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
Really enjoyed listening to and then reading this book. Not as wine snobby as you might think- in fact at the end of her journey to be a certified sommelier Bianca writes “Feeling something for wine and unleashing your senses begins by just paying attention. And applying yourself with gusto.” I learned alot and enjoyed myself along the way- like Mary Roach for wine tasting🍷👍
I enjoyed this book at the start, and then slowly started to despise it until I was about 60% done with it. At that point there were fantastic sections that dig into what truly defines “good wine” and how variable the definition can be.
I literally judged this book by the cover, which displays a blurb comparing this book to Kitchen Confidential. I didn’t need to read much of this book to see that comparing Bosker to Bourdain is a little ridiculous. Bourdain spent his life working his way through ...more
3.5 stars to a very good audiobook - the author was an incredibly enthusiastic writer and reader and I think that made the book exciting. So much of the info was way out of my league and probably even over my head. But I kinda pretended like I knew what she was talking about and just let the info roll and I learned a few things!! I found the whole thing to be super super interesting even though it was a crazy detailed road to a job.
This is an in depth look at the author's journey to becoming a s ...more
Sommeliers are like those little birds that pick food particles off the teeth of crocodiles, the Long-Suffering Wife recently said during a discussion of this book. Intellectually, we know that they have a useful function and are a cheerful adaptation in a complex ecosystem. Viscerally, they are somewhat stomach-turning to contemplate.
While the little birds perform an task analogous to your semi-annual (if you can afford it) trip to the dental hygienist, sommeliers often have the similarly usefu ...more
Probably 4.5 stars for me total.
I really enjoyed this entertaining, informative and enjoyable book about Bosker's somewhat crazy foray into the world of wine, tasting and sommeliers and her pursuit to become a "cork dork." It's important to note that you don't have to know a lot about wine or be a wine fanatic to enjoy this book (I'm not--I enjoy wine, appreciate it, and know what I like and don't like and that's about it it), but being a foodie or food lover helps. The information and science " ...more
A big thank you to my friend Mary - I won this book on a giveaway on her blog, bookfanmary.
My husband and I are hardly wine connoisseurs. We drink wine, enjoy wine, and attend wine tastings when we get the chance, but liking and enjoying wine is far different than knowing wine. Several years ago we watched the documentary, Somm, which documented the rigors of becoming a master sommelier (a "cork dork"). Which, by the way, is tough, very tough. So I was thrilled to receive a copy of this book and ...more
So I'm not the best when it comes to non-fiction (barring humorous memoirs), but I found the subject matter in Cork Dork very intriguing. Bosker strings a solid narrative of her own personal journey to become a sommelier with ample facts about the process, wine, and how we taste in general. Her tell-all, down to earth attitude kept me reading, even when some of the technical jargon got heavy. I'm happy to have stuck with this book through the end and must say it has piqued my interest in explori ...more
What a good book! Bianca is a great writer. I am far from being a "cork dork" so this could have been a way over my head and boring book, but I was really engaged and learned quite a bit about wine. I might even splurge on a more expensive bottle some time just to see what all the fuss is about!