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Annual Oktober Weinfest (October 5th, 2019)

October 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm


“Tasting a superlative Moselle can be an aesthetic experience no less genuine than hearing a Mozart concerto well played, or seeing for the first time one of Breughel’s paintings.”  Frank Schoonmaker, The Wines of Germany (1956).

This year the German Wine Society will celebrate its annual Oktober Weinfest by savoring the wonderful wines of the Mosel.  This wine region has long been famed for its outstanding Rieslings, grown in the slate of steep-sided vineyards lining the winding river banks.  Here are found many of the best-known vineyards and producers in all of Germany, and in this tasting, accompanied by an Oktoberfest meal, you will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of the best the Mosel has to offer.

We will gather on Saturday, October 5 starting at 3 pm for sign-in, with the event beginning at 3:30 pm, at the Harbour Square clubroom, 500 N Street, SW, Washington, DC.  Our member Marilyn Scarborough has reserved a few parking spaces, but we cannot guarantee parking for all.  The Waterfront Metro Station (Green Line) is also within walking distance nearby.

The 15 wunderbar Mosel wines we will enjoy cover nearly all of the most renowned Grosslage areas of the Middle Mosel in Bereich (wine district) Bernkastel, as well as parts of the Upper Mosel and adjoining Luxembourg:

Table One

Three Droplets of Gold:  Producers in the famed Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Grosslage Michelsberg

2016 St. Christopher Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese Mosel

2017 Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese Mosel

2013 Haart Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett Mosel

Table Two

The Doctor is In:  Dr. Thanisch Wines from the Legendary Bernkasteler Doktor, Grosslage Badstube

2017 Dr. H. Thanisch Erben Thanisch Bernkasteler Doktor Riesling Kabinett Mosel

2017 Dr. H. Thanisch Erben Thanisch Bernkasteler Doktor Riesling Spätlese Mosel

Two Treats from Grosslage Römerlay (Ruwer valley in the Mosel region) and Grosslage Kurfürstlay

2012 Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett Mosel (Grosslage Römerlay)

2015 Max Ferd. Richter Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel (Grosslage Kurfürstlay)

Table Three

A Pair of Lovely Prüms from the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and Graacher Himmelreich, Grosslage Münzlay

2012 J.J. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Mosel

2007 J.J. Prüm Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel

A Pair of Delicious Selbach Osters from the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Grosslage Münzlay

2017 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel

2010 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel

Table Four

Special Drys from the Mosel (Grosslage Schwarzlay, Grosslage Vom Heissen Stein) and the Luxembourg Moselle

2016 Clemens Busch Vom Roten Schiefer Riesling Trocken Mosel (Pünderich Marienburg in Vom Heissen Stein)

2017 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trocken GG Alte Reben Mosel (in Grosslage Schwarzlay)

2015 Domaines Vinsmoselle Auxerrois Grand Premier Cru (Luxembourg)

2017 Domaines Vinsmoselle Pinot Gris Grand Premier Cru (Luxembourg)

Along with this outstanding array of wines served from the four wine tables, we will share a buffet meal with various German sausages such as Knackwurst and Weisswurst, potato salad, cheeses, pretzel rolls with mustard, Oktoberfest stuffed pretzels, and almond apple strudel for dessert.   Any members or guests who would like to bring a favorite German-style dish to share should contact the organizer; reasonable costs for supplies can be reimbursed by prior agreement with receipts.   We will also need volunteers to man several wine tables and discuss the wines; volunteers will be told in advance which wines they will have at their table to have a chance to research them and prepare any vineyard pictures or information sheets desired.  Volunteers at the tables play an essential role in our event, and should be sure to have a spouse or friend on hand to help bring them wines from the other tables and food, and cover the table if breaks are needed.  Those manning wine tables will have the first opportunity to claim some favorite opened, unfinished wines at the end of the tasting.

The price for this event will be $68 for members, and $75 for non-members.   Registration is due by Sunday, Sept. 30, 2019 to give us sufficient time to ensure wine and food for all and provide a full list of guests to building staff.  

There are two ways to register for the Oktober Weinfest.   To register and pay electronically by PayPal, you will need to register as either a member or a non-member guest, and have a PayPal account already established to complete payment. 

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Alternatively, if you would like to register and pay by check, please use the form below.  Detach the form, complete it with information on all attendees including member or non-member status, and mail it, with your check in the appropriate amount, made out to the “German Wine Society,” to the Chapter President and acting Secretary, Carl Willner, at the following address:

1014 Reserve Champion Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850.  

Please allow enough time if mailing for your registration to arrive before the deadline.  If paying at the lower rate for members, please be sure that your membership status is current (that is, that you have paid dues as an individual or couple within the past year, including renewing your membership in connection with this event – dues can also be paid online or by check).

GWS members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication.   All those attending should either use public transportation, rely on a designated driver or taxi, or taste the wines in moderation if you must drive.

If you have any questions (including about bringing dishes or serving at one of the wine tables, or membership status), please contact the event organizer, Carl Willner, at carl.willner1@verizon.net .








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October 5, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Harbor Square Party Room
500 N St SW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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