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Freedom Wine Fighter Tour Begins in Mid-March

Freedom Wines and Freedom Vignerons are Advancing Against Industrial Tyrants!

This is your chance to show your support. An unprecedented tour of America by freedom loving vignerons will start in Los Angeles on March 15th after an alleged ground-breaking tour of the Middle East.

Victory to Wild Yeast Fermentations, Natural Wine, Low Sulfur, Hand Harvesting and Delicious Wines!

The various tastings will include highly secretive trade tastings in each city. These tastings are only open to certified members of the wine trade. The public tastings will be open to most everyone, except professional provocateurs and apologists for too much sulfur. Firearms, either hidden or displayed, are banned at both public and non-public events. Hats are optional on both men and women.

Freedom fighters will include: Bera, Fonterenza, Occhipinti, Roagna, Radikon, Cascina degli Ulivi, Vergano, Monte dall'Ora, Montesecondo, Cascina Tavijn, Foradori, Quinta do Infantado, Terres Dorées, Franck Peillot, Domaine du Closel, Les Vins Contés, Matassa, Luneau-Papin, Desvignes, Alice and Olivier de Moor, René Mosse, Domaine de la Pépière, Franck Pascal, François Pinon, Eric Texier, Renardat-Fâche, Michel Tête, Hervé Villemade, Damien Coquelet, Causse Marines, François Cazin, Domaine Filliatreau, Jean Manciat and Domaine Bernard Baudry!

Rumors have Anderson Cooper appearing in North Carolina, but these rumors have yet to be totally confirmed.

Los Angeles
Tuesday, March 15
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Consumer Tasting - Domaine LA
6801 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

9 pm
Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00 pm
Public Event by Reservation

Lou or Maybe Somewhere Else
Will Know Soon
724 North Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Wednesday, March 16th in Venice
11 to 5 pm
Trade Tasting – Farm Wine Imports

Call Farm Wines, Send us an e-mail, or use any connection you know

Thursday, March 17th Secretive Farm Wine Trade Event
San Francisco, 12 to 4 pm

Contact Keven Clancy or Jeff Vierra or someone else you know

Saturday, March 19 Big-Time Consumer Tasting Along with Chambers Street Wines
14h-18h $20 Minimum Charity Tasting for Haiti
Everything goes to Partners in Health
Chambers Street
City Hall New York
131 Duane Street
New York, NY 10013

Durham, North Carolina
Monday March 21
12h – 16h
Trade Tasting - Centerba Selections
Undisclosed Venue
Call Centerba, Damon, Kelly or Ken. Send us an e-mail, or use any connection you know

New York
Tuesday March 22
11h – 17h
Secretive Trade Tasting – David Bowler Wine

Chicago Trade Tasting
Wednesday March 23
12h – 16h
Trade Tasting – The Maverick Wine Company
Somewhere in the Windy City
Call Josefa Concannon, send us an e-mail, or use any connection you know

Chicago Public Tasting
Thursday March 24, 19h – 21h
Consumer Tasting – Wine Discount Center
1826 N Elston
Chicago, IL

There is a supplemental $25 charge at each tasting for handicap access to anyone with Brain Tumors. This sum will go to providing wheelchairs, Brain Tumor refreshments, specially trained personnel, costs and whatever is left to the Livestrong fund.

will there be any Irish wines in SF?

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!