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Arianna Occhipinti Appearing All Over the Bay Area Starting August 22nd!

This is going to be an amazing wine tour. I wish I could make it but I have to be in Poil Rouge. Farm Wine Imports has organized fabulous events that you won't want to miss.

Here's the schedule:

Sunday Aug 22nd
Tasting at Soif Wine Bar, Santa Cruz
105 Walnut Ave
$15/person, refundable with case purchase, reservations required. Light food will be served

Dinner La Posta, Santa Cruz
538 Seabright Avenue
Time TBA
Reservations are required and may be made by calling La Posta at:

Monday Aug 23rd
Tasting Enoteca La Storia, Los Gatos
416 North Santa Cruz Ave
6:30 - 8:30
$15 for the tasting, wine and olive oil

Tuesday Aug 24th
Dinner and Tasting 5-10pm
Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana
3560 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Reservations recommended

Wednesday Aug 25th
Tasting Biondivino
1415 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Call for details

Thursday Aug 26
Tasting Terroir Wine Merchants
1116 Folsom Street

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When is she coming in the midwest? Would be great to have her in Chicago!

Happy Birthday, Arianna!


Joe Dressner - Captain Tumor Man!

Hi, I'm Joe Dressner the famous wine importer and I have brain cancer!

I already have a wine blog and frankly wine is such a luxury business that I hate to mix my cancer problems with my wine observations. I think it would be a general downer for the lifestyle crowd out there.

Furthermore, we in the wine trade always claim there are tremendous health benefits to drinking wine. I've already had cardiovascular bypass surgery over eight years ago and now I got a tumor aggressively rattling in my brain. My colleagues in the glamorous wine industry want me to keep it quiet.

So, I've started this wonderful new blog to discuss wine, brain tumors, my life and to give you hot tips on handling the cancer stricken around you. There will also be practical wine/radiation pairings when I start radiation therapy and chemotherapy next week.

Having brain cancer means I might both physically and intellectually decline. So, I will be using this blog as a venue to pursue petty vendettas against relatives, acquaintances and people in the wine trade.

I might also lose touch with reality and say things that are not true or are only half true. The important thing is to have fun and enjoy this rare and precious time in my life.

One of my pet vendettas is my cousin Dr. Barbara Hirsch. Dr. Barbara Hirsch is a very important Great Neck Endocrinologist, who was raised and nurtured by my parents. Dr. Hirsch waited until my father was near death and my mother was suffering from a rare neuromuscular disorder, to write them a seven page letter denouncing them for being horrible to her for the entirety of her life! Despite my concerns, Dr. Hirsch still refuses to apologize.

Last night, I drank a beautiful bottle of Bourgueil Clos SÚnÚchal 2005 from Pierre Breton. It was sublime and reminded me that I used to be healthy. Not only that, the vineyard used to be there before I existed. It exists independently of my having cancer and will continue to exist. You ought to buy some.

August 2009 Postscript: Not only does it exist independently of my cancer, it also exists independently of Louis/Dressner Selections. After 18 years, they have dumped us for Kermit Lynch. Oh well. At least I'm alive!