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Cork Dork Audiobook

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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Publisher's Summary

Amateur drinker and professional tech reporter Bianca Bosker didn't know much about wine - until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world of master sommeliers who could, after a single sip, identify the grape a bottle was made from, in what year, and where it was produced, within acres. Where she tasted wine, they 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 listener inside elite tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, a California mass market wine "factory", 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? Counterintuitive, compulsively listenable, and hilarious, Cork Dork illuminates how tasting better can help us live better - and will change the way you drink wine forever.

©2017 Bianca Bosker (P)2017 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"The Kitchen Confidential of wine." (Madeline Puckette, Wine Folly)

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    Toma Dursina Bucharest, Romania 04-04-17
    Toma Dursina Bucharest, Romania 04-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    A vivid lively highly engrossing account of the wine. A lovely story that will make you love wine if you don't already or take you further on your wine journey. Beautifully written !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    patrish 04-30-17
    patrish 04-30-17 Member Since 2016

    I read a lot, oftentimes professionally, oftentimes not.

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    "Why are so many syllables clipped off?"

    This is an interesting book, read intelligently by the author, but nearly ruined in production. Good Lord! For some reason, not only initial phonemes are frequently missing, but fairly frequently, entire syllables at the beginning of a phrase. It rarely impedes understanding the text, but it does on occasion. Otherwise, it's just like reading a good book with many typos. If you don't notice, good. If you do, you'll be pulling your hair out.

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    francis holodick 04-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Really long"

    I did like the book overall. It just could have been half as long. Some of the chapters were endless.

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    Brian Michigan 04-17-17
    Brian Michigan 04-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Cork Dork is Corked!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    NOT Kitchen Confidential! Much like an over-promoted wine from your local store, the content of Cork Dork doesn't live up to its marketing. Rather than uncover and share humorous stories about the interesting happenings and the big personalities and characters found in the innerworkings of the wine business, Bianca seems to use the book as a personal journal of her thoughts, feelings and many insecurities. Then there is the use the word "I" a million times. Like an over-hyped bottle of wine, this book comes with a great label, the pages taste and read thin, and it lacks the distinct flavors and the smooth finish that the label promotes. Consider spending your money on a bottle of wine instead!


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    Michael John Thompson 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating angle on wine world. Unique."

    Underbelly of NYC wine scene. Really interesting. Fillers in mass market wines, disturbing. Higher level message to tune one's senses... so true not only in wine, but life.

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    Emilio Sandoz 05-01-17
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    "Great, fun book"

    I've been into wine for about 20 years now, and I think I can describe myself as a strong casual fan. I think this is a great book for anyone interested in wine, whether amateur or borderline expert. It's funny, it's engaging, and it made me understand things I didn't understand before. Highly recommended.

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    Ruth 04-26-17
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    "Fabulous!"

    The author narrates wonderfully! Well written, fascinating, very personal, warm storytelling. The author/narrator pulled me in immediately. I loved this book!

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    Amazon Customer 04-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "funny, educating and very enjoyable"

    Funny, educating and very enjoyable. I love wine but didn't know really anything about it. I learned a lot and at times it made me scoff and laugh out loud.

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    NYCer 04-17-17
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    "Masterful"

    Thoroughly entertaining, captivating, honest and informative. I really enjoyed this wine adventure with the author. Renewed my interest and love of wine.

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    SAFA BODAGH 04-09-17
    SAFA BODAGH 04-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Very enjoyable"

    This book is not just entertaining, but I love it when you walk away learning something useful. There is this curiosity about the subject that is explained and satisfied with lots of useful details. Ultimately it was a fun journey and I believe worth the time invested.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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