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September 16, 2017 by

Von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 16

 

We’d love for you to join us on September 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 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…”

 

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 2012 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon. 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 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!

 

This year bottles are numbered so you’ll know if someone steals yours!

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.

Vintage Tasting At Wet Whistle Wine Fest

August 18, 2017 by Rayanne Racine

 

von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 16

Tucked away in various places of our production and tasting room buildings are small lots of old vintages. There will be two to ten cases of our favorite varieties spread out and tucked under pallet racking that look out of place. Early September, the odd lots are gathered, we come to terms with how many bottles of each to sell, and we then come up with a Vintage Tasting List. This list is offered only once a year at the Wet Whistle Wine Fest.

Some of the wines offered at this event have a limited supply, so tears will be shed. Below is a sneak peek at a few of the wines featured at this year’s Vintage Tasting.

2015 Big Roast Red ~ This special bottling for our 2015 Meet the Makers Festival, now known as BrewVino Roast, is a blend of four different wines to create the perfect blend. A little spicy with a hint of oak, this blend creates the perfect wine for a barbecue. Only 16 bottles left!

2012 VS Barrel Select Cabernet ~ Every few years an outstanding vintage is allowed an extended time in oak. Three top-tier barrels from a lot of twelve were blended to create this one-time offering. This medium bodied, rich and elegant wine features fragrant aromas of black cherry, cassis and plum with flavors of currant and dark berries. It will only be available at special tastings, so this may be your only time to try it! 20 cases – New Release! 

2016 Apple Bounce ~ Intense aromas of fresh apple pie marry with smooth apple brandy overtones. It’s been aged in small American oak bourbon barrels for four months. 20.5% alcohol. Be careful! Unlimited ~ New Release!

We’d love for you to join us on September 16, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the bottling room of our production building at 104 Steele Street. You don’t have to attend the wine festival in order to take part in this tasting, but you are more than welcome to!

For more information click here.

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.

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.

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!

BrewVino Roast

March 22, 2016 by

BrewVino Roast Logo

BrewVino Roast – an Event With a Different Flavor!

You may have enjoyed our inaugural steer roast last June when it was called Meet the Makers. We found that the most exciting part of the event was not the makers, but the steer roast. This year, we’ll be focusing more on the steer in the renamed BrewVino Roast event, but will also offer a unique batch of wine and beer to complement the steer.

You’ll have the chance to taste the most popular varieties of von Stiehl wines and Ahnapee brews during the event, and enjoy the opportunity to buy an exclusive batch of beer made just for the occasion. What’s unique about the BrewVino Steer roast? This steer was raised on Ahnapee Brewery spent grains on the Bryersquart Family Farm in Forestville. Prior to the roast the whole steer is bathed in a von Stiehl cherry wine marinade. This is not an amateur production, either — for starters, the steer is processed by Ottos Meats in Luxemburg, after which Chef Chris from Skaliwags and von Stiehl winemaker Aric Schmiling will prepare the special  cherry wine marinade. Then the full carcass is marinated for 24 hours before it’s laid over a hot fire at 2 am on the day of the event, with a serving time somewhere between noon and 2 pm, or when our experts deem it ready. This is a true farm-to-table experience!

All profits from the steer roast are donated to the Ribbon of Hope fund. Their mission is to be a financial, informational and emotional resource for individuals with breast cancer in Northeastern Wisconsin. Ribbon of Hope assists breast cancer patients regardless of age, gender, race or religion. This is a great organization where 97¢ of every $1 goes to grant recipients!

If tickets sell out online, they will not be available on the day of the event.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 11am – 6pm

Buy Tickets for $5

Steer roast, specialty beer and wine, a shopping expo, and great music.

Music: Bob Balsley  11am-2pm, Conscious Pilot  2-6pm.

Steer Plate: $10  To benefit Ribbon of Hope

Wine or Beer: $5

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!

Wet Whistle Wine Fest September 13 & 14, 2013

August 6, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

wet whistle

Wine Fest Next Month
In 2011, the Groove Hogs played their last reunioun concert for the wine fest. To get them back we had to rent a sound system and pay a little higher price to cover airfaire for a couple of the band members. We moved on to the rythm and blues of In Black ‘n’ White last year and while they brought it, many were sad to have lost the Hogs. The magic is back. After some begging and pleading, the band has agreed to buy plane tickets, rehearse, and show up to relive their glory days on the grounds of this fall’s Wet Whistle Wine Fest. This is where we would normally copy something off of their website about their music style, but there is no longer a website. To help you get the idea, they have brass, love playing songs from the past 40 years that were written by musicians that had brass, and rock them and the crowd to no end. It wasn’t uncommon to see 80+ year-old grandmothers dancing on picnic tables (no disrespect to grandmothers, they can move with the best of them). They don’t mind if you dance on stage with them while they tend to tight harmonies as they scale the scales and rock the grannies.
Don’t let the Groove Hogs steal the thunder from The Cougars on Friday afternoon or the Annie Rose Band on Saturday morning. Both these bands have strong female vocals. The Cougars are a year-old band that should be charging more. With three female leads and a solid rock band behind them, they will get you dancing and keep you saying “wow they sing that too!” Bring your ear plugs for Annie Rose as it won’t be a quiet Saturday morning overlooking the lake. She’ll have you looking over your shoulder for Bobby McGee while the wine shakes in your glass.
Of course there will be plenty of our wine, a beer bar, specialty foods, fine art fair, and multitudes of creative costumes. One suggestion: plan wine tasting for Friday or Monday. Due to so much traffic during the weekend, we set up tasting outside in a tent in small plastic cups. It’s not ideal but serving free wine to 2,000 in one day is no small feat; even if they’re purple. Flanking the crowded days will be a busy Friday and slower Monday and those will be the best for visiting the regular tasting bar.
If you grew accustomed to enjoying the vintage wine tasting we apologize as there will not be one this year. Instead, we will most likely plan an event over winter when the crowds aren’t loud, allowing us to talk in our normal voices as we pour the high end wines.
Wet Whistle Wine Fest! • September 13 & 14, 2013
Grape Stomp, Wine Tasting, Great Music, Specialty Foods, & Fine Art Fair
Admission Charge $10 (Saturday) Friday Free
Friday 4 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
Music Friday: The Cougars 4 PM to 8 PM,
Music Saturday: Annie Rose Band 10 AM to 1:30 PM, The Groove Hogs (Reunion Concert) 2:00 PM to 6 PM
Event location: Legion Memorial Park & von Stiehl Winery, Algoma, WI
algomamainstreet.org or vonstiehl.com • 800-955-5208

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