Addy Bassin's MacArthur Beverages

The German Wine Society Presents:
2016 German Vintage Tasting
with Phil Bernstein


I'd like to invite you to attend my yearly new vintage tasting with the German Wine Society.  We've selected some of the best wines of the vintage and for those of you that haven't attended; this is always a fun event.  We keep it light and have lots of great back and forth banter.  The wines are the stars of the show, and if you're not too familiar with German wine, this will be a great learning opportunity.  If you haven't already heard, 2016 is a fantastic vintage for the great Rieslings of Germany-you do not want to miss this!
-Phil Bernstein, German wine buyer, MacArthur Beverages


2016 Vintage Tasting: Friday, March 16th

Dear German Wine Society Members and Guests,


Every year we host a tasting to try wines from the new vintage, with a focus on Riesling. Our host is Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, one of the leading retailers of German Riesling in the country.


The new vintage is 2016, which David Schildknecht describes as remarkably restrained and consistently fine, yielding Rieslings that are "deliciously drinkable". Terry Theise found them "nearly perfect", providing "repeated inputs of joy, sheer joy, and grinning, giddy, animal joy."


This event offers the opportunity to see for yourself and find out which wines you like.

DATE:  Friday, March 16th, Doors open at 7:00 pm; Tasting begins at 7:30 pm.

VENUE: Harbour Square Club Room, 500 N St SW, Washington, DC. Marilyn Scarbrough has thoughtfully reserved a few parking spaces, but we cannot guarantee these will be available. Metro is accessible via the Waterfront Metro Station on the Green Line.

COST: $45 for members, $55 for non-members.


Light refreshments will be served.


GWS members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication. Members and guests should use public transportation, rely on a designated driver or taxi, or taste the wines rather than finish them.

Please join us as we try the wines and write our own summaries. Here is the lineup:


Reception wine
2010 Messmer Spatburgunder Sekt  

Two of the vintage's best dry wines
2016 Rebholz - Kastanienbusch Riesling trocken Grosses Gewachs
2016 Schafer Frohlich Grosses Gewachs Riesling Trocken Felseneck

Cornelius Donnhoff and Christopher Loewen-tow of Germany's top "young guns"
Carl Loewen Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Kabinett
Donnhoff - Kreuznacher Krotenpfuhl Kabinett

Two of the vintage's best Kabinetts
AJ Adam Dhron Hofberg Kabinett
Daniel Vollenweider - Wolfer Goldgrube Kabinett

JJ Prum 'nuff said!
JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett
JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese

Super Spatlese
Weingut Keller - Abtserde Spatlese
Schafer Frohlich - Bockenauer Felseneck Spatlese Gold Cap

Yet another Selbach masterpiece
Selbach Oster - Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Schmitt


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If you have any questions, please contact Dave Wendler:


Paying by check: Mail your check, made out to the ‘German Wine Society’, along with the completed form below, to Joseph Aguiar, 2501 Calvert St NW, Apt 501, Washington, DC 20008.



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