Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Ho, Ho, Ho - German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Christmas Party at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC Downtown, USA/ Germany

Pictures: Ho, Ho, Ho - German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Christmas Party at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC Downtown, USA/ Germany

The 2021 German Wine Society (Washington DC) Christmas Party took place on December 18, 2021 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC downtow. 35 German wine lovers attended, down from 45 guests at the last Christmas Party. This was due to covid although we had strict safety rules in place. 

Astrid Jakobs de Pádua, Minister Counselor, Food and Agriculture, represented the Germany Embassy in Washington DC.

Cosmos Club

The Cosmos Club, founded in 1878, is a private social club for men and women distinguished in science, literature and the arts, a learned profession or public service. Members come from virtually every profession that has anything to do with scholarship, creative genius or intellectual distinction.

Among its members have been three Presidents, two Vice Presidents, a dozen Supreme Court justices, 36 Nobel Prize winners, 61 Pulitzer Prize winners and 55 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Club offers an impressive array of programs for every member interest: international affairs, science, the arts, and economics—to name a few.

The elegant Clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a District of Columbia Landmark.

Pictures: Ho, Ho, Ho - German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Christmas Party at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC Downtown, USA/ Germany 


Ho, Ho, Ho, German Wine Society Members and Friends of German Wines, it’s nearly time to hang the stockings and dream of delicious German wine!  Registration is open just one more week for our grand holiday event, and though most places are already reserved, we have several still open.  If you’ve already signed up, that’s great and there’s nothing more you need to do - but if you haven’t registered and would still like to come, please go on on our website or send your check now.  While we had a fun holiday gathering on Zoom last year choosing our own wines and stayed safe during the pandemic, at last we can gather in person again in Washington, D.C. and partake of the same wines together amidst all the elegance of Embassy Row, with the same policies we have used for our other in-person events this past summer and fall.   


Pictures: Reception

So, please plan to attend the GWS Holiday paired dinner at the Cosmos Club, Saturday, December 18, 2021 starting at 7 pm, with registration and service of welcoming sekt and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:30 pm.  We are very fortunate to have access to this elegant and festive venue again this year, marking our return after our last event there in December 2019.   This has become possible because the Cosmos Club is now requiring vaccination against covid-19 for all staff, members and guests in the mansion. Proof of vaccination is now mandatory at Cosmos - please remember to bring your document.

The paired dinner includes a variety of eight wines (mainly German, with one Austrian), among them high-prädikat selections, and a three-course meal preceded by hors d’oeuvres.   In addition, there will be entertainment - holiday piano music, and an opportunity to sing some German and other traditional songs together!   This year, we are offering a choice of four different entrees with different prices, more options than ever before - be sure to register for the one you want, and if there are multiple people on your order, register separately for each different entree choice.

Location:  The address for our holiday dinner is 2021 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, just a few blocks from Dupont Circle.   Metro is near (Dupont Circle Red Line) and parking is available to the rear of the club.   The stunning venue is, as in past years, the wood-paneled Members Dining Room on the 2nd floor in this landmark building.  Perfect for a special holiday wine event with family and friends!

Pictures: Dinner


Welcome and hors d’oeuvres 

Belgian Endive with Pickled Cranberry-Chevre Mousse, Charred Broccoli

Salmon Rilette with Lemon Pepper Caviar, Buckwheat Blini

Barbecue Spice Grilled Steak Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce

nv Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Sparkling (Sekt) Riesling 

Salad appetizer

Kabocha Squash (Caramelized Squash, Spiced Pecans, Spinach, Pomegranate-ginger Vinaigrette)

Popover Bread

2017 Dr. Heyden Silvaner Old Vines Trocken Rheinhessen

2015 Dr. Nagler Rüdesheim Bischofsberg Riesling Kabinett Rheingau

Pictures:  Astrid Jakobs de Pádua, Minister Counselor, Food and Agriculture, at the German Embassy in Washington DC and Christian Schiller, Vice-President, German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter)

Entree (choose one dish when registering)

Porcini Rubbed Beef Tenderloin (Roasted Root Vegetable Medley, Haricots Vert, Veal Glaze, Sherried Arugula Salad)

Roasted Duck Breast (Kale Saute, Turnip Puree, Pickled Red Onion, Dried Cherry Jus)

Seared Atlantic Halibut (Artichokes, Plum and Tomato Stew)

Seitan and Chickpea Stuffed Eggplant (Eggplant, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Swiss Chard, Pickled Shallots )(vegetarian option)

2016 Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Feinherb Mosel

2012 Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen 303 Riesling Spätlese Rheingau

2019 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Rotwein Trocken Mosel


Chocolate Pot au Creme (Dried Meringue, Fresh Berries)

2016 Heinz Eifel Mainzer Domherr Silvaner Eiswein Rheinhessen 

2015 Steindorfer Cuvée Klaus (70% Ottonel/30% Sauvignon Blanc) Beerenauslese Burgenland Austria

Pictures: German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Christmas Party at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC Downtown, USA/ Germany

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