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September 21, 2011


Hunter Goss

Really enjoyed the Dressner piece on "spoofulation".

A friend and I were talking about just this subject the other day (didn't call it spoofulation, though). We were talking about wines from California and he said that California wines lost their character when the wineries began making wine for restaurants ("approachable", fruity, easy drinking, etc.)and stopped making them for wine drinkers. And like Dressner, he called them fruit bombs.

Over on Terroirists there's a post that touches on some of the same issues.

robert ames

i think your picture at the beginning of your lovely and fitting tribute to joe is of him opening bottles of macon wine. roally, perhaps?


Could have been, Robert. But it seems to be the 3rd bottle to have been opened on that visit in 2008 and from my notes in the story I wrote then it would have been a Muscadet 1997.

David Butler

I had occasion to both work and dine with Joe several times here in Seattle over the years. He was one of the great personalities working in this field and his approach to wine was truly laudable. He understood that wine was 'for life' not for worship and had the most marvelous way of balancing his formidable knowledge and expertise with good ol' human love and good humor. Thank you for this tribute.

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