Holiday Dinner at Rasika in the West End

posted Nov 6, 2013, 4:10 PM by Alan Knapp

खुश छुट्टियाँ 

That is "Happy Holidays" in Hindi, I think, which is pertinent, because ...

This year the dinner will be at Rasika in the West End, 
Friday, December 6, 2013, starting at 7 p.m.  The address is 1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037.

The venue is stunning.  We plan to be in a private room, the Library.  The menu showcases such modern Indian cuisine as Tawa (Griddle), Sigri (open Barbeque), Tandoori and regional dishes.  Naturally, this served dinner will be paired with fabulous German wines selected specifically for the dishes themselves.  Among the wines Rasika serves several come from  vintners the club favors, such as Müller-Catoir, Leitz, Doennhoff, and Erben.  All the more reason to come to this event!

We are planning an extensive menu comprising a variety of dishes, and here is just a hint of what we have selected:
  • Starter of Palak Chaat (crispy baby spinach, sweet yogurt, tamarind, date chutney)
  • Entree of Tandoori Tamatar Salmon (Scottish salmon, sun-dried tomato, basil, mint chutney) and Chicken Tikka Masala (the national dish of England!)
  • Dessert of Cardamom Ice Cream (which is absolutely delicious!)
A subsequent announcement containing the full menu and paired wines will be forthcoming.

Luxembourg Tasting

posted Oct 13, 2013, 8:14 AM by Alan Knapp

We have been invited to return to the beautiful Embassy of Luxembourg on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. for another exciting opportunity to enjoy the wines of the “other Mosel,” the Moselle River in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Those who attended our last tasting at the Luxembourg Embassy in March 2011 will recall what a wonderful evening it was, and this event promises to be even more spectacular, with about twice as many wines -- we had seven last time -- and expect over a dozen to be available this time.

Some of the dry and sparkling wine varieties will be familiar from the last tasting, but this time we will also have many of the sweeter "specialty wines" of Luxembourg, including the vendange tardive (late harvest), vin moelleux (mellow wine), vin de glace (ice wine), and vin de paille (straw wine).

This is truly a unique tasting opportunity, as Luxembourg's specialty wines are produced in very small quantities and are not normally available in the United States -- we have them thanks to the assistance of our Embassy contacts.

Ambassador of Luxembourg Jean-Louis Wolzfeld will deliver some opening remarks on the history of wine-making in Luxembourg, its wine region and the types of wines. In addition, Ambassador Wolzfeld is choosing several special wines from his Embassy's cellar that we will be able to taste in comparison with the Luxembourg wines that are now in our Society Cellar. Light refreshments will be served during the tasting.

Should you wish to attend, please contact us through the "Join Our Club" link.

Oktoberfest "Reverse" Tasting

posted Sep 10, 2013, 4:39 PM by Alan Knapp

Please join us Saturday, September 21, at 7 p.m. for our tasting at the Harbour Square Club Room, which provides us a stunning view of the Washington skyline. The price for this tasting is $25 for members, $32 for guests.  Contact us through "Join our Club" in the column to the left on this page.

In years past, we (virtually) visited the Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Pfalz, and Mosel to celebrate and learn more about these regions' fine wines. This year we visit some of our lesser well known regions. It is an opportunity to experience wines from our cellar and local retailers along with snacks representing these regions. As with years past, your pourers (board members) have undertaken considerable research to ensure your experience is both delicious and delectable.

Here are a couple of articles to tickle your tongues (best to read them in the order listed):
Wines of the Times: Germany's Rieslings on the Tip of the Tongue, by Eric Asimov

On the Riesling Road: Day 5 - Dry Fear and Loathing on the Rhine for Theise and Co.?

We have selected the specific wines we'll be sampling. Here they are:

2005 Schmitt Kinder Riesling Spaetlese, Franken
2003 Born Riesling Spaetlese, Saale-Unstrut
2003 Hessische Bergstrasse Riesling "Selection," Hessische Bergstrasse

2005 Heger - Spaetburgunder QBA, Baden
2008 Bernhard Huber - Pinot Noir, Baden
WZG Moglingen Trollinger QBA, Wuerttemberg NV
2008 Schnaitmann Bellback Lemberger Wuerttemberg
2008 Meyer-Nakel Blue Slate Spaetburgunder, Ahr
2011 Meyer-Nakel Blue Slate Dernau Pinot Noir, Ahr

Table 3: NAHE
2006 Paul Anheuser Scheurebe
2009 Kruger-Rumpf Schiefer Riesling Feinherb
1998 Wallhausen Mullenberg Riesling Auslese
2010 Doennhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spaetlese
2011 Doennhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spaetlese
2011 Doennhoff Oberhauser Bruecke Riesling Spaetlese
2003 Doennhoff Oberhauser Bruecke Riesling Spaetlese

Table 4: A surprise selection we're keeping a secret!

Spargelfest Dinner

posted Apr 4, 2013, 9:26 AM by Alan Knapp   [ updated Apr 13, 2013, 3:40 PM ]

We are at that time of year again for our traditional Spargelfest dinner.   This year the Spargelfest will be held at Café Mozart, a long-established German restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Friday, May 17, starting at 7 p.m.  The price for the event will be $80 for members and $90 for non-members. The Board encourages all members and friends of the Society to reserve as early as possible.  The deadline for making a reservation is May 13.

Please send your check with contact information (name, telephone and email) to:
5607 Huntington Parkway
Bethesda, MD 20814.

We'll celebrate this annual event beginning with a Henkell Trocken Sekt, followed by a four-course dinner with various preparations of white and green asparagus, and seven other German, Austrian and Alsatian white and red wines, concluding with an Eiswein.   We have paired this meal with wines from Café Mozart as well as some from the Chapter’s cellar to match the bountiful variety of dishes that Café Mozart is offering us, in this delicious and traditional dinner.   The dinner will be served family-style, allowing guests to choose the dishes and quantities they prefer from the ample options available.  The range of German dishes available at Café Mozart will recall for many members the past Spargelfests that we enjoyed at the German Embassy House.

FIRST COURSE – Appetizers

Home-made liver-terrine with buttered asparagus tips served on mini-croutons, and a variety of German salads  - clear coleslaw, tomato salad, cucumber salad, including bi-color marinated asparagus

2011 Leo Hillinger Small Hill Pinot Noir/St. Laurent/Merlot blend, Burgenland, Austria
2006 J.L. Wolf Villa Wolf Pinot Noir, Wachenheim, Pfalz, Germany


Cream of asparagus soup with herb croutons

2011 Anton Bauer Gruener Veltliner Gmoerk, Wagram, Austria
2006 Paul Anheuser Scheurebe Kreuznacher Moenchberg, QbA, Nahe, Germany

THIRD COURSE – Main Dishes

Array of boiled and grilled white and green asparagus served with drawn butter and sauce hollandaise; petite grilled veal scaloppini; fried chicken cutlets; boiled, buttered new potatoes; German mini potato pancakes served with sour cream and caviar; creamy pasta with grilled shrimps; bite-size German sausages including bratwurst, debreziner, smoked bratwurst and knackwurst; and cured Westphalian ham-wrapped asparagus

2011 Willm Riesling, Alsace, France
2011 Dr. Thanisch Riesling Erben Mueller-Burggraf, QbA, Mosel, Germany

FOURTH COURSE – Dessert and Coffee or Tea

Choice of German Chocolate cake, Black Forest cake, Apple Strudel, Truffle cake, Hazelnut torte, and a platter of different kinds of small pastries or cookies

2002 Seebrich Niersteiner Oelberg Riesling Eiswein, Rheinhessen, Germany

German Dry Rieslings!

posted Apr 4, 2013, 9:21 AM by Alan Knapp

Riesling in general and dry Riesling in particular is not really trendy in the U.S. Yet Eric Asimov, the New York Times´ wine critic, recently detected a "rising popularity of Riesling." which, to him, signaled "the increasing sophistication of Americans who have fallen in love with wine."

Our April tasting will put our love for German wines to the stellar test of dry Riesling. Gunther Hellmann has offered to do a tasting of exclusively dry Riesling. He is a wine aficionado, visiting Washington DC for a few months and has participated in two of our recent tastings. He will share his take at and love for German wine, in particular dry Riesling, with us.

Gunther Hellmann was so kind  as to bring a selection of wines from his cellar inGermany for this tasting, which we will complement with additions from local stores. The selection consists of  dry Rieslings from the Mosel, the up and coming Pfalz and Rheinhessen regions and the Nahe Valley. The tasting will include “Grosses Gewaechs/Grand Cru” wines from world-class Riesling producers Weingut Klaus Peter Keller in Rheinhessen and Weingut Hermann Doennhoff in the Nahe Valley. Overall, we will get a very good overview of what German winemakers are able to produce when it comes to other than sweet-style wines.

The tasting will be on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. The price is $35 for members and $42 for non-members.

The wines we will be serving (listed here in alphabetical order) are:

2009 Bassermann-Jordan, Auf der Mauer, Pfalz
2011 Dönnhoff, Riesling trocken, Nahe
2010 Dönnhoff, Hermannshöhle, Grosses Gewächs, Nahe
2011 Fogt, Spätlese trocken, Siefersheimer Goldenes Horn, Rheinhessen
2011 Franzen, Riesling trocken, “Der Sommer war sehr groß", Mosel
2007 Heymann-Löwenstein, Schieferterrassen, Mosel
2006 Keller, Hubacker, Großes Gewächs, Rheinhessen
2008 Koehler-Ruprecht, Saumagen, Kabinett trocken, Pfalz
2009 Seehof, Westhofener Steingrube, Rheinhessen
2011 Wagner-Stempel, Siefersheimer Riesling trocken, Vom Porphyr, Rheinhessen

New Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein

posted Apr 4, 2013, 9:17 AM by Alan Knapp

Every year we host a tasting to provide members and guests with an early opportunity to taste wines from the new vintage.  The 2011 wines are just arriving, and now is a great time to sample what is available so you can decide what to buy based on the most important information of all-- what tastes good to you!

The tasting will be Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The price is $35 for members and $42 for non-members.

2011 was something of a return to normal after the big, fruity wines of 2009 and the wild and crazy wines of 2010.  Terry Theise calls it a “good guy” vintage, with delicious wines that are approachable now.

We are fortunate that DC boasts one of the best German wine retailers in the country, Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, who will present some value wines, some new wines, and all wonderful wines.

The wines we will be serving are:

Flight #1
2011 Gysler Scheurebe HT
2011 Kruger-Rumpf Scheurebe Spaetlese

Flight #2
2011 Doennhoff Riesling Estate Qba
2011 Egon Mueller Scharzhofberger Kabinett

Flight #3
2011 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett
2011 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese

Flight #4
2011 Schaefer Froehlich Bockenauer Felseneck Spaetlese
2011 Schaefer Froehlich Bockenauer Felseneck Spaetlese GK

Flight #5
2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spaetlese
2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Auslese
Come and experience some of the most delicious and complex whites that the wine world has to offer.

Rapturous Reds Redux

posted Apr 4, 2013, 9:16 AM by Alan Knapp

Join us Friday, February 22, at 7 p.m., as we experience "Rapturous Reds Redux" as presented by our own Michael Fritze, who has spent his time meticulously researching candidates for this tasting.  The price for this tasting is $35 for members and $42 for non-members.   It will be held at the Harbour Square Club Room.

We are happy to present a reprise of last year's popular German red wine tasting.  Although Germany is rightfully known for world-class white wines, a revolution is taking place in German red wine quality.  This is due to a combination of improved winemaking practices and the effects of global warming.  Together with the traditional red wine regions of the Ahr, Wűrttemberg, Baden and Rheingau (Assmannshausen), a new generation of ambitious vintners is realizing extraordinary quality improvements in German red wine.  Mike Fritze has again thoroughly researched both existing and new red wine vintners and developed a tasting menu that should satisfy everyone’s curiosity about German red wines.  This tasting will feature prominent German red wine producers from the Pfalz, Rheinhessen, Baden, Ahr, and Rheingau. Varietals featured include Spaetburgunder (Pinot Noir), Dornfelder, Trollinger and Lemberger.

The wines we will taste:

N.V. Wűrttembergische Weingärtner (WZG) Trollinger QbA, Wűrttemberg (Möglingen)
2008 Schnaitmann Lemberger Württemberg Trocken Wűrttemberg (Fellbach)
2009 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir  Pfalz (Wachenheim)
2009 Becker Pinot Noir Pfalz (Schweigen)
2009 Knipser Blauer Spätburgunder Trocken Pfalz (Laumersheim)
2008 August Kessler Spätburgunder Rheingau (Assmanshausen)
2008 Bernhard Huber Pinot Noir Baden (Malterdingen im Breisgau)
2011 Meyer-Näkel “Blauschiefer” Pinot Noir Ahr (Dernau)
2009 Schneider Dornfelder Trocken Rheinhessen (Nierstein)
2007 Knipser “Gaudenz” Pfalz (Laumersheim)

Annual Membership Meeting

posted Apr 4, 2013, 9:14 AM by Alan Knapp

Prosit Neujahr! You are cordially invited to attend this year's membership meeting on Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m. There will be some very good wines from the cellar to drink with our -- by now traditional -- quiz game and cheeses and bread to go with the wines. There will also be short reports on how we arrive at prices for a tasting and the report on the chapter's finances, membership, etc.

It is at this annual meeting we elect new officers. We are anticipating vacancies on the board this coming year, including the possibility that our current president plans to step aside, into the emeritus position.  This election is critical to the future of the society and your vote counts!!  We should take advantage of this opportunity to introduce fresh thinking into guiding the evolution of the society and planning future events.  Please consider giving back to the Chapter by serving on the board or by volunteering to plan a monthly tasting.  It is very important that you come and vote at this meeting -- it is your chapter and you can help shape its activities by voting. 

The wines we will be tasting are a spectacular vertical tasting through which we will impart an appreciation of how our favorite wines will age.

2001 Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Spatlese, Nahe
2011 Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Spatlese, Nahe

2003 Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Spatlese, Nahe
2011 Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Spatlese, Nahe

1998 Kruger Rumpf Munsterer Dautenpflanzer Spatlese, Nahe
2011 Kruger Rumpf Munsterer Dautenpflanzer Spatlese, Nahe

1999 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, MSR
2011 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, MSR

Holiday Dinner at the National Press Club

posted Apr 4, 2013, 9:09 AM by Alan Knapp

Ho Ho Ho, German Wine Society Members and Friends of German Wines, 

Our annual holiday paired dinner will be held Thursday, December 6, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.

This year the dinner will be at the National Press Club.  Also, it will be a served dinner with wines selected to pair perfectly with the courses!

Read on ...

The venue is stunning: a private room, the 1st Amendment, offering us views overlooking the White House, Treasury Building, Willard Hotel, and other historic downtown landmarks.  What a terrific opportunity for a very special evening with friends and family!  Let's hope for a light dusting of snow to really set the festive evening mood.

The evening begins at 7PM with passed hors d'oeuvres paired with one of our favorite Sekts.

Chicken and Lemongrass Potstickers, Bacon and Manchego-stuffed Dates, and Country Tri-meat Pâté with green peppercorns on toast.

Henkell Riesling

The evening continues when we are seated at 7:30PM

A starter of Arugula, Cilantro, and Mushroom Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Walnuts - a visual as well as culinary feast!

2009 G A Schneider Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Kabinett, Rheinhessen

2008 Fitz-Ritter Gewürztraminer Spaetlese, Pfalz

A main course of Seared Halibut served with an Egg, Caper, Lemon, and Pear Sauce; Roasted Red Potatoes; Seasonal Vegetable; and Bread and Butter - an exciting change from years past!

2001 Dr.Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spaetlese, Mosel

2002 Eugen Wehrheim Niersteiner Oelberg Riesling Auslese

The evening concludes with a special dessert

Apple/Mango/Apricot Crisp topped with Crème Fraiche

1989 Eugen Mueller Forster Ungeheuer Scheurebe Trockenbeerenauslese, Pfalz

Coffee Service

The cost of the evening is $95 for members and $105 for non-members.

Holiday Sampler Tasting

posted Apr 4, 2013, 9:05 AM by Alan Knapp

The holidays are rapidly approaching -- where does the time go?

To leverage inventories currently ongoing at our favorite retailers, we have arranged a sampling of wines with a particular focus on helping you select the perfect wines for your upcoming holiday festivities.  Plan on a relaxed evening Friday, November 9, starting at 7:00 p.m.  Our hosts, Klaus Teuter and John Edmonds, are fast assembling a terrific presentation comprising tasting notes and reviewer recommendations.  Cost for the event is $35 for members and $42 for non-members.

The list of wines to be sampled is:

2011 Kestener Paulinshofberg Riesling Kabinett, Weingut Bastgen
2007 Muskateller Kabinett feinherb, Weingut Messmer
2011 Maringer-Reif Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling
2011 Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett, Weingut Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt
2010 Scheurebe Spaetlese, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf
2010 Norheimer Kirschheck Spaetlese, Weingut H. Donnhoff
2009 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Auslese, Weingut Willi Haag
2009 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Auslese, Weingut Thanisch

Plus, John and Klaus have hinted at a couple of surprise wines that you won't want to miss!

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