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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

Critic Reviews

"The Kitchen Confidential of wine." (Madeline Puckette, Wine Folly)
"Bianca Bosker is an enthusiast. Her passion for wine expertise makes this fun and fact-filled audiobook an extraordinary listening experience. She narrates her text with joy, and her pursuit of the special knowledge and wisdom possessed by sommeliers comes through in every syllable of her journey from oenology novice to working cork dork.... She narrates her audiobook with verve and self-deprecating humor." ( AudioFile)

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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 !

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Interesting but not educational

If you are looking to learn about wine, this is not the book for you. If you want to hear the story of a 20 something journalist trying to insert herself into the world of high wine, this book is great!

I found it to be entertaining but I really did not learn very much about wine aside from the general consensus that the best and most expensive stuff comes from Burgundy and that if you don’t want to spend more than a couple dozen dollars per bottle, maybe finely tuning your wine tasting apparatus is not such a good idea.

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A Fun Listen, and Lots of Information About Wine

I enjoyed Bianca Bosker's story and narration of her year-long journey with wine and sommeliers. She somewhat demystifies the process of choosing a wine and communicating with a server. Overall its a fun listen, though it runs a bit long I think. There's a lot of detail I could have done without, and I certainly would have preferred fewer f-bombs. Seriously, after enduring about a dozen during two of the latter chapters I was considering deleting the book from my ipod. It's not as if the word has never left my lips, but it was a bit much considering the topic. Some people in this book take their wine way, way too seriously.

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Absolute must read for wine drinkers

I live in wine country, have made wine for years and know dozens of people in the industry and I still learned more about it's craziness than from any other source. The author (and reader) is wonderfully self deprecating, full of bust out loud humor and incredibly knowledgeable. I have not only recommended it as a read -although with the author's voice it really come alive- but have purchased it for many others. A home run and if she decides to do this with another industry I hope I get word.

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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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entertaining and enlightening way to amp wine hoby

several enlightening chapters on taste and what drives somalia's. Entertainingly written from the perspective of a twenty-something lady living in New York. I skipped many chapters appear to be about waiting tables or taking the sommelier exam. I'm sure that they would be applicable and useful for some.

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Fantastic!

This book is awesome. If you want to learn about wine and are afraid to ask an "expert" this is the book for you. An added bonus is the author is the reader! Cheers!

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Vivid, candid

What made the experience of listening to Cork Dork the most enjoyable?

Listening to someone around my age go on an adventure to learn more made me smile.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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Fantastic Journey

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Narrated by the author, this is one of those examples of how audio books can really transform the experience of a story, and add a lot of value overtop of the standard text.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator. Her belligerence and determination to learn something so challenging was hugely inspirational.

What about Bianca Bosker’s performance did you like?

The colour she added overtop of individual characters and experiences was excellent. You could feel her going back into those experiences and relishing the moment.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The hedonism of the big wine tasting/sharing event was entertaining and humanizing.

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Awesome book!!!

This book was more insightful and inspiring than any book I’ve read on Sommelier’s. You’ll love this if you love wine or just want an interesting look into what it’s like in the wine world.