The Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher Papers
document the couple's career in wine writing from 1998-2009. The collection includes forty-four albums of labels and tasting
notes related to the
Wall Street Journal column "Tastings" (1998-2009), select pieces of art, publication materials, notes, assorted
news stories and clippings, and materials related to their books
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine (1999),
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine: New and Improved (2002),
Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes From a Marriage (2002), and
Wine for Every Occasion: Red, White and Bubbly to Celebrate the Joy of Living (2004). Also included are letters
from readers, recordings of their television appearances, materials related to Open That Bottle Night, and born-digital
materials including email correspondence and article drafts.
Award-winning journalists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher have been exploring wine together for more than thirty years.
The couple met in June of 1973 while working at the
Miami Herald and, thanks to a gift of Alexis Bespaloff's
The New Signet Book of Wine from John's brother, soon began sampling wines and keeping track of what they had
tried. Over the course of twenty-five years, the two kept notes on thousands of bottles of wine tied to large and small
moments in their life.
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for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
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