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GWS New Vintage Tasting (2019) w Phil Bernstein – October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Every year we host a tasting to try German wines from the new vintage, with a focus on Riesling. Our host is Phil Bernstein, General Manager of MacArthur Beverages, one of the leading retailers of German Riesling in the country. Every year, Phil brings fabulous wines for us to try and this year will definitely be no exception. 

The new vintage is 2019 which has been described as the the best vintage in Germany in 40 years, exceptional, potentially a 100 point vintage.   If you came to our New Vintage Plus tasting of Germany’s 2018 wines on September 17, this is your chance to compare these two great years.   If you were not at the previous tasting, this is your last chance to attend a New Vintage event this year, and order some of your favorites through Phil.  

DATE:  Friday, October 15th, 2021.  Doors open at 6:30 pm; tasting begins at 7:00 pm.

VENUE: The Colonnades, 2801 New Mexico Ave, NW, Washington, DC. There is parking on New Mexico Ave and valet parking for a small fee.   It is best to drive or take a cab or bus to arrive there; the location is not very close to Metro.

COST: $56 for members, $66 for non-members.   Please check your membership status with the Secretary at carl.willner1@verizon.net if you are not sure whether you are current, before registering.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  Monday, October 11, 2021.


Flight 1: A Pair from Clemens Busch

2019 Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken Mosel (WA 90)

2019 Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Roten Schiefer Mosel (WA 93)

Flight 2:  Peter Lauer GGs Duo

2019 Lauer Riesling Fass 18 Kupp Grosses Gewächs Mosel

2019 Lauer Riesling Fiels Fass 13 Grosses Gewächs Mosel (WA 91-92, JS 97)

Flight 3:  Opening the Kabinett

2019 Dr. Wagner Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Mosel

2019 Karl Erbes Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett Mosel (WA 92)

Flight 4: Delicious Vollenweider Spätlese

2019 Vollenweider Krover Steffensberg Spätlese Mosel

2019 Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Spätlese Mosel

Flight 5: An Auslese – Spätlese Grand Finale

2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5 Mosel (WA 95)

2019 JJ Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Mosel

Most of these wines will still be available for purchase from MacArthur Beverages through Phil Bernstein.

Our wines will be accompanied by a tasty buffet of cheeses, breads, grapes, cold cuts and veggies.

If you have any questions, please email the organizer, Dave Wendler: davewendler@yahoo.com.

To register and pay by PayPal, you will need to be registered on the website and have a PayPal account to pay online.  We do not accept other forms of electronic payment or credit cards.

To register and pay by check, detach and complete the form below 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.

All members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication.   Therefore, Society members and guests are expected to drink in moderation at Society events.  It is advisable to provide designated drivers where available, use available public transportation, or mostly to taste rather than consume alcohol when not using those options.

Finally, because we want all of our members and guests to enjoy this event in the greatest degree of safety possible under current health conditions, we are requiring that everyone attending this event be fully vaccinated for covid-19.  You will be requested to show proof of vaccination when entering the event (or optionally in advance as indicated below).   If you do not provide such proof, you will not be admitted to the event – NO EXCEPTIONS.   Please also have masks on when arriving at the event to comply with applicable rules for indoor events in D.C. – you will be able to remove them when eating and drinking.   As an option, you can submit a legible photocopy of your proof of vaccination (CDC Card or other public health authority certificate) to the President and Secretary, Carl Willner, in advance of the event, by email to carl.willner1@verizon.net or with a registration form if mailed in, and have this requirement checked off on our registration list before arrival.

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


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October 15, 2021
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm