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In a Taxi Somewhere in LA

Just Got into Los Angeles!

Eric Asimov was talking on my Jet Blue television set. He says to drink whatever wine I like and that I should not be intimidated by experts.

Then someone on the TV suggested going to the M Bar somewhere in Manhattan. This establishment has over 250 Martinis and scores of mixologists. That's a helluva lot Martinis and personnel.

Of course, they are featuring the new Premium Brand Louis/Dressner Natural Spirits. Our new spirits are only seven of the spirits on the M list. I have spent most of this Transcontinental flight trying to figure out what the other 243 spirits could possibly be.

Tonight we launch the Natural Spirits Brands in Los Angeles. The three Joey's Girls will be there serving canapes and giving mycology tips. Or maybe that's mixology tips. I forget.

I hope I am alert enough tonight to drink all of our Premium, High-End Spirits. I get tired on these trips, so the firm spends big money on my travel comforts. I am seated in the Even More Legroom section of a Jet Blue Airbus 320, we are staying in Beverly Hills at the famous Beverly Hills Terrace Hôtel and then go to San Francisco where we stay at the internationally renowned Carlton Hotel.

We better sell some Martinis and Muscadet.

In fact, that sounds like a slogan....Martinis and Muscadet!

Don't miss Denyse and I at 4 pm at DOMAINE LA

Welcome to Los Angeles!!!

The famous Beverly Hills Terrace Hotel is some really swank digs (although beware the upcharge for in-room use of the circumflex can verge on extortionate). Their restaurant used to be amazingly good but I haven't been there since like, forever so YMMV. You'll be nearby to the Troubador, home of "the California Sound™, and Dan Tana's. They do good Martinis there, but you'll probably need to bite the bullet and pay the corkage if you want to bring your own Muscadet, given that it's the sort of place that sells a lot of oaky CA Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio by the glass to assorted starlets, harlots, and bimbettes and their sordid hangers-on. After all, it's Beverly Hills-adjacent.

You should have a grand time!

-Eden (just wait'll you hit the Sunset Strip!!)
if I could just get off of this LA freeway, without getting killed, or caught!!!

Comin in to Los Angelees!

bringin' in a couple of keys!

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!