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 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, counter intuitive, 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....
|Title||:||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 Reviews
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 grape it was made from, in what year, and where it was produced down to the exact location, within acres." She was also intrigued by their passion for wine, as well as the passion of the many creators and collectors of ...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!
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.
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
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
"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
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 broad cast of eccentric characters to provide a really rich account of what's going on when a person, and particularly a somm, drinks a glass of wine. The accounts from inside the working wine world, from her time as a ce ...more
Reading about wine was actually quite interesting. Bosker's prose is lively, and she doesn't talk down to the reader.