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Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Love by the Glass is a captivating memoir by the authors of The Wall Street Journal's weekly "Tastings" column, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, who have merged their journalism careers with their love of wine. She grew up in the all-black environment of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, and he was raised in Jacksonville, where his was one of a handful of Jewish fa ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 14th 2003 by Random House Trade (first published January 8th 2002)
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I believe it was a year or so ago when I reviewed The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher. I found that book was top notch in its accessible approach to wine drinking and enjoyment.

So I started into Love by the Glass with a lot of positive feelings and I wasn’t disappointed. This is an engaging recounting of how two reporters met and made a life together. The story of their lives is woven around their passion for wine and how it eventually leads to the most po
Andrew Schirmer
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-wine
One of the greatest things about the pre-Murdoch Wall Street Journal--that is, before the rest of the paper was brought down to the level of its op/ed page--was the wine column by Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher. There, most incongruously, in the capitalist paper of record you could read unpretentious, adventurous, and celebratory writing on wine with words full of life and love--it is impossible to imagine something like this appearing in the Journal today. This book is the story of their love ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-wine
About halfway through the book I got fed up. I had the feeling that this couple was just too self-satisfied, too yuppie, too full of themselves. But I plowed on and in the end, I liked the book. There were some wonderful parts, especially the part of Dottie's illness and even more so, the part called "Open that Bottle Night" which was the best part of the book.

Unfortunately, that best part left me feeling very left out and lonely. This section and the main point of the book is that wine is some
Beautiful book about life, love, and marriage paired with just the right vintage. Loved it.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foodie-lit
Very sweet, and the bits on the history of American wine were fascinating. It drags a bit and could have been shorter, but overall a delightful picture of a great marriage and a fun hobby.
Angela B
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lovely story of wine, food, love, family, and celebrating life's moments! ...more
I started reading this book at a bed and breakfast in Waynesboro, Virginia. The title intrigued me and so did the subject. Two of my favorite things – wine and love. My husband and I have been drinking Virginia wine for the last five years. We go to a lot of local wineries and even belong to one winery’s wine club. We haven’t been serious about this at all, but it has been fun.

So there we were on vacation and I am always a sucker for a good book. Over the course of our three day stay, I read abo
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I read this book out-loud to each other, which is a lovely way to experience the story. It's much more of an autobiographical telling of the authors' romance with each other and life, as opposed to a book about wine. In fact, it offers precious little information on the topic, and as such I would not recommend it to those who are already oenophiles; however, it seems like it might serve as a pleasant introduction to those who are intimidated by the subject.

Aside from the lack of i
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm only a casual wine drinker and a little intimidated by how much I don't know. Which makes me the perfect reader for Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, who write the Wall Street Journal's Tastings column each week.

This is a story whose narrative frame arises from the wines the authors drink at critical moments during their lives together, but wine is not its primary theme. Instead, what emerges is a not-exceptional but well-observed story of a long marriage. Along the way, there are triumph
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I would give this less stars for readers who aren't into wine, but even so, Dottie and John use wine to tell the bigger story of their lives and their love, and the book reminded me how important it is to slow down and relish the time we have - which wine has a way of helping us do. As they say near the end of the book, "... having reached this sweet spot, wine encourages us to linger there, to sip this sweet life, instead of gulping it. Too much of our lives rushes by us. Too few people take th ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is just a sweet read. I was a little disturbed by their inside lovey dovey stuff ('to your bottom' for a toast was a little much for me; dorothy's face in various household objects ... creepy?), but once I got past that, it's just a lovely story -- and taught me a lot about wine. So much of what's written about wine is at this high, lofty, inaccessible distance. And I'm sure a lot of folks want it that way. But the fact that these two just love what they do, and love each other so much ...more
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is as much about wine as it is about a relationship between two people, their challenges and how they overcame them. And one of the messages I feel the book promoted: if you like wine, try it, drink it, enjoy it. you don't have to know all about it to know what you like and don't like. sometimes you will try a wine and be disappointed, but be willing to try a different wine because sometimes you will be floored by it. just like in life - you have disappointments and you hav ...more
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Such a sweet book from such a sweet couple. The Wall Street Journal's wine-reviewing couple weaves their love and life stories with their passion for wine, which begins as a hobby and develops into a beloved weekly column in the Journal. Although the book is fantastically written and a breeze to read, if you are looking for insight into the world of wine, this is not the place. The authors really encourage people to drink wines of all types, but really, this is mostly a sweet, little love story. ...more
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a gift and such a fun and entertaining read. Written by the couple that writes the wine column for WSJ, it talks about their relationships (how they met, their courtship, marriage, life together, starting the WSJ column, WSJ column adventures and funny stories and experiences). All of this centers around their mutual love for wine and the experiences tasting it.
I love wine, and this story made me smile and laugh and feel really good. It also made me thirsty. :)

Read when you want a rela
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by my boss almost two years ago. It lived up to the hype. It was beautiful to trace Dottie and John's story through their wine consumption.
My only issue is that I just read the book. I didn't take note on wines or vineyards while reading and just figured that I would copy the index after I was finished and use it as a reference. Well, there was no index. I will have to get my information in another way.
Dec 09, 2008 marked it as quit-reading
The love story in this book was good. The connection between the authors leapt off the page. But a wine connoisseur I am not. The information and detail about nearly every glass of wine that the couple has ever drunk together, was very tedious.

If you are a wine connoisseur, and like all things wine, and are a sucker for a good love story, then this true story of the wine editors from the Wall Street Journal is for you!
Apr 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Karen by: Molly Fisher
This was recommended to me by a neighbor who read it for a book club; I enjoy wine, although I'm by no means a connoisseur, and thought that I would give it a try. The discussions about wine were interesting but weren't engaging and I found myself skimming the ruminations over certain wines, grapes and "bouquets"; what I found most interesting were the glimpses into their lives as journalists and personal lives. If you really love wine you might find this book more enjoyable that I did. ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you enjoy wine? Then grab this book! By the time I finished it, I decided that I had to rethink by wine habits - Dottie and John encouraged me to try EVERYTHING and to give the wine time to become what it wants to be - in other words, keep sipping! And the two authors (journalists and wine columnists) gave hints on how to live a full life as a part of their story. What a delightful read - not without its sad moments, but with a nod to finding the good in everything!!
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. I laughed, I cried, I learned. It's romantic and inspiring and not at all snobbish. They have a very laid back, approachable writing style that invites you to get excited (and not nervous) about wine. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in wine (or, frankly, inspirational couples). ...more
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
My wife loved this book and recommended it to me, but I have to admit that I just didn't get the same thing from it that she did. I wanted to learn about wine, and I did, but most of the book was really about the life story of the two authors. My wife tells me that I just don't understand romance, but I say that if I had wanted to read a romance novel, I'd have picked something else. ...more
What a charming book! I recall really enjoying reading about the authors' exploration of and love for wine - including their honeymoon by train with a case of Taittinger champagne. I also recall being very annoyed by the fact that they both wrote in the first person, so the "I" could be Dorothy or John in alternating paragraphs. Apart from that, loved it. ...more
Georgie Barden
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
My best friend bought this book for me...I think when I got engaged. I started it, but ended up re-starting and finishing it on my honeymoon. It was such a great book. I was hungry and craving wine. I soon grabbed a pen and starting underlining every great wine and restaurant in the book. There are MANY highlights!
Lori Ann
Mar 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I ADORE the books by this couple. The chapters offer a wonderfully accessilble way to learn about all wine varietals. The personal stories of the couple take away the dryness of many other wine books - it offered me a much better way to get a grounding in new types of wine.
Rebecca Cripe
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Love wine and that is what drew me to this book. True story about a couple's romance through life by celebrating each moment (whether good or bad) with a glass of wine. Different wines for different times. ...more
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Only two stars because.... it is a wine snob's dream book hidden in a true story of love and life. The authors are a married couple working in the news industry that ABSOLUTELY share a passion for wine. So if you are interested in learning about wine it is worth your time. ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Danette gave us this when we got married and I loved it. John and I read it together. We leave tomorrow for our trip to Napa and Sonoma where we honeymooned. Plan to drink a lot of wine and enjoy our time together.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is a beautiful book. I read it with my husband when we were engaged. We still emulate some of the good ideas in here (like writing down our goals each year). It's a beautiful testament to love and life.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is very wine intensive, but I loved their story. The couple wrote it in third person plus used "we" which was a little awkward, but you get used to it.
A really nice story and a great wine tutorial from two very gifted writers who are not remotely wine snobs.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, even if it wasn't my favorite genre. It gave me a new appreciation for something I take for granted, and gave me new vocabulary to describe what I drink. It made me want to travel, slow down, talk more and worry less. That alone was reason enough to read it. ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is a fun history of America's wine habits, but also really tugs at the heartstrings. Worth reading, and won't take long. ...more
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