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Hello! This is the DC Chapter of the German Wine Society. Our mission is to promote the understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of German wines. We conduct tasting seminars and pairing meals to enhance the appreciation of German wines and assist our members in their continuing education. If you enjoy German wine and culture, or just think you might, please don't be shy! Also check out our official website (http://germanwinesocietydc.org/) for events and additional information.

Upcoming events (1)


Nightingale, Potomac river boat



Get ready to cast off on the Potomac for a German wine cruise! Yes, the Capital Chapter of the German Wine Society is once again holding our Potomac wine cruise this summer, back by popular demand after last year’s very successful voyage. As we did in July 2021 and 2022, and also regularly for several years in[masked] and earlier, we will enjoy the traditional GWS summer wine cruise past the beautiful river banks and monuments of our nation’s Capital. Please join us to enjoy many wines from Germany and other countries as we cruise along the Potomac for two hours, from 4 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, July 8, 2023. We will board Capitol River Cruises’ Nightingale from the Georgetown waterfront, at 3050 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C. – the end of 31st Street, by the Fiola Mare restaurant. Be sure to be on the wharf before departure time – the cruise boat cannot wait for late arrivals!

Parking is readily available in garages along the Georgetown riverfront, and it is possible to walk from Metro at the Foggy Bottom station as well (if you are a good walker). We will be providing all the wines for this event, as well as disposable plastic glasses and cutlery, paper plates and napkins, and will also bring some deli sandwiches or other snacks. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own favorite cheeses, breads or other food on board. This will be a relaxing cruise, with no presentation, allowing everyone to concentrate on the wines, good company and atmosphere. There are many outdoor and indoor dining establishments along the Georgetown waterfront for dinner after the cruise, which we encourage you to try.

The Nightingale is a boat we have used for some previous cruises, and is all on one level, with tables and chairs, and a bar area from which we can serve wines. It also has protection against inclement weather, though we have been fortunate with our past wine cruises and reasonably hope for a sunny afternoon once again. The cruise will take place rain or shine, unless weather conditions do not allow the cruise to set out safely, in which case we will reschedule or provide refunds.
THE WINES: The wines for our cruise will be a mixture of whites and reds, mostly German but with some other international wines included as well. There will be a good variety of both dry and sweet wines, including many Kabinett and Spätlese prädikat wines! Because this is not a formal presentation, and we will only have one or two bottles on hand of each of the wines listed, everyone will not get the same wines, but all on the voyage should have the chance to savor around 10-12 different wines. We look forward to sharing the lovely qualities of these German and international wines with our members and guests again. Here’s the wine list we have planned (wines are single bottles unless two bottles are noted):

German Wines (6 of 13 German wine regions represented)


2019 A.J. Adam Dhron Hofberg Riesling Kabinett Mosel
2020 Carl von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett Mosel
2019 Clemens Busch vom Roten Schiefer Riesling Kabinett Mosel
2018 Falkenstein Niedermenninger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Mosel
2013 Fitz-Ritter Dürkheimer Gewürztraminer Spätlese Pfalz – two bottles
2020 Hans Wirsching Iphöfer Kalb Silvaner Erste Lage Franken
2020 J.J. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese Mosel
2020 J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel
2020 J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel
2014 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Riesling Trocken Pfalz
2018 Spreitzer Winkeler Jesuitengarten Riesling Spätlese Rheingau
2016 St. Christopher Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese Mosel – two bottles
2017 Weingut Carl Ehrhard Rüdesheim Riesling Feinherb Kabinett Rheingau- two bottles
2017 Weingut Carl Ehrhard Burg Roseneck Riesling Kabinett Rheingau – two bottles
2021 Weingut Pawis Quarzit Riesling Trocken Saale-Unstrut


2018 Valckenberg Dornfelder Rheinhessen

Wines from Other Countries (4 countries represented)


2008 Dirler Riesling Grand Cru Alsace, France


2017 Ernst Triebaumer Blaufränkisch (Lemberger) Burgenland, Austria
2015 Recas La Putere Fetească Neagră, România
2019 Steindorfer St. Laurent Reserve Burgenland, Austria
2008 Windsong Dornfelder Virginia, USA – two bottles

PRICE AND RESERVATIONS: Our event price is $72 for members and $79 for non-member guests. To register and pay by PayPal, or for information on how to pay by check, go to our chapter website: GermanWineSocietyDC.org. You will need to create a GWS account for the website and have a PayPal account to pay online, if you do not already have one. Please note that payment via our website or via mail is required in order to register for this event. Simply confirming attendance on Meetup is NOT sufficient for a reservation.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Carl Willner by email at [masked].

Past events (55)

GWS Spargelfest

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