Cheers to the book reviewers

Writing Wine & Health: Making Sense of the New Science and What it Means for Wine Lovers was a labor of love but I couldn’t have done it without the many people who have given me valuable feedback and support, and whose own contributions are monumental. As the saying goes, I stand on the shoulders of giants. Here are just a few that I would like to recognize:

Harvard professor David A. Sinclair, Ph.D., who called Wine & Health “The best book ever written on the science of wine” knows a thing or two about anti-aging. He is one of Time’s “most influential people” and his new book Lifespan: Why We Age–and Why We Don’t Have To is a New York Times bestseller. His work unraveling the connection between resveratrol and the sirtuin enzymes that regulate aging at the genetic level opened the door to a new field of science. You should buy his book!

R. Curtis Ellison, M.D. is a name familiar to many after his appearances on 60 Minutes beginning with the original airing of “The French Paradox.” Curt is a long time Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University Medical School and one of the stewards of the Framingham Heart Study, a pillar of public health research. So, yeah, he’s also someone in the know about wine & health, and I am honored that he said Wine & Health is “superb,” adding “The science is balanced and sound, and the writing witty and enjoyable.”

Soon after this is posted I will be on my way to Australia for a wine media conference in Hunter Valley, but before I head up from Sydney I’m looking forward to having a glass of wine with my friend Philip Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc[Hons], PhD, MD, a.k.a.  ‘The Wine Doctor’. He’s a winemaker and prolific writer, whose works include “A Guide to Wine and Health – a New Look at an Old Medicine” and his most recent book “The History of Wine as Medicine.”  Of my book he said it is “a very thorough, interesting and well written work, which I endorse without hesitation.” I feel the same way about his, and you should definitely look for his books too!

Lest you think I write only for scientists, I point to the kind words from Mike Veseth, Editor of The Wine Economist, and author of Wine Wars and several other excellent books on wine. He offered that “Wine & Health is the perfect prescription for the concerned wine lover.  Dr. Baxter’s survey of the research on wine, health and longevity is both accessible and authoritative.” From someone who has penned some of the most insightful and interesting books, this is truly humbling. (OK full disclosure: Mike may not be a laboratory scientist or medical doctor but does have a Ph.D. and is a Professor of International Political Economics.)

As you might guess my shelf of wine books has been expanding (look for my #winebookshelfies) and I cherish them all. Francis Bacon wrote “Age appears best in four things: old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.”  But where anti-aging is concerned I am hoping you will consider modern authors, discover new wines, and be open to making new friends.

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