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Posted January 21, 2002
I just finished reading LOVE BY THE GLASS. It's one of the best books I've ever read -- not one of the best wine books, not one of the best autobiographies -- just one of the best books. The stories (about Dottie and John and about famous and not-so-famous winemakers) are endearing and poignant and drove me to deplete the better part of a box of kleenex. It simultaneously took me back to my own wine roots in the 70's (Mateus, Gallo Hearty Burgundy) and gave me a history of wine in America. More than anything else, LOVE BY THE GLASS is a sweet and compelling story told through wine of two people you'd like to have as friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2002
I finished your wonderful book yesterday afternoon and couldn't bring myself to begin anything else...what a pleasure in the middle of such a long siege of depressing literature (the Correction) or sheer pedagogy! I've been a long time fan, and always grab for the Fri Journal;so, when I saw this on the shelves at Barnes & Noble, I grabbed it without thinking about it...what a delightful payoff! They've got such a terrific story to tell, and set a beautiful example for the rest of us who might, otherwise, fall into nightly drinking as pure habit. When is volume 2?!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2002
When Dottie and John entered my life (like almost every other reader of the Wall Street Journal's Tastings column, this is what I call them even though we have never met), I had no wine in my house and didn't drink wine on anything resembling a regular basis. For the last four years they've been teaching me about life as much as they've been teaching me about wine, and I've looked forward to this book for a long time. When the UPS man brought it (at 9 a.m.) I decided it was too early to open wine to go with it so I waited until the afternoon to begin reading it. The book lived up to my expectations. I laughed sometimes so hard my children wanted me to read whatever it was out loud (I'm not sure they got it). And while a Kleenex box was not necessary, that was only because I know that it all worked out fine in the end since I'm a regular column reader. What was happening to them sometimes hurt, and as they do in all their writing, the pain was not just for them, but for anyone who could be in that situation, whether it was struggling with infertility or dealing with the losses of Sept. 11th. Wine is usually so 'exclusive'--only 'some' people can know or spend enough to really 'get' it. Dottie and John bring to wine and to everying a gift for the universal. They don't have the usual boundaries. Their relationship proves for starters that race and religion don't inevitably separate people. Things that others might let separate us become just another variety or vintage, for sampling, enjoying and celebrating. Thanks to them, I collect memories and adventures as much or more than I collect wine bottles. Try something new, have confidence in your own judgement, celebrate with friends and family--these are the lessons that they offer with their life stories that apply to much more than the world of wine.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.