Dorothy J. Gaiter

Dorothy J. Gaiter

Dorothy J. Gaiter

Dorothy J. Gaiter conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal's wine column, "Tastings," from 1998 to 2010 with her husband, John Brecher. She has been tasting and studying wine since 1973. She has had a distinguished career in journalism as a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at The Miami Herald and The New York Times as well as at The Journal. Dottie and John are well-known from their many television appearances, especially on Martha Stewart's show, and as the creators of the annual "Open That Bottle Night" celebration of wine and friendship. The first bottle they shared was André Cold Duck.

  1. Ridge Howell Mountain for $6.99: The Story of Our House Wines

    Ridge Howell Mountain for $6.99: The Story of Our House Wines

    "It’s essential in your wine life to have house wines. Others might call them everyday wines, a sibling concept, with this caveat: Under no circumstances should these wines, or any one wine, no matter how grand or humbly delicious, be consumed every day." Dorothy J. Gaiter
  2. What’s a Great Wine Bar?

    What’s a Great Wine Bar?

    Dorothy J. Gaiter on the attributes that make a great wine bar - and her discovery of Uvaggio in Miami.
  3. Merry Edwards: One of America’s Wine Pioneers Is Ready for More Disruption

    Merry Edwards: One of America’s Wine Pioneers Is Ready for More Disruption

    "Unfortunately, as we all know, it's not just the men who inhibit women from getting to where they need to be. Unfortunately it's other women many times who discriminate and are afraid." Merry Edwards in conversation with Dorothy J. Gaiter
  4. In a World of Sharks, Here’s a Toast to Wine’s Capacity for Good

    In a World of Sharks, Here’s a Toast to Wine’s Capacity for Good

    "Lamberto Frescobaldi, who represents the 30th generation of one of Italy’s most storied winemaking families, says the wines he makes with prisoners at the penal colony on Gorgona Island, off the coast of Tuscany, contain “the taste of hope.” Dorothy J. Gaiter
  5. Diana Krall, Mi Sueño Winery and a Building Named Dorothy: OTBN 2018!

    Diana Krall, Mi Sueño Winery and a Building Named Dorothy: OTBN 2018!

    "We heard from more than 1,500 wine lovers from Maui to Jacksonville, Florida, from Santa Barbara to Russia, from Seattle to London, from Vancouver to Chile, from Rhode Island to New Zealand, and from Atlanta to South Africa." Dorothy J. Gaiter on Open That Bottle Night
  6. Open That Bottle Night Is Coming! Tales of Duckhorn, Sherry and a False Missile Alert

    Open That Bottle Night Is Coming! Tales of Duckhorn, Sherry and a False Missile Alert

    "Even if opening that wine may be the end of that bottle’s journey it is only the beginning of a long night of stories." Dorothy J. Gaiter on Open That Bottle Night.
  7. Jed Steele Makes Magic: Honest, Tasty and Affordable California Wines

    Jed Steele Makes Magic: Honest, Tasty and Affordable California Wines

    Jed Steele helped define the big style of California Chardonnay working for Jess Jackson and Kendall Jackson as winemaker in the 1980's. He was sued by Jackson when he left the company in the 1990. Dorothy J. Gaiter on Steele's unique wine journey.
  8. Dorothy J. Gaiter: My Journey Through the Most Exciting Wines of 2017

    Dorothy J. Gaiter: My Journey Through the Most Exciting Wines of 2017

    "There were wines I had last year that were truly exciting. Encountering these is one of the joys of this lifelong journey we’re on with wine." Dorothy J. Gaiter on her favorite wines of 2017.
  9. The Perfect Holiday Party? Here It Is, Wrapped with a Bow

    The Perfect Holiday Party? Here It Is, Wrapped with a Bow

    "Here’s a fun holiday party idea we got years ago from a reader." Dorothy J. Gaiter
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