Cork Dork: A Wine-Fuelled Journey into the Art of Sommeliers and the Science of Taste

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Cork Dork: A Wine-Fuelled Journey into the Art of Sommeliers and the Science of Taste

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fuelled Journey into the Art of Sommeliers and the Science of Taste

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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. I hope you give it a chance, whether you’re a wine newbie like me or someone who already likes the stuff–in fact I suspect some of the things Bosker uncovers would surprise and interest even professional sommeliers. She started as a complete novice who rarely drank wine, and interviewed experts in fields of food, wine, chemistry, and psychology to really unpack the reality of a sommelier’s skillset. Throughout the year we will be hosting some fantastic evenings, such as wine tastings, cheese pairings and many more. I selected the 2015 Pedernales Texas Albarino, which highlights a spanish grape varietal that thrives in Texas weather.

Bosker proceeds to bring the flash-card discipline of her Chinese studies to wine, and in the final chapter, she presents us with her “A” grade — an fMRI scan shows that her brain has been altered. We want our comments to be a lively and valuable part of our community - a place where readers can debate and engage with the most important local issues. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork. Her goal was to figure out how much of this revered title was based on true skill versus pretension. But Bianca Bosker’s book stands out as being spectacularly successful in teaching us about wine, in making us love wine, and in presenting a tone of unfailing good humor.However, a report to the committee said a previous premises licence lapsed due to the company that held the licence being dissolved. I found the whole thing to be super super interesting even though it was a crazy detailed road to a job.

Reads like a wine lover’s equivalent of Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy’: There is paradise, but only after glimpses of purgatory and hell…A funny, thought-provoking and at times frightening look at the sublime tastes, enormous egos and curious rules of a profession that is both insanely rigorous and occasionally ridiculous. They don’t just serve wine, they have the expertise, charm, calm, and overall knowledge of not just wine but what go with wine. Connoisseurs consider processed wines the enological equivalent of processed foods, if not worse,” Bosker wrote. Taste and especially smell are underdeveloped human senses, but it is possible to train them: at the end of the book Bosker gets in an fMRI machine and proves that – like a London taxi driver with route-finding – there’s evidence of her brain having formed advanced connections in the areas involved in taste. Then there’s “minerality,” a word Bosker once told a patron at Terroir Tribeca never to say ever again.As with reality television, it's a self-selecting group that agrees to be subjected to this journalistic intrusion. There is no shortage of informative detail in this book, but Bosker’s writing style makes it a compulsive read. I'd love to know how many friends she lost after this book came out, because she sounds like the worst.

Bosker flexes her journalism background as she educates her reader on how restaurants came to be, what the first sommeliers were like, and how our bodies interact with smell and taste.I enjoyed this book at the start, and then slowly started to despise it until I was about 60% done with it. Throughout, Cork Dork weaves science, data, and information into a narrative web so masterfully rendered that you feel like you’re reading gossip even when you’re reading about Plato’s contempt of smell.

Also, she'll probably show up even if she's not invited and make more if a scene than if an invitation had been extended. If you have wondered about the mysteries of wine, and the airs of people who claim to know something about it, Cork Dork is essential reading.Refreshingly accessible…It’s delightful and informative to see a subject as potentially stodgy as wine appreciation refracted through the perspective of someone young, female, and very smart.



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