2016 International Tasters Guild Medal Winners

May 11th, 2016 by PJ Koehler

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 12th, 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.

Afternoon Wine Art with Paintin’ Pottery

March 23rd, 2016 by PJ Koehler

Fine Wine, Fine Art, and Fun People.

Afternoon Wine Art featuring Paintin’ Pottery!
Sunday, June 12th from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Wine Art is back by popular demand! This June, Captain’s Walk Winery will be hosting a fun and engaging social event that every wine lover can enjoy. Instead of painting canvas, though, we have something much better: wine glasses!

It’s true, canvas can be fun. But you can find that just about anywhere. With the help of Paintin’ Pottery, we’re hoping to bring a new flare to the wine and art communities. So check out the details below, and if you like what you see call to save yourself a seat at this fun summer event! Tickets are $40/person and include:

1 Pair of wine glasses to paint

Paint supplies

2 Glasses of wine to drink


If you’re concerned about whether or not there’s an instructor there to help, don’t worry! Staff from Paintin’ Pottery and Captain’s Walk will be on hand to show you examples of different wine glass art. Booklets showing a variety of patterns and other styles of painting will be available as well. But remember, they’re yours to create and keep! Make sure they’re special to you! Seating is limited, so call (920-431-9255) or email Captain’s Walk to reserve your spot!

Click Here to See the Event Flyer!

The Captain’s Quarters Club is Accepting New Crew Members!

March 4th, 2016 by PJ Koehler

Captains Quarters

The Captain’s Quarters Club has always been highly celebrated! With wonderful wines and unique discounts, what’s not to love? Here’s your chance to share the experience of being a part of the Club and the Crew!

If you’re currently a Captain’s Quarters Club member, now’s the time to share the bounty….


Because for every referral you make that joins the Quarters Club, you receive a $5 gift certificate that never expires!

Download the Sign-up Form

As a part of our crew, you are awarded some special club perks, such as:

  • Every bottle of wine has a 5% discount in addition to the normal quantity discounts (see below!);
  • Receive 25% off on all wine-by-the-glass purchases;
  • Exclusive access to our members-only Captain’s Quarters Lounge; and
  • Invitation-only “Pick-up Parties” for our select wines four times a year!

The Pick-up Parties are all about sharing the loot once every three months!

  • Four wine installments per year,
    • Each installment includes 2 bottles of the two select wines;
  • Each installment is less than $75.00 (not including shipping);
  • Unique food pairings to matched with the featured wines;
  • One half-priced glass of each of the featured wines per member; and
  • 25% of any featured wine bottle purchases (beyond the four-bottle installment listed above)!

The Captain also takes special care to grant leniency on his club members’ funds:

  • Any other wines purchased with your club membership will receive discounting as well:
    • 1 – 3 bottles are 5% off
    • 4 – 5 bottles are 10% off;
    • 6 – 11 bottles are 15% off;
    • A full case at 12 bottles (or more!) is 20% off!

If you have any questions, don’t worry; we won’t leave you high and dry! Just contact us at via telephone at (920) 341 – 9255 or email us at info@captainswalkwinery.com.

Tap into Two New Beers from Ahnapee Brewery this Season

February 29th, 2016 by PJ Koehler

The creator of hand-crafted beers that can now be found in our Bistro!

March brings more than just a break from dreary winter weather, it also brings a great opportunity to experience a taste of new beers. Thanks to the hard work of our sister-establishment Ahnapee Brewery, we now have two very delicious ales on tap just ready to be tapped into!

The “Fun Guy” Beer

The Fun Guy Ale is Ahnapee Brewery’s spring seasonal and just in time! Early mushroom season in the Northwoods is right around the corner.

  • a deep copper to brown color;
  • low to medium hop flavor and aroma;
  • medium bitterness (19 IBU); and
  • medium body.

The roasted malt has caramel- and chocolate-like characteristics of medium intensity. These characteristics can be found in both flavor and aroma. Malt notes are complimented by the earthy, nutty, buttery, and meaty flavors. The somewhat smoky flavors of mushrooms such as morels, porcini, lobster, and oyster enhance and round out the taste. They also explain the pun of the brew’s clever name of “Fun Guy”!

This is a Nick Calaway original that you don’t want to miss!

The “Little Soldier” Beer

The Little Soldier is an American Amber Ale named after the original Ahnapee Brewery brewmaster: Henry Schmiling. A short-statured man, Henry served in the Civil War and was brewmaster of Ahnapee from 1868 to 1886.

  • light copper to light brown color;
  • balanced caramel malt and American hops from aroma to finish;
  • medium body carries a light fruitiness;
  • medium hop bitterness (35 IBU);
  • medium flavor; and
  • medium aroma.

This ale is a truly fine American-style session beer, perfect for any occasion!

With these new beers on tap, our beer-lovers will have no problem finding something new to enjoy at Captain’s Walk Winery. So stop in and enjoy the taste of fresh beer in our cozy bistro, and don’t forget to take some home with you in one of our Anhapee Brewery growlers!

Wine Dinner featuring Black and Tan on April 14th

February 23rd, 2016 by PJ Koehler

An exciting dinner can be found right here in Downtown Green Bay! Captain’s Walk Winery partners with Black and Tan to bring together fine wine and fine dining. This is guaranteed to be in a wonderfully unique experience for all whom attend.

Captain's Walk Wine Dinner featuring Black and Tan

On April 14th, 2016, these two establishments will match the complex tastes of each other’s wine and food with one another. Sip Captain’s Walk wine and savor the flavor of Black and Tan’s cuisine in the historic Morrow House. Click below to download a copy of the menu!

Menu and Pairings

Make sure to mark your calendars .

A one-time-offer sale on Captain’s Walk Winery wines will also be available to attendees.

Confirm your reservation as seating is extremely limited!

Call Captain’s Walk Winery at (920) 431-9255 or email Jordin to secure your reservation today!

Please note the following information will need to be provided:

  1. Name
  2. Party Size
  3. Phone Number
  4. Email Address
  5. Credit Card and Expiration Date
  6. Dietary Restrictions

Each ticket is $65 per person and non-refundable after April 1st.


FUNdue and So Much More is Right Around the Corner!

January 29th, 2016 by PJ Koehler

It’s time to grab your pens and mark your calendars, folks! We have some amazing events coming up in the next couple of months that you aren’t going to want to miss!

2016 FUNdue Wine Festival

FUNdue Wine Festival

-Saturday, May 7th, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM-

Let’s start with the return of a long-time favorite: the 8th Annual FUNdue Wine Festival! With a flurry of activity and tasty fondue, this wine event is a sure-fire way to have a good time.

Enjoy the sounds of live music performed by the New Orleans Rock-inspired band Brass Differential as you sip our wines and savor handmade cheese and chocolate fondues!

There will also be an opportunity to participate in a Vintage Wine Tasting and Tour for only $10 (that includes a commemorative, keepsake glass for you to take with you after the tour!)

We can’t wait to see you there!

Captain’s Walk Wine Dinner

feat. the Black and Tan

-Thursday, April 14th, 2016 – 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM-

Captain’s Walk Winery is proud to announce that it will be hosting a very limited and unique wine dinner this coming April with the support and partnership of the Black and Tan restaurant! The night is set to be an exciting five-course event involving a variety of excellent wines from Captain’s Walk paired with the delicious entrees of Black and Tan. While the entrees themselves still have yet to be finalized, rumor has it that the dessert will be crafted by Captain’s Walk Winery’s very own chef and paired with the rare opportunity of a barrel tasting in the cellar!

This event is not one that you’re going to want to pass up on, which means reserving your seat ASAP! The seating will be incredibly limited at only 40 people for the event (with seating arrangements grouped by 4 individuals per table).

Tickets will be sold for $65 a piece.

For more information or to make your reservation, call the Winery at  920-431-9255 or email Jordin.

When calling to make a reservation, please note you will be asked for the following information:

  1. name
  2. phone number
  3. email
  4. party size
  5. credit card number
  6.  dietary restrictions


Valentine’s Day Wine Sale

Share your love of wine with that special someone by taking advantage of a sale that has even our hearts bursting with joy!

♥Buy  3 bottles of wine OR hard cider…

and receive a 6 pack of our specialty handmade Sweetheart Truffles!♥

Choose any three bottles you like (or love!) from our selection of exquisite reds, whites, rosés, or hard ciders and find a lovely box of handmade truffles paired with them. What better way to celebrate the holiday devoted to all things lovely than with an easy and flawless gift for your significant other…or even yourself!

Welcoming the Classic Art of the Classic Car

January 21st, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Classic Car

Whether it’s the simple beauty of body or the complexity of the construction, the call of a classic car is undeniably felt by one and all, yet the winter months that herald snow and cold put a definite chill upon that warm feeling as the classics are safely packed away, hidden from sight but not mind. That’s why it’s with much excitement that I’m able to announce the installation of a very new, and very welcomed, presence in the Green Bay community: the Automotive Gallery!

Thanks to the founder of PDQ Car Wash, Red Lewis, the Denil Cadillac dealership just across the way at the corner of Adams and Crooks Street has been restored into a gallery to display his personal collection of classic cars. More than just cars, these works of art allow of the up-close and personal experience that every aficionado craves. The space is large enough to hold the cars and provide additional room for events in the executive conference room supplemented with catering and dining options (with our own wines on the list!) While the public tours aren’t set to begin until late winter or early spring, there’s still hope for those that are truly interested: the opportunity of a private tour.

So if you’re still stuck on what to get that special someone that takes pride in the classic car and every working part that goes into it, there’s a simple, and romantic, solution: make a date night of a classic car show and dinner with drinks at Captain’s Walk! Reservations can be made at both for a unique and enjoyable experience that not only capture the classic feel of romance, but the nostalgia of the holiday season as well.

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 (WFOP.org) 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.

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