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

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste. Bianca Bosker. New York: Penguin, 2017. 329 pages. ISBN 978-0143128090. As did just about all of us in the Council of Science Editors’ Book Club who read this book last spring, I found Bosker’s writing to be funny, informative, and engaging. I guess that’s no surprise given that she is an award-winning journalist who has written about food, wine, architecture, and technology for The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, The New York Times Style Magazine, Food &Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The New Republic. She was technology editor of The Huffington Post when she heard about the World’s Best Sommelier Competition, and that was all it took for her to decide to dive into what turned out to be an 18-month adventure in which she ended up becoming a certified sommelier herself. What a wild ride this book was. From laugh-out-loud funny to the sober realization at just how serious people can be about wine (no pun intended), Bosker offers an insider’s view of just how…umm…unique the world of wine is. Starting as a complete novice, Bosker’s thorough exploration of this realm—from tasting, to service, to the science involved—ends up with her complete conversion to an expert taster whose brain actually changes from her experiences. And going along on that ride with her was a thrilling and educational roller coaster. This book traces the year […]

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