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Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage Paperback – January 14, 2003
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Chapters are named for the couples' progressive wine discoveries, from the "rudimentary" (André Cold Duck, enjoyed on their first date) to the diversely more evolved (for example, a "magnificent" Gevrey-Chambertin Gérard Quivy provided in a basement shop in Burgundy). Other discoveries are delightfully serendipitous (like a "small" but delicious Collery brut champagne, enjoyed at the launch of the pair's wine Web site). In the process, readers follow the intertwining lives of the love-at-first-sight couple--he, from one of a few Jewish families in Jacksonville, Florida; she, African American and raised in the environment of Florida A&M University--as they blend burgeoning journalism careers with their love of wine. Emblematic of this ever-evolving infatuation, and a narrative high point, is the couple's maternity ward visit to wet the lips of their newborn second daughter with Taittinger champagne. Thus wine and love are once again mutually measured in a book all devotees of the grape, and of the couple who so plainly elucidate its mysteries, will want to read. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was a non-wine drinker when I started reading their column in the Wall Street Journal. Now as my bottles collect along with some cherished memories, I feel like they've introduced me to new life adventures that are available to anyone--this book, even while it looks back, is a great continuation of that journey.
While the authors do talk about wine a lot, it is truly a story of their lives and relationship long before they began writing about wine for a living.
An excellent and quick read. Gaiter and Brecher are a wonderful couple, if a bit "precious" at times. I have seen them on [a television program] on occasion and was charmed by their love for wine and their desire to make it understandable to all. Wine is truly an obsession for them, but we can all learn from their obsession without taking it to that level.
I highly recommend reading their "Tastings" column in the Wall Street Journal each Friday. It contains more information on particular wines and recommendations.
First is the style: it's written in the third person, as if by some distant friend of the authors, and that's a highly debatable choice for two people who are zealous advocates for wine being best experienced as an intimate personal event. Then, apparently in recognition of the fact that the 3rd person style has its limitations in this context, the authors throw in occasional personal asides in italics, adding an element of inconsistency on top of their initial poor choice. (A much better style would have been, say, the joint author style used in "All's Fair," the book that James Carville and Mary Matalin did together several years ago). It's thus almost hard to believe that these two are the esteemed writer/journalists that they claim to be...which, in turn, brings up another problem with the book: there's a typical baby boomer self-centered, self-congratulatory note here in a text that doesn't need it. Also in the stylistic department: the end of the book seems awfully rushed. After a leisurely pace through most the book, within the space of a couple pages at the end, the authors breeze through Martha Stewart, the dot-com bust, their decision to give up the traditional careers they started, and 9/11/01.
On top of this, at least some readers are sure to find that the authors really are the wine snobs that they so often claim not to be. They admit, after all, to being Central Park West, East Coast, yuppy liberals who love eating at chi-chi restaurants and living close to the edge of their means while traveling the world. Oh, and for liberals who might be inclined to love the authors all the more because of all this, keep in mind that the authors barely explain their life decision to work for capitalist tool "The Wall St. Journal.Read more ›
The authors succeed admirably in their main mission, which is to show how passionate they are about wine and encourage readers to find the same passion in themselves. In the process, John & Dottie provide a unique insight into their own career paths from which all young journalists can benefit -- even teetotallers!
The book's only drawback is shared by even the finest wines: taken to excess it can cause headaches and occasionally even mild nauseau. This may be due to the high sugar content in John's musings about Dottie.
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I so enjoyed this book! part love story, part parenting and family, part education about wine, wine, wine, and of course champagne. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Susan from Colorado
This is so much more then a "Wine" book. Its the story of a couple who have enjoyed life & drank wine along the way. So much fun to experience what they have experienced. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Dulcinea
What a cool couple John and Dottie are. I loved reading about their life long love affair with wine, and each other. Read morePublished on June 12, 2009 by Debra McManus
I just finished Love by the Glass. It's amazing escapist literature. There's actually very little about wine in it; instead, it's a pretty much straight-up memoir from the... Read morePublished on July 1, 2008 by Michael J. Dittman
What a wonderful way to organize a book! Most life stories are organized around major life events. This memoir is organized around the small events that matter in the long run. Read morePublished on June 16, 2006 by Lydia E. York
I have recently started to study the world of wines thoroughly. But when a friend gave me this book to read and told me that I might like it, I was a bit skeptical because I... Read morePublished on June 18, 2005 by Irina Iacobescu
Gaiter and Brecher have employed their love of wine as a wonderful frame for the warm and touching story of their lives together. Read morePublished on December 2, 2003 by Michael K. McKeon
I'm doing research for a series of romance novels about a family of winemakers. My friend, Gwen, recommended this book since she knew I was a neophyte where wine is concerned. Read morePublished on November 6, 2003 by Janice Sims
When I got my copy of Love by the Glass, I think I was expecting a little less about love and a little more about what was in the glass. Read morePublished on June 16, 2003 by Eric J. Lyman