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Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices Hardcover – March 23, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

Author and "self-employed creativity consultant" Gelb (How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci) offers a robust but cloying at-home seminar in expanding creativity through wine appreciation. Gelb walks readers through a brief but high-minded education in wine, from training on the sensations and vocabulary involved in tasting, to an "inspired thinking" wine party complete with poetry writing and sharing. Besides tasting, Gelb offers generally useful advice, including tips on toasting, the role of the sommelier, food pairings, and optimum serving temperatures, though digressions on classic paintings and opera run long, while other passages (pairing wine with clothes and unconventional foods like nachos) come across as glib and a bit ridiculous. Poets-in-training with a flair for melodrama will likely get the most out of this passionate guide.
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The Bookseller (UK) 2/12/10
"An excuse for wine lovers everywhere to open that second bottle in search for their creative right brain. Think outside the bottle for Inspired Thinking wine parties but beware for in vino veritas."

The Bookseller (UK) 2/12/10
"An excuse for wine lovers everywhere to open that second bottle in search for their creative right brain. Think outside the bottle for Inspired Thinking wine parties but beware for in vino veritas."

Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate
WINE DRINKING FOR INSPIRED THINKING is one of the most practical and useful books about a consumer’s experience in dealing with the subject of wine that I have ever read. There is an enormous amount of terrific, and more importantly, reliable and useful information in this book by Michael Gelb. Highly recommended.”

Kevin Zraly, Author of
The Complete Windows on the World Wine Course
"There are more books on wine available now than ever before, but this one is special. In WINE DRINKING FOR INSPIRED THINKING, Michael Gelb has taken a totally different approach to understanding and having fun with wine by combining poetry, philosophy, art, music, and science…Gelb inspires us to enjoy a more creative approach to the art of living and drinking."

Natalie MacLean, four-time James Beard award-winning author of Red, White and Drunk All Over
“Michael Gelb takes a mind-altering, life-changing approach to wine and the mind in this wonderful book. Drink deeply from his delightful perspective and savor life fully lived.”

Jennifer Rosen, author of The Cork Jester's Guide to Wine and winner of the 2005 James Beard Award for Internet Wine Writing
“If you cannot imagine having Socrates, Shakespeare and Da Vinci over to laugh at your jokes, weep at your poetry and beg for your advice on wine, then your work/play balance might need serious adjustment. Your only hope is to go immerse yourself in Michael Gelb’s delightful new book, and discover why the best things in the world to open together are a bottle of wine and your mind.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, Host of Wine Library TV (tv.winelibrary.com) and author of 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World
WINE DRINKING FOR INSPIRED THINKING is an essential addition to your wine library. Michael Gelb's unique "right brain" approach makes wine appreciation easy and fun. This book offers exceptional insights into the creative process and a truly delightful way to bring people together. It will bring thunder to your world!”

Don Campbell, musician and author of The Mozart Effect and Sound Spirit
“Open the taste buds of your mind, ears, eyes and heart with WINE DRINKING FOR INSPIRED THINKING. Michael Gelb brings us to our senses with a magical, fresh approach to deepening our appreciation for the art of living, tasting and listening.”

Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
"Few things in life are as invigorating as great wine and bold ideas. And only Michael Gelb could combine the two into a single masterful book. WINE DRINKING FOR INSPIRED THINKING is an engaging and inspiring guide for everyone who wants to drink well and think big."

Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
“You want a world expert in creativity to be highly creative too and Michael Gelb is both. After revealing the creative processes of Da Vinci and Edison in earlier books, he now uncorks some of his own creative secrets in this masterful and captivating exploration of the connections between wine and insight, the mind and the senses, pleasure and wisdom. He also tells you lot about wine. Here's the full proof that in vino there really can be veritas.”

SARK, author/artist of Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper
“What a luscious, poetic, creative exploration WINE DRINKING FOR INSPIRED THINKING is! I became intoxicated just from reading it, and am glad to recommend that you read and experience it too."

Chef/Restaurateur Daniel Boulud
“This book will teach you the pleasure of drinking - not just for the flavor - but for an intellectual purpose.”

Sergio Esposito, Author of
Passion on the Vine
“In his original and captivating style, Michael Gelb shows us how we can deepen our appreciation of wine in a way that also enriches our minds. Brimming with passion for wine, life and creativity, this treasure chest of wine-related poetry, philosophy, music, and art will bring more dolce to your vita.”

Wendy Dubit, founding editor of "The Wine Enthusiast" and creator of "The Wine Workout"
“In WINE DRINKING FOR INSPIRED THINKING, Michael Gelb captures the magic of wine at its best and fullest. He demystifies and elucidates the multi-faceted magnificence that is wine as he enlightens us about wine’s influence on art, architecture, music and poetry throughout the ages. Most importantly, he guides us to unleash the joyous wonders of sense, creativity and memory that take place within us when we enjoy wine mindfully."

Independent Magazine (UK), September 2010
‘(T)his thoughtful guide cites Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates and Einstein as supporters of the view that wine is capable of inspiring creative thinking. According to Gelb, they believed that “relaxation opens the gate to the vast potential of the mind that is beyond the ordinary IQ,” In other words, to creative thinking.’ 

BA’s Business Life magazine (UK) September 2010
‘Gelb is an entertaining writer and he knows how to keep his reader’s attention. There are some nice anecdotes to be found in here along with plenty of useful technical information.’

Destination France, September 2010
‘A quirky book from the US author of the bestseller How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci, which invites you to experience wine with your ‘whole brain.’

Decanter Magazine, January 2011
"Savour wine with the whole brain—that’s the message from Michael J Gelb, author of 11 books on creativity and innovation. He explains how to use your creative right brain to appreciate wine, and also shares his tips on ordering wine, finding the best-value bottles as well as the etiquette of wine tasting. A witty, easy to read and inspiring book for all enthusiasts." 


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; First Edition edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762438681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762438686
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Blaine Greenfield on May 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I must confess that I'm not a big wine drinker . . . nor is poetry
necessarily "my thing" . . . however after reading Michael Gelb's
might want to revisit both topics.

Gelb, author of the bestselling HOW TO THINK LIKE LEONARDO
DA VINCI, is a self-employed creativity consultant . . . as he
sometimes describes himself, he's also a professor at M.S.U,
which isn't Michigan State University, but rather he replies,
I "Make Stuff Up."

Somehow, he managed to do just that by combining his lifelong love of wine
with poetry:

* Why poetry? I was inspired to inspire others toward a more poetic,
right-brained approach to wine because, as I attended a variety
of wine-related events--tastings, dinners, seminars--it was apparent that
many folks took the proceedings, and themselves, much too seriously.
Just like many seminars on classical music or art appreciation, participants
often seemed to indulge in one-upmanship and snobbery. Pretension was
rife, and many people seemed to be driven by the fear of making mistakes.
Although the best educators, like Kevin Zraly, always included a hearty
dose of humor, this was more the exception than the rule. The majority of wine
education events were just plain boring, suffering from an overly analytical
"left-brain" approach. Moreover, I sensed that a more experimental approach
to appreciating wine might be helpful in encouraging people to think
outside the box.

The author also concluded that there were and are better ways to
bring people together, especially at the corporate level . . .
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I know almost nothing about wines except that I am happy when I drink one I like. Until now, I avoided wine books and classes on wine, thinking I just didn't have the time or the money to get seriously interested in the subject. Then someone gave me this book and I became a convert. With great good humor Michael Gelb opened the doors to the vast, wonderful world of wine. To think what I missed all these years! The book is welcoming, unintimidating, very knowledgeable and lots of fun. It teaches you how to buy good wine on a budget (and great wine for a lot more if you have the chance). It gives you excellent suggestions for pairing up wines and foods. And it gives you a subject for meditation. At the end of the day, when you're tired or stuck in some piece of work, you can pour a glass of wine, contemplate its color, its aroma, its taste and let your mind ease itself away from its confining thoughts. This I believe is Michael Gelb's aim - to give you a way to become more receptive to your own ideas and to the people around you.
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By Leslie on March 28, 2010
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Another delightful read from Michael! Its great to have experienced several of the food and wine pairings, and I can say these combinations truly bring out the best in each other. What a joy for a novice like myself to explore the pleasure of wine and food together with direction from a master like Michael. This book is fun to read and a great guide for planning a memorable dinner party, including the entertaining chapter "Wine Geek Jargon Guide".
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...are a spelling error ("connouisseurs," p. 91) and a (sore) lack of an index (what were you thinking, Running Press?).

Otherwise, this is a wonderful combination of received knowledge (fabulous and fully acknowledged quotes from others, and tidbits...I mean, Screwage for high corkage fees, how great is that, via Jennifer Rosen) and original insights from Michael Gelb.

It's not that you don't have to know a lot about wine in order to enjoy this book (true); it's that if you do know a lot about wine, you will still enjoy this book.

Buy it, read it, drink it in...
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This is a MUST BUY MANY! I have to quote Michael, himself: (quoted in this book from his best seller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci)"Although it is hard to overstate Leonardo's da Vinci's brilliance, recent SCIENTIFIC research reveals that you probably underestimate your own capabilities." IF YOU WANT A BOOK TO INSPIRE you...you will want to buy this book. There is a reason wine was Jesus' first miracle and a part of almost every civilization since the beginning. Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking gives each of us a WAY to access a little bit (or a lot) of Leonardo. As a wine bar owner and wine enthusiast, I can attest to wine's power to bring us to our center, our core, (a smiling place) that is closer to our human potential than when we are plugged into the "world wide web". But, more importantly,as a human being, I am so grateful for Gelb's voice in this book that "cheers" across the table, "YOU can do IT!" I second that! A warning! Michael also writes, the "scorch-the-Earth, exploit-the-worker types usually don't hire me. My clients tend to be visionary, humanistic leaders who are devoted to developing the creative potential of their people." Either way, you should buy this book and prepare to have FUN and be inspired by YOUR OWN magic!Do you know anyone who does not want an excuse to drink more wine? Great gift! Cheers!
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