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SKS Estates Sapphire Riesling


Over 12,500 bottles sold!

Last May, the Festival Wine and Spirits team created a new line of wines called SKS Estates and released the first product of this line, Sapphire Riesling. SKS Estates Sapphire Riesling is produced right here in Wisconsin by the von Stiehl winery and was developed by von Stiehl’s winemaker and co-owner Aric Schmiling.

Our Wine and Spirits Department team was also very active in the creation process of this new wine building on a “buy local” theme with “decide local” tastings. Our guests, along with Festival Foods employees and managers judged and voted for this unique wine recipe of. Three different blends of this Riesling were created, which were then voted on at all 13 Festival Foods locations. Over 2,000 votes were cast!

Since the chosen version was rolled out in May, over 12,500 bottles of this semi-sweet Riesling have been sold and the number continues to climb every day. Sapphire Riesling has since gone on to win a silver medal at the Tasters Guild International Wine Judging event last August–another amazing accomplishment!

We are very proud to have partnered with von Stiehl and you, our guests, in creating this wonderful product. We are looking forward to the next varietal of the SKS line with much anticipation. The first vintage (2008) of this Riesling won’t last long so be sure to stop in to your local Festival Foods store to find this local favorite before it disappears.


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