Vintage Tasting at Wet Whistle Wine Fest

August 16, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Vintage Tasting

Von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 17

Tucked away in various places of our production building and tasting room buildings are small lots of old vintages. You will only notice them on tour if you look closely to find pallets of mismatched wine boxes. There will be two to ten cases of our favorite varieties spread out, and tucked under pallet racking that look out of place. We like to hide these vintages in plain sight. When the beginning of September rolls around, we go on a wine hunt. The odd lots are gathered, then signs are made. Pricing is negotiated. Tears are shed. You get the idea.

When we come to terms with how many bottles of each vintage to sell, we then come up with a Vintage Tasting List. This list is offered once a year at the Wet Whistle Wine Fest in September. These wines are near and dear to us, so just our family pulls corks and pours them for guests. We love to see the reactions on tasters’ faces as they first try our 2006 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon. Another highlight is to pull and offer barrel samples of a special batch of Cherry Bounce. It’s a bit of an abnormal tasting, set up on planks and barrels in our bottling room. Just the wine is fancy – the rest of it comes down to simple enjoyment of vintages that have enjoyed extra time relaxing within the winery walls.

We’d love for you to join us on September 17, from 12:30 to 4 pm in the bottling room of our production building at 104 Steele Street. You need not attend the wine festival in order to take part in this tasting, but as they say, “When in Rome…”

We ask that you buy a Riedel stemless wine glass for $10. After that, we’ll pour five samples from the special vintage tasting list. No reservations are needed, but keep in mind that we will run out of certain offerings as the day goes on. It’s both a sad, and a happy time!

Wine Festival on September 11 & 12

August 10, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Beware of Wine Bottles and Dancing Nuns at the Wet Whistle Wine Festival this year in Algoma!

Wine Bottles and Nuns at the Wet Whistle Wine FestivalThe wine festival is earlier than ever this year — perhaps the earliest it will ever be! Join us on September 11 & 12 for a grape stomping good time!

Here are a few tips:
*For a better time, bring a chair, costume, and lots of friends.
*Plan to eat food and drink water along with your wine.
*You may feel out of place if your party isn’t wearing matching shirts.T-shirts at the Wine Festival

*The brewery patio will be serving burgers Friday afternoon and Saturday night. Wine is now available in the tap room.
*It’s not the best setting for children.
*The nuns aren’t really nuns. The walking wine bottles aren’t full of wine… until the end of the day.

We all get along at the Wet Whistle Wine Festival*The Police uniforms aren’t costumes.

*Intoxicated wine bottles aren’t allowed outside the wine festival grounds without a police escort.
*The wine festival tasting tent is packed from 11 am to 4 pm so plan to sample early or late.
*It’s a great day for a free self-guided walking tour of the winery.

See more details here: Friday & Saturday.

Special Vintage Tasting Saturday at Wet Whistle Wine Festival
We are bringing back the special vintage wine tasting from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the production building. We’re still pretty small Vintage Tasting at Wet Whistle Wine Festivalbeans at von Stiehl so it’ll be just us owners along with our assistant winemaker Dave.
To participate in the event, we ask that you buy one of our crystal Riedel stemless glasses for $10. In that glass we will pour five samples of our special vintages. No reservations are needed. Just knock twice on the alley door on the west side of the production building!

Thanks for a Great Wisconsin Wine Festival

September 21, 2011 by vonstiehl

The 2011 Wet Whistle Wine Festival was held last Friday and Saturday at our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery. The weather was glorious – sunny, and neither too hot nor too cool. Thanks to everyone who helped make the festival happen, and to all who came.

Festival goers heard some great music and tasted some fantastic Wisconsin Wine. They went underground and toured our historic, limestone caverns, and then went to our new production facility, “Over There”, and sampled some of our higher end wines, poured by members of the Schmiling family. A lucky few festival goers had the opportunity to participate in our Grape Stomp; it’s always fascinating to see what the stomp brings out in people. Competition is fierce, but so is the fun.

Throughout the Wet Whistle Wine Festival, people mingled with friends and meandered through the Art Fair. They ate and danced and celebrated the harvest of our Wisconsin Wine. We’re already looking forward to next year.


Five Reasons to Attend Wet Whistle Wine Festival

September 12, 2011 by vonstiehl

1. Squish grapes with your feet. You never know, you may be one of the lucky few chosen to participate in our annual Grape Stomp. When else will you have the opportunity to turn grapes into grape juice with your feet? 2. Drink von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine. While you can do this any day of the week at home or in the tasting room of our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery, here is your chance to do it in a festive setting. 3. Live music. Dance to it, sit and listen, or enjoy it in the background as you explore the festival. Featuring: Men in Suits, The Groove Hogs, and Michael’s Saints. 4. Wine and Cheese Pairing Flights on our terrace. Two of the best things in life, together again. 5. Fine Art Show: Browse or purchase. Friday and Saturday. Call good friends, old friends, sisters, brothers, parents. Bring everyone you know and love to von Stiehl for a weekend of good wine and good times. September 16 from 3 to 7 p.m., and September 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The $10 price of admission benefits the Community Improvements of Algoma.


Wet Your Whistle in 2011

September 6, 2011 by vonstiehl

Mark your calendars. The 2011 Wet Whistle Wine Fest takes place September 16 and 17 at Von Stiehl, our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery.

2011 is the 10th anniversary of the Wet Whistle Wine Fest, and we expect it to be more fun than ever. We’ll start celebrating at 3 p.m. on Friday (until 7 p.m.), and again at 10 a.m. on Saturday (until 6 p.m.). We’re looking forward to:

  • Live Music
  • Fine Art Show
  • Heritage Foods
  • Grape Stomp

This could be your year to win the Grape Stomp and take home a case of von Stiehl wine. We draw names right before each Stomp. If your name is called (and you’re at least 21 years of age), and you woo the crowd, you just might win the grand prize. Plus, it’s fun.

No Wet Whistle Wine Fest would be complete without our Wisconsin wines, and we’ll be pouring a great variety of it. On Friday night, we’ll offer unique wine and cheese flights on the terrace. On Saturday, our winemaker and his family will pour select vintages in our new facility; this tasting is complimentary with the purchase of a $10 Riedel stemless glass.

Read on for the music line-up:

  • Men in Suits: Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Michael’s Saints: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Groove Hogs: Saturday from 1:30 to 5: 30 p.m.

This may be one of your last chances to see the Groove Hogs, since they officially disbanded last year. They’ll be at Wet Whistle Wine Fest simply because they love the venue and the crowd. We’re honored and we can’t wait to hear them play.

Dance to the music, watch the Grape Stomp or stomp grapes yourself. Visit with friends and drink Wisconsin Wine. The Wet Whistle Wine Fest is all about relaxing, having fun, and celebrating the crush. Hope to see you at von Stiehl in Algoma, Wisconsin on September 16 and 17, 2011.


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