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Some Guy Wants to Write a Guest Blog for Me

Why not? I haven't been productive lately. I've been too busy looking for our lost 3,000 bottles of wine in Oregon. We got a tip that they were hiding in Eugene, but this turned out to be untrue.

Some guy named Doug Laber, who is the self-described President/Owner of a worthy organization called Reuse this thought my readership would be fascinated by his adventures in the reusable bag racket.

Mr. Laber wrote me that lots of wineries are using wine bags as part the "whole eco-friendly responsibility deal." Mr. Laber is proudly cashing in on this "deal" and is selling over 30,000 wine bags a month and "wineries are loving our product."

He also has a side business in promoting reusable bags to raise money for churches. Perhaps, Mr. Laber is against using reusable bags to raise money for Mosques, Jewish synagogues and other UnAmerican places of worship. I'm not certain if Mosques and synagogues were intentionally omitted from his website or if the Muslim and Jewish reusable market has not yet been tapped to its potential by Mr. Laber. One of the advantages of using Mr. Laber's reusable bags at your church is "to market your church and help spread the word of God!"

You'll wants to see his website --

Below, is the wonderful Blog Mr. Laberwrote for my readers:

"Red, white and green" has been the slogan for the eco-winery movement that has drawn a lot of media coverage over the past five years and some serious interest from major wine producers such as Robert Mondavi and Kendall Jackson in California. There is an eco-wine tour available in Oregon, which you might expect, and an organic wine shop in Manhattan, which some might find a surprise. Nevertheless the application of sustainable practices is well underway in the wine manufacturing industry, for economic as well as ecological reasons. Conserved water and energy lower production costs and reduction in pesticides coupled with careful tending produces a healthier vine.

The interest in sustainable practices has reached the retail level not only in the form of "green" wines that are the product of organically grown grapes and environmentally friendly production techniques, but also in the daily packaging that has become a highly visible focal point for food and beverage retailing in general. Non-woven Reusable wine bags are beginning to become the point-of-sale packaging of choice for wine shops and spirits purveyors who see the dual value of sustainable product carriers. As long as wine is packaged in glass bottles, wrapping it for the wine buyer will be an inexact process that may involve cardboard boxes, plastic bags or multiple uses of paper bags. There's no effective method of moving wine bottles out the shop door that doesn't involve a lot of recycling or landfill fodder.

That's why reusable wine totes are starting to appear in supermarkets along with the other reusable insulated bags and regular non-woven shopping bags that have become a solid alternative to paper and plastic. Now wine shops and liquor stores are picking up on the trend with reusable wine totes that are available made from a variety of materials and imprinted with a logo or slogan to identify the source of the bag – and hopefully drive repeat business. Reusable wine bags are an attractive alternative to plastic bags, paper sacks and boxes pulled out of the storage area. They are an excellent ancillary product for the sales counter and a lasting advertising placement for wine merchandisers in every marketing niche.


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!