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Louis/Dressner Jeunes Vignerons Symposium Begins!

Participants from all over Burgundy are arriving in St-Gengoux to attend the 4th Annual Louis/Dressner Jeunes Vignerons Symposium.

Stéphane Diderot and Gaston Laplace

Topics this year include:

  • Natural Wine: What is it Good For?
  • How to Become a Blogger
  • Using Facebook to Make Your Customers Think You do Nothing but Sit in Front of Your Computer
  • BTS or IUT -- Which One Fits You
  • How to Meet and Befriend a Marcel
  • Copinage -- Truth or Fiction
  • Jules Chauvet -- The Man Behind the Myth
  • How to Get a Wine Placement at Chambers Street Wines
  • How to Get a Wine Placement at Cave Augé
  • UBI France -- Get Money to Tour the World for Free on the Flimsy Pretext you are Promoting French Agriculture
  • Italians Making Great Wine -- Friends or Foes?

Gaston LaPlace

and Jules Dressner: separated at birth?
There is an uncanny resemblance. Gaston's father, Jean-Edouard LaPlace, is Denyse's first cousin on her mother's side.

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 Sénéchal 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!