Sangria and Salsa Stand

May 16, 2018 by Brad Schmiling

Summer is a time for relaxing, basking in the sun, and sipping sangria in the company of people you like. So, do it at a place you know you love: Captain’s Walk Winery! Our Sangria and Salsa Saturdays have always been a big hit, and this summer it’s forecasted to be the same!

Come taste our fantastic new recipe for a tart and fruity rosé sangria to be paired with homemade salsa served from our stand out on the front lawn.

Sangria and Salsa

When is the Sangria and Salsa available?

Every Saturday starting June 2nd, you’ll be able to find handmade sangria being served between 11 AM and 1 PM.  If the weather’s good, then so are we, since you’ll be able to snag an awesome deal!

An order from the stand gets you all of the delicious items below:

  • One carafe (one liter) of our Summer Sangria
  • One basket of chips and homemade salsa

All of that for $12.00! This fruit-filled drink we feature is a summer favorite with many and appeals to a variety of palates! With hints of tart fruit, sweet wine, and the classic addition of fresh fruit, you’ll have to taste it for yourself and find out exactly what everyone is so excited about.

Our salsa is also a long-time summer special that changes just enough every year to keep it interesting. What you can expect is a mixture of tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onion, and roasted garlic. What’s our secret ingredient, you ask? We can’t tell you, but you’re welcome to come get some salsa and see if you can figure it out!

From the Downtown Green Bay Farmer’s Market to Captain’s Walk, it’s an easy hop, skip, and jump from browsing, to relaxing, on Saturday mornings. Join the Captain, and raise a glass to summer!

To view and share this event on Facebook click here.

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. PJ 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. PJ 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

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.

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!

 

Wine Dinner with Angelina Restaurant

July 18, 2016 by Brad Schmiling
Wine Dinner PosterAngelina Restaurant in downtown Green Bay is bringing their fantastic fare to Captain’s Walk Winery. Join us for a wine dinner on October 23. Five courses of authentic Italian cuisine will be paired with five of our award-winning wines. That means ten that things you’ll love to try!
Angelina Restaurant treats dining as an art form. Every meal is made from scratch with the finest ingredients. Angelina came to the United States in 1993 from Italy and 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 Restaurant. It’s located at 117 North Adams Street, just a few 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…

The first course will be Antipasto Misto, classic Italian appetizers including bruschetta, caprese, and prosciutto crudo. Paired with the antipasto will be Sauvignon Blanc, a sumptuously fruit-forward ensemble loaded with mouthwatering aromas and flavors that include gooseberry, melon, fig, pear, apricot, passion fruit and guava.

The second course, Pasta Al Forno, will follow. It is comprised of a homemade Bolognese sauce and béchamel tossed with penne pasta, finished with Parmesan cheese, and baked. We bring out our most prized Italian red for this course – Sangiovese! This bold red shows how rich and supple the varietal can be. Sangiovese offers a subtle raisin nose with concentrated aromas of black cherry, brierberry 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. With it we will pour 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 proscuitto-wrapped asparagus. The wine pairing will be our un-traditional barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Chardonnays tend to be barrel- OR stainless steel-fermented but this one is both; a blend of barrel and tank fermented wine with great complexity of both fruit and lightly toasted French oak.

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

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

Wine Shipping Prices Reduced – As of July 1, 2016

June 29, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Shipping Chart 2016 V3

Ordering wine to be shipped used to require picking up the phone and chatting. We’re pretty sure that 800 numbers were created just for this reason. Remember “order toll-free?” While we always enjoy a good phone conversation, we understand that the convenience of online shopping has caught on and in that world, lower wine shipping prices are commonplace. This has caused us to sharpen our pencils and find ways to compete with West Coast wineries.

We now offer a lower price when you order in higher quantities. Order a little wine – pay a lot per bottle for shipping. Order a lot of wine – pay less per bottle in shipping. We’ll cover the extra shipping costs when your order is larger. That means that it will cost you between $10 and $20 per case for shipping in the continental U.S.A. Order less than a case, and the price goes up a little. Buy more, pay less — who wouldn’t love that?

We hope that this works for you because we’d love to help you to enjoy more of our wines! Check out our new rates:

Wisconsin

12 bottles (one case) $10, 6-11 bottles $20, 1-5 bottles $18

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, & Ohio

12 bottles (one case) $15, 6-11 bottles $22, 1-5 bottles $19

California, Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, N. Carolina, N. Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, & Wyoming. 

12 bottles (one case) $20, 6-11 bottles $24, 1-5 bottles $22

Want even more details? Follow along with the fine print when you place your order. Have questions? Just call us at 920-431-9255. Thank you for shopping and shipping Captain’s Walk wines!

Welcoming the Classic Art of the Classic Car

January 21, 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 23, 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 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.