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July 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Get ready to cast off on the Potomac for a German wine cruise! Yes, the Capital Chapter of the German Wine Society is once again holding our Potomac wine cruise this summer, back by popular demand after a series of successful voyages. As we did in July 2021, 2022, and 2023, and also regularly for several years in 2010-2013 and earlier, we will enjoy the traditional GWS summer wine cruise past the beautiful river banks and monuments of our nation’s Capital. Please join us to taste many wines from Germany and other countries as we cruise along the Potomac for two hours, from 3 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2024. We will board Capitol River Cruises’ Nightingale from the Georgetown waterfront, at 3050 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C. – the end of 31st Street, by the Fiola Mare restaurant. Be sure to be on the wharf before departure time – the cruise boat cannot wait for late arrivals! We can accommodate only 60 guests on the Nightingale for this event, so reserve early to avoid disappointment. Reservations for this event are due by Monday, July 15, 2024, to give us sufficient time to have enough wine and supplies for all aboard.

Parking is readily available in garages along the Georgetown riverfront, and it is possible to walk from Metro at the Foggy Bottom station as well (if you are a good walker). We will be providing all the wines for this event, as well as disposable plastic glasses and cutlery, paper plates and napkins, and will also bring some deli sandwiches or other snacks. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own favorite cheeses, breads or other food on board, but there should be enough food even if you do not choose to do so. This will be a relaxing cruise, with no presentation, allowing everyone to concentrate on the wines, good company and atmosphere. There are many outdoor and indoor dining establishments along the Georgetown waterfront for dinner after the cruise, which we encourage you to try.

The Nightingale is a boat we have used for some previous cruises. It is all on one level, with tables and chairs, and a bar area from which we can serve wines (and where you can buy other drinks too if you choose). It also has protection against inclement weather, though we have been fortunate with most of our past wine cruises (last year we weathered a brief storm) and reasonably hope for a sunny afternoon once again. The cruise will take place rain or shine, unless weather conditions do not allow the cruise to set out safely, in which case we will reschedule or provide refunds.
THE WINES: The wines for our cruise will be mostly whites but with a few reds. They will be primarily German but with some other international wines included as well. Both dry and sweet wines will be offered, including many Kabinett and Spätlese prädikat wines! Because this is not a formal presentation, and we will only have one or two bottles on hand of each of the wines listed, everyone will not get the same wines, but all on the voyage should have the chance to savor around 10-12 different wines. We look forward to sharing the lovely qualities of these German and international wines with our members and guests again. Here’s the wine list we have planned (wines are single bottles unless two bottles are noted):

German Wines (6 of 13 German wine regions represented)


2017 Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Mosel
2018 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Spätlese Nahe
2017 Dr. Heyden Silvaner Old Vines Trocken Rheinhessen – two bottles
2013 Fitz-Ritter Dürkheimer Gewürztraminer Spätlese Pfalz – two bottles
2012 J.J. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Mosel
2012 Keller “von der Fels” Riesling Qba Trocken Rheinhessen – two bottles
2008 Klemens Weber Burrweiler Altenforst Qba HT Pfalz – two bottles
2019 Peter Lauer Ayler Kupp Fass 9 Kern Riesling Mosel
2012 Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen 303 Riesling Spätlese Rheingau
2016 St. Christopher Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese Mosel – two bottles
2019 Vollenweider Kröver Steffensberg Riesling Spätlese Mosel
2019 Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Spätlese Mosel
2017 Weingut Carl Ehrhard Rüdesheim Feinherb Riesling Kabinett Rheingau – two bottles
2017 Weingut Carl Ehrhard Burg Roseneck Riesling Kabinett Rheingau – two bottles


2014 Meyer-Näkel “S” Spätburgunder Ahr
2017 Meyer-Näkel Spätburgunder Ahr

Wines from Other Countries (3 countries represented)


2013 Ferdinand Rebula Brda, Slovenia
2000 Hirsch Zobiner Galsberg Alte Reben Riesling QW Trocken Kamptal, Austria
2016 Tegernseerhof Reid Steinerfal Smaragd Riesling Wachau, Austria
2015 Toreta Posip South Dalmatia Smokv, Croatia

PRICE AND RESERVATIONS: Our event price is $72 for members and $79 for non-member guests, payable in advance online through our website using PayPal or by check. There has been no increase in prices since last year! Whichever method you use, please be sure to register and pay the appropriate price based on whether you are a GWS member or non-member. If you are not sure of your current membership status, please contact the GWS Capital Chapter President and Secretary, Carl Willner, at carl.willner1@verizon.net . You can also become a member or renew, if your membership is not current, together with your registration for this event by including an annual $35 dues payment (for an individual or a couple).

To register and pay by PayPal, go to our chapter website: germanwinesocietydc.org. You will need to create a GWS account for the website if you do not already have one, and you will also need to have a PayPal account, as we cannot accept payment by other forms of credit or online transfer. If you are coming as a couple or other group, you can either register and pay for each individual separately, or do it as part of a single transaction and complete the payment on PayPal together. If you do a single transaction, please also email the Secretary of the GWS Capital Chapter at the address above to provide the names of each individual coming, as the individual names will not all appear on the website form for multiple persons registering together.

To register and pay by check, detach and complete the form below, indicating all names of persons who will be coming, and mail it, with your check made out to the ‘German Wine Society’, to the Chapter President and Secretary, Carl Willner: 1014 Reserve Champion Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Cut the reservation form below and send with your check – do not mail the entire page.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Carl Willner by email at carl.willner1@verizon.net.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: In light of the declared end of the covid-19 pandemic, we are not requiring proof of covid-19 vaccination to participate in this event, We still encourage participants to be up to date in their vaccinations. If you do contract covid-19 or other communicable disease before this event, please respect our other guests and stay home to recover. Refunds can be provided in these circumstances if we are notified prior to the day of the event. Masks will not be necessary.

All GWS members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication. Members and guests should use public transportation to events or rely on a designated driver, and if those are not available, taste the wines in moderation rather than finishing them.

We are eagerly anticipating seeing all of you in person again for this comfortable afternoon on the Potomac!

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July 20
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Carl Willner


Georgetown Waterfront
3050 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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