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GSW Summer Wine Cruise – July 10th, 2021

July 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Get ready to cast off on the Potomac for a German wine cruise!  Yes, the Capital Chapter of the German Wine Society is resuming in-person events this summer.  Our kick-off will be an experience we have missed for several years (though it was a regular event from 2010-2013 and earlier), the traditional GWS summer wine cruise past the beautiful river banks and monuments of our nation’s Capital, passing Hains Point and the newly redeveloped Southwest Waterfront.   Please join us to enjoy many wines from Germany and other countries as we cruise along the Potomac for two hours, from 4 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, July 10, 2021.   We will board Capitol River Cruises’ Nightingale II 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 45 guests on the Nightingale II for this event, so reserve early to avoid disappointment.  Reservations for this event are due by Tuesday, July 6, 2021, to give us sufficient time to have enough wine 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.   We will be providing all the wines for this event, as well as disposable plastic glasses and cutlery, paper plates and napkins.  Guests should plan to bring their own food on board for greater safety, though we may provide some surprise treats.   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 II is a boat we have used for some previous cruises, and is all on one level, with tables and chairs, and a bar from which we can serve wines.  It also has protection against inclement weather, though we have been fortunate with our past wine cruises 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 for our cruise will be a mixture of whites and reds, mostly German but with some other international and U.S. wines included as well for variety – all with some German or Austrian grape connection.  Get ready to savor some very special, high-prädikat wines!  We want to remind everyone of the lovely qualities of German wines we have missed sharing with each other in-person.  Here’s the wine list we have planned:

Welcome wines – nv Peter Lauer Riesling Sparkling Mosel or nv Dr. Loosen Riesling Sparkling Mosel 
2018 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris or Gewürztraminer Pfalz 
2017 Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Mosel 
2014 Otium Blaufränkisch, United States 
2015 Otium Gruner Veltliner, United States 
2012 Shelter Winery Spatburgunder, Baden 
2016 Clemens Busch von Roten Schiefer Riesling Mosel 
2017 Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett Mosel 
2015 St. Christopher Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese Mosel 
2015 Max Ferd. Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 
2013 Siefried Nelson Sweet Riesling, New Zealand

Our event cost is $63 for members and $70 for non-member guests. You can easily register and pay for this event :

(This event is fully booked.)

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 may also pay by check by following the instructions below. Please make all checks payable to “German Wine Society” and send by mail to Carl Willner, Capital Chapter President and Secretary and the organizer for this event, at 1014 Reserve Champion Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, together with the completed registration form below.  Cut the reservation form below and send with your check – do not mail the entire page.  If you owe dues to qualify for member status, please submit a $35 dues payment (for an individual or couple) either online or by check.  The Chapter Secretary can confirm your membership status if you are not sure.  If you have questions about the event, please contact Carl Willner by email at carl.willner1@verizon.net.

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

All GWS members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication. Members and guests should rely on a designated driver, and if one is not available, drink in moderation, tasting the wines rather than finishing them.

We are very pleased that it has become safe enough to contemplate doing in-person events once again, consistent with CDC guidelines and local D.C. health rules.   For added security of our members, however, we request that you attend this event only if you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19.  Hopefully, by the fall, vaccinations will be widespread enough that we will no longer need to insist on this for all in-person events, but our country and region are not quite there yet, and we want everyone to be able to feel secure in attending this special wine cruise.   We have also been informed that the cruise company will ask our guests to wear masks when boarding and interacting with boat crew (the crew has also been vaccinated) but masks will not be required otherwise once everyone is aboard – a significant advantage of doing an outdoor event.


RESERVATION FORM for Saturday, July 10, 2021, German Wine Society Wine Cruise

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Guest(s) Names(s) _____________________________________________________

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July 10, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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