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"A marvelous journey through the mad, manic, seductive subculture of wine and wine lovers." -Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief

"The Kitchen Confidential of wine: Read this book, and you'll never be intimidated by wine - or wine snobs - again." -Madeline Puckette, co-author of Wine Folly


Like many of us, amateur drinker and professional 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, identify the grape a bottle was made from, in what year, and where it was produced - within acres. Where she tasted "wine," these master sommeliers detected not only complex flavor profiles, but entire histories and geographies. Astounded by their fanatical dedication and 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 mass market wine "factory," 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? Counterintuitive, compulsively readable, and hilarious, Cork Dork illuminates how tasting better can help us live better - and will change the way you drink wine forever.



About the Author

Bianca Bosker

Bianca Bosker is an award-winning journalist and the author of Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste.

She's the former executive tech editor of the Huffington Post, where she explored technology's influence on culture through subjects such as teen Vine stars, people who date video games, and the creators of Siri. 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 author of the acclaimed academic book Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China. She lives in New York City.



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