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German Wine Society New Vintages Tasting

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Harbour Square Co-Operative

500 N St Sw · Washington

How to find us

Ask at gate for club room

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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.

Every year we host a tasting to try German wines from the new vintage, with a focus on Riesling. Our host is Phil Bernstein, General Manager of MacArthur Beverages, one of the leading retailers of German Riesling in the country. This is always one of our most popular, best attended events of the year, so register soon!

The new vintage is 2017. According to Terry Theise, 2017 offers “many, many wines that everyone will flip over.”

Please join us as we try these wines and write our own summaries. This year we will be enjoying twelve German wines in six flights, a mixture of dry and sweet wines, of various price levels and from many well-known producers, to appeal to all tastes. There will be an opportunity, as in past years, to place orders for favorite wines with Phil Bernstein for later pickup at MacArthur.

The wine list by flight is as follows (all Riesling and all 2017):

Delicious Drys: Weingut Keller Trocken Von der Fels and Peter Lauer Barrel X trocken

Great GGs: Dönnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Grosses Gewächs and Carl Loewen Thornicher Ritsch Grosses Gewächs

Fine Feinherbs: Spreitzer Winkeler Jesuitengarten Alte Reben and Selbach-Oster Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben Graacher Domprobst

A First Flight of Kabs: Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett and Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett

A Second Flight of Kabs: Carl Loewen Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Kabinett and AJ Adam Dhron Hofberg Kabinett

Spätlese/ Auslese Grand Finale: Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese and Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Rotlay Auslese

These are tasting opportunities not to be missed! For example, one of our GGs retails for just under $100, and our Auslese already has garnered an extraordinary 95-96 points from the critics.

DATE: Friday, March 15th, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 pm; tasting begins at 7:30 pm. Registration is due by Tuesday, March 12, 2019, to enable us to give a full list of guests to building staff in advance and ensure wine and food for all.

VENUE: Harbour Square Club Room, 500 N St SW, Washington, DC. Marilyn Scarbrough has reserved a few parking spaces, but we cannot guarantee these will be available. The Waterfront Metro Station is nearby.

COST: $48 for members, $58 for non-members.

Light refreshments (cheese, bread, cold cuts, veggies) will be served. GWS members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication. All those attending the event should use public transportation, rely on a designated driver or taxi, or taste the wines in moderation rather than finish them.

If you have any questions, please email the event organizer, Dave Wendler: [masked]