Raising Full Glasses: A tribute dinner to Joe Dressner

Real wine. It’s what we pour every night at Journeyman, and it’s what we drink on our own time. Real wine is wine that tastes like the earth and grapes from which it comes and like the yeast and people who interact with it. Real wine is honest, beautiful, tasty, and – luck of luck! – even better when shared with friends.

We borrowed the name for that kind of wine from a man we were lucky to call a friend, and to whom we were lucky to serve dinner on his last trip to Boston. Joe Dressner, the man in question, imported real wine from around the world to the United States, and shared it with friends near and far through his company, Louis/Dressner.

The Louis/Dressner wine portfolio has converted all of us at Journeyman into winos and wine aficionados, because Joe’s passion was infectious, and because real wine is truly delicious. Joe Dressner died recently, after a long fight against brain cancer. He never lost his sense of humor, or his deep appreciation for food, wine, and friends, and our respect and fondness for him and his mission is sharpened and deepened with his loss. Together with our good friends from the Wine Bottega, Journeyman is sharing our love in the form of a tribute dinner to honor Joe.

This will NOT be a somber event with toasts and dirges, rather, it will be a rollicking good time to celebrate what Joe cared most about: good wine, good food, good times, and good causes. We’ll make merry with over 10 wines from Joe’s portfolio and a Journeyman-style feast. All the proceeds from the night will go to Partners in Health, Joe’s charity of choice.
Here’s what we’re planning:

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible: 617-718-2333.

Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 7:00pm
$80 per person, includes food, wine, tax, and gratuity.

All proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Partners in Health, for their work in Haiti, and additional contributions to Partners in Health can be made that evening.

NV Chaussard “You are so Bubbly”
served with assorted housemade charcuterie

Trio of French Muscadets: Domaine de la Pépière “Muscadet Sévre et Main”, Domaine Luneau-Papin “La Grange”, and Domaine de la Pépière “Clos des Briords Cuvée Vieilles Vignes”
served with roasted cauliflower soup, oysters, and red cabbage

Trio of Italian reds: Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco di Salomino di S. Croce, Tami Nero D’Avola, Foradori Teroldego
served with roast pork shoulder, potato gratin, suitable vegetables

Domaine Renardat-Fâche Cerdon Methode Ancestrale, Bugey
served with creme brulee and poached, spiced pears

Roagna Barolo Chinato
served with cookies and marshmallows

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