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Holiday Dinner at the Cosmos Club (December 14, 2019)

December 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ho, Ho, Ho, German Wine Society Members and Friends of German Wines, it’s nearly time to hang the stockings and dream of delicious German wine!

So, please plan to attend the GWS Holiday paired dinner at the Cosmos Club, Saturday, December 14, 2019 starting at 7 pm, with registration and service of welcoming sekt and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:30 pm.  We are very fortunate to have access to this elegant and festive venue again this year.

The address for our holiday dinner is 2021 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, in the heart of Embassy Row.   Metro is near (Dupont Circle Red Line) and parking is available to the rear of the club.   The stunning venue is, as in past years, the wood-paneled Members Dining Room on the 2nd floor in this landmark building.  Perfect for a special holiday wine event with family and friends!

The paired dinner includes a variety of German wines, among them high-prädikat selections, and a three-course meal preceded by hors d’oeuvres.   In addition, there will be entertainment – holiday piano music, guest vocalist Angela Mariano, and an opportunity to sing some German and other traditional songs together!   This year, we are offering a choice of three different entrees with different prices – be sure to register for the one you want, and if there are multiple people on your order, register separately for each different entree choice.

The paired menu will be as follows:

Welcome and hors d’oeuvres

Vegan Artichoke & Corn Falafel, Siracha Hummus

Chevre Goat Cheese & Bacon Boats, Red Endive

Prosciutto Braised Fig

nv Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Sparkling (Sekt) Dry Riesling (12% alc.)

Salad appetizer

Roasted Mushroom Salad, with red endive, local lettuce, roasted acorn squash, candied pecans, yogurt dressing

Popover Bread

2017 Ürizger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Mosel (8% alc.)

2018 Emrich-Schönleber Halenberg Riesling GG Trocken Nahe (12.5% alc.)

Entree (choose only one entree per person when registering)

Herb Infused Filet Mignon with roasted truffle potatoes, baby carrot, romanesco, red wine sauce

Sautéed Black Bass with uni, cracked Carolina gold rice, asparagus

Spinach Fettuccine with butternut squash, kale, almond pesto (vegetarian option)

2011 Gunderloch Weingut Nackenheim Rothenburg Riesling Spätlese Rheinhessen (8.5% alc.)

2017 Lovely Lilly Winery (Salzmatten) Pinot Noir Qualitätswein Baden (13% alc.)


Honey Lavender Crème Brûlée with fresh berries, madeleine

2018 Willi Haag Juffer Brauneberg Riesling Auslese Mosel (8.5% alc.)

2003 Emrich-Schönleber Monzinger Halenberg Riesling Beerenauslese Nahe (9% alc.)

Club parking is off Florida Avenue behind the club.  There is a small white sign showing the parking entrance.  Parking is included in the event price and there is no tipping at the club including the valet parking.  Parking is limited and club members have preference.  It is highly advisable not to arrive late in case there are numerous other functions going on at the club that evening.

Dress code for the Cosmos Club is strict – jackets and ties for men, comparable business or evening attire for women.  No jeans or tennis shoes are allowed.

The dinner price, varying by entree selected, is:  

Filet Mignon $165 members/$175 non-members

Black Bass $155 members/$165 non-members

Vegetarian $139 members/$149 non-members

The deadline for reservations is Friday, December 6 so that we may provide the chef with an accurate count of total guests as well as the entrees chosen for each guest, allowing time for place cards for each guest to be made (since these cards will indicate which entree has been chosen, if persons registering together through the website are choosing different entrees, an email to the Secretary about who gets each one would be appreciated to be sure we have the cards right).   No late reservations can be allowed for this event due to these club requirements.   This promises to be a wonderful event so please make your reservations right away and don’t miss out!

GWS and Cosmos Club member Dean Collins has once again offered to give tours of the historic Cosmos Club mansion to interested guests.  If you would like to participate in the tour, please arrive one hour early in order to take part (and let the Secretary know by email that you plan to participate in the tour).

There are now two ways to join in the fun.  You can pay online for the event using PayPal.  

Register for this Event click here


Or, you can submit a check for the event to our Chapter President and acting Secretary, Carl Willner, payable to the German Wine Society, at the following address and using the form below, and making sure to note your entree preference.  Please include names, number of guests, email and phone number.

Carl Willner

1014 Reserve Champion Drive

Rockville, MD 20850  

The event organizer is Carl Willner, who can be reached by email at carl.willner1@verizon.net, or at 202-674-9044.   Please contact him with any questions, including current membership status, or correspondence in response to this email.  

All Society Members and guests are reminded that drinking alcohol can lead to intoxication, and therefore Society members and their guests are expected to drink in moderation at Society events.  It is advisable to provide designated drivers or other alternative modes of transit to driving where available, or mostly to taste rather than fully consume alcohol where such drivers or alternative modes of transit are not available.  

If registering by mail, please cut and return the reservation form portion of the notice below – do not mail the entire notice.



Member Name(s) ______________________________________________________________

Guest Names(s) _______________________________________________________________

Total Enclosed ________________________________________________________________

Daytime Phone Number _________________________________________________________

Entrees and number of each chosen (one per person only, indicate which guest to receive each if different ones chosen):  


Filet Mignon _____ Black Bass _______Vegetarian ____


December 14, 2019
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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