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Natalie Maclean, the Famous Wine Writer, Has Asked Me to Write A Promotional Blurb for Her New Book!
I just received a note from Natalie Maclean, whom I've never met, to write a blurb for her new book, which I've never read. Why not? To simplify matters, Ms. Maclean has also furnished the text of my personal blurb, saving me considerable time and the trouble of having to read her book and make an evaluation which Ms. Maclean might find disagreeable. I wonder if this is how The New York Times also reviews books? Below, is Ms. Maclean's suggested promotional blurb:
The picture above is a high resolution picture which Natalie Maclean suggested I use in the e-mail she sent me today.
Hot New Wine Book: Red, White, and Drunk All Over
In Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass, writer Natalie MacLean takes her readers behind the scenes of the international wine world—exploring its history, visiting its most evocative places, and meeting its most charismatic personalities.
The book was just chosen as the Best Wine Literature Book in the English language at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and has been described as A Year in Provence meets Kitchen Confidential then goes Sideways. One chapter is devoted to California zinfandel and in another, Natalie works in wine shops in New York City and San Francisco. In one chapter discusses the phenomenal success of Australian wines in North America.
Several chapters are devoted to French wines. For more information on the book, and to sign up for Natalie's free wine e-newsletter, visit www.nataliemaclean.com
Obese Mice Live 31 Percent Longer When they Drink Red Wine!
A recent study in Nature Magazine reports that obese mice live longer when they drink red wines, particularly from France's Gaillac region.
Scientests are now hopeful that If humans respond the same way to resveratrol, the polyphenol found in Gaillac Rouge, humans would be able to both overcome obesity-related health problems and eat all they like and remain fat. Combine this with Lipitor, this could mean a whole acceptance of Gaillac Rouge as an everyday part of the American diet.
Research done by David Sinclair of the Harvard Medical School has led to these shocking conclusions. Sinclair's team worked with "middle-aged" mice organized into three groups. One group served as a control, and the other two groups were fed a high-calorie diet, with 60 percent of the energy coming from fat.
Of these two groups, one groups drank large quantities of Gaillac Rouge on a continuous basis. The quantities of Gaillac Rouge were high on mice standards, although seemingly low on human standards. For the mice, it was the equivalent of a human drinking 100 glasses of Gaillac Rouge every day.
Over the next 24 months, the high-calorie mice became obese. The mice that didn't drink Gaillac Rouge became lethargic and stopped exercising. The mice who drank Gaillac Rouge became chubby but remained active, excercising vigorously, socializing with each other and remaining both happy and alert.
This study has been hailed by the CIVG (Comité Interprofessional du Gaillac and by many members of the wine trade as important advance in the promotional marketing of Gaillac and red wines in general.
Aerate that Dard-Ribo
St-Joseph, Croze-Hermitage and Hermitage from Dard-Ribo are now back in America. We imported some.
I had the St-Joe the other night at 360 Restaurant in Brooklyn. The wine just got into our warehouse and needs some time to settle down, but it is already delicious stuff crying out for decanting and aeration.
Run to your local retailers to stock-up on these outstanding wines.
Writing this Blog on My New IPHONE While Taking a Bus Up First Avenue!
Believe me, the technology is even more amazing than what they claim in all the hype!
Unfortunately, I have nothing interesting to say.
You Can Lodge A Vigneron in New York City this March!
We will have about 20 or so vignerons coming into New York on March 19th for a week of trade and public tastings.
Most of them find the prices of New York hotels exhorbitant and beyond their means.
This is where you fit in....you can put up a famous French Vigneron for several days. In return you will have increased housekeeping responsibilities, fees and lots of awkward conversations where you pretend you understand their English and they pretend they understand your French.
Maybe, they'll also give you some free wine.
So, give me a call on my cell phone (347.723.1232) or send me an e-mail if you are interesting in this exciting offer.
Meet Joe Dressner at Fabulous Dinner at ICI Restaurant on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:30 PM
I just learned about this dinner by doing a Google search on my name.
Turns out that I will be hosting a wine dinner at ICI Restaurant with lots of fabulous dishes and beautiful wines. I plan on attending if I'm not felled by the various brain disorders I've been diagnosing lately (see below). I hope you can make it too, even if you are also suffering from brain disorders!
ICI Restaurant is centrally located in Brooklyn's Fort Greene. They can be reached by telephone at 718.789.2778. The whole thing costs only $55.00 all inclusive, which seems absurdly cheap to me.
According to the restaurant's web site:
Leading real wine importer and writer Joe Dressner will be hosting a special wine dinner @ iCi on Wednesday January 24th. He will be matching some of his carefully selected natural wines to a 3-course menu including some of iCi's signature dishes and share with the guests his encyclopedic knowledge with his legendary brio, enthusiasm and practiced native New York sarcasm.
3 course dinner with matching wines and tasting of several sparkling, white and red wines in iCi’s new private dining room. Wines will include Antoine Arena Carco 2004 Blanc from Corsica, Emmanuel Houillon Arbois Chardonnay from the Jura, Pierre Breton France de Pieds 2005, Quinta do Infantado Ruby Port et autres....
A lot of of people do Google searchs on themselves and their old lovers, friends and distant relatives. I was shocked recently to do a Google search of myself and find this blog. I hadn't seen a picture of myself in a good twenty years and I was not only shocked by how much I had aged but also by how badly I had aged.
I just received the results of my brain EEG. Everything is fine.
Although this might mean that what's wrong with my brain has yet to be detected.
In the hope that I am suffering from a major brain disease, despite my Brain MRI and my Brain EEG showing no noticeable brain damage, I will be doing an Ambulatory Brain EEG next week.
Lucky I drink lots of healthy wine! I just read several articles in The Wine Spectator about how wine and the wine lifestyle are good for your health!
I have to apologize to my many readers out of there, but I have been on a blogging lull.
I've planned several articles, but don't have the time and energy. This has been a difficult time for me, with various family problems. But the blog reader public is unforgiving, I know that well, and I have to get back to blog work.
I've also recently contracted some sort of contagious neurological disorder. Tomorrow, I am taking something called an EEG, which hopefully will be a useful diagnostic tool. Apparently, the doctors put on a shower cap laced with electrodes and can figure out not only what is wrong with your brain but also what is wrong with the way you interact with your loved ones. Last week, I took a brain MRI, which was also a very enjoyable experience.
I'm planning major coverage on fake "natural" wines as soon as I get the shower cap off and my brain waves corrected. See you then.
Moving on to Chambers Street
Back to work!
Don't miss Saturday's big tasting at Chambers Street Wines. That's right, this Saturday, starting at 4:05 pm.
Wines will include:
Larmandier Bernier Saignée de Rosé Brut NV
Pepiere Clos des Briords 2005
Bera Arcese 2004
Pernot Puligny Mont AC 2005
Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert 2005
Laurent Barth Riesling Rebgarten 2005
Breton Trinch! 2005
Clos Roche Blanche Cabernet 2005
Pernot Bourgogne Pinot 2005
Esmonin C-D-Nuits 2004
Richaud C-d-Rhône Garrigues 2005
Cappellano Barbera d’Alba Gabutti 2001
Infantado LBV 2000 (polaner)
Another highlight of the tasting will be the guest appearance of Rahsaan Maxwell, legendary wine geek and scholar. There are also rumors that elusive internet wine personalities Jayson Cohen and Don Rockwell will be attending incognito.
Don't miss this event!
Words to Live By
I would like to thank all the people who have sent me e-mails, text messages, Pinger notices, Facebook and Myspace commentaries, and AIM messages of support since my father died on November 29th.
We are a family of Presbyterians and apparently, by Presbyterian law, I am not supposed to blog for at least a year after my father's death. I am also not supposed to go to happy occasions other than Presbyeterian christenings, and I am to be somber and say Presbyterian prayers nightly.
Various highlights of November 29th, past and present:
1967 -- Robert McNamara resigned as Secretary of Defense
1947 -- United Nations Votes for Partition of Palestine
1895 -- Busby Berkeley was born
1944 -- Felix Cavaliere of The Young Rascals was Born
1981 - Actress Natalie Wood drowned off Santa Catalina Island at the age 43.
1961 -- Enos the Chimp launched from Cape Canaveral and orbits the Earth twice
1982 -- Cary Grant died at the age of 82
1998 -- Swiss voters reject legalizing heroin
1530 -- Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, former adviser to England's King Henry VIII, died.
2006 -- My father Sam Dressner died peacefully at 10:13 pm in New York at the age of 88
We Import Numbers 42 and 98 of The Wine Spectator Top 100 List!
Congratulations are due to the producers for these fine efforts.
Don't Miss Michael Kane from Rosenthal Wine Merchants at Francos Wine Shop Today!
That's right, Michael Kane will be tasting a range of delicious wines from Neal Rosenthal's portfolio today at New Canaan.
Mr. Kane is the Eastern Regional manager for Mr. Rosenthal. He's a charming, articulate and knowledgeable wine professional who will be highlighting several artisan selections from Mr. Rosenthal's excellent choices throughout Europe.
The tasting is from 1 to 5 pm.
This looks to be an even more exciting tasting than last week's Port tasting with Mr. Arnold Trabb, the Eastern Manager of Premium Port Wines.
Don't miss this event!
What's With All the Tarragon?
I hate the taste of tarragon and can smell it if I am in a five block city radius from someone cooking a dish seasoned with this horrible herb.
Lately, I've had a succession of meals with tarragon. This herb used to be the rage in the late 1970s and 1980s but mercifully disappeared. It seems to be poised for a comeback. Has the CIA (the Culinary Institute of America) started a new craze? Are trendies sick of cilantro?
I just had a salad today in a Greek diner on 86th Street and 2nd Avenue. The salad stunk to high heavens of Tarragon.
I had Halibut in Montreal on Saturday which had been bathed in the stuff.
What's going on? Is it all these graduate students who want to interview me? Are they poisoning my food because I won't discuss the intricacies of the American Wine Distribution system to them?
Attention Graduate Students!
Nine graduate students have contacted me in the past two weeks to enlist my aid in their important research into the exciting wine distribution racket.
Please don't send inquiries.
I'm too busy and my health is too poor to help out.
Just today, I had a tooth extraction, for instance.
I want to thank you in advance for leaving me alone.
Has anyone tasted it yet?
I wait for tomorrow.
I'm a law-abiding citizen.
I'm off to Québec for a small vacation and to police my children.
I'm taking up a case of Mollydooker with me, the new taste sensation from Australian, and am looking forward to the whole experience!
See you soon!
Les Grands Crews
That's right, not crus, but crews.
I had never heard about this wine category until last night's wine dinner in Fort Lauderdale.
Turns out there are lots of luxury yachts here and they account for almost 35% of the fine wine market. The problem is that the yachts want to buy all their provisions from one wine retailer. The yacht owners might be drinking Romanée-Conti or Château Margaux, but they are not serving those wines to their ever-thirsty yacht crews. Apparently, yacht crews are big fans of Kendall-Jackson and no respectable retailer can expect to move boxes of Romanée-Conti if they cannot also supply far larger quantities of Kendall-Jackson for the dockhands. Surprisingly enough, the yacht crews are also big fans of Freixenet.
Who would have guessed?
This is why I love getting out and about in America. Every wine market is particular and we are now putting together a Louis/Dressner Yacht Crew Promotional Package to tap into this dynamic market.
We're considering a commerative Captain Steubing bottling of Ménu Pineau Pur.