Dorothy J. Gaiter and her husband John Brecher are best known for their Wall Street Journal wine column, "Tastings," a passionate yet practical guide to their favorite subject. Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage is their marriage-and-wine memoir, an account of the couple's life together in terms of the bottles they discovered, shared, and enjoyed (or didn't) over time. If readers learn less than they should about the pair when their glasses aren't raised, they are nonetheless treated to a fascinating (as well as useful) investigation of a growing education and the bottles that fueled it.
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.
Authors of the Wall Street Journal's "Tastings" column about wine, husband and wife John Brecher and Dorothy J. Gaiter have also teamed up to write their memoir, Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage. Gaiter, who's black, and Brecher who's white, grew up in segregated Florida towns and met at the Miami Herald. With warmth and humor, they recall their courtship and wedding, the arrival of children and their long careers as journalists. All the important life passages, from a new job at Newsweek to the birth of their daughter, are marked by memorable bottles, and the couple describes how they went from enthusiasts to collectors to critics.
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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 19 months ago 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