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

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

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 worl For readers of Anthony Bourdain, Susan Orlean, and Mary Roach, a surprising, entertaining and hilarious journey throu...

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Title:Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
Author:Bianca Bosker
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN: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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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:346 pages pages

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste Reviews

  • 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 get the chance, but liking and enjoying wine is far different than knowing wine. Sev...
  • Kamilla
    Jan 20, 2018
    I had so much fun listening to this! I've been clumsily talking about wine to anyone who'll listen for the past few weeks, and I can't wait to expand my palate and its capabilities in the future. Thank you, Danielle, for recommending this! ...
  • Jen
    Jul 19, 2017
    Bosker is obsessive about wine. And you don't have to be to take the journey with her. There is a little for everyone here. Great characters. Science. History. Wine. Wine. Wine. She handles the subject matter with a journalist's touch, explaining and making accessible and also intr...
  • Deb
    Jun 30, 2017
    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 ab...
  • 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 know that I enjoy wine but that is about it. This book opened my eyes to a brand new w...
  • 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. ...
  • Book Concierge
    Mar 29, 2018
    2.5** Subtitle: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste Bosker was a ?technology reporter covering the Googles and Snapchats of the world? when a dinner out with her boyfriend resulted ...
  • David
    Dec 04, 2017
    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...
  • Gina *loves sunshine*
    Jan 29, 2018
    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 l...
  • Helen Dunn
    Jul 15, 2018
    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 readin...
  • 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 it. Despite studying all the written material that I could find, and tasting many, man...
  • 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 and the regions...it's crazy! I really enjoyed reading about it and I'll be paying a lot...
  • 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 published on 3/28/17 by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback,...
  • 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 think this book is for very enthusiastic wine drinkers, sommeliers, or readers who rea...
  • Koit
    Sep 10, 2017
    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 a...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Sep 13, 2017
    Tasting notes: gleeful, ebullient, learned, self-deprecating Suggested pairings: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler; Top Chef, The Great British Bake Off Bianca Bosker, previously a technology journalist, gave herself a year and a half to learn everything she could about wine in hop...
  • 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 blown away by the ability of sommeliers to "after a single sip of wine, identify the ...
  • Book Pairings (Laci Long)
    Mar 26, 2017
    Rating: 5 Pairings: 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 Cork Dork. Long ago I was romanced by the wonderful world of wine and I even...
  • Sabrina
    Apr 16, 2018
    4.5 stars ...
  • 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 perspectives scientists looking at olfactory systems, a perfumier, neuroscientists, and bro...
  • Tina
    Jun 28, 2017
    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 journ...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 03, 2017
    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...
  • Lisa Montanaro
    Jan 13, 2018
    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...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    Apr 29, 2017
    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/C2I8BevGXII ...
  • Book Riot Community
    Oct 20, 2017
    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, participat...
  • Camille
    May 29, 2017
    A sucker for stories about food, wine and the restaurant business, this book grabbed me immediately. Bosker's cool style and desire to learn about wine structured the story, but what held it together was her absolute doggedness in learning everything there is to know about wine. A rare...
  • Andrew
    Apr 25, 2017
    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,...
  • Elizabeth S. Matheson
    Sep 01, 2017
    Would definitely recommend this book. Such a fun personal tale that leads the reader through the world of sommeliers and the wine they love. My interest was peaked and after seeing the wine world through Bianca's eyes I want to learn more. And taste more! Clever and informative, I thor...
  • Heather
    Oct 27, 2017
    "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, becaus...
  • JC3peat
    Dec 25, 2017
    Interesting look at a journalists journey from writer to sommelier. ...