Joe Dressner, Innovative Importer Passes

The New York-based natural wine importer dies at the age of 60, after a three-year battle with brain cancer.

Joe Dressner, avid blogger and importer of naturally made wines, died on Saturday in New York City after a battle with brain cancer. He was 60.

With a larger than life and opinionated personality, Dressner scoured France, Italy and Portugal to select wine from both big-name estates and smaller ones for his importing company, New York-based Louis/Dressner Selections. His imports included producers in the Mâconnais, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Loire, Bugey, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Southwest and Champagne regions of France; in Piedmont, Friuli, Veneto, Tuscany, Sicily and Puglia regions of Italy, Portugal, Spain, Croatia and Slovenia.

Dressner, who was famously unwilling to filter his thoughts or feelings, recently posted a blog on his Web site entitled, “The Amazing Adventures of Captain Tumor Man.” In this, he wrote: “I have had a great live [sic] from marching for the victory of Viet Cong, to bringing real, natural wines to America, to working with vignerons who have made a difference, raising money for Partners in Health in Haiti, and to sticking out my middle finger to every pompous, reactionary asshole I came across in and out of the wine world.”

He is survived by his wife, Denyse Louis, son Jules and daughter Alyce. With company partner Kevin McKenna, the Dressner family continues business management of Louis/Dressner Selections.

Want to read what he wrote?

Dressners’ son Jules posted the following three blogs that he thought best represented his dad:
“Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” by Joe Dressner
“Spoof or Die” by Joe Dressner
“A Wine’s Personality” by Joe Dressner

Published on September 19, 2011
Topics: Industry News, Wine News
About the Author
Roger Voss
European Editor, Reviews wines from Portugal and France

Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.

Email: rvoss@wineenthusiast.net




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