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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 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.

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.

Worker Call – Door County Wine Fest

April 25, 2016 by

Door County Wine Fest

Von Stiehl is excited to be one of eight wineries participating in the Door County Wine Fest. What began as a small 500-800 person tasting event has grown into a full-blown ‘close down the highway’ kind of party. There are over 1,700 tickets sold so far, and online ticket purchasing is only picking up. Egg Harbor will be a wine taster’s paradise this June 25.

Who are the participating wineries? The list is the same as that of the Door County Wine Trail: Door 44, Door Peninsula, Harbor Ridge, Orchard Country, Red Oak, Simon Creek, Stone’s Throw, and von Stiehl Wineries. Each will bring 10 wines for sampling along with two select vintages for a V.I.P. tasting.

While we are promoting attendance, our equal concern is staffing. We’re looking for a few workers that would be willing to set up, and pour wine samples, on June 25th. Interested? We’ll happily compensate you a bottle of wine or $10 in cash per hour worked. If you’re up for pouring, please email Brad@vonStiehl.com to sign up.

Here’s the scope of the day:

11 am: Set up of von Stiehl Winery tent

Noon: Eat lunch

1 pm to 5 pm: Pour 1/2 ounce samples, sell select varieties by the glass and bottle

5 pm: Clean and pack up

6 pm: Finished

If you’re interested in attending but aren’t too keen on working it, here’s some more information from DoorCountyWineTrail.com:

Calling all wine lovers. This is an event celebrating quality “Made in Door County” wine products. The Door County Wine Trail group and Egg Harbor Business Association partner to bring you a viticulture and entertainment extravaganza. Join us at the inaugural Door County Wine Fest on Saturday, June 25, 2016 for unlimited tasting of more than 80 different wines. There will be plenty of sumptuous food, tasty cheese, incredible music and delicious wines. – See more at: http://www.doorcountywinetrail.com/door-county-wine-fest/#sthash.UT76NunF.dpuf

Wine and Soup Pairing before the Super Bowl!

January 4, 2013 by

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If you need something to fill the hours before the Super Bowl begins, or, if the big game is just not a big deal for you, come join us at our winery in Door County for a special afternoon of food and wine pairing!

Taking place on February 3 from noon till 3 p.m., we will go beyond the traditional pairing of wine with a main course item. Instead, we will pair von Stiehl wines with a salad, two soups and three different desserts. We will assist you in pairing all these courses with the appropriate wines.

This can be a fun event for a group of ladies trying to get away from the house for a bit while the living room is dominated by with football fever. In fact, to become a member of our fun, femme and fearless membership club, called the Ladies of the Vine, all you have to do is attend an event! Ladies of the Vine members receive 10% off all gift merchandise in the winery and invitations to exclusive events.

Benefits of being in the “Ladies of the Vine” Wine Club

  • A 10% discount on all gift merchandise at the von Stiehl Winery.
  • Free tours for you and your party every time you visit. (May through October)
  • A 15% discount at Steele Street Floral & Gallery and Good Tidings Nautical Gifts & Decor (excluding consignment art) when you show them your ladies of The Vine card.
  • Discounts on other future winery events.

At this “Souper Sunday,” as we are calling it, experts here at the winery will share the “dos and don’ts” of wine tasting, give you an opportunity to save some money with a one day sale to attendees and win some great prizes!

After all this you will still have plenty of time to get to your Super Bowl party. Don’t miss an afternoon of fun, food, and of course wine! Call early, as space is limited and reserve your spot: 800-955-5208. The cost is an $20 affordable per person for all your wine pairings and food.

Door County Winter Wonderland Trolley Tour

December 22, 2012 by

The Door County Trolley is a quaint and fun way to take a scenic tour of the Sturgeon Bay area. Right now, they are offering a special holiday tour called Winter Wonderland. Trolley guests tour and taste at a Door County winery (possibly the Orchard Country Winery, but speak with the Door County Trolley Tours for details), followed by a cozy sleigh ride through picturesque winter landscapes. Finish off the tour with a fireside lunch at the romantic English Inn. The Winter Wonderland tour is $60 plus tax, which includes your trolley ride, lunch and sleigh ride. The tour usually lasts 5 hours.

The Door County Trolley will pick you up at your Sturgeon Bay lodging between 9:30 and 10 a.m. or at Door County Coffee and Tea at 10 a.m. Call 920-868-1100 to reserve.

Dates:

  • Saturday – December 29, & 31 (Monday)
  • Saturday – January 5, 12, 19, & 26
  • Saturday – February 2, 9, 16, & 23
  • Saturday – March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

A Trip Advisor Review of the tour (from 1/9/10):

“The Winter Wonderland Trolley Tour was a blast. A.J.(our trolley guide) was fantastic!!! He had us laughing from the moment we stepped foot on the trolley and by the time we left him we were much more educated to historic Door County. We visited two different wineries, Simon Creek and Orchard. Both were very nice. The lunch at the Gull in was good but could have been better………..(the only thing that I would say could see improvement) The sleigh ride was neat and for a normally slow day in January my wife and I found ourselves also having a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for something to do in Door County during the winter months.”

We may not be on the tour, but we hope to see you in nearby Algoma for a tasting at our Wisconsin winery!

Von Stiehl by Boat

May 7, 2012 by

Von Stiehl Winery is about as close as you can get to Lake Michigan without being in Lake Michigan. Actually, the winery sits on the banks of the Ahnapee River, which spills into nearby Lakes Michigan. The walk from the Algoma Marina to our Wisconsin Winery is short and sweet. This makes von Stiehl a great place to visit when you’re out boating on Lake Michigan.

As you’re making your plans for summer outings, whether they be on sailboats or motor boats, put Algoma on the map. Pull your boat into the Algoma Marina and walk up to von Stiehl Winery. Take a tour of the winery or sidle up to the bar for some complimentary wine tasting. On warm afternoons, enjoy drinks and tasty treats on the terrace.

Summer will be here sooner than you think, and warm weekends will be here even sooner. When you feel the urge to get out on Lake Michigan, remember our Algoma Winery. Stop by and pick up some cool Wisconsin white wine to enjoy on the lake, like our Lakehore Fume or our Lakeshore Mist.

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The terrace.

Happy New Year Wisconsin Wine Lovers

December 28, 2011 by

2011 has been an exciting year for our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery.

During the summer, we all enjoyed our new terrace, and the Cuisine Concert Series that took place there on Saturday afternoons.

After years of planning, our new production facility is now fully operational. We love “Over There.” It’s spacious and the vats gleam.

A variety of special events kept us busy and entertained in 2011: the annual Wet Whistle Wine Fest, the annual Ladies’ Fest, and a host of smaller but no less fun luncheons and tastings.

The art of transforming grapes and fruit into this magical liquid is ancient and inspired. It is an honor for us to carry on the tradition here at von Stiehl. For us, one of the best aspects of wine is that people like to enjoy it in the company of others. It brings people together.

As 2011 draws to a close, we feel thankful for all that has transpired in the last 12 months. We’re thankful for the amazing community here–folks who work with us and folks who visit. We look forward to another good year in 2012, and hope you’ll stop by our Algoma, Wisconsin Winery when you have the chance.

Happy New Year!

Fun on the terrace this summer.

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The Perfect Gift for a Sweet Tooth

December 15, 2011 by

Von Stiehl Wisconsin Winery has the perfect gift for folks with a Sweet Tooth (Sweet Teeth?).

Members of our Sweets Club receive five gifts a year. Each one contains 2 bottles of semi-sweet or sweet wine, and a sweet treat. We pair the wines with the sweet, and they are meant to be enjoyed together.

This is a great gift for anyone who likes to drink wine, from budding wine drinkers to folks who’ve had many years with the bottle. Our Sweets Club introduces wines to novice wine drinkers. It helps seasoned oenophiles get out of ruts by introducing wines they might not choose on their own. In addition, it educates recipients on the wonderful science of pairing wine and desserts (not always an easy task, but so worth the effort).

Plus, the Sweets Club is a gift that arrives at regular intervals throughout the year. It’s a wonderful way for folks who live far from the recipient to stay in touch: each time the recipient opens the wine and sweet, they’ll think of you. Likewise, it’s a wonderful way to connect with friends and family who live nearby: when the shipment arrives, you can enjoy it together. That’s what we call a “win, win” situation.

So give a gift of Wisconsin Wine this holiday season; sweet wines for the sweetest people in your life.

Picture this, five times a year.

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Wisconsin Wine and Cheese. The Best Gift Ever.

November 22, 2011 by

The von Stiehl Wine and Cheese Club makes the best gift ever. Really.

Four times a year, members of our Wine and Cheese Club receive a delicious package in the mail. Each box contains a block of Wisconsin cheese and 2 bottles of our Wisconsin Wine that have been selected to complement the cheese. Tasting notes accompany the wine, and a selection of other tasty goodies are also included.

Present the gift announcement with a bottle of our Wisconsin Wine and a block of cheese – we’ll help you make a good selection when you visit our Algoma Winery and Tasting Room. Your friend will be delighted, and you’ll probably enjoy that bottle of wine and that block of cheese together, right then. A few months later, your friend will receive a gift box of wine, cheese, and goodies in the mail. This will happen again, and again, and again.

Each time your friend opens the box, he or she will think of you. If you live close to one another, you may be invited over to share the contents. If you live far from one another, our Wine and Cheese is a way to stay connected.

Why limit the holidays to just once a year? With our Wine and Cheese Club, you can enjoy them, and share them, winter, spring, summer, and fall.

For additional information, please see our Wisconsin Wine and Cheese Club brochure.

Give a von Stiehl gift box to someone you love this holiday season.

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Serve Wisconsin Wine with Thanksgiving

November 12, 2011 by

The Thanksgiving feast is close at hand. Soon we’ll be tucking into roast turkey, stuffing, hot buttered rolls, and greens. We’ll be cooking for days, or traveling for hours, and joining together with friends and family no matter where we are. It’s a busy time of year, but a good time of year.

For us, it’s impossible to think about our Thanksgiving feast without wondering which of our Wisconsin Wines we’ll enjoy with it.

Each year, many people are haunted by these and other age-old questions:

  • “Which wine will go best with the appetizers?”
  • “Which wine goes best with roast Turkey?”
  • “Which wine goes best with candied yams?”
  • “Red or white?”
  • “What should I serve with dessert?”

Aside from the strong belief that you can’t go wrong with von Stiehl Wisconsin Wines, we support your right to serve what you like. Don’t worry about convention.

If you’re hosting many people, consider opening several different bottles and letting your guests decide for themselves. After all, extra wine will keep, and you want your guests to be happy. We know people who only drink red wine. They drink it on hot summer days, they drink it with hot, spicy food, they drink it on its own. They drink it because they like it. Likewise, we know people who prefer white on any occasion – with a big slab of red meat, with a big bowl of hearty pasta, and on its own.

We believe certain wines and foods complement each other. We are not alone. But if you have friends who like what they like, let them drink what they like on Thanksgiving. Or give them a choice. Open a bottle of our Chardonnay and a bottle of our Naughty Girl with the appetizers. Open bottles of our Satin Red and Riesling with the main meal. Open Doc Steihl’s Cherry Bounce and our Raspberry Framboise with dessert. You’ll find out if your guests prefer one bottle over another.

If you have your heart set on pairing wine with your meal, stop by our Tasting Room in Algoma and ask for advice. We’d love to work with you.

Our Riesling would go well with a Thanksgiving feast.

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A Luncheon for Ladies

November 7, 2011 by

It’s no secret that we love wine here at von Stiehl, our Algoma, Wisconsin, Winery. We believe that our wine can stand alone. That said, it need also be noted that food brings out the best in wine. Together, food and wine make life worth living.

We offer wine and cheese pairings and wine and chocolate pairings in the tasting room of our Wisconsin Winery. These are tasty, but they really just whet the appetite. If cheese and wine can taste so good together, how would roast chicken and vegetables taste with wine, or filet mignon? The possibilities are endless. The mind reels.

Next weekend, let us cook for you. Join us for our Ladies of the Vine Fall Gourmet Luncheon, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day begins with a tour of “Over There”, our new production facility. We’ll then move to our rathskeller, where we’ll enjoy a 5 course luncheon. Each course will be paired with one of our Wisconsin Wines.

This is an event for ladies. Call your closest friends, your co-workers, your sisters and cousins. Call your mother. Call your daughter. Spend a few hours in good company, enjoying good food and good wine. If you’re hesitating, ask yourself “Why not?”.

Please call 1.800.955.5208 to make your reservation.

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2011 Fall Crush at von Stiehl

October 6, 2011 by

It’s been busy at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery. Recently, Marechal Foch grapes were destemmed, crushed, and then pressed into some 67 TONS of juice. It was an impressive endeavor, and a successful one. We’re already anticipating the wine to come, though we know we have to wait until Aric, and time, can work their magic. This week we’re crushing Marquette grapes, and after that we’ll tackle more Marechal Foch, Frontenac, Merlot, and Cabernet. Fall revolves around the harvest and the crush, as it has for thousands of years. It feels good to be part of such a longstanding tradition. If you’re interested in witnessing the crush, you’re welcome to do so. Just head to our Algoma Wisconsin Winery for a winery tour. Bring your camera!

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Fall Color and Wisconsin Wine

September 27, 2011 by

Ah, it’s that time of year. The time when green leaves in Algoma and Door County Wisconsin transform into glorious shades of red, gold, orange, and yellow. The heat of summer dissipates, and cool, crisp days invite outdoor activity. It’s the perfect time to run away to a cabin in the woods or by the lake.

Von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine augments every weekend getaway. Grill a steak and share a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon after a long hike through the trails of colorful Door County. Sip on our Dry Apple “Wrap” after a long bike ride. Spend all day outside then curl up by the fire with a glass of our Oak Aged Cherry Kirsche.

Autumn and von Stiehl Wisconsin Wine. They go together.

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Thanks for a Great Wisconsin Wine Festival

September 21, 2011 by

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.

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Take a Sip of Nature

August 31, 2011 by

Before the wine comes the grapes. Before the grapes comes the sun and the rain. To drink wine is to take a sip of nature’s bounty.

We hope you’ll toast the conclusion of summer this Labor Day with a glass of our Wisconsin Wine.

The von Stiehl Winery Vineyard.

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Ah, Wine and Chocolate

July 25, 2011 by

Weather seems to be getting people down all over the country. Extreme heat on the east coast, dust storms in the southwest, cool temperatures and rain on the west coast,…. Summer expectations are being shattered in every region, day after day, week after week. There is nothing we can do about the weather, of course. Our choices are to accept our fate or not, to bear heat and cold, rain and drought with grace, or with rage. We here at von Stiehl Wisconsin Winery encourage everyone to remember that weather isn’t everything in life. There is wine. There is chocolate. We have some incredible pairings of wine and chocolate in our Algoma, Wisconsin, Winery Tasting Room these days. It was a tough job determining which wines worked best with which chocolates, but we struggled through. We invite you to sip our Wisconsin wine and bite into artisan chocolate; the experience will make your day brighter. Kattywompus Konfections supplies us with amazing chocolates, such as dark chocolate bark studded with dried cherries and sprinkled with smoked sea salt, and white chocolate bark with macadamia nuts, mango, and coconut. Their combinations are rich and flavorful, and the chocolates positively melt on the tongue. When paired with a glass of our Cabernet Sauvignon or our Meritage, the chocolates take on a new dimension. Combinations can be positively heavenly. Come see for yourself. Then throw a summer party featuring combinations of von Stiehl wine and Kattywompus chocolate. And smile.

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2011 Ladies’ Fest at von Stiehl

June 24, 2011 by

Ladies’ Fest takes place at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery on July 9, 2011. This is the event you lovely Ladies of the Vine anticipate all year. It’s your chance to spend a day with good friends, pamper yourself, and drink some tasty Wisconsin Wine. Admission (a mere $30) buys each lucky lady a massage, two glasses of our Algoma Wisconsin Wine, a Naughty Girl wine glass to take home, lunch, and a chocolate truffle. Live music by The Kerry Michaels and The Mulligans will help set a festive mood. Dozens of specialty vendors with products ranging from designer jewelry to financial planning will be on hand. Eat, shop, drink, shop, and learn to belly dance. Really. Our “pool boys” will be pouring Naughty Girl Red, White Stiletto, Risqué Riesling, Sassy Sangria, and many more. Sit back, sip wine, and laugh with friends. Now doesn’t that sound like a perfect summer day?

A scene from the 2010 Ladies’ Fest.

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