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Cherry Bounce Awarded Highest Honor

March 20, 2015 by

International Eastern Wine Competition

Cherry Bounce on Top with Highest Honor

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

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

Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, a sweet and smooth concoction of cherry wine and cherry brandy distilled from von Stiehl’s cherry wine, brought home a Double Gold and Best of Class. The high-alcohol Bounce is produced from Door County Cherries grown by Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay. The cherry wine is then distilled into cherry brandy at Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee. Once back at von Stiehl the brandy is blended with more cherry wine and aged in red wine barrels for six months prior to release. Barrels help to smooth out the high alcohol, which comes in at 20.5%. Winemaker Aric Schmiling says, “Next to the 30 month aged Cherry Bounce, this is one of the finest cherry wines that our winery has ever produced.”

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

 

Three New Wines

September 16, 2014 by

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

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

Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah

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

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

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

Stony Creek Red

Stony Creek Red

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

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

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

Cherry Bounce

Cherry Bounce Label

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

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

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

Door County Cherry Blossoms

April 7, 2012 by

Door County Cherries are imbued with all the freshness of spring. They burst with flavor. They’re tangy-sweet and juicy. To eat a cherry is to taste heaven.

When we see all the Door County Cherry blossoms, we dream of the future harvest and the cherry pies to come. We dream of jams and tarts and cherry-filled pastries. We anticipate cheesecakes topped with cherries, yogurt mixed with cherries, and chocolate covered cherries.

All these thoughts compel us to open a bottle of Doc Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, a delightful combination of Wisconsin Cherry Wine and Cherry Brandy. We sip it after dinner, in lieu of eating a slice of non-existent cherry pie. When we feel in a very cherry mood, we also have a glass of Cherry Blossom Blush before dinner. The cherry flavor in our Wisconsin Cherry wines is always fresh.

Come to Door County to see the Cherry Blossoms this spring. Drive around on your own, ride your bike past the many orchards of the Door Peninsula, or sign up for a Spring Blossom Trolley Tour in Egg Harbor.

In the evening, after dinner, pull out a bottle of Doc. Stiehl’s Cherry Bounce, and toast the arrival of spring.

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A Father’s Day Gift of Wisconsin Wine

June 17, 2011 by

Every family has their own way of celebrating Father’s Day. Father’s of young children are often treated to breakfast in bed and homemade cards. Father’s of teens might get a nod and a “Happy Father’s Day. Can I borrow the car?” Father’s of adult children may get a call and a gift in the mail. Some dads want nothing more than to spend Father’s Day with their children, no matter their age. This can mean of day of fishing on Lake Michigan, golfing, or watching a game on t.v. It may mean spending the day in the kitchen with the kids, preparing a great feast, or heading to the closest city for a day of exploration and eating out. You never can tell with Dads. No matter how you celebrate Father’s Day in your family, consider giving dad a bottle (or two) of von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine. If you live near Algoma or have plans to visit Door County over the weekend, stop by the winery for a bit of wine tasting. The tasting bar is bustling these days, which means the mood is festive. If you find a bottle you like and have a little time to spare, ask us for some “to go” wine glasses, purchase some local cheese and crackers in our store, and enjoy an impromptu picnic on our new terrace. Just be sure you remember to bring a bottle of our Algoma Wisconsin Wine with you when you leave.

We here at von Stiehl wish dads everywhere a Happy Father’s Day in 2011.

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