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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's Potomac Wine Cruise

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“Please note that payment 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 once again holding our Potomac wine cruise this summer, back by popular demand after last year’s very successful voyage. 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 3 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, July 16, 2022. 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! We can accommodate only 50 guests on the Nightingale for this event, so reserve early to avoid disappointment. Reservations for this event are due by Tuesday, July 12, 2022, to give us sufficient time to have enough wine and supplies for all aboard.

Parking is readily available in garages along the Georgetown riverfront, and it is possible to walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. 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.

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 for our cruise will be a mixture of whites and reds, mostly German but with some other international wines included as well for variety (from Luxembourg, Alsace, Austria, or other regions of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire). There will be a good mixture of both dry and sweet wines, including many 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 8-10 different wines. If you want to see the wine list, please contact Carl Willner by email at [masked].

Our event price is $68 for members and $75 for non-member guests. Despite rising fuel costs that have substantially increased the cost for our boat rental, our event price is only $5 more than last year.
We normally have two ways to register and pay for our events, either sending a check and the registration form through the mail, or registering through our website. However, we are experiencing difficulties on our website at present, so for this event, we are asking all members and guests to pay using the traditional method of mailing the form with a check. To register and pay by check, complete the form below, and detach and mail it, with your check made out to the ‘German Wine Society’, to the Chapter President, Carl Willner, at: 1014 Reserve Champion Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. If registering as a member and your dues are not current, also include a payment of $35 for dues, as an individual or a couple.

We are very pleased that it has become safe enough to do in-person events once again, consistent with CDC guidelines and local D.C. health rules. For added security of our members, however, we request that you attend this event only if you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19. Proof of vaccination will be requested, and can either be shown when arriving for the event, or supplied in advance by a legible e-mailed photo. We are not sure whether there will be any mask requirement in effect at the time of the cruise, either imposed by city authorities or the cruise company, but please have a mask on hand to wear when boarding and interacting with boat crew should that be required. Masks will not be required otherwise once everyone is aboard.
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