Joe Dressner, a Favorite Importer on This Board, Dies at 60
The Saturday Times ran an extensive remembrance of Joe. Many on the board, judging from past postings, will be raising a glass of Loire to his memory. The New York Wine community is saddened and diminished by his absence.
I didn't even realize he had died until I saw this posting, but Saturday night I just happened to pull out a Louis/Dressner wine -- the utterly magnificent 1986 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses. (Strangely, I read somewhere that even though he imported the wine, he thought it was too "green", but I think it is perfect).
HIs death at such a young age is so sad. I'm glad he got to live his passions while he was alive.
I was able to attend a Louis/Dressner tasting at Terroir in San Francisco and Joe was there after he had his first round of cancer treatment. I had asked to take his picture with two members of a wine discussion board and he declined. They had someone else snap a photo of Dressner. At the end of the evening I went up to Joe to thank him for allowing me into the tasting. He decided to pose for a photo. He grabbed the prayer candles -- there's a whole another story there -- and let me snap this photo.
Joe was truly a one-of-a-kind character. He will be missed.