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.