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Christian Stahl Zoom Tasting Event, April 17th, 2021

April 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hopefully you enjoyed our celebration of Riesling last month in whatever way inspired you. Now let us SPRING FORWARD to our next Zoom event.  Christian Stahl of Winzerhof Stahl in Franken, Germany has graciously accepted an invitation from us to speak about his wines that are available in the DC area. Yes, this is an actual Wine Tasting!  Christian Stahl is happy to discuss any or all of his wines, several of which will be available to purchase in advance and enjoy. 

We will meet for our tasting via Zoom on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 5 pm -7 pm EST.  This of course means Christian Stahl is doing our event at a very late hour in his time zone. Many thanks to him for going above and beyond for the German Wine Society.   The deadline to register for this event is April 8, 2021, so as to enable everyone to get their wines for the tasting in time.

Christian Stahl is no stranger to our Society, having been hosted before in the United States by our Vice President Christian Schiller and discussed in his wine blog.  You can find a complete list of the winemaker’s many accolades on his website, winzerhof-stahl.de.  

Among other things, Christian Stahl was named “2018 Winemaker of the Year” by renowned wine journalist Stuart Pigott in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, and in 2013 the estate received its third grape from the GAULT MILLAU WEIN GUIDE.   The Stahl 2018 Silvaner was winner at the Gourmetwelten Lagen-Cup.

Because we are still operating in a virtual environment, we have a different type of process to sign up for and participate in this tasting.   The first step, as usual, is to register for the event and PayPal for payment:

or by completing and submitting the attached registration form and including a check made out to the German Wine Society.   The price to participate in this event is modest, just $10 per membership account (individual or couple) for members, or $20 for non-members, to help cover our Zoom expenses.  You will need to have access to Zoom to participate in our Stahl tasting, either downloaded on your computer or otherwise available through your browser.   Everyone who provides timely notification of their intent to come (by registering on the website or returning the form) will receive a Zoom link from board member Karen Stokes, the organizer for this event, by email prior to the event, which can be used to log in at the start time.

The next step will be to choose your wines for the tasting.  There are several different wines that Christian Stahl will be discussing during the tasting, including a Pinot Blanc, Scheurebe, Silvaner, and Pinot Gris (all 2017 and priced at $19.99 each) and a Spark (Scheurebe and Riesling sparkling wine, priced at $18.99), but you do not need to order all of them.  We have attached a form to use for ordering any wines you would like to have for the tasting or for your inventory (different from the clip-off registration form).   For three or four wines, we have arranged a discount of 10%, and for all five wines a discount of 15%.  The order form should be emailed to Christopher Bartha, the distributor for Stahl’s wines, at ultraweins@gmail.com.  Please be sure to reference in the subject line “German Wine Society – order for Winzerhof Stahl Wines.”  Mr. Bartha will then contact you by email when the order is ready to be picked up at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, located at 5544 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC.  

The final step is to visit Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, which you can contact at (202) 363-4000, and pick up and pay for your wines in-store or curbside before the tasting (major credit cards accepted).  Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits also has a delivery option for customers located within three miles of the store in D.C. (no Maryland or Virginia deliveries), for an additional $5 on purchases of $35 or more. If you cannot do pickup from the store and need to have wines shipped to you outside the store’s D.C. delivery area, please submit your order to Christopher Bartha early, letting him know you will need wines to be shipped to you and providing your home address.  If possible, he will try to arrange for shipment, for which there will be an additional shipping charge, on the order of $15 (but we cannot guarantee that timely shipment will be possible for all in this way).  Mr. Bartha will determine how payment should be made in these situations.  For all purchases, whether in-store or delivered, there will be an additional DC sales tax which should be 9% for alcohol purchases.  Payment and pick-up information are also included on the order form itself.  Choose your favorite cheeses, breads, crackers, sweets and any other desired dishes to accompany your Stahl wines, and be ready to enjoy the tasting!

All correspondence in response to this email should be directed to our President and Secretary, Carl Willner, by email to carl.willner1@verizon.net, or by mail at:

Carl Willner

1014 Reserve Champion Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

Please clip and return this registration form if registering by mail, to the Secretary at the address listed above.  Do not return the entire event notice. 


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Deadline for wine orders: Thursday April 8th at 2 pm.
To order wines, please email your order to Christopher Bartha at: ultraweins@gmail.com
Using this subject line: Germain Wine Society-order for Winzerhof Stahl Wines
Chris will contact you via email when your order will be ready for pick-up at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits.
Wines for the Zoom event:
2017 Pinot Blanc, $19.99
2017 Scheurebe   $19.99
2017 Silvaner $19.99
2017 Pinot Gris $19.99
NV   Scheurebe & Riesling Sparkling $18.99
Please indicate how many bottles per wine category.  If ordering more than 3-4 bottles, 10% off.  If ordering 5+ bottles, 15% off.  DC sales tax is 9%.
You will pay for the wines and pick them up at
Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, 5544 Connecticut Ave., Washington D.C.
Store hours: Sun-Thurs: 10am to 9pm, Fri & Sat: 10am to 10pm
Restricted DC delivery at an additional $5.00 for purchases of $35.00 or more. MD or VA shipping available for an extra charge through Chris Bartha. Please let Chris know when ordering that you would like to pay for delivery.

If you will be making a payment online to register for the event, or to pay membership dues ($35 per person or couple annually), please be sure to have a PayPal account in advance, as we cannot accept payment by other forms of credit.  If you decide to register by mail, please mail your registration to the Chapter Secretary at the above address, with your check made out to the German Wine Society.

All GWS members are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication.  Therefore, Society members and their guests are expected to drink in moderation at Society events.   Fortunately, one of the benefits of holding an online event is that most of you will be safely at home and not driving to the event, but should you decide to visit a friend in order to participate from there, please bear in mind the usual cautions about having a designated driver where available, or mostly tasting rather than consuming alcohol where such drivers are not available.  Drinking in moderation will also help to avoid any mishaps using your computer!

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Carl Willner

President and Secretary, German Wine Society Capital Chapter


April 17, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm