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Went to the office this week for one day, first day I was there since early November.

Continuing my Avastin Cancer treatment and I seem to be making progress. Still tired and achy, but I seem to be making advances. At least the gamma knife surgery of November and the Avastin seem to be in spirited battle against my tumors.

Was able to survive 2 1/2 weeks with Denyse in Europe thanks to Sheila, Vicki, Alyce and all the people who came over and helped me out.

Alyce is coming down to New York for 10 days soon to celebrate Montreal's reading week. Jules has started working for Louis/Dressner in California and is going to bring us into the 21st century.

Big tour of France is over and now something like 30 vignerons are coming to LA, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and North Carolina in Mid-March. The bastards!

Big tasting on March 1st in Boston for the trade. Meet the famous Josefa Concannon, the newest member of the Louis/Dressner team! She will be signing copies of her new autobiography -- I Successfully Sold American Wines for Six Years All Over the Midwest!.

Have questions about whether you should use an Iphone or Android phone? Feel free to contact me!

And what a two weeks in Egypt! We are lucky to be living in a time where a popular explosion of pure revolutionary fever can take place peacefully and successfully. I truly regret that my physical condition prevented me from hopping on a plane and flying to Cairo.

no news is good news! keep up the good work!


Finally had my first Louis/Dressner selection from Terroir SF. It was great! I look forward to more. Kermit Lynch*

*Seriously, great wine. Come to the Bay Area for a wine event. It would be great to meet. Sincerely, student of the grape.

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!