Cork Dork:

A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

Rating: 5 outta 5
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Author: Bianca Bosker

Words about words:

Over the last two years, I’ve read tons of books on wine. Let’s just get this outta the way right now … I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I might be bold enough to say that I loved it.

  • Is it because it is the most fact-filled book I’ve read … ehhhh.
  • Is it because was the most comprehensive history of wine ever … nah.
  • Is it because it was filled with extremely satisfying and self-deprecating sarcasm … yep.
  • Is it because it lacked at hint at pretension … oh yeah.
  • Is it because it was incredibly entertaining to read … yes!
  • Is it because you can’t help but accidentally learn something … even if that something is that you never want to become a sommelier? Although … I said I’d never become a runner and I’m training for a marathon now, but let’s try to stay on topic just this one time.

The Bottom line … when I finished reading Cork Dork, I could not stop myself from finding ways to talk about it with other people … regardless of what the original conversation was about. I like it so much that I’m reading it again right now.

What’s it about:

The author Bianca, starts out as a tech reporter finds herself geeking out on youtube videos of soms blind tasting and wants to learn more about the obsessive magicians. I had a similar WTF moment the first time I watched the movie SOHM. Anyhow… one thing leads to another and she ends up working hard to become a certified sommelier. It’s a fun glimpse into the wine world most of us never see … or even though we wanted to.

I don’t want to ruin any of the details for you, so let’s just pretend that this is one of my old middle school book reports … I really, really, really, really, really like this book. I think you should like it very, very, very, very much too.

Even if you don’t give a crap about wine, this is a great read. It is about personal and professional growth. Success against tough odds. Friendship and failure. It’s all there.

But … If you love wine, you should definitely read this book. You will be entertained and I bet you will learn something valuable … like how restaurants decide what wines to add to the list … or, how BTG makes money … or how the human body actually tastes … or how I need to put better boundaries around my current ambitions.

Let’s just say, I’m not certifiable enough at this point in my life to try to become certified.

Read it.

You could click on the fancy amazon link below to buy the book … If you do, I think I get some big bucks for it. Don’t worry … I’ll buy more wine with the money.

Or, if you are reading this book report at a coffee shop and there’s a quaint local bookstore down the street, you should try to find it there.

Or, you could be very civic-minded and go to your local library to check it out.

So… What I am saying is … READ IT!