer and relaxation better than outdoor Door County music.

The music is going to be great. Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

Von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our gourmet award-winning wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Three Souls, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert Series with The Hits

July 22, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

The Hits

Join us as we continue to celebrate our beautiful summer with The Hits in concert. The Hits will be live on stage July 22 from 12:30-4:00pm as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series. Nothing says summer and relaxation better than an outdoor concert.
The music by The Hits is going to be great. Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our award-winning gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

The Hits, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert with River City Six- Featuring Zoomie

July 15, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Blue Gills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

River City Six

We are pleased to announce that River City Six featuring Zoomie is returning once again to perform as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series. This group of talented artists specializes in New Orleans/ Chicago style jazz. Please join us on Saturday, July 15th from 12:30-4:00pm. Nothing says summer better than relaxing outside listening to live jazz music.
The music is going to be fantastic. Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite award-winning von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

River City Six, jazz music, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert with the Annie Rose Band

July 8, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Blue Gills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

 

Annie Rose Band

What do you get when you combine a touch of Jazz, Blues, Gospel and a lot of Rock?  Nothing other than The Annie Rose Band!  Annie Rose is often referred to as “Green Bay’s best kept secret.”  She is returning to the von Stiehl stage to help us kick off our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series on Saturday, July 8 from 12:30-4:00pm.
The music is going to be great.  Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Annie Rose Band, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

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!

Winery Anniversary Party – von Stiehl is Turning 50!

March 18, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Winery Anniversary

Winery Anniversary Party set for March 18

We made it to our 50th winery anniversary. With that, a plethora of emotions are flying about. We made it. We’re here – we did it! From the days of flower children and Elvis to the age of smart-phones and millennial bosses. We survived it all.

From English Morello to Montmorency, cherry wine kept us alive for our first 25 years. Cherry wine was the mac ‘n’ cheese of our college years, and Vitis Vinifera filtered its way into most of our wine list by age 35 when we thought that we were becoming refined. Don’t be quick to judge; who hasn’t changed over 50 years?

Maybe you gulped sweet cherry wine from a screw-capped gauze-wrapped bottle under the Forestville bridge at age 16 and nobody knew. Perhaps you found that Kirsche and Coke made a mean mixer in your young adulthood and that’s what got you into von Stiehl wines. Hey, you can’t drink Zima all of the time.

Where did all of those years go? It was seriously just one day at a time. Filter on Mondays and Wednesdays; bottle on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Run the delivery truck on Thursday afternoons to Door County. The delivery truck was just a truck, a 1986 two tone red F150 with an H.O. 302, two gas tanks, chrome rims, and an ugly black cap that Dad put on to keep his sons humble. Saturdays and Sundays were spent in the tasting room and it all started over on Mondays.

There are too many memories to remember and there’s always too little time to talk when big talkers are in the room. These memoirs are the tip of the iceberg and our story is ready to be told. We’d like to give that a shot on March 18, with a winery anniversary celebration. At first, we thought about a fancy dinner, but we decided it better to stick to a daytime event.

We’ve invited Skaliwags to put on a buffet luncheon and the River City Six to romance us with ragtime. In between the feasting and dancing, we’ll conduct three tours of the new and old production buildings. When we say we, we mean Aric and Brad (me), the owners. The boys… who grew up in the biz while their parents poured their souls into making monthly payments. The tour will be a real-life account of how 50 years went down presented by the boys that saw the last 36.

Leave your dress pants at home and put on a clean pair of blue jeans. Winery owners are always happier when dressing down. Come hear the story of how a winery is full of hard work and art work.

Winery Anniversary Stamp

Please check out the winery Anniversary party details below and give us a call if you’d like to be one of the 90 in attendance. We hope that you can make it to share in the finale of the first fifty.

Event Date & Time: March 18, Noon to 5:30 pm

Location: 104 Steele Street (our production building), enter the service door by the loading dock on 1st Street.

Feasting: Skaliwags Lunch Buffet 12:30 pm. to 2:30 pm.

Tours: Sign up when calling for one of the following times. Noon, 2:15 pm., 3:30 pm. (These may not be exact.) Tours will include an account of the last 50 years at von Stiehl Winery by owners Aric and Brad Schmiling. We plan to crack open some tanks and pull some barrel samples for you to taste along the way.

Includes: One signed 50th Anniversary Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon commemorative bottle per person ($50 value).

Event price: $75 per person.

Please call 920-487-5208 to reserve your tickets or join the waiting list if tickets sell out.

Planning to stay over and stay out of the car once you’re here? Visit the Algoma Chamber lodging list.

Wine Pairing of Four Courses

December 21, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Wine Pairing Cellar Image

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.

 

Wet Whistle Wine Fest

December 12, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Wet Whistle Wine FestWet Whistle Wine Fest • Friday, Sept. 15 | 4–8pm (Free)

Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10am–6pm ($10)

Wet Whistle offers award-winning wines, a grape stomp, hearty sandwiches, & live music! It isn’t the 2,000 visitors smiling all the time that’s weird. Nor is it the trombonist standing in a grape-filled barrel while playing an amazing riff. Nor the people with sticky purple feet dancing onstage. This is normal at a wine fest and to be expected. What’s odd at Wet Whistle Wine Fest are all the costumes. We don’t ask anyone to show up dressed as wine bottles, or nuns who smoke cigarettes. And these are just a couple examples of Wet Whistle Wine Fest goings-on that we just couldn’t make up. Don’t take our word for it… come to the wine fest and see it for yourself!

This Wet Whistle Wine Fest is a fundraiser for the Community Improvement of Algoma, and the Algoma Fire and Rescue. Come out to support these great non-profit organizations of Algoma!

Friday

Free admission, but canned food donations for Kewaunee County Food Pantry are welcome! All weekend, children under 12 FREE. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Band: Cat Five • 4–8pm
Specialty Foods • 4–8pm

Saturday

$10 Admission. All weekend, children under 12 FREE. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Band: Beaker Street • 10am–1:30pm
Band: The Groove Hogs • 2–6pm
Tours & Wine Tasting • At Winery,  9am–6pm
Specialty Foods • 10am–6pm
Celebrity Stomp Off • 11am & 11:20am
Grape Stomp Heats: 12:20pm, 1:30pm & 3pm
Grand Grape Stomp Off • 4:30pm

Vintage Wine Tasting • 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the production building. For here.

Need a place to stay? Visit the Algoma Chamber of Commerce for lodging and a list of other great things to do while in town for the Wet Whistle Wine Fest.

50th Anniversary Celebration – von Stiehl Winery is Turning 50!

December 2, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

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We kept a winery in business until its 50th anniversary. With that, a plethora of emotions are flying about. We made it. We’re here – we did it! From the days of flower children and Elvis to the age of smart-phones and millennial bosses. We survived it all.

From English Morello to Montmorency, cherry wine kept us alive for our first 25 years. Cherry wine was the mac ‘n’ cheese of our college years, and Vitis Vinifera filtered its way into most of our wine list by age 35 when we thought that we were becoming refined. Don’t be quick to judge; who hasn’t changed over 50 years?

Maybe you gulped sweet cherry wine from a screw-capped gauze-wrapped bottle under the Forestville bridge at age 16 and nobody knew. Perhaps you found that Kirsche and Coke made a mean mixer in your young adulthood and that’s what got you into von Stiehl wines. Hey, you can’t drink Zima all of the time.

Where did all of those years go? It was seriously just one day at a time. Filter on Mondays and Wednesdays; bottle on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Run the delivery truck on Thursday afternoons to Door County. The delivery truck was just a truck, a 1986 two tone red F150 with an H.O. 302, two gas tanks, chrome rims, and an ugly black cap that Dad put on to keep his sons humble. Saturdays and Sundays were spent in the tasting room and it all started over on Mondays.

There are too many memories to remember and there’s always too little time to talk when big talkers are in the room. These memoirs are the tip of the iceberg and our story is ready to be told. We’d like to give that a shot on March 18, with a 50th anniversary celebration. At first, we thought about a fancy dinner, but we decided it better to stick to a daytime event.

We’ve invited Skaliwags to put on a buffet luncheon and the River City Six to romance us with ragtime. In between the feasting and dancing, we’ll conduct three tours of the new and old production buildings. When we say we, we mean Aric and Brad (me), the owners. The boys… who grew up in the biz while their parents poured their souls into making monthly payments. The tour will be a real-life account of how 50 years went down presented by the boys that saw the last 36.

Leave your dress pants at home and put on a clean pair of blue jeans. Winery owners are always happier when dressing down. Come hear the story of how a winery is full of hard work and art work.

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Please check out the 50th Anniversary party details below and give us a call if you’d like to be one of the 90 in attendance. We hope that you can make it to share in the finale of the first fifty.

Event Date & Time: March 18, Noon to 5:30 pm

Location: 104 Steele Street (our production building), enter the service door by the loading dock on 1st Street.

Feasting: Skaliwags Lunch Buffet 12:30 pm. to 2:30 pm.

Tours: Sign up when calling for one of the following times. Noon, 2:15 pm., 3:30 pm. (These may not be exact.) Tours will include an account of the last 50 years at von Stiehl Winery by owners Aric and Brad Schmiling. We plan to crack open some tanks and pull some barrel samples for you to taste along the way.

Includes: One signed 50th Anniversary Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon commemorative bottle per person ($50 value).

Event price: $75 per person.

Please call 920-487-5208 to reserve your tickets or join the waiting list if tickets sell out.

Planning to stay over and stay out of the car once you’re here? Visit the Algoma Chamber lodging list.

 

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.

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!

Help Wanted

March 22, 2016 by

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A few more things you’re probably wondering…

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

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

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

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

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

Murder Mystery Wine Dinner

March 12, 2016 by

Murder Mystery Wine Dinner

Many mysteries are at work in our production building, officially named “Over There.”  There’s no shortage of unexplained noises coming from the upper floors of the pre-prohibition-era brothel. Stencil-lined walls and gunshot holes in the floor are clues to the origins of past mysteries. The tavern that lived Over There operated from 1902 through the late 1990s. During prohibition, it was noted that ‘near beer’ and soda were popular, but we think that much more was going on. Many owners and many stories passed those walls and we’re sure that many more will!

The present offers new conundrums, including how we’re going to fit 100 guests trying to solve the March 2016 Murder Mystery Dinner in the same room as our new bottling line Over There. Riddles like these are meant to be solved, as well as those brought to us by Without A Net Entertainment, who will again be entertaining us on the nights of March 11 and 12th. If you are interested in helping, please give us a call at 1-800-955-5208 to sign up for the show.

Our Murder Mystery begins with a wine reception at 6:00 pm, followed by the dinner theater at 6:30. During dinner you will enjoy three courses of catered food matched with von Stiehl wines. The murder mystery and laughter will continue through dinner, and should end around 8:30 pm.

Looking for a place to stay? Find plenty of hotels options in Algoma. Stay at the Hotel Stebbins if you’d like to be in walking distance. Enjoy the lake shore views of the Algoma Beach Motel. Don’t miss this evening of fun, food, and, of course, wine!

Cost: $49 per person. Visit the winery or call for reservations by March 6. 920.487.5208.

Super Bowl Wine Pairing

February 7, 2016 by

Super Bowl Wine Pairing - Ladies of the Vine

While all eyes may be on football during Super Bowl Sunday, our Super Bowl Wine and Small Plate event is the perfect pre-party way to spend your day!

Ladies of the Vine can now sign up for the Super Bowl event at von Stiehl on Super Bowl Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00 PM, and still get to a Super Bowl party in time for the big game.

Our event features three small plates including salad, soup, and dessert, all paired with von Stiehl wines. The day will include a bucket raffle and discounts throughout the tasting room. Those discounts will include a free bottle on the purchase of six, and 25% off non-wine merchandise. The Super Bowl wine pairing discounts offer the perfect use for your envelope of cash from Christmas gift returns; find yourself something special at the Super Bowl Wine Pairing Party!

We plan to hold the Super Bowl Wine Pairing in the winery’s upstairs lounge, which is the perfect place to hide out on a February winter day!

The Ladies of the Vine is an easy-going group of gals with no membership fees or requirements! Simply attend a Ladies of the Vine event to get into the club. Benefits include special gatherings like this one, and an all-of-the-time discount of 10% on gift merchandise at the von Stiehl Winery.

It doesn’t matter if you are a football lover or football widow, the daytime is meant to give you an alternate experience on Super Bowl Sunday. Bring some friends or make some friends at this intimate event. It’s also a great time for many generations of family to gather in an easy-going environment.

Call now to reserve your spot as space is limited – 800-955-5208.  Cost is $20/person.

If you plan to stay overnight, find plenty of hotels in Algoma. Stay at the Hotel Stebbins if you’d like to be in walking distance. Don’t miss this afternoon of fun, food, and, of course, wine!

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.

Wet Whistle Wine Fest is this weekend!

September 10, 2014 by

Wine Fest Rack Card

Wet Whistle Wine Fest rack card

Wet Whistle Wine Fest

Grape Stomp • Live Music • Art Fair • Heritage Foods • Wine Tasting

The Wet Whistle Wine Fest is almost here! Are the matching t-shirtsready for the group? Are the costumes ready to go? A spare change of clothes for after the grape stomp? A campsite or hotel room confirmed? With the wine festival only a few days away, we hope that you’re prepared for a great little small-town festival.

There are two main draws to a wine fest. Some attend to simply enjoy wine along with friends and entertainment. This group enjoys being goofy at the grape stomps and will most likely be in matching costumes. A great wine experience with music and friends is what’s important.

The second type of wine fest attendee is planning to explore. These visitors like to wander the aging tunnels, look at the bottling equipment, read up on the history of the oldest licensed winery in the state, and take in more of the winery experience. For this second group, we are bringing back the special vintage wine tasting from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the production building. This tasting isn’t technically part of the wine fest as it is held off of the grounds and away from the busy tents. To participate in the event, we ask that you buy one of our crystal Riedel stemless glasses for $10 per person. In that glass we pour five samples of our special vintages. No reservations are needed. Just come through the door located in the alley which connects the winery to the festival.

Find out what else is going on in Algoma during the wine fest weekend at algoma.org.

Information on the wine fest is also available on the Algoma Main Street website.

 

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.

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.

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