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.

Door County Cherry Cider Release

April 27, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Door County Cherry Juice + Kewaunee County Hard Apple Cider + One Brandy Barrel

 

Three elements of flavor have been combined for a smooth and sweet concoction that’s sure to please: Door County Cherry Juice, hard apple cider made from Kewaunee County apples, and a Brandy Barrel. Partake in our party to celebrate the tapping of these barrels on Thursday, April 27th from 4-7pm.

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

 

Note the impressions left on our winemaker: This cherry infused hard apple cider was aged in a barrel that previously matured a potent brandy fortified cherry wine. Smooth and delicious, just like a Wisconsin Old Fashioned cocktail. Lightly sweet and effervescent, with bold notes of cherry pie.

The barrel had a long road to get to aging our hard cider. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cherry Bounce have all taken residence in this particular quartersawn masterpiece (barrel).

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 Door County Cherrydon’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 April 27th from 4 to 7 pm. Anticipate enjoying light appetizers and desserts.

We look forward to sharing the evening with you!

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!

Petit Verdot – Wine Tasting Party at Captain’s Walk Winery

December 1, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Wine Tasting of Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot Wine Tasting Party

You are cordially invited to The Walk on Thursday, December 1 from 4-7pm. Come to toast the release of our newest red wine, Petit Verdot. Enjoy this wine tasting with savory appetizers. The wine tasting of Petit Verdot will include 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 left on our winemaker:
This garnet red welcomes you with the aroma of ripe blackberries, maple sugar, and caramel. Layered flavors of cacao, bright fruits of black cherry, and cran-apple. Notes of toasted oak and integrated tannins finishes 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. Late ripening, it is blended in small portions 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 normal 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, then we are excited to release this new batch for you!

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!

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!

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

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.

Wine Dinner featuring the Black and Tan at Captain’s Walk Winery

April 14, 2016 by PJ Koehler
Wine Dinner
Captain’s Walk Winery is excited 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 wine dinner involving a variety of excellent wines from Captain’s Walk paired with the delicious entrees of Black and Tan. Chef Aaron has created this menu which will highlight the flavors of the downtown Green Bay winery’s offerings.

 

Charcuterie and citrus ceviche. Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc, Captain’s White, Hard Apple Cider

Salad including watercress, beets, sorrel, fennel, cucumber, apple, pear, smoked
blue cheese, candied walnuts and heirloom tomatoes.  Pairing: Marquette Rose

Duck breast with smoked parsnips and roasted root vegetables with a glace de canard  Pairing: 2012 Merlot

NY Strip, au poivre, with roasted mushroom, cauliflower, fingerling potatoes and demi glace.  Pairing: 2012 Cabernet

Handmade raspberry cream chocolate truffles and Captain’s Mistress port wine filled chocolates. Pairing: Captain’s Mistress

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 miss. The seating will be limited to 40 people for the event (with seating arrangements grouped by 4 individuals per table.)

The five-course wine dinner includes a cellar tasting
and gratuity for $65 plus tax per person.
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: name, phone number, email, party size, credit card number, and dietary restrictions.

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.

Wine Competition by Tasters Guild Awards Golds

July 28, 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.