As usual, one of my favorite stops in Door County even though they opened one in Brookfield. I picked up some Spicy Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and some Fig Balsamic. I also grabbed some of that excellent Curt’s queso dip and chips and a pack of mixed lentils. I’ll still lodge my only complaint about the place; why don’t you offer half bottles? You’d probably increase your overall sales by 25 percent. I’ll always buy regular olive oil and 25 year old balsamic in the large bottles but I’ll likely never buy an entire large bottle of something like truffle olive oil or blood orange olive oil because I know I’ll never use that much before it goes bad. I probably would have bought at least two ½ bottles, probably more, in addition to the two large bottles.
After last year’s disappointing visit to Stone’s Throw Winery I was assured by the owner that they were going to change how they did their tastings. I really wanted to go back and give them another chance because of the great time we had on our initial visit. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards on this trip. Instead we ended up stopping at Von Stiehl winery in Algoma on the way up to Door County, and I am glad we did. They offered a tour/tasting for $3.75 which included tastings of several of their wines (I think I tried 6 of them, maybe more).
The tour guide was very enthusiastic even though we were the only people on the tour. It was very in-depth and they’ll tell you just about anything you want to know about Von Stiehl or winemaking in general. She even told us a great deal about the City of Algoma, which made us want to come up and spend more time in this small town on the shores of Lake Michigan.
After the tour it was on to the tasting room. I honestly liked almost every wine I tried. Some of the real highlights were the Cabernet Sauvignon, The Naughty Girl (a nice, well balanced red), an excellent sparkling Muscat, and a delicious and addictive Raspberry Framboise. We bought one bottle of each of these.
Von Stiehl Winery is located at 115 Navarino Street Algoma, WI 54201 (920) 487-5208 or 1-800-955-5208 e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org and on the web at http://www.vonstiehl.com/ . Tours are offered May through October.
Farm Stand in Carlsville
Across the street from Bistro 42 (review here) and the Door Peninsula Winery is a small farmstand that I wished I had gotten the name of. We picked up some Door County Cherries and Blueberries, some of which went into making this easy and delicious grilled dessert. However the highlight were fresh Door County peaches. Hands down the best peach I have ever eaten. Perfectly ripe and dripping with juice, and bursting with pure peach flavor.
I too wish the Oilerie would offer half-bottles. If you get to Madison, try Vom Fass on University Avenue (in the same shopping center as Penzey’s and across the street from Whole Foods). They have a larger selection of oils and vinegars than the Oilerie (as well as liqueurs) and offer bottles in a variety of shapes and sizes.