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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
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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

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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 theirfanatical dedicationand 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 City restaurants, a California winery that manipulates the flavor of its bottles with ingredients like Mega Purple, and even a neuroscientist s fMRI machine as Bosker attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what s the big deal about wine? Funny, counterintuitive, and compulsively readable, "Cork Dork "illuminates not only the complex web of wine production and consumption, but how tasting better can change our brains and help us live better.
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ReadingBianca Bosker islikesitting down witha brilliant, curious friend for an after-work drink, and suddenlyfindingit s midnight and the table is littered with empty bottles. Between her hilarious exploits and thoughtful meditations on wine and life, you ll wanttostay forjust one more.
Lauren Collins, author of "When In French
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"In this delightfully written and keenly observed book, Bianca Boskertakesreaderson a year-long rompthroughthe realm of wine lovers, experts, cultists, sommeliers, and poseurs.Along the way, she helps us becomeconnoisseursnot only of wine but also ofpeoplewhose passions would more aptly be described as obsessions.
Walter Isaacson, author of "The Innovators""

Title:Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
ISBN:0698195906
Format Type:Hardcover
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

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    Apr 18, 2017

    About: Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste is a memoir written by Bianca Bosker. It was recently...

  • Randal White
    Nov 14, 2016

    Cork Dork manages to completely peel back the layers surrounding the wine world and it's mystique. I have to admit, I love wine. And have spent a copious amount of time trying to educate myself about ...

  • Book Pairings (Laci Long)
    Mar 31, 2017

    Rating: 5Pairings: 2015 Pedernales Texas Albarino & 2014 Silverado Vineyards Petit Verdot. I selected both of these wines because they are unlikely gems in the wine world, just like Bianca Bosker’s ...

  • JanB
    May 09, 2017

    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 ge...

  • Samantha March
    Mar 30, 2017

    As a casual wine drinker, I took on Cork Dork in hopes to learn a little about wine, be entertained and gain some knowledge. I think all of that happened, but it ended up being a tough read for me. I ...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Apr 28, 2017

    Summary: Light, funny, and engaging mix of personal experience, history and science in the style of Mary Roach.When tech reporter Bianca Bosker stumbled across a wine tasting competition, she was blo...

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Apr 06, 2017

    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 ...

  • Chris
    May 02, 2017

    Reading about wine was actually quite interesting. Bosker's prose is lively, and she doesn't talk down to the reader....

  • Nicole
    Apr 13, 2017

    This book is a really fun, multidisciplinary, Legends-of-the-Hidden-Temple exploration of the world of wine*.Not content to simply immerse herself in the NYC somm scene, Bosker brings in the perspecti...

  • Sarah Swann
    Apr 13, 2017

    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 an...