Dr. Vino in John and Dottie’s new ABCs

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John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter, the wildly popular wine columnists at the Wall Street Journal, published an updated glossary of handy wine terms in Saturday’s column. Here’s their headline:

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The columnists’ updated glossary swaps Parker for Dr. Vino and Vayniacs; why there are 27 entries

It was very nice of them to give Dr. Vino a shout out! (Click through for their full comments.) And to hold up my book A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season in the accompanying video! Check out their glossary for other fun wine terms, such as Xinomavro and Zweigelt (also good in Scrabble).

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10 Responses to “Dr. Vino in John and Dottie’s new ABCs”


  1. Hi, Tyler. My wife and I met you at your recent book signing at Pasanella, and we spoke fondly of John & Dottie at the time. Congratulations on the great press from them on Saturday. I hope it brings you a lot of visitors to the site and customers of your book(s).


  2. “and one good example is drvino.com, which is well-written, well-researched, calm and, dare we use the word, sober.” Ha. I say dare away. Congrats on the coverage, Tyler. Anyway cursed with the same initial letter as Dr.Vino has a hard glossary slot to overtake.


  3. Congrats Tyler! I saw this on WSJ and thought I’ll mail you about it. But just saw your post on the same.

    Three Cheers for “D for Dr. Vino”!!


  4. Congratulations!

    I’ve owned a Kindle now for a month and was going to buy your book this morning. I was surprised to see that the Kindle price is $14.40 compared to the actual shipped book price of $18.72 (including free shipping).

    The New York Times Best Seller’ss list are all at $9.99 as are Alice Feiring’s book and the Billionaire’s Vinegar. In fact, $9.99 seems to be pretty much the limit for what a Kindle book costs.

    Why is your book over 40% more expensive than the rest of the Kindle catalog. Perhaps this an oversight or a conflict between you and your publisher. Honestly, I have no idea.

    But I’m in love with my Kindle and find it discouraging that environmentally conscious authors like you don’t encourage your readers to buy through e-book delivery. The paltry $3.32 difference between your paper book and e-mail delivery is not much of an incentive or savings.

    Please let us know what is behind your surprising pricing strategy.


  5. Joe, does it occur to you that authors don’t set the sticker price of books (or Kindle downloads), but publishers do?

    And are you really opposed to a writer making money off his writing? Seriously?

    How about this: “Joe, your wines cost more than $9.99. Please charge less.”


  6. I’m sure Tyler can clear this up. It does seem odd that I can buy almost any book through the Kindle and pay 9.99, including almost everything about wine.

    I’m all for Tyler making money. What I don’t understand is why his book sells for $14.40 if everyone else is at $9.99.

    Let me assure I do everything I can to stop wine gouging when I can. If a wine gets a good review I don’t let it go to people who are going to make questionable profits. All I ask is that companies respect the standard mark-up in the wine trade. Tyler’s publisher is not doing so when they go beyond the $9.99 everyone else asks. And I would certainly doubt the extra $4.41 is going into Tyler’s pocket.

    Since Tyler is so strong about environmental issues, shouldn’t he take a stand with his publisher demanding the industry standard mark-ups that everyone else is getting. Or is his strong “green” politics only when it comes out of someone else’s pocket?


  7. Joe,

    For your convenience, a list of all Kindle e-books for sale at Amazon, ranked by price.

    http://tinyurl.com/oy429w

    I don’t know what Tyler ever did to you, but you seem intent on portraying him as some sort of hypocritical monster. But again, I think your single-minded stalker-ish harrassment and inability to change your tune in the face of a reasoned response speak for themselves. Your imbalanced vitriol is a stupid business decision, frankly. It sure makes you unworthy of financial support with *my* wine dollars. I detest the fact that you take the comments section of this wine blog and make it into your own little collection of personal attacks and tangents. I realize I’m falling for your trolling by responding to your comments, and you’ll probably chime in to have the last word. May I suggest an apology?


  8. Dear Estaban:

    Why make this a personal attack?

    I apologize if I ever implied that buying Tyler’s book was more expensive than buying Selected Nuclear Materials and Engineering Systems (Part 4) which costs $6,431.20. I don’t quite see that as a reasoned response on your part.

    On the other hand, look at the Best Selling section of the available books on Kindly and you will see they are all at $9.99 or lower. Comparable wine books are also at that price.


  9. Tyler, this is awesome and well deserved! Congrats.


  10. Fantastic posting, I bookmarked your blog so I can visit again in the near future, Thanks, Hazel Pawell


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