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The New Germany from an American perspective: Red, Dry, Sparkling

October 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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After a long absence, the GWS will return to Old Europe Restaurant in Georgetown.

Annette Schiller, President of ombiasy WineTours and long-standing member of the GWS, will conduct a tasting entitled: “The New Germany – Red, Dry, Sparkling.”

Annette will present 3 red wines, 1 Sekt (sparkling wine) and 5 dry and 1 “halbtrocken” white wines from 9 out of the 13 wine regions in Germany. The tasting also includes 2 Grosses Gewächs (Grand Cru) wines.

Germany is increasingly becoming known as a serious red wine producer; Germany is the #3 producer world-wide of Pinot-Noir (= Spätburguder). Germans have always been obsessed with sparkling wines: 1 out of 4 sparklers produced in the world is consumed in Germany; and Germany is home to the second largest sparkling wine producer world-wide. In terms of white wine Germany is known for its Rieslings. Yes, it is the #1 Riesling producer world-wide, but also the #1 Pinot-Blanc (Weissburgunder) and #2 Pinot-Gris (Grauburgunder) producer.

All presented winemakers, Annette knows personally. She has visited all of them on one of the wine tours to Germany (Germany-East, Germany-South and Germany-Nord). Annette will share memories from these visits.

In terms of food, we are trying a new concept to better cater to people who arrive hungry straight from the office. Cindy O. Herold, the Chef and Owner of Old Europe Restaurant, will spoil us with a sumptuous Wine Tasting Buffet, composed of a variety of typical German dishes:

* German bread basket presented with “Kräuterbutter”-garlic herb butter and “Schmalz”,

* assorted cheese platter with house made “Obazda”-Bavarian style beer cheese,

* fresh fruits and crackers,

* “Bunte Schnittchen”-assorted cold cut canapes presented with deviled eggs,

* “Fleischpflanzl”-Bavarian style bite size meatballs garnished with cornichons,

* “Kartoffelpuffer”-potato pancakes served with apple sauce and sour cream,

* Germany’s most loved sausages: Bratwurst, Bauernwurst, Weißwurst, Knockwurst and Debreziner Wurst presented with sauerkraut, apple red cabbage, mustard trio and Berlin style curry ketchup,

* petite chicken Schnitzel “Wiener Art”-Vienna style served with warm German potato salad,

* “Apfelstrudel mit Vanillesoße”-apple strudel served with vanilla sauce. There will be coffee serviced with the dessert course.

In addition, Old Europe will set up a cash bar for guests that might like a drink before or after the tasting event. Also, guests are more than welcome to order from the à la carte menu before or after the event.

Old Europe is located in Georgetown at 2434 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC. There is ample parking in the side street behind the Old Europe.

The Wines:



2014 Spätburgunder Unplugged, Kreuzberg

2012 Spätburgunder , Schloss Proschwitz GG, Schloss Proschwitz

2012 Lemberger, Schnaitmann


2012 Riesling Sekt, Extra Brut, F.B.Schönleber


2014 Riesling, trocken, Schloss Neuweier

2013 Riesling, Alte Reben, trocken, Von Oetinger

2013 Riesling, Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Von Winning

2013 Weissburgunder, Karsdorfer Hohe Gräte GG, Lützkendorf   

2011 Schmitt’s Kinder, Scheurebe, Randersacker Sonnenstuhl, Spätlese Trocken

2012 Riesling, Enkircher Steffensberg, Grosse Lage, Immich-Batterieberg

The price for this event will be $55 for members and $62 for non-members. Reservations must be received by Monday, October 24, 2016.

All Society members are reminded that alcohol consumption 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 rely on public transportation or other modes of transit where available, or mostly to taste rather than finish the wines when such drivers or alternative means of transportation are not available.  

The event coordinator is Christian Schiller, Vice-President of the Board of the GWS Capital Chapter. 

You can register and pay for the event in either of two ways.  You can register by clicking the button below and make payment by Paypal.   You will need to set up a GWS account if you have not done so already for past events, and have a Paypal account.  

You can also pay by check, made out to the German Wine Society, and mailed to:

Mike Fritze
1602 Greenbriar Court,
Reston, VA 20190  

Whether registering by mail or online, please be sure to provide the names of all persons for whom you are registering, and to pay the appropriate price depending on whether the person is a member (with annual dues paid), or a non-member.  

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October 28, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Christian Schiller


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