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Cork Dork: A Wine-Fuelled Journey into the Art of Sommeliers and the Science of Taste

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Like a parlor trick, it keeps the drinker in the dark, ultimately widening the gap between drinker and sommelier. With boundless curiosity, 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?

I'm glad that Bosker undertook her journey because no way I would sign up for that kind of dedication, but she had be both laughing and taking notes that will add to my wine confidence and some that I'll use in any tasting and further learning about food and drink. And then, confidently, she announced that the wine was from Maharashtra, India, and was a 2011 vintage made from Chenin Blanc grapes. Pair With: Hate mail and a skinny-mocha-chocha-locha-latte, because that's the shit girls like Bosca drink.Along the way she worked in a variety of New York City restaurants, joined blind tasting clubs, attended an olfactory conference, and blagged a TopSomm guest judge spot. I’m also sure that, were I fortunate enough to ever be in the position of having him as my sommelier for one evening, he’d provide more than excellent service. Bosker proceeds to bring the flash-card discipline of her Chinese studies to wine, and in the final chapter, she presents us with her “A” grade — an fMRI scan shows that her brain has been altered.

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. The Cork Dork has received many fond comparisons since we opened from a candle lit Parisian cellar bar to your Nan’s old kitchen! There were definitely parts of the story that caught my attention or I was able to repeat a fact to friends, but overall it was a bit of a struggle to get invested in Cork Dork.That creates this sense of tension and anxiety that a lot of people I think experience,” explained Asimov. A few of them would go on to take the exams that would see them become Master Sommeliers, the top of the sommelier pyramid. Her viewpoint is that of an average person, with an average appreciation of wine, observing people who are unbelievably obsessed with wine.

Bosker also mentions that the term “unicorn wine” is a rare, small-production gem that sommeliers consider status symbols. Fascinated by their fervour and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a ‘cork dork. This hilarious, thoughtful and erudite book may be the ultimate answer to the perennial question of whether or not wine connoisseurship is a scam.I hope you give it a chance, whether you’re a wine newbie like me or someone who already likes the stuff–in fact I suspect some of the things Bosker uncovers would surprise and interest even professional sommeliers. With boundless curiosity, humour and a healthy dose of scepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, 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? 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. Everywhere she goes—whether it's into a busy kitchen or a vineyard, or into her own head—Bianca Bosker takes us with her.

The key message here is: Most of us still don’t understand much about how we experience a food or drink’s flavor. Along the way, she learned everything there is to know about wine – making it, serving it, tasting it, and talking about it. I literally judged this book by the cover, which displays a blurb comparing this book to Kitchen Confidential. We take pride in building relationships with local farmers, vintners, and brew-masters to bring the best that California offers. A page-turning and fascinating memoir…Bosker’s mix of science, food writing, and memoir will be enjoyed by many.

More jester than savant, Harris and some others in here — like a somm who licks rocks — paint a pretentious, silly, self-obsessed, and, at times, straight-up loony picture of the profession.

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