Addy Bassin's MacArthur Beverages

The German Wine Society Presents:
German Wine Society New 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, 2017 is a fantastic vintage for the great Rieslings of Germany-you do not want to miss this!
-Phil Bernstein, German wine buyer, MacArthur Beverages


2017 Vintage Tasting: Friday, March 15th 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dear German Wine Society Members and Guests,


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.   This is always one of our most popular, best attended events of the year, so register soon!


The new vintage is 2017. According to Terry Theise, 2017 offers "many, many wines that everyone will flip over."


Please join us as we try these wines and write our own summaries.   This year we will be enjoying twelve German wines in six flights, a mixture of dry and sweet wines, of various price levels and from many well-known producers, to appeal to all tastes.  There will be an opportunity, as in past years, to place orders for favorite wines with Phil Bernstein for later pickup at MacArthur.


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

DATE:  Friday, March 15th, 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: $48 for members, $58 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:


The wine list by flight is as follows (all Riesling and all 2017):


Delicious Drys: Weingut Keller Trocken Von der Fels and Peter Lauer Barrel X trocken


Great GGs: Dönnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Grosses Gewächs and Carl Loewen Thornicher Ritsch Grosses Gewächs


Fine Feinherbs:  Spreitzer Winkeler Jesuitengarten Alte Reben and Selbach-Oster Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben Graacher Domprobst


A First Flight of Kabs: Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett and Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett


A Second Flight of Kabs: Carl Loewen Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Kabinett and AJ Adam Dhron Hofberg Kabinett


Spätlese/ Auslese Grand Finale: Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese and Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Rotlay Auslese



These are tasting opportunities not to be missed!  For example, one of our GGs retails for just under $100, and our Auslese already has garnered an extraordinary 95-96 points from the critics.


.   Registration is due by Tuesday, March 12, 2019, to enable us to give a full list of guests to building staff in advance and ensure wine and food for all.

You can register and pay by PayPal at
Or pay by check (see instructions below).



If you have any questions, please contact Dave Wendler:


Paying by check: Please use the form below.  Detach the form, complete it with information on all attendees, and mail it, with your check, made out to the 'German Wine Society', to the Chapter President and acting Secretary, Carl Willner, at the following address: 1014 Reserve Champion Drive, Rockville, MD  20850



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