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Book Review: Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking by Michael J Gelb

I was recently asked to review Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices by Michael Gelb and I must admit that this is not necessarily my kind of book . . . but for the deep thinkers amongst us this may be a book that they enjoy.

Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking is not your ordinary wine book and Michael Gelb is not your ordinary wine guru. Michael Gelb is an internationally recognized pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership. He is a writer and trainer who specializes in personal development and corporate training seminars and ranks organizations such as BP, Merck, Microsoft, IBM and Nike amongst his clients.

Gelb has a diverse set of interests – he is a fourth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, was a former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and is the author of 12 books including the international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci.
His latest book, Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices, is an original approach to in expanding creativity through wine appreciation. This is a book that you can either read systematically from cover to cover or dip in and out of as it is divided into sections.

Part 1 provides practical “left brain” knowledge that you’ll need in any wine related situation (how to buy, what to look for, how to toast and how to get the nest value for money).

Part 2 explores how wine can serve as a catalyst for creativity and “right brain” thought (highlighting wine related art, philosophy, poetry, science, music, literature and architecture).

Part 3 deals with the New Symposium – how wine can bring people together in a creative way, be it in the board room or the back yard.

Part 4 lists the best resources for learning about wine and advises on wine tasting terminology in (covering British and American terms) as well as French, Italian, Spanish and German – with notes on pronunciation.

Whether you are a novice or a master the book has something for everyone including a user-friendly guide to wine etiquette; sensible advice on how to purchase fine wines at great prices, food and wine pairing (The 7 Wine and Food Pairings You Must Experience Before You Die), tips on toasting, the role of the sommelier and a wine jargon guide. This is coupled with wine’s influence on art, architecture, music and poetry throughout the ages as well as anecdotes, quotes and how the love of wine inspired the Ancient Greeks, Renaissance Masters and America’s Founding Fathers.

Gelb encourages you to discover how wine helps you to think inspirationally, to understand how wine can give a more creative approach to the art of living and drinking . . . and to appreciate wine in the mind as well as in the mouth.

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