Cork Dork
For readers of Anthony Bourdain, Susan Orlean, and Mary Roach, a surprising, entertaining and hilarious journey through the world of wine
Like many of us, tech reporter Bianca Bosker saw wine as a way to unwind at the end of a long day, or a nice thing to have with dinner and that was about it. Until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world in which people could, after a single sip of wine, identify the grape it was made from, in what year, and where it was produced down to the exact location, within acres. Where she tasted wine, these people detected not only complex flavor profiles, but entire histories and geographies. Astounded by theirfanatical dedicationand 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 reader inside elite tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, a California winery that manipulates the flavor of its bottles with ingredients like Mega Purple, 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? Funny, counterintuitive, and compulsively readable, "Cork Dork "illuminates not only the complex web of wine production and consumption, but how tasting better can change our brains and help us live better.
ReadingBianca Bosker islikesitting down witha brilliant, curious friend for an after-work drink, and suddenlyfindingit s midnight and the table is littered with empty bottles. Between her hilarious exploits and thoughtful meditations on wine and life, you ll wanttostay forjust one more.
Lauren Collins, author of "When In French
"In this delightfully written and keenly observed book, Bianca Boskertakesreaderson a year-long rompthroughthe realm of wine lovers, experts, cultists, sommeliers, and poseurs.Along the way, she helps us becomeconnoisseursnot only of wine but also ofpeoplewhose passions would more aptly be described as obsessions.
Walter Isaacson, author of "The Innovators""

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  • Jennifer Gallagher
    Apr 15, 2017

    Jennifer Gallagher

    Smart, witty, and informative. One of the best wine references I've ever read. Biana Bosker manages to infiltrate the wine world and go from a casual wine drinker to a seasoned wine expert - in one short year. She befriends sommeliers, learns to taste wine, joins tasting groups, gains ...

  • Alyssa Palombo
    Apr 14, 2017

    Alyssa Palombo

    An absolutely fascinating look "behind the scenes", in a way, at the world of wine. I learned so much and appreciate wine even more, and am looking forward to trying some new ones and expanding my horizons. Highly recommended for wine lovers! ...

  • Sarah Swann
    Apr 13, 2017

    Sarah Swann

    This was a fun book! I was just floored with how complex the wine world really is. I have referred to myself as a "wine-o".....I am not a wine-o. Not even close! The flavors and the types of grapes and the's crazy! I really enjoyed reading about it and I'll be paying a lot...

  • Nicole
    Apr 13, 2017


    This book is a really fun, multidisciplinary, Legends-of-the-Hidden-Temple exploration of the world of wine*.Not content to simply immerse herself in the NYC somm scene, Bosker brings in the perspectives scientists looking at olfactory systems, a perfumier, neuroscientists, and broad c...

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Apr 6, 2017

    Meg - A Bookish Affair

    In "Cork Dork," author Bianca dives into the world of sommeliers. Now, I like wine. I know what color I prefer (red). I also know what kinds I prefer (malbecs or pinot noirs are clutch in my book). I know that I enjoy wine but that is about it. This book opened my eyes to a brand new w...

  • Book Pairings (Laci Long)
    Mar 31, 2017

    Book Pairings (Laci Long)

    Rating: 5Pairings: 2015 Pedernales Texas Albarino & 2014 Silverado Vineyards Petit Verdot. I selected both of these wines because they are unlikely gems in the wine world, just like Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork. Long ago I was romanced by the wonderful world of wine and I even to...

  • Samantha March
    Mar 30, 2017

    Samantha March

    As a casual wine drinker, I took on Cork Dork in hopes to learn a little about wine, be entertained and gain some knowledge. I think all of that happened, but it ended up being a tough read for me. I think this book is for very enthusiastic wine drinkers, sommeliers, or readers who rea...

  • Isaac Baker
    Mar 27, 2017

    Isaac Baker

    Calling all gonzo wine geeks, aspiring somms, restaurant lifers, science nerds and culture critics! There is something in Bianca Bosker’s book Cork Dork for all of you.The run-on title (“A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Sci...

  • Julia Coney
    Mar 22, 2017

    Julia Coney

    This book officially comes out on Tuesday, March 28. I have pre-ordered the book because I believe in supporting the author. As a wine blogger, this book helped me tremendously. I took my time with it and didn't rush to finish it while I read some other advanced reader books. This book...

  • Bella
    Mar 22, 2017


    Loved it! 5 Stars! ...