Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers...

Author: Bianca Bosker
Publisher: Penguin Books


Summary: Bosker leaves her job as a technology writer to spend a year learning about the world of wine & the people obsessed with it. In order to do this she decides to fully immerse herself in the New York sommelier scene, with the hopes of becoming one herself. While she documents her adventures in drinking at all hours of the day she also provides information on how the restaurant scene works, what it takes to be a sommelier, & the science behind smell & taste. It's a wonderful mix of a wine education along with the entertaining anecdotes of the wine obsessed.



Review: Cork Dork is a lot of fun while also providing information for the novice wine drinker. Bosker fully emerges herself in the wine world, first by getting a job as a cellar rat but also in trailing sommeliers to their tastings & their jobs. A favorite for me was her evening with Victoria Jones, the youngest sommelier in NYC, at her Michelin starred restaurant. What Jones has to do at one of the most exclusive restaurants probably in the world is crazy- it's so much more than just hey, try this wine. The psychology behind giving wine suggestions & the service skills needed for these demanding customers is amazing.

The other side of the book was less intriguing to me, but it does provide a good education to back up Bosker's stories. There is plenty of information on wine- how to taste, what to focus on, etc. There's also the science behind what we smell & taste, key to sommeliers but less intriguing to this gal who avoids science as much as possible! I confess to skimming through the science parts but do think that someone who has an interest in that would benefit.

This book makes for a great companion to the documentary "Somm", which follows candidates
for the Master Sommelier exam.


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