Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn't know much about wine - until she discovered the world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavour. Astounded 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.' With boundless curiosity, humour and a healthy dose of scepticism, 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? Funny, counterintuitive and compulsively readable, Cork Dork not only illuminates wine production and consumption, but also shows how cultivating our taste buds can have enormous ramifications for both our brains and our lives.
Bosker's journey into this sodden universe is thrilling, and she tells her story with gonzo elan. * New York Times * I loved this book. It's not just about wine. It's about learning how to listen to your senses, to more deeply experience and appreciate the world around you, and everyone could use another glass of that. -- Mary Roach A brilliant feat of screwball participatory journalism. -- Jay McInerney A marvelous journey through the mad, manic, seductive subculture of wine and wine lovers. -- Susan Orlean Remarkably entertaining. Bosker is a talented writer, a thorough reporter and is unfailingly funny. * San Francisco Chronicle *
Bianca Bosker is the former executive tech editor of The Huffington Post. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, T (the New York Times style magazine), Food & Wine, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and The New Republic, as well as The New Yorker online. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and journalism awards. She lives in New York City.