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German Wine Tasting and Dinner at Old Europe Restaurant (November 2, 2019)

November 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

”Beyond Riesling:  Germany’s Other White Wines”

If you stroll through the German section at most local wine purveyors, you will be surrounded by Riesling after Riesling on the shelves.  In many of these stores, you will find nothing but Rieslings.  Yet Germany produces many fine white wines in addition to Riesling, wines that amply repay the effort to seek them out.  According to the “Wines of Germany” website, 64.5% of Germany’s vineyards are dedicated to producing white wines, yet only about 23-24% of this is Riesling – the other whites represent more than 40% of Germany’s grapes planted.  While some German wine regions, such as the Mosel, Rheingau, and Mittelrhein, are famously dominated by Riesling, others, including the Pfalz, Rheinhessen, and Nahe, offer a much wider diversity of whites.  We have done the hard part and collected a wide-ranging sample of non-Riesling white wines from across Germany for you to sample in this “Anything but Riesling” tasting, along with a dinner featuring seasonal German foods.

Old Europe, Washington’s premier German restaurant, is once again the venue for our event.  Our Riesling-free German wine evening will begin on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7 pm for signing in, with tasting and the dinner beginning at 7:30 pm.  The restaurant is located at 2434 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20007.  The event will take place on the lower level of Old Europe in the Rathskeller room – go down the stairs after entering the restaurant.  Parking is available on the side street behind the restaurant.

There will be a welcoming drink of sparkling wine, and five flights of wines accompanying the three course buffet dinner (starters, main course and sides, and desserts).  The twelve wines represent almost all of the major white varieties other than Riesling, including Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Sylvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer, Rieslaner, and Huxelrebe, and also include two wines from neighboring Alsace in France, where wines using German varieties of grape produce different tastes and aromas.

Welcome Sparkler

Lucien Albrecht NV Brut Blanc deBlancs (Pinot Blanc aka Weissburgunder) Cremant d’Alsace

Flight 1

Koehler- Ruprecht Weisser Burgunder Kabinett Trocken Pfalz 2018

Villa Wolf Grauburgunder Pfalz 2018

Dr. Heyden Sylvaner Trocken Alte Reben Rheinhessen 2017

Flight 2

Fritz Müller Müller-Thurgau Trocken Rheinhessen 2018

Kruger Rumpf Scheurebe Spätlese Nahe 2013

Flight 3

Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2015 (Alsace)

Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer Pfalz 2018

Flight 4

Müller-Catoir Rieslaner Spätlese Gimmeldinger Schlössel Pfalz 2016

Messmer Rieslaner Spätlese Burrweiler Altenforst Pfalz 2017

Flight 5

Kitzer Sylvaner Eiswein Hackenheimer Kirchberg Rheinhessen 2016

Koster-Wolf Huxelrebe Beerenauslese Heimersheimer Rotenfels Rheinhessen 2013

The price for this event will be $65 for members, and $75 for non-members.   Registration is due by Monday, October 28, 2019 so that we can provide the restaurant with the number of expected guests in advance and ensure wine and food for all. 

There are two ways to register for this event.  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 about the event, please contact the event organizer, Jim Palanchar, at jimpalanchar@earthlink.net   For any questions about membership status, please contact the acting Secretary, Carl Willner, at carl.willner1@verizon.net .















November 2, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Old Europe Restaurant
2434 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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