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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 by Bianca Bosker

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  • ISBN 10 0143128094
  • ISBN 13 9780143128090
  • Published Mar 28 2017
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 352
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Penguin Books

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“Thrilling . . . [told] with gonzo élan . . . When the sommelier and blogger Madeline Puckette writes that this book is the Kitchen Confidential of the wine world, she’s not wrong, though Bill Buford’s Heat is probably a shade closer.” —Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

A marvelous journey through the mad, manic, seductive subculture of wine and wine lovers. —Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief

A brilliant feat of screwball participatory journalism.” —Jay McInerney, author of The Juice

I loved this book.” —Mary Roach, author of Gulp

 
Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wineuntil she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.”

With boundless curiousity, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what’s the big deal about wine? What she learns will change the way you drink wineand, perhaps, the way you liveforever.


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