Cuvée Trois Returns to Captain’s Walk Winery

October 23rd, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Cuvée Trois Label

Small Batch Cuvée Trois

The best part about a small batch wine is that it gives us and you something new to try, and if nobody likes it – no problem! We just won’t make it again. Our first vintage of Cuvée Trois was awarded a Gold medal from Tasters Guild International, and was so well-received that we plan to bring it back this fall.

What is a Cuvée? Some may say it’s whatever you want it to be! In France, cuve means tank or vat. That could mean that the wine spent some time aging away from oak. What a shame! Cuvée can have a few different meanings outside of France. For our purposes it denotes a special batch that received our utmost attention. To be sure that we’re not in France, we use the word cuvée to recognize a special blend of multiple grapes.

Have you ever opened a bottle of Sangiovese while finishing the last glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from a previous bottle and thought, what if I mix them? Now you’re getting the idea. By blending three different red wines that are all aged in our cellars, we create something entirely new… that’s old. Our three grapes of choice are Primitivo, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah. For good measure, we used 33.3% of each variety. By this point you may have figured out where the Trois comes from.

If you’re still a little foggy, we’ll be sure to clear up any questions at the Cuvée Trios release party. Join us on November 21st from noon to 7pm for a re-release Cuvée Trois party where you’ll save $5 per bottle and enjoy half price glasses of this premiere small batch wine!

The official description – Cuvée Trois is new world style blend of three jammy varietals, Primitivo, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah, melded in perfect harmony. Rich and full of sumptuous dark fruit flavors including blackberry, plum, and bing cherry, and complexly layered with warm aromas of cocoa, caramel, raisin, and spice cake. 74 cases available. Regular price $36.

Poetry Contest Winner Blends Wine and Words

October 12th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling


In a unique partnership with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Captain’s Walk Winery recently conducted a Wine & Words Poetry Contest.

Over 30 poets from around Wisconsin submitted short poems. Poetry contest submissions were asked to celebrate wine or wine gatherings.

The poetry contest winner was “Ode to Wine.”

It was written by Karen Wilson, a Door County poet.

Other finalists were Sylvia Cavanaugh from Cedar Grove, Phyllis Beckman from Onalaska, Wendy Schmidt from Appleton, Annette Grunseth from Green Bay, Sharon Daly, Linda Aschbrenner from Marshfield and Phil Hansotia and Gary Jones also from Door County.

Karen Wilson started fashioning words into poems a dozen years ago, amid a life hitherto devoted to land preservation in particular and environmental protection in general. She’s having more fun now. A life-long Wisconsinite who grew up in Sheboygan, she has lived for decades in Door County, where her forebears were original settlers.

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets ( is a non-profit organization developed to celebrate and recognize Wisconsin’s unique legacy of poetry and poets. WFOP organizes poetry readings and other poetry events and projects around the state including two annual conferences. The Fellowship also publishes the annual Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, is represented on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, and sponsors educational activities throughout Wisconsin. In 2015, WFOP celebrated its 65th Anniversary.

The winning poem will be featured on 1,000 Captain’s Walk Winery wine bottles this fall. Join us on November 7th for the Poetry Contest release of Wine and Words hang tags. Both vintages of Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc will display the poetry contest winner.

Every guest willing to read Ode to Wine (out loud) on November 7th will receive one half price glass of Sangiovese or Sauvignon Blanc.

A special cheese plate intended to pair well with the two celebrated wines will also be available on the day of the release party.

Wine Competition by Tasters Guild Awards Golds

July 28th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Cuveé Trois and Riesling win in wine competition

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.

Sangria Saturdays

June 25th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Sangria and Sals

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.

Rosé Awards Won by Captain’s Walk Winery with Door County Grapes

April 10th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Rosé Awards

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.

FUNdue Wine Festival!

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 2015FUNdo-Posteravailable 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!

Introducing Captain’s Walk Hard Cider!

January 19th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Hard CiderHard 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!

Wine Barbecue – August 16th from 3 to 7pm.

July 3rd, 2014 by PJ Koehler

Wine Bottle Photograph of Riverside Red being released at the wine barbecueThe 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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Wine Release Party! June 6th from 5pm to 7pm.

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!

Fundue Wine Fest Around the Corner!

April 22nd, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

A fun afternoon of wine and fondue!
A fun afternoon of wine and fondue!

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.

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