FUNdue Wine Festival at Captain’s Walk Winery

May 13, 2017 by PJ Koehler

Fundue Wine Fest

Attend the FUNdue Wine Fest at Captain’s Walk Winery in Downtown Green Bay this May!

No Ticket Necessary

If searching for admission tickets to the 10th Anniversary Fundue Wine Fest is at the top of your priority list, then we have some good news: there’s no entrance fee! With no expensive up-front ticket, you can save that money for bottles of your favorite wine and an Uber ride.

Fundue Wine Fest is one of the ways that we’re celebrating 10 years in business. Another, is a special release of Trés Rouge, a new red blend, which will be first available to taste at the cellar vintage tasting. Want to take part? Just purchase an empty stemless Riedel glass at the normal price of $10, and we’ll pour you five samples of special vintages in our cellar.

Want more details? Here goes…
When? Saturday afternoon, May 13, from 2–6 pm.
Where? Under the big tent behind the winery at 345 S. Adams Street.
How much? Admission is free; fondue ($10) and wine ($5/$15/$20) is a lá carte. Regular Tasting $3/$5. Special Cellar Vintage Tasting $10 (but you keep the Riedel glass).
What to do? Dance to classic rock by the Annie Rose Band. Sip wines and savor handmade cheese and chocolate fondues. Check out the special Vintage Tasting in our cellar. Sample wines inside of the winery. Bring friends and share some plates of yummy fondue.

You’re still reading so here’s some extra information that’s only for you. That Trés Rouge that we  mentioned, it’s a pretty special wine to us. Our staff put it together with samples from three different wine varieties, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, and Petit Verdot. What does that taste like, you ask? Glad that we put that question into your head! Here’s the short answer…

This wine is rich and supple. It greets the nose with
warm notes of licorice, clove, vanilla and cracked
pepper. Taste sumptuous flavors of ripe mulberry,
pomegranate, and plum with a finish that offers
sweet oak and suede-like tannins.

If you want the long answer, please come to FUNdue and partake in the tasting of this wine. We’re looking forward to your feedback too!

Please call us 920-431-9255 or email info@captainswalkwinery.com with your event questions.

Whiskey Barrel Peach Cider Release Party

March 30, 2017 by benirae

Peach Cider

Whiskey Barrel Peach Cider Release

Thursday, March 30th from 4-7pm.

Come toast the release of our newest hard cider – a whiskey barrel hard peach cider. That’s a lot to say, but the cider offers a mouthful of flavors!

Note the impressions left on our cider-maker:
The whiskey barrel peach is a blend of both peach and Wisconsin apple ciders. Aged in freshly emptied Kentucky Bourbon whiskey barrels, to bring out enhanced rich flavors of peach jam, vanilla, cinnamon and smoke.  Full bodied and warm, with intense notes of honey.

 

We obtained these barrels from a broker connected to Old Forester. So if you’re a bourbon aficianado, try to identify those characteristics in our cider.

Enjoy this cider tasting with complimentary appetizers and desserts. Special discounted prices available during the event.

Captain’s Walk Limited Release Ciders are experimental batches that allow the taster to experience small, regional flavors. You won’t find these ciders anywhere else. Since our batches are so small, we only serve our hard cider on tap. You can always take home a growler, but they are not available in a bottle or can. That means they haven’t spent time bouncing around on a delivery truck. They are fermented in our cellars and served right upstairs. They’re so fresh, they Peach Ciderdon’t even make it to our tasting guide. They sell out quickly, which is fun for us! We get to consistently create new batches for you to experience.

Craft ciders are quickly becoming a new category. True hard ciders cannot be made by a brewery, so you’ll only find them produced where a winery license is held. That’s us!

If you have been enjoying our hard ciders from the beginning, then we are excited to release this limited batch for you! While visiting, be sure to taste some of our other ciders on tap. No reservations are needed to attend this Thursday night tasting. Simply visit us on March 30th from 4 to 7 pm. Anticipate enjoying light appetizers and desserts.

We look forward to sharing the evening with you!

Angelina Restaurant Wine Dinner

October 23, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Angelina Restaurant Wine Dinner

Angelina Restaurant is a downtown Green Bay is bringing their fantastic fare to Captain’s Walk Winery for a wine dinner on October 23. Five courses of authentic Italian cuisine will be paired with five of our award-winning wines. Those are ten things that you’ll love to try!

Angelina Restaurant treats dining as an art form, making every meal from scratch with the finest ingredients. Angelina came to the United States in 1993 from Italy. 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 Restuarant at 117 North Adams Street, just a handful of 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 that we are planning…

The first course will be Antipasto Misto. These are classic Italian appetizers including bruschetta, caprese, and prosciutto crudo. We will be pairing Sauvignon Blanc, a sumptuously fruit forward ensemble loaded with a plethora of mouthwatering aromas and flavors. They include gooseberry, melon, fig, pear, apricot, passion fruit and guava.

After some time has passed, enjoy the second course of Pasta Al Forno. It is comprised of a homemade Bolognese sauce and béchamel tossed with penne pasta. Then finished with parmesan cheese and baked. We bring out our most prized Italian red for this course – Sangiovese! This bold red shows how rich, yet supple, the varietal can be. It displays a subtle raisin nose with concentrated aromas of black cherry, briar berries 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. We’ll be pairing 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 asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. The wine pairing will be our un-traditional barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Chardonnays tend to be barrel-fermented OR stainless steel fermented. This one is both; a blend of barrel and tank fermented wine with great complexity of both fruit and slightly toasted French oak.

We’ll finish with a fifth course of Tiramisu. This is classic Italian dessert, with ladyfingers dipped in espresso and brandy, covered with 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 with the pairings of Angelina Restaurant and Captain’s Walk Winery!ry.

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 have the names of your party prepared as well as any food restrictions. The deadline to make reservations is October 1, or when the 32 tickets sell out!

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!

 

Poetry Contest Winner Blends Wine and Words

October 12, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Poetry Contest WinnerWINE & WORDS POETRY CONTEST

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.

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

April 10, 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 19, 2015 by PJ Koehler

Fondue

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!