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by Fred McMillin
A Wall Street ... Love Story
" They fell in love with wine (and each other) 25 years ago and now live with their two daughters, Media and Zoe, in New York City, where they haunt wine shops in search of good values."
Haughty They're Not
Gaiter & Brecher: "You don't need to understand all that rigmarole. [Just remember], even a great winemaker can't make great wine from so-so grapes."
Short and Sweet
"BOOM! That was the sound of Merlot exploding onto the American scene a few years ago...Our best of tasting was a rich, classy Merlot at $19 which could have held its own against far more expensive bottles, made by Bill Frick." (pictured) [For more about Frick's tricks see Winedays of Aug. 20, 1997 and Oct. 11, l999.]
On June 4, 1973, it was love at first sight. Dorothy and John each were starting their first journalism job at the Miami Herald, and have been together ever since. Neither came from a family that served wine with their meals, so they shared the joy of "starting at the bottom," drinking and learning about inexpensive wines. Five years later they began taking notes and saving labels. The volume is sprinkled with warm, but instructional, recollections. E.g., at the Kitchen Witch, John always had Sauvignon Blanc with the Chicken Tarragon. [Jess Jackson, Kendall-Jackson's dynamic founder, once told me that was one of his favorite pairings, too.]
Just the Facts
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine
Here are some more of the couple's recommended wines, and related articles in past WineDays. Try the current release.
Pinot Gris—King Estate, Oregon
White Zinfandel—Beringer Vineyards
Ice Wine—Inniskillin Vidal, Oak aged dessert wine, "almost
takes your breath away."
Beaujolais - "We think Beaujolais is one of the
world's great wine bargains"
Cabernet Sauvignon—"Wine people consider Beaulieu's Georges de Latour Private Reserve among the greatest wines ever made in California." (The Private Reserve led the charge in WineDay's selecting Beaulieu as the "California Winery of the 20th Century", Feb. 4, 2000)
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