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Not Your Typical Winery
News & Events
Co-Owner Steve DeBaker AKA
TV's Retired Rambler
Watch Steve talk about Wisconsin Ledge related topics and sights of interest on his monthly Retired Rambler segments on WFRV-TV's Local Five Live.
Feb. 21, 2023 ... Coral Reefs in Wisconsin?! Yep, some scientists believe Wisconsin was home to some of the world’s first coral reefs. And did you know Wisconsin has a state fossil? On this episode, geologist Don Mikulic presents some fascinating facts that you can learn at the Weis Earth Science Museum in Menasha (watch here).
Jan. 17, 2023 ... Protecting the Ledge's Lakeshore With Steve this month is Tom Mlada, Executive Director for the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership. They've been working to improve and protect the land and water surrounding Lake Michigan in this unique section of Wisconsin for 20 years (watch here).
Dec. 20, 2022 ... Interested in Spelunking? Steve is joined by Maribel Caves Historian Gary Soule who tells viewers how they can explore and tour wild caves in the area (watch here).
Nov. 15, 2022 ... Glaciers, Grapes, and Gales Steve shows how the glaciers shaped Wisconsin and created the Wisconsin Ledge wine region while Kevin Cullen from the Wisconsin Maritime Museum tells how Lake Michigan creates its own micro-climate, which can lead to hurricane-strength winds (watch here).
Oct. 18, 2022 ... Grape Harvest Wrap-up: Local Wineries are in it Together
Steve is joined by Jim Ploetz from Duck Creek Winery in Denmark to talk about this year's grape harvest, wine, and other local wine byproducts (watch here).
Sept. 20, 2022 ... The Park That Needs No Introduction: Peninsula State Park
Steve highlights perhaps the gem of the Wisconsin state park system (watch here).
Aug. 16, 2022 ... Happy 10th Birthday Wisconsin Ledge! Trout Springs Winery is the birthplace of the Wisconsin Ledge AVA. After seven years of Steve's hard work, the Federal Government in 2012 officially designated the Wisconsin Ledge as a prime grape-producing location known as an American Viticultural Area (AVA)--just like Napa Valley. Read more in the story on the home page and watch the video here.
July 19, 2022 ... Whitefish Anyone? Steve Visits Susie Q Fish Co. in Two Rivers
Special thanks to owners Peter and Paul LeClair along with Captain John Kulpa and First Mate Ken for a day of fishing (1,200 pounds of whitefish!) and showcasing Susie Q. They embody the entrepreneurial spirit of a five-generation business on Lake Michigan. Watch here.
June 22, 2022 ... Explore the Wisconsin Ledge with a New interactive Map: Steve and Sustainable Tourism & Heritage Strategist Susan Kennedy unveil the new Wisconsin Ledge Rambler map (watch here). Find points of interest, cultural centers, shops, restaurants, hiking spots, and all the great places the Ledge has to offer. Access the map at wiledge.org.
May 18, 2022 ... The Importance of Native Plants : Would you like to include native plants specific to Northeastern Wisconsin in your landscape? Joining Steve is Justin Kroening from Stone Silo Prairie Gardens in De Pere. Watch here to learn how to work with native plants.
April 19, 2022 ... A Place Where You Can Make an Earthquake?! : Imagine a place where you can walk through a mine tunnel, shoot off a quarry blast, and yes, make an earthquake. Don Mikulic, Curator of the Weis Earth Science Museum on the Oshkosh Fox Cities Campus in Menasha, joins Steve (watch here).
March 15, 2022 ... Artisan Goat Cheeses & Milk: Learn about the award-winning products at La Clare Family Creamery in Malone. It's a great place to tour, shop, and dine. Find out more here.
Feb. 15, 2022 ... Caves and Maple Syrup!?: Steve introduces viewers to a place that has both--and more: the Ledge View Nature Center south of Chilton. (Save the date for Maple Syrup Sunday on March 20.) Find out more here.
Jan. 18, 2022 ... Winter Fun in Kewaunee County: Steve highlights the appropriately named Winter Park and another County gem – the Bruemmer Park & Zoo right across the street. Watch the episode here.
See 2021 segments here.