St. Pepin – Wine Release Party at Captain’s Walk Winery

June 17, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

St. Pepin Bottle PictureSt. Pepin Wine Release Party to Coincide with Automobile Gallery Car Show

There’s a lot happening in our neighborhood on Saturday, June 17! A combination of car and wine enthusiasts will be roaming the road just in front of Captain’s Walk.

Some options for you…

•St. Pepin samples on the front porch from 11 am to 2 pm.

•Salsa and Sangria at our tiki stand in front of the winery from 11 am to 1 pm.

•Automobile Gallery Inaugural Car Show from 11 am to 2 pm.

 

After taking in the sights and sounds of the car show, and having your fill on salsa and sangria, step inside the Walk for the St. Pepin Release Party.

We’ll be presenting St. Pepin with savory appetizers. While inside, sign up for 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. Our Saturday tours are at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

We are excited to bring you this Wisconsin-grown St. Pepin grape. The Seyval hybrid was developed in Minnesota and released in 1986. It is known for a fruitiness similar to what is found in the Riesling variety. Our twist on it includes the addition of oak elements through our small batch barrel fermentation. You might find similarities to a traditional Chardonnay.

Note the impressions left on our winemaker:
An exciting wine laced with rain fresh notes of pineapple, guava and vanilla almond biscotti.  Thirst quenching flavors awaken the taste buds with a burst of apple, loquat and white peach. A palate cleansing finish of fresh lemon. Barrel-fermented and aged for four months. 175 cases produced.

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. Simply visit us in downtown Green Bay on Saturday, June 17. We look forward to sharing the day with you!

Wine Cellar Tasting Experience

September 26, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Wine Cellar

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’ve added 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 in the wine cellar? 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.

At the cellar winemaker’s table, you will be provided with a private, multi-course pairing. Look for the opportunity to try our select, vintage wines. We will begin by offering the cellar tasting by reservation only.

See our initial offerings here.

For more information, or to reserve this space, please call the winery at  920.431.9255, or email beni@captainswalkwinery.com.

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 featuring Black and Tan on April 14th

February 23, 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.

 

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.

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!

Fundue Wine Fest Around the Corner!

April 22, 2014 by Brad Schmiling
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.

Captain’s Walk Winery Exclusive at Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival

August 6, 2013 by Brad Schmiling
Commemorative Tall Ship Festival wine

Commemorative Tall Ship Festival Wine

 

A special wine, sailing away soon…

Handcrafted from Wisconsin grapes, Maiden Voyage is a delicate rosé specially bottled to commemorate the Tall Ship Festival. Available now at Captain’s Walk Winery and at your favorite retailer, get your bottle before they’re gone! Walk or drive a few blocks from the Tall Ship Festival to the winery and experience Maiden Voyage and all our locally produced wines.