July 28th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling
Green Bay’s Only Winery Wins Golds at International Judging Wine Competition
Captain’s Walk Winery in downtown Green Bay just won eight awards at the 2015 Tasters Guild International wine competition. This wine competition judges wines from every corner of the world including Wisconsin! Captain’s Walk Riesling and Cuveé Trois brought home prestigious gold medals.
“The Gold Medal winning Cuvée Trois is our 3rd small batch release,” says PJ Koehler, general manager and assistant winemaker at Captain’s Walk. “It’s a blend of just three individual barrels consisting of one each Zinfandel, Primitivo, and Petite Sirah. The contemporary West Coast style blends warm notes of spice cake into supple dark fruit flavors. It’s versatile and pairs well with grilled food, Italian, game, and aged cheeses.”
Captain’s Walk Riesling is a delicate yet balanced fruit-forward wine. “Cool fermentation in one of our chilled tanks really helped to make this wine shine,” states Koehler. “The Riesling, while a bit sweeter than past Captain’s Walk vintages, is an exceptionally food friendly wine. It pairs with just about anything from poultry, fish and pork to spicy foods, salads, and Asian fare.”
Other wine competition winners Marquette Rosé (bronze) and Captain’s Mistress (silver), are both produced from Door County Marquette grapes. These wines showcase the diversity of the French hybrid grape, as one is a dry rosé and the other a brandy-fortified dessert wine.
Rounding out the medal categories are Captain’s White and Merlot with silver, and Riverside Red and Gerwurztraminer with bronze.
June 25th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling
You have all of the rest of the year to get work done, and Sangria Saturdays are upon us! Drive or walk over to Captain’s Walk Winery on your way home from the downtown Green Bay Saturday morning Farmers’ Markets for some delicious Sangria. You might be feeling the munchies by the time 11 am. rolls around, so every Saturday from 11-1 pm., June through August, you can purchase a carafe of our Sangria and get free market fresh chips and salsa. We’re making the Saturday Sangria fresh with ingredients from the Washington Street Saturday Farmer’s Market.
Join us at our tiki bar on the front lawn this Sangria Saturday! Be sure to stick around for lunch inside or outside from our very own bistro. Sangria Saturdays are just the appetizer course!
We know that sometimes you need a reason to consume a glass or wine (sangria) early in the day. Here’s a start. Have any to add? Please post them below. The funniest comment (by our standards) will win a meal for two including one tapas, one pizza, and one bottle of wine. We’ll choose one winner from the best posts on July 3, and second on July 10.
1. Family is visiting and you need to take them somewhere.
2. You like our wines.
3. You support local producers (like wineries).
4. You have to take the dog for a walk anyway.
5. You can buy yourself fresh flowers at the market beforehand.
6. Family is visiting and you need to get away from them. You’re ‘just running out for some wine for later’.
7. You have a big work list for the day and don’t really need a reason to procrastinate, but this will work.
8. You have to work in the office downtown Saturday afternoon and coffee just won’t do.
9. You need more fruit in your diet. Fruit in sangria will work. Sangria is made from grapes. Grapes are fruit. All good.
10. Beats exercise in the heat of summer.
11. Beats exercise.
12. It’s a reason to get together with that friend you’ve been neglecting, which means drinking sangria keeps you from neglecting your friend. Drink Sangria to become a better friend.
Value of the free meal and wine to total up to $35.
April 10th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling
Green Bay Winery Wins Rosé Awards with Door County Grapes
Captain’s Walk Winery brought home two silver medals at the 2015 Rosé Awards Competition at SIMI Winery in Healdsburg, CA. The 2014 Marquette Rosé is a first of its kind. Made from dark-skinned red Marquette grapes, it entices the palate with sweet and tangy strawberry flavors. This grape has been grown locally in Door County at the Stony Creek Vineyard since 2006. It is a cold-hardy variety that buds early in the season. Developed at the University of Minnesota, this grandchild of Pinot Noir is a complex hybrid. It boasts aromas of Black currant, cherry, and spice which is excellent for rosés and medium-bodied dry reds.
The judges also awarded a silver medal to Captain’s Walk 7 Seas. This wine is made from seven American grown grapes, one-third of which are Marechal Foch, grown at Stony Creek Vineyard in Door County since 1998. This one-of-a-kind wine tantalizes with hints of pear and apple aromas.
The 2015 Rosé Awards Competition was held on March 25, with wines from 19 states judged in the blind competition. Recognizing the importance of the growing Rosé category, this competition was judged by prestigious wine judges from around the country.
March 19th, 2015 by PJ Koehler
FUNdue Wine Festival
May 9, 2015 2-6:00 p.m.
All right everyone, the day you’ve been eagerly awaiting is upon us — Captain’s Walk Winery is hosting our Wine Festival and Fundue Event the day before Mother’s Day. (Hint, hint, if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for mom). Whether looking for that gift for mom, wanting to celebrate with your girlfriends, or just looking for an excuse to drink Captain’s Walk wine, then this wine festival is for you! Wine, food, live music and dancing are all on the program.
What’s there to do on this day, you ask? Every great wine festival starts with tasting and our inside tasting bar will be ready for you. In the cellars will be a vintage wine festival tasting. For ten dollars, which includes a glass, you will be able to sample five special Captain’s Walk vintages. Some are sold out and only available during this time. After the serious business of tasting wines is through, climb the stairs to outside for a plate of fondue.
You may be wondering what is with the pirate attire. In the early years of our festival, we held pirate competitions. The results were, well, unique. While it was interesting, it didn’t quite go where we thought it would. Let’s just say that we don’t encourage quite as much pirating as we used to. That being said, you are still welcome to come dressed for the part. Just don’t get too much into pillaging or we’ll have to call our mateys at the Police station on the other side of the block.
Speaking of that, please bring a designated driver, stay at a local hotel and walk to your room, or plan for a taxi if you’ll be imbibing in much more than a glass or two. We want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable time!
Put May 9, 2015 on your calendar and come help us celebrate our eight years of serving you, our great and loyal customers. That’s right, we’re turning EIGHT!!! We look forward to seeing you at the wine festival!
January 19th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling
Hard cider is now available at Captain’s Walk Winery. Our vibrant hard cider is made with Kewaunee grown apples and is offered in two varieties—Door County Cherry and Wisconsin Maple. Our Door County Cherry is made with a hint of local Door County montmorency cherries gives a nice subtle balance of sweet to tart. This is Wisconsin in a glass. It is very aromatic with that touch of cherry at the finish. Our Wisconsin Maple has a touch of local 100% pure maple syrup and brown sugar. Sweet and warming for a winter day!
Did you know that a brewery can’t make hard cider without a winery license? You’ll often find plenty of beer with apple flavoring in 12 ounce bottles on the store shelf. Don’t let that fool you! Real hard cider is made from apples by a winery. Ours is made from apples grown on the door peninsula at Hillside Apples. For a true hard cider, come in and try ours.
Hard Cider is best fresh, and doesn’t need time to age. That’s why ours is served out of a keg. The bad news is that you can’t get it in a bottle. The good news is that you can get it on tap in a glass, or we’ll put a half-gallon into a beer growler for you to take home!
Enjoy a 6oz pour at the winery for only $3.00. Carry out growlers are $20.00 for the first fill and $15.00 for refills of the same growler.
The first batch is disappearing fast, so come try some today!
July 3rd, 2014 by PJ Koehler
The Captain’s Walk wine barbecue is coming on August 16th. What to eat? Simple. We have one offering and you already know what it is, BARBECUE!!! What to drink is entirely up to you. May we suggest trying our new Green Bay wine release, Riverside Red?
Riverside Red is an easy going blend of red vinifera grapes. Notes of bright fruit, vanilla, and black licorice yield to balanced tannins and a structured mouthfeel. Perfect accompaniment to an outdoor concert (Wine Barbecue!) or a cruise down the river. 150 cases of this small batch wine were produced.
Sample in our wine tasting room to find a favorite, or party outside with a glass of wine. The Abler and Bernico Duo will be playing from 3 pm. to 7 pm. This band knows all the favorite classics! There is no cover charge or admission to the wine barbecue and it’s all à la carte. We’ll be in a tent so the event is rain or shine. Taste, buy, and enjoy at your own pace.
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May 22nd, 2014 by PJ Koehler
Join us for the official release of two or our new Small Batch Series wines! Enjoy the rich and fruity red that our Cuvée Trois offers. Or if the taste of sweet, fresh berry notes sounds more appealing then perhaps our Marquette Rosé is more your style. Taste these wines with some small food pairings while checking out all the new things that Captain’s Walk has to offer!
April 22nd, 2014 by Brad Schmiling
A fun afternoon of wine and fondue!
Ever notice that Captain’s Walk isn’t as stuffy as some of the other snobby wineries and wine stores? That’s because wine is part of every day life for our crew at the winery. We enjoy some good wine talk, but for us the experience of consuming wine is more important. So come have some fun with us on Saturday, May 10, at the Fundue Wine Fest in downtown Green Bay.
What to eat? Simple. We have one offering and you already know what it is. What to drink is entirely up to you. Sample in our tasting room to find a favorite, or find the secret passageway to our vintage tasting room in the cellars and enjoy some wines that are no longer in our tasting room. Then return to the party outside for your glass of wine.
The Annie Rose Band will be playing from 2 pm. to 6 pm. This band knows how to rock! There is no cover charge or admission to the event. It’s all à la carte. Taste, buy, and enjoy at your own pace.
August 6th, 2013 by Brad Schmiling
Commemorative Tall Ship Festival Wine
A special wine, sailing away soon…
Handcrafted from Wisconsin grapes, Maiden Voyage is a delicate rosé specially bottled to commemorate the Tall Ship Festival. Available now at Captain’s Walk Winery and at your favorite retailer, get your bottle before they’re gone! Walk or drive a few blocks from the Tall Ship Festival to the winery and experience Maiden Voyage and all our locally produced wines.
July 25th, 2013 by PJ Koehler
For a place like Captain’s Walk Winery, 345 S. Adams St., Green Bay, it’s an important chance to put the focus on their dinner menu and food items — not just their signature wines.
“We actually just started our commercial kitchen recently within the last year and we wanted to help promote the fact that we do serve food here,” said Jocelyn Ehlert, the event coordinator and assistant manager at Captain’s Walk. “We thought it was a great involvement. We’re definitely hoping to get new customers; we’re looking forward to seeing some new faces and even some old faces that haven’t seen our menu yet.”