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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.

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German Wine Society DC Wine Cruise

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“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.”

Get ready to cast off on the Potomac for a German wine cruise! Yes, the Capital Chapter of the German Wine Society is resuming in-person events this summer. Our kick-off will be an experience we have missed for several years (though it was a regular event from[masked] and earlier), the traditional GWS summer wine cruise past the beautiful river banks and monuments of our nation’s Capital, passing Hains Point and the newly redeveloped Southwest Waterfront. 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 10, 2021. We will board Capitol River Cruises’ Nightingale II 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! We can accommodate only 45 guests on the Nightingale II for this event, so reserve early to avoid disappointment. Reservations for this event are due by Tuesday, July 6, 2021, to give us sufficient time to have enough wine for all aboard.

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. We will be providing all the wines for this event, as well as disposable plastic glasses and cutlery, paper plates and napkins. Guests should plan to bring their own food on board for greater safety, though we may provide some surprise treats. 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 II is a boat we have used for some previous cruises, and is all on one level, with tables and chairs, and a bar 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 for our cruise will be a mixture of whites and reds, mostly German but with some other international and U.S. wines included as well for variety - all with some German or Austrian grape connection. Get ready to savor some very special, high-prädikat wines! We want to remind everyone of the lovely qualities of German wines we have missed sharing with each other in-person. Here’s the wine list we have planned:

Welcome wines - nv Peter Lauer Riesling Sparkling Mosel or
nv Dr. Loosen Riesling Sparkling Mosel
2018 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris or Gewürztraminer Pfalz
2017 Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Mosel
2014 Otium Blaufränkisch, United States
2015 Otium Gruner Veltliner, United States
2012 Shelter Winery Spatburgunder, Baden
2016 Clemens Busch von Roten Schiefer Riesling Mosel
2017 Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett Mosel
2015 St. Christopher Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese Mosel
2015 Max Ferd. Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese
2013 Siefried Nelson Sweet Riesling, New Zealand

Our event cost is $63 for members and $70 for non-member guests. You can easily register and pay for this event via Paypal by going to our website:
You will need to set up a GWS account if you have not done so, and have a Paypal account.

“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.”

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