Our company began 12 years ago with Jenny and François’s dream to share their passion of a style of wines they fell in love with while living in France. That passion has spread gradually over the years with thanks in no small part to other importers like Joe Dressner, and today there are a whole host of natural wine lovers: customers, sommeliers, wine store owners, and an ever-growing list of importers, who love these wines as much as we do. With all the attention Natural Wines are getting in the media lately, we thought it would be fun to do a series where people talk about all the things they love about these wines.
For our first entry in the series, we sat down for a talk with Joe Campanale. Joe has become a legend in a short period of time. He co-owns Dell’anima and L’Artusi, two very successful Italian restaurants in the West Village, as well as Anfora, one of the hippest wine bars in the city. The list at Anfora focuses heavily on winemakers, dedicating a full page to a biography of each. Anfora hosts special “Producer Nights” every Tuesday that feature all of one winemakers wines at very reasonable prices by the glass. Joe also looks great on camera, and he’s appeared on Top Chef and the Rachel Ray show, so he’s probably the most famous person we know who likes Natural Wine! Check out what Joe had to say in this video: