Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Cork Dork

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 ...

Details Cork Dork

TitleCork Dork
Release DateMar 1st, 2017
PublisherPenguin Books
Number of pages346 pages
GenreNonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Autobiography, Memoir, Alcohol, Wine, Science, Foodie

Reviews Cork Dork

  • Randal White
    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, many wines, I still could not detect the smells and tastes that sommeliers said were present. I suspect many of you find yourselves in a similar situation. Bosker, wit...
  • Book Pairings (Laci Long)
    Loved it! Full review coming this weekend.
  • Alyssa Nelson
    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*Andrew and I started learning more about wine when we first read The Judgment of Paris by George M. Taber. Once we started earning money from having jobs (rather than being rather poor full-time students), wine became a favorite drink of ours to start off and end our weekends. We were fascinated with the history of winemaking and the cultur...
  • Malia
    I received a free copy in a Goodreads giveaway. I am a fairly regular wine drinker and enjoyed learning the nuances that go into wine tasting/becoming a sommelier from someone starting at ground 0. There is a sprinkling of profanity that only acts to enhance the story. As a chemist I appreciate her dedication to finding scientific studies/data to incorporate. Bianca's journey was interesting and kept me reading but at times it felt too bogged dow...
  • Dlmrose
  • Nancy
    The author takes us along on her oenological education, covering sommeliers, flavor, taste, food science, neuroscience, language, and service (I'm sure I missed something.) If you are at all interested in the art, science, or business of wine, it's a lot of fun.
  • Miquel
    Tries to be too much and is just generally dizzying with a great onslaught of text that hasn't really be editing and sorted. Bosker's writing, much like her pieces in other publications is at times exceedingly trite with anecdotes that seem fully invented in order to impress upon the reader how much of a novice she started as.Doesn't really work to introduce the "regular joe" to wine nor does it offer any insight to the industry for those who are...
  • Julia Coney
    This book officially comes out on Tuesday, March 28. I have pre-ordered the book because I believe in supporting the author. As a wine blogger, this book helped me tremendously. I took my time with it and didn't rush to finish it while I read some other advanced reader books. This book is for the novice and the expert wine lover.
  • Bella
    Loved it! 5 Stars!
  • Carly
    I absolutely loved this informative and amusing romp through the world of elite sommeliers. Whether you know nothing - or think you know everything - about wine, you'll fall in love with the madcap bottle philosophers Bosker meets along her journey (from box wine drinker to certified somm). But a word of caution - it might tempt you to quit your own job so you can dive in with both feet!
  • Jessica Howard
    Enjoyed it - although I'm sure some of it was over my head since I don't drink wine. :)
  • Hannah Lesniak
    Bosker, a journalist, decides to ditch her steady job and become a sommelier. With a year of intense training and research, she brings to us "civilians" exactly what goes on in the wine world from diverse perspectives: historical, traditional, scientific, and hipster. Her writing is down to earth, fun, humorous, and inspiring. I, too, could drink wine and be able to taste more than just alcohol.
  • Krista
    Cork Dork might seem like a counter-intuitive choice for someone like me who doesn't eat grapes or drink wine due to food sensitivities and the favorite game my husband and I play at Costco is to find the most bizarre or unbelievable tasting notes (road tar, pencil lead, old leather, etc.), but Cork Dork was perfect for feeding my curiosity about wine and my love of humor and new information. I am also a little bit obsessed with smell (are there ...
  • Pam Mclaughlin
    This is a very amusing book. The author decides that she wants to learn how to be a sommelier, and pass the notoriously difficult certification test. Along the way, she works in restaurants, visits scientists who try to figure out the whys and hows of our senses of smell and taste, and drinks more wine than she ever thought possible. (based on advance reader's copy)
  • Isaac Baker
    Calling all gonzo wine geeks, aspiring somms, restaurant lifers, science nerds and culture critics! There is something in Bianca Bosker’s book Cork Dork for all of you.The run-on title (“A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste”) aside, this book is as fresh and fun as a Wachau Riesling. Bosker’s book is packed with helpful information, wrapped in hone...
  • Nancy
    What it Takes to Become a SommelierWine can be a delightful way to relax after a hard day, accompany a meal, or share with friends, but some people take the pleasure to exquisite extremes. After reading the Winemaker Detective Series, I was fascinated by some people’s ability to sip wine and be able to give a complete history of the grape, the area where the wine was produced, the vineyard, the flavors, tannins, and the wine’s legs.The author...