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German Wine Society Holiday Dinner at the Cosmos Club – Saturday Dec. 10th, 2022

December 10 @ 6:00 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!  We can gather in person again in Washington, D.C. amidst all the elegance of Embassy Row, with the same policies we have used for our other in-person events this past summer and fall.   

So, please plan to attend the GWS Holiday paired dinner at the Cosmos Club, Saturday, December 10, 2022 for dinner starting at 7:00 pm, with registration and service of welcoming sekt and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:00 pm.  We are very fortunate to have access to this elegant and festive venue again this year.  While the Cosmos Club is no longer requiring proof of vaccination against covid-19 for all staff, members and guests in the mansion, we have maintained this policy for our event, for greater safety in light of the likely presence of Cosmos guests attending other events.

The paired dinner includes a variety of seven wines (mainly German, with two Austrian), one sparkling, five whites and a red, among them two high-prädikat dessert selections, accompanied by a three-course meal preceded by hors d’oeuvres.   In addition, there will be entertainment – holiday piano music, and an opportunity to sing some German and other traditional songs together!   This year, we are offering a choice of four different entrees with different prices, beef, halibut, duck, and a vegetarian “chef’s choice” – 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.

Location:  The address for our holiday dinner is 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, just a few blocks from Dupont Circle.   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.  This year, both the opening reception and the dinner will take place in the same room – please come into the Members Dining Room when arriving to sign in rather than waiting in the Long Gallery outside.  With fireplaces lit, perfect for a special holiday wine event with family and friends!  There is a coatroom on the first floor free for members and guests – no need to bring heavy bags and coats upstairs to the event.

Safety Precautions:  Please remember that we require all members and guests to be fully vaccinated against covid-19, and  we also require proof of vaccination (CDC card or other official document), either when checking in for the event or beforehand by providing an email photo to carl.willner1@verizon.net.   NO EXCEPTIONS.   We have followed this policy successfully at our other in-person events from the summer of 2021 through this fall, allowing all members and guests to enjoy our events safely.  Mask use when arriving is optional.  
Menu:  The paired menu will be as follows:

Welcome and hors d’oeuvres 
Endive Boat with Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Anchovy-Lemon Vinaigrette
Smoked Idaho Trout with Feuille de Brick, Salmon Roe
Tandoori Chicken Satay, Mint and Cilantro Chutney
nv Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Sparkling (Sekt) Riesling 

Salad appetizer
Radicchio and Arugula Salad with Naval Orange, Hazelnuts and Blue Cheese
Popover Bread
2015 Richard Böcking Trarbacher Burgberg “M” Riesling Kabinett Mosel  
(this wine is produced and provided to us by a member of the German Wine Society, W. Denman Zirkle)
2021 Emrich-Schönleber Monzinger Frühtau Riesling Trocken Nahe
Entree (choose one dish when registering)
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Potato Puree, Carrot, Asparagus, Red Wine Sauce
Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with Honey Spiced Skin, Mustard Greens, Celeriac, Yams, Pomegranate
Olive Crusted Atlantic Halibut with Artichokes, Cauliflower, Pee-Wee Potato, Barigoule Jus
“Chef’s Choice” gluten free vegetarian meal
2010 Fitz-Ritter Gewürztraminer Spätlese Pfalz  
2019 Steindorfer St. Laurent Reserve Burgenland, Austria 

Chocolate Bombolini with Cinnamon, Chocolate Sauce
2018 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Beerenauslese Mosel
2015 Steindorfer Cuvée Klaus (70% Ottonel/30% Sauvignon Blanc) Beerenauslese Burgenland Austria
Coffee and Tea Service

Parking:  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 other functions going on at the club that evening.

Dress Code:  The 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.

Prices:  The dinner price, varying by entree selected, is:  
Grilled Beef Tenderloin $193 members/$203 non-members
Olive Crusted Atlantic Halibut $184 members/$194 non-members
Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast $182 members/$192 non-members
“Chef’s Choice” Vegetarian $175 members/$185 non-members
If you are not sure of your current membership status, please contact the Chapter President and Secretary, Carl Willner, at carl.willner1@verizon.net before ordering to confirm.

When and How to Register:  The deadline for reservations is SaturdayDecember 3 so that we may provide the chef with an accurate count of total guests as well as the entrees chosen for each guest, and allow time for place cards for each guest to be made.   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!

There are two ways to join in the fun.   You can register on our website, and pay online for the event using PayPal.  There are separate buttons to choose each entree menu option.  An email message to the Secretary  at carl.willner1@verizon.net to let us know who is having each entree option is requested, if there are multiple guests on the reservation with different entree preferences – otherwise, we will need to reach out to you.  Or, you can submit a check for the event to our Chapter President and 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 for each guest.  Any member dues that may be owed can also be paid online or by check.  Please include names, number of guests, email and phone number.

(Registration is closed.)
Carl Willner
1014 Reserve Champion Drive
Rockville, MD 20850   (

Tours:  The Cosmos Club has advised us that tours of the historic club mansion for interested guests are once again possible, as in past years.  Availability of tours will depend on willingness of GWS members who are also Cosmos Club members to conduct them, but we understand that one or more Cosmos Club members will agree to lead tours.  If you would like to participate in a tour, please reply to this message and let us know of your interest, and you will be advised at a later date when to arrive for a tour (usually either an hour before the event, or at the end of the event).

Questions about Event:  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 you no longer wish to receive our announcements, please reply to this email to our Secretary, Carl Willner.
If registering by mail, please cut and return the reservation form portion of the notice below – do not mail the entire notice.
Reservation form for GERMAN WINE SOCIETY HOLIDAY DINNER AT THE COSMOS CLUB, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022, 7 pm – 10 pm (with registration and welcome beginning at 6:00 pm)
Member Name(s) ______________________________________________________________
Guest Names(s) _______________________________________________________________
Total Enclosed ________________________________________________________________
Daytime Phone Number _________________________________________________________
Email Address _________________________________________________________________
Entrees and number of each chosen:  Beef  _____ Halibut _____Duck _____ Vegetarian _____
Please indicate who is having each entree, if multiple guests are on the reservation.



December 10
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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