Joe Dressner, Champion of Terroir

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 by Alan Tardi

Two of the Top 100 Wineries are in the Louis/Dressner portfolio: Bernard Baudry and Domaine de Bellivière. Peter Liem, a long-time friend of Joe Dressner, wrote this remembrance.

Joe Dressner
Joe Dressner

Joe Dressner, a partner in Louis/Dressner Selections, died on September 17 at his home in Manhattan, following an extended battle with brain cancer. He was 60 years old.

Dressner founded his wine import company with his wife, Denyse Louis, in 1988; later, they added a third partner, Kevin McKenna. They sought wines that were grown with respect for the environment and that were handled as minimally as possible in the cellar; by the time these wines eventually became fashionably categorized as “natural wines,” . . . Continue reading →

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Puro Kristančič

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 by CordMedina

I first met Movia’s Aleš Kristančič at our Top of the List event in New York this past May, where he joined us for a seminar on natural wines with Puro, an almost electric-tasting sparkling wine that he bottles with the lees intact. It’s a wonder that the wine doesn’t come with a Warning: Don’t Try This at Home sign attached. Most producers of sparkling wine opt to make bottle opening consumer-friendly; they disgorge prior to release. But Aleš wants us to experience the full power of his biodynamic fruit, and a premature removal of the yeast might rob the wine of a portion of its flavor. Not to mention that leaving it in the bottle increases Puro’s aging potential.

The Movia estate straddles the border between Italy and Slovenia, part . . . Continue reading →

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Gilt City View

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 by Tara Q. Thomas

I had only one worry when I walked into our private tasting space: The view out the floor-to-ceiling windows was so grand that no one would pay attention to the wines we’d poured. It was what photographers call the “magic hour,” the setting sun bathing the San Francisco hills in a dusky rose hue, the corner spot four floors up affording a 180° view.

Those wines were sweated over: My colleague Patrick Comiskey and I had to choose only six out of the more than 200 wines poured by our Top 100 Wineries to showcase for a tasting organized for members of Gilt City. We began with the supposition that everyone would head to the Dom, Roederer and the like on their own (thus assuaging . . . Continue reading →

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Moon over METREON

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 by Joshua Greene

The “Cher Building” overlooking City View at METREON
The “Cher Building” overlooking City View at METREON

When Mira Bieler and I look at a new venue for the Top 100, the first thing I consider is the oysters and Champagne. That’s where everyone will start the evening—and where I plan to start my evening as well. It’s the prow of the Top 100 ship.

Mira has helped us produce the Top 100 for eight years running, and has continued to find cool venues for the event. This past spring, she met me at City View at METREON, and neither of us held out much hope standing at the elevators in the downstairs lobby, smelling the popcorn of the AMC movie theaters (the nasty side of chardonnay). The elevator opened onto the fourth floor and we walked out into the raw, soon-to-be-renovated space then out onto the balcony. There was the . . . Continue reading →

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