For readers of Anthony Bourdain, Susan Orlean, and Mary Roach, a surprising, entertaining and hilarious journey through the world of wine.Like many of us, tech reporter Bianca Bosker saw wine as a way to unwind at the end of a long day, or a nice thing to have with dinner and that was about it. Until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world in which people could, after a single sip of wine, identify the grape it was made from, in what year, and where it was produced down to the exact location, within acres. Where she tasted wine, these people detected not only complex flavor profiles, but entire histories and geographies. Astounded by their fanatical dedication and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, Bosker abandoned her screen-centric life and set out to discover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a cork dork.Thus begins a year and a half long adventure that takes the reader inside elite tasting groups, exclusive New York ...
|Title||:||Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste|
|Number of Pages||:||346 pages|
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Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste Reviews
Ages ago I watched a reality show called Uncorked about people studying to pass certification tests from the Court of Master Sommeliers and I totally loved it. I was thrilled when’s friend gave me this book on the same subject.
I know next to nothing about wine but I loved reading this book about the wine industry. This sort of close inspection of an obsessive subculture is one of my favorite type of book to read so it’s no surprise how much I enjoyed it.
In "Cork Dork," author Bianca dives into the world of sommeliers. Now, I like wine. I know what color I prefer (red). I also know what kinds I prefer (malbecs or pinot noirs are clutch in my book). I know that I enjoy wine but that is about it. This book opened my eyes to a brand new world. Much of this book looks at the world of sommeliers. A little bit of obsessiveness, a little bit of science. A lot of one of my favorite subjects!
In this book the author explores the intriguing world of sommel ...more
I found this both a curious and an inspirational tale; Ms Bosker writes extraordinarily well and her experiences in the wine world, I imagine, have lit a few ideas for the future for the people who read this work. The style, excellent throughout, brings us into close contact with the author, hearing her thoughts and reasonings throughout her year of adventures amidst the wine people, and it is quite possibly this which I enjoyed most in here.
I also want to visit these restaurants and bars that c ...more
Do you like wine? I like wine. Do like a well researched book with an engaging writing style, entertaining stories plus a hearty dose of clear and informative information? I found this book to be all of those things....but again, I like wine so I was interested in this journey.
Bianca Bosker introduces herself:
"I am a journalist by training and a type-A neurotic by birth, so I started my research the only way I knew how: I read everything I could get my hands on, carpet-bombed sommeliers' in- ...more
"What are you in the mood for tonight?" I'd ask the guest, " . . .new world or old world? Fruity or earthy? blackberry or cowshit?" If they still had trouble I'd go with, "So, what's your favorite band?" I picked this up from Paul. He believed in pairing wines off with anything, because he knew he could talk you into almost any bottle. "Listen," he said, "We're dealing with the most fickle thing of all: taste."
"I'd been on a sensory adventure, & each night at Terroir it was my chance to take ...more
I’m a fan of both food writing and immersive journalism, and this book rang both of those bells for me. In Cork Dork, Bosker leaves her journalism job behind (well, mostly) in order to learn the ways of the sommelier. Along the way, she also meets up with smell scientists, participates in competitions, and delves into the many nuances of flavor. I had a feeling I’d enjoy this one, but I didn’t realize how much. Bosker’s personality shines here, plus the book is filled with facts and speculation ...more
Fascinating nonfiction book about one woman’s journey to becoming a Cork Dork. Bianca Bosker is a journalist who decided to learn the secrets of sommeliers, and she takes her readers along with her on this crazy, obsessed, interesting and insightful experience. From NY to Napa Valley to Virginia Beach to South Korea and beyond, she studies what it takes to be one of the world’s experts on wine.
As a wine lover, I really enjoyed this book. It is funny, chock full of detail, revealing and yes, tea ...more
This was a fun book! I was just floored with how complex the wine world really is. I have referred to myself as a "wine-o".....I am not a wine-o. Not even close! The flavors and the types of grapes and the regions...it's crazy! I really enjoyed reading about it and I'll be paying a lot more attention the next time I drink some wine.
*This was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.