2014 Petit Verdot Wine Release Party

October 25, 2016 by benirae

Wine Tasting of Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot Wine Tasting Party

You are cordially invited to Captain’s Walk on Thursday, December 1 from 4-7pm to toast the release of our newest red wine, Petit Verdot. Enjoy this wine tasting with savory appetizers and a tour of our newly decorated Cellar Tasting Room. In it you’ll find a stock of oak barrels, aging our next generation of vibrant red wines.

Note the impressions of our winemaker:
‘This garnet red welcomes you with the aroma of ripe blackberries, maple sugar, and caramel and layered flavors of cacao, vivid  black cherry, and cran-apple. Notes of toasted oak and integrated tannins finish ever so nicely.”

Originally from France’s Bordeaux region, Petite Verdot is used as a blending grape in wines made primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A late ripening variety, it is blended in small quantities to add structure and a floral component to those wines. But this is a “New World” red wine with grapes sourced from the Sierra Foothills AVA, California. Barrel-aged 18 months in our cellar, our Petite Verdot has legs to stand on its own!

Captain’s Walk small batch wines allow the savvy wine taster to experience small, regional tastes. You won’t find these wines on store shelves – we save them just for you at the winery. The small batch series helps us to try out new ideas. Wines that are well-received can eventually show up under our regular label. We’ve celebrated local Door County Marquette grapes, and have explored Tuscan blends. Another guest favorite has been our Fumé Blanc, a barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay isn’t the only white that can benefit from barrels! If you have been collecting the small batch series from the beginning, you’ll be excited to add this to your anthology!

No reservations are needed to attend this Thursday night wine tasting. Simply visit us on December 1 from 4 to 7 pm. We look forward to sharing the evening with you!

Wine Bytes – by Jim Koehler

October 17, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

wine-bytes

Wine Bytes ~ Ask the Somm

We invite you to ask questions about the winery and your wine experiences in Wine Bytes. Have a question about a specific wine or region? Want to learn more about wine balance? Please ask us your questions. Jim Koehler grew up in the wine world at Valley Liquor in De Pere. He has an extensive knowledge of not only Captain’s Walk Wines, but wines of the world. The difference here is that no snobs are allowed! Wine is supposed to be a delightful experience – its own flavor of fun. Jim will do his best to answer any and all questions (that have to do with wine).

Question: Why is the wine experience special at Captain’s Walk Winery?
1. We produce great wine and hard apple cider on premise.
2. Our wine list is a terrific variety of fine wine grapes and styles.
3. The winery occupies an elegant and historic 159 year old building.
4. Our wine tasting experience is interactive.

The sense of taste is very individual, so we tailor the tasting to each guest—an interactive process. On our Tasting Guide, we have 20 distinctly different wines: red, white, and rosé; dry to sweet; grapes sourced locally and from fine AVAs; and single varietals and blends. You’ll be guided based on your interest and sense of adventure to select up to 7 different wines.
Do you know the “Seven Ss,” why the wine glass matters, how to pair wine with food, how to serve a particular wine, or any matter concerning the fine wine experience? No reason to be shy or intimidated by wine at Captain’s Walk. We’re all about enjoying wine and sharing the experience with you. In future newsletters and blogs, we will continue our interaction and explore your wine interests in greater depth.
Type your questions below, or email jim@captainswalkwinery.com

Wine Cellar Tasting Experience

September 26, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Wine Cellar View

Wine Cellar Tasting Experience Coming to Captain’s Walk

Secret passageways and hidden rooms have an intoxicating effect. Is it the idea of going where few others have? Is it ingrained in us from our childhood when we built forts and hideouts? There’s just something special about secrets. Now it’s tough to write an article about something that shouldn’t be shared, but this one has to be because our winery is meant to be enjoyed, not hidden!

Announcements can’t be secrets so we’re throwing secrets out the (basement) window. We’re adding a special vintage tasting room in our barrel aging cellar. Well technically, right next to it. With a view of the barrels and that smooth smell of French and American white oak in the air, this room calms most senses so that your taste buds can pick up the slack.

We like small spaces. At Captain’s Walk you can have your pick from a cozy lounge, Captain’s Quarters (members), a vintage reception room, the bistro bar by the fireplace, and of course our sunroom. There are plenty of options for meanderers along with some seats in almost every room. Since that’s our style, we’re planning a cellar sitting area around an old wood table for our next cozy niche.Wine Cellar Barrels

What would you do down there? How about a little sampling led by a wine expert? Perhaps some pairings  of food fresh from our bistro will be your ticket. While popular wine and food offerings will be available, it is only fair to share that we have more in mind.

This room has been in the works for over a decade. Old vintages have been packed away every year just for this experience.

This new tasting space is set to be available by reservation, and we are working on the rates. You can count on a reasonably priced cellar tasting experience. Watch for this new wine cellar to be available before the end of the year. Renovations are underway now.

Automobile Gallery Wine Label

September 6, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Automobile Gallery Wine

 

Captain’s Walk to Release Automobile Gallery Wine

Ask any winemaker about the science of winemaking, and they’ll tell you there is an element of art involved. Careful balancing and blending brings final flavors forward in any great glass of wine. The same sentiment is held by The Automobile Gallery, where the automobiles ARE the art. You won’t find fancy paintings on the wall or collectors memorabilia in this gallery. It’s all about the beauty of the cars as it was originally intended by their designers. We are so excited to have them as neighbors. They have been driving traffic to our corner in downtown Green Bay! What’s better is that our businesses are joining forces to release a vintage that will raise money for their gallery.

The Automobile Gallery board of directors visited our cellars to taste and pre-approve a new white wine blend named Collaboration. The wine is an off-dry blend of Chardonnay (50%), Sauvignon Blanc (30%), and Pinot Grigio (20%). These three grapes lend their unique traits to create an ensemble that is redolent with pineapple and bright tropical aromas. The off-dry, smooth triad starts off deep and complex then leads to a crisp and refreshing finish.

The Automobile Gallery is dedicated to educating, inspiring and sharing the passion of the automobile with the community and car enthusiasts throughout the United States. For every bottle of Automobile Gallery wine purchased, Captain’s Walk will donate $1 to this unique non-profit organization–a true collaboration between our two companies!

The first vintage of 140 cases will roll off of the bottling line in September. It’ll then rest from bottle shock. We are planning for a special release party both at The Automobile Gallery and Captain’s Walk Winery on Saturday, November 5th, from 11 AM- 3 PM.   Contact us at 920-431-9255 for a $2.00 off  admission coupon to the Automobile Gallery.

Tall Ships Visit Green Bay and Captain’s Walk Winery

July 21, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Tall Ships 7 Seas

The Tall Ships Festival is returning to Green Bay, and we are ready to celebrate by returning to our nautical roots! Celebration Captain’s Walk style begins with the popping of the cork of a commemorative bottle of 7 Seas.

This official Tall Ships wine debuts with oceans of flavor. Seven seas in the world, seven American grapes full of flavor in every bottle; Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Muscat Canelli from the West Coast, and Marechal Foch, Traminette, Muscat Canelli, Frontenac Gris, and Vignoles which are known as French hybrids. The hybrids were originally developed by combining European shoots with American rootstock to be grown in the midwest. These varieties are considered cold-hardy. So they can handle the rough midwestern winter temperatures. Let’s not think about THAT weather for a while.

Do you need seven reasons to try this vin rosé? No, we don’t think so either. Stop by the winery or order from our limited quantity online. This complex blend offers vibrant aromas of fresh pear, ripe apple, and aromatic apricot. The wine registers as semi-dry on our ever-so-unique dryness scale.

Dryness scale

Do you know what else we have to commemorate the Tall Ships festival? Beer! The Ahnapee Brewery, Captain’s Walk Winery, and von Stiehl Winery are all under the same ownership. Due to our company’s fantastic relationship with the Tall Ship Festival coordinators, we were able to partner as a beer sponsor too. It turns out that Ahnapee Brewery knows a thing or two about tall ships!

In the 1880s, the first Ahnapee Brewery was going strong in the city now known as Algoma. Back then it was the town of Ahnapee, with locals thirsty for the ‘foaming beverage.’ The brewery’s success grew from a special lager, which was fermented in the ice-chilled tunnels that still exist. Deliveries of the foaming beverage were handled by a team of horses and wagon, and a tall ship named the Whiskey Pete which you can see docked behind the brewery in this drawing.

 

Brewery Tall Ship

That may very well be Pete, the captain, in the sketch. Legend has it that if you wanted beer delivered in drinkable condition, and without a little missing from the top of the barrel, Whisky Pete was your guy. You just couldn’t expect the same with whisky deliveries!

Ahnapee Lager has been renamed Tall Ship Lager for the upcoming festival and you’ll find it in our bistro during the festivities of the Tall Ship weekend!

 

Wine Dinner with Angelina Restaurant

July 18, 2016 by Brad Schmiling
Wine Dinner PosterAngelina Restaurant in downtown Green Bay is bringing their fantastic fare to Captain’s Walk Winery. Join us for a wine dinner on October 23. Five courses of authentic Italian cuisine will be paired with five of our award-winning wines. That means ten that things you’ll love to try!
Angelina Restaurant treats dining as an art form. Every meal is made from scratch with the finest ingredients. Angelina came to the United States in 1993 from Italy and her skills as a cook, her love for her homeland dishes, and her eagerness to share her talents are what inspired her to start Angelina Restaurant. It’s located at 117 North Adams Street, just a few blocks away from our winery. We are so excited to invite our neighbor over for our second wine dinner of 2016!

Is your mouth watering yet? Check out the menu…

The first course will be Antipasto Misto, classic Italian appetizers including bruschetta, caprese, and prosciutto crudo. Paired with the antipasto will be Sauvignon Blanc, a sumptuously fruit-forward ensemble loaded with mouthwatering aromas and flavors that include gooseberry, melon, fig, pear, apricot, passion fruit and guava.

The second course, Pasta Al Forno, will follow. It is comprised of a homemade Bolognese sauce and béchamel tossed with penne pasta, finished with Parmesan cheese, and baked. We bring out our most prized Italian red for this course – Sangiovese! This bold red shows how rich and supple the varietal can be. Sangiovese offers a subtle raisin nose with concentrated aromas of black cherry, brierberry and a hint of anise.

Enjoy Insalata Siciliana for the third course. This includes a spring mix, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, capers, artichoke, kalamata olives and balsamic vinaigrette. With it we will pour our 7 Seas, a rosé with vibrant aromas of fresh pear, ripe apple and aromatic apricot.

Can you feel your tummy getting full already? Not quite yet, we have two more courses to go!

The fourth course will be Pollo Alla Zia Tina, an 8-ounce chicken breast lightly floured, sautéed, and finished with brandy and cream served with proscuitto-wrapped asparagus. The wine pairing will be our un-traditional barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Chardonnays tend to be barrel- OR stainless steel-fermented but this one is both; a blend of barrel and tank fermented wine with great complexity of both fruit and lightly toasted French oak.

We’ll finish with a fifth course of Tiramisu. This classic Italian dessert, with ladyfingers dipped in espresso and brandy, is smothered in mascarpone cheese and cocoa. Our Captain’s Mistress, a brandy-fortified Marquette from our Door County vineyard, will leave your taste buds asking for another night of pairings from Angelina Restaurant and Captain’s Walk Winery!

To join us on Sunday, October 23, beginning at 4:00 pm, call 920-431-9255. We’ll reserve your wine dinner seats for $65 per person (plus tax), which includes gratuity. When you call,  please be ready with the names of your party as well as any food restrictions. The deadline to make reservations is October 1, or when the 32 tickets sell out!

Wine Shipping Prices Reduced – As of July 1, 2016

June 29, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Shipping Chart 2016 V3

Ordering wine to be shipped used to require picking up the phone and chatting. We’re pretty sure that 800 numbers were created just for this reason. Remember “order toll-free?” While we always enjoy a good phone conversation, we understand that the convenience of online shopping has caught on and in that world, lower wine shipping prices are commonplace. This has caused us to sharpen our pencils and find ways to compete with West Coast wineries.

We now offer a lower price when you order in higher quantities. Order a little wine – pay a lot per bottle for shipping. Order a lot of wine – pay less per bottle in shipping. We’ll cover the extra shipping costs when your order is larger. That means that it will cost you between $10 and $20 per case for shipping in the continental U.S.A. Order less than a case, and the price goes up a little. Buy more, pay less — who wouldn’t love that?

We hope that this works for you because we’d love to help you to enjoy more of our wines! Check out our new rates:

Wisconsin

12 bottles (one case) $10, 6-11 bottles $20, 1-5 bottles $18

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, & Ohio

12 bottles (one case) $15, 6-11 bottles $22, 1-5 bottles $19

California, Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, N. Carolina, N. Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, & Wyoming. 

12 bottles (one case) $20, 6-11 bottles $24, 1-5 bottles $22

Want even more details? Follow along with the fine print when you place your order. Have questions? Just call us at 920-431-9255. Thank you for shopping and shipping Captain’s Walk wines!

The Sangria Stand is Back for the Summer!

June 9, 2016 by PJ Koehler

Summer is a time for relaxing, basking in the sun, and sipping sangria in the company of people you like. So do it at a place you know you love: Captain’s Walk Winery! Our Sangria and Salsa Saturdays have always been a big hit, and this summer it’s forecasted to be the same!

Come taste our fantastic new recipe for a tart and fruity rosé sangria to be paired with homemade salsa served from our stand out on the front lawn.

Sangria Sign

When is the Sangria and Salsa available?

Every Saturday starting June 18th you’ll be able to find handmade sangria being served between 11 AM and 1 PM.  If the weather’s good then so are we, since you’ll be able to snag an awesome deal!

An order from the stand gets you all of the delicious items below:

  • One carafe (one liter) of our Summer Sangria;
  • One basket of chips and homemade salsa

All of that for $12.00! This fruit-filled drink we feature is a summer favorite with many and appeals to a variety of palates! With hints of tart fruit, sweet wine, and the classic addition of fresh fruit, you’ll have to taste it for yourself and find out exactly what everyone is so excited about.

Our salsa is also a long-time summer special that changes just enough every year to keep it interesting. What you can expect is a mixture of tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onion, and roasted garlic. What’s our secret ingredient, you ask? We can’t tell you, but you’re welcome to come get some salsa and see if you can figure it out!

From the Farmer’s Market to the Captain’s Walk, it’s an easy hop, skip, and jump from browsing to relaxing on Saturday mornings. Join the Captain, and raise a glass to summer!

2016 International Tasters Guild Medal Winners

May 11, 2016 by PJ Koehler

Tasters Guild Medal

The final results of the 2016 International Tasters Guild Wine Competition are in!

The 2016 International Tasters Guild Competition is a highly competitive environment: over 1,600 wines from ten countries and 36 U.S. states and provinces. Out of all of these wines, only 72 were awarded Double Gold!

Double Gold Medal Winner 2012 Cabernet SauvignonThe 2014 Captain’s White, 2013 Chardonnay, and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc were all awarded silver medals in their respective categories. What was most exciting though was the very high honor of being a part of that 4% of Double Gold winners with our own Double Gold winner: the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon!

How does a wine win the title of Double Gold?  Dana Alexander, a columnist for the publisher New York Wines, explains how the process of a wine competition is approached in the article “How a Wine Competition Works.” The author explains at length how there are different types of competitions in the wine community and how awards are given based on the individual nominations of the judges within a collective panel. Essentially, each judge gives a certain number of points based on the same facets of wine: “color, clarity, aroma, bouquet, taste, aftertaste, and overall quality.” (Alexander)

In a separate article, “What Does a Gold Medal Mean Anyway?”, columnist Greg Walter explains the impact of winning a Double Gold medal and why the award is not only a positive for the wine itself but also for the winery!

Captain’s Walk Winery can’t wait to share this fantastic wine with you the next time you come in, so make sure to ask for a sample of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and “taste” what all the hype is about!

This Cheese Event is Going to Be “Wheel-y” Big!

April 12, 2016 by PJ Koehler

There are things in life that just go together, like peanut butter and jelly. Or sand and surf. And don’t forget the Green and Gold! Here at Captain’s Walk Winery, the two things that really go well together are wine and cheese. We just can’t get enough of them, and we know you can’t either!

That’s why we’re excited to be bringing a unique cheese to the winery for a special event!

Where Cheese is the Champion and Wisconsin a Winner

On March 9th, the World Champion Cheese Contest came to a close with many winners from all over Wisconsin. One in particular, the Pleasant Ridge Reserve, placed 16th out of 2,955 entries! Knowing how much our customers love trying new things, we ordered an entire wheel.

Read about the Pleasant Ridge Reserve.

That’s right. We’re going to have 10 pounds of delicious, award-winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve crafted from milk only produced by grass-fed cows right here at Captain’s Walk. And it’s waiting for you to try it!

With that said, we’d like to invite you and all your cheese-loving friends to the following…

Wheel-y” Big Cheese Event!
April 23rd from Noon until 6:00 PM

We’ll be hand-slicing the Pleasant Ridge Reserve for you to sample. If you like it, we’ll slice a whole wedge off the wheel for you. Take home and enjoy with a meal, or maybe just pair it with one of our wines! Whatever you do, the only requirement is to savor it!

Somethings in life just go together. Like a good time and Captain’s Walk Winery.