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
SECOND COURSE – Soup
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
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
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:
2011 Gysler Scheurebe HT
2011 Kruger-Rumpf Scheurebe Spaetlese
2011 Doennhoff Riesling Estate Qba
2011 Egon Mueller Scharzhofberger Kabinett
2011 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett
2011 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese
2011 Schaefer Froehlich Bockenauer Felseneck Spaetlese
2011 Schaefer Froehlich Bockenauer Felseneck Spaetlese GK
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.
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)
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
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.
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
The cost of the evening is $95 for members and $105 for non-members.
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!
Friday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at the Harbour Square Club Room, which provides us a stunning view of the Washington skyline. The price for this tasting is $35 for members, $42 for guests.
In years past, we (virtually) visited the Rheingau, Rheinhessen, and the Pfalz to celebrate and learn more about these regions' fine wines. This year we visit the Mosel/Saar/Ruwer, a region near and dear to our hearts. It is an opportunity to experience wines from our cellar and snacks representing the region. As in previous years, your pourers have undertaken considerable research to ensure your experience is both delicious and delectable.
The specific wines we'll be sampling have been finalized and will come from our cellar. Here they are.
1997 Ehlen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese Mosel
1996 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese Mosel
1983 Deinhard Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese MSR
2004 Bollig Lehnert Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese MSR
2002 Selbach Piesporter Michelberg Riesling Kabinett MSR
1996 Willi Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese MSR
1990 Staatliche Trierer St. Maximiner Kreuzberg Riesling Auslese Mosel
1997 Simon Serrig Herrenberg Riesling Spatlese Mosel
1997 Wagner Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese Saar
2010 Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Qba Saar
2009 Dr. Thanisch Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Mosel
2008 Dr. Thanisch Bernkastler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Mosel
2001 Dr. Thanisch Erben Muller-Burggraef Spatburgunder Qba Mosel
2001 Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spatlese Mosel
Friday, July 27, we will hold a very special evening - an exploration of the wines of Austria ... at the Austrian embassy!
Working with our member Christian Schiller, Klaus Wittauer of KWSELECTION has organized this interesting and informative introduction to these wines and arranged for it to be presented at the Austrian embassy. The price for this tasting is $40 for members and $47 for non-members.
The wines for this tasting are being finalized. Anticipate a follow-on to this announcement in a few days, but don't let that stop you from reserving your place for this unique opportunity to expand your wine knowledge!
On Klaus Wittauer: There are a number of important importers of Austrian wine in the US and Klaus Wittauer is one of them. He was born in Austria and attended Hotel and Restaurant Management School in Salzburg. He then worked for many years in some of the world‘s top restaurants in Austria, Bermuda and the United States, including famed L‘Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, Virginia, where he and Christian Schiller first met. Then he moved to the wine import side and became the wine buyer for Sutton Place Gourmet in Washington DC before creating his own import company KWSELECTION with the renowned Austrian winemaker Anton Bauer about ten years ago.
On KWSELECTION: This company includes top producers from most of the wine producing areas of Austria: Anton Bauer from Wagram, Leo Hillinger from Burgenland, Gustav Strauss from Styria, Martin Mittelbach from Wachau, Karl & Brigitta Steininger from Kamptal, Steindorfer from Neusiedlersee , Meinklang from Burgenland, and his most recent addition, Weingut Netzl from Carnuntum. As an Austrian married to an American, Klaus has a close relationship with all of his wineries in Austria and has succeed in expanding distribution throughout the United States, with a strong focus on the East Coast.
We will be casting off all lines and getting underway from Georgetown Harbor, just at the bottom of 31st Street NW at 7:15 PM June 24, aboard the Nightingale. We will have a few cheeses and fruits to complement our excellent cellar wines. This will be a relaxing, post-dinner cruise so we can concentrate on the wines and the atmosphere. There are many dining establishments in the Georgetown area, several right in the Georgetown Harbor area, and we encourage all who want to take the cruise to dine there beforehand. The boat, the Nightingale, is the same boat we used the last several years and it is the perfect size for our group. It is all on one level, and we have tables and chairs and a bar from which to serve the wine. It also has protection against inclement weather, which of course will not occur.
So, please join us for this pleasant summer evening on the river.