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Cork Dork

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    Mar 28, 2017 | 352 Pages

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    Mar 28, 2017 | 352 Pages

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“Bosker’s journey into this sodden universe is thrilling, and she tells her story with gonzo élan. . . . She gives great gossip . . . [and] is, in the main, great company as a narrator—witty, generous, democratic . . . When the sommelier and blogger Madeline Puckette writes that this book is the Kitchen Confidential of the wine world, she’s not wrong, though Bill Buford’s Heat is probably a shade closer to this book’s sensibility and heart.”
Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

Cork Dork is remarkably entertaining. Bosker is a talented writer, a thorough reporter and is unfailingly funny.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle

“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.”
—Associated Press

“A madcap 18-month journey…[that’s] as informative as it is, well, intoxicating.” 
Fortune, “The 4 Books You Should Read This Spring”

“A funny, fascinating adventure.”
Real Simple

“A savory romp…[that reveals] not just the intricacies and nuances of flavor that vary from grape to grape, but why wine has become such a social staple for the entire world—and how the way we drink it can potentially change our lives.” 
Harper’s Bazaar, “12 Books You Need to Read in March”

“[An] often-hilarious memoir.”
Good Housekeeping

“An informative and riveting read that doesn’t take itself too seriously—a much needed dose of reality the wine world could benefit from.”
Bon Appétit

“Incredibly well written, intelligent, witty, and highly entertaining.”  

“As fresh and fun as a Wachau Riesling…packed with helpful information, wrapped in honest inquiry, and slathered with humor and wit.” 

“One of the most entertaining drink-related memoirs in years.”

“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.” 
Portland Mercury

“[A] must-read wine book.”
San Jose Mercury News 

“You’ll never feel lost in front of a wine list again.” 
Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley of  “Gastropod,” via The Atlantic

“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, author of Gulp

“In this smart and sharply observed book, Bianca Bosker takes us on a marvelous journey through the mad, manic, seductive subculture of wine and wine lovers. It’s also a deeply felt story of her own experience, told with great heart and wit.”
Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief

Cork Dork is a brilliant feat of screwball participatory journalism and Bianca Bosker is a gonzo nerd prodigy. This hilarious, thoughtful and erudite book may be the ultimate answer to the perennial question of whether or not wine connoisseurship is a scam.”
Jay McInerney, author of The Juice
“In this delightfully written and keenly observed book, Bianca Bosker helps us become connoisseurs not only of wine but also of people whose passions would more aptly be described as obsessions.”
Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators

“Speaking as someone who barely knows a good Bordeaux from a bottle of Boone’s Farm, I was charmed and entertained by this book.”
John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead 
“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 

“Fascinating…Thanks to Bosker’s sensory descriptions, we get to taste and smell alongside her, without dealing with the thousands of hours of study and endless flashcards first.” 

“An informative yet funny examination of wine.”
Brightly, The Best Books of Early 2017”

“A quest—both hilarious and horrifying—to understand the nature of taste.”
“An entertaining read.” 
Phoenix New Times

“Reading Bianca Bosker is like sitting down with a brilliant, curious friend for an after-work drink, and suddenly finding it’s midnight and the table is littered with empty bottles. Between her hilarious exploits and thoughtful meditations on wine and life, you’ll want to stay for just one more.”
Lauren Collins, author of When In French 
“A joyful journey of discovery into the ‘soul’ of wine, filled with wit and insight at every step.”
Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game 
“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. Read it and you will never look at wine in quite the same way again. This is reportage of a high order.”
Roger Cohen, author of The Girl from Human Street
“Rollicking and lively…I gulped down this book with enormous pleasure.”
Julia Flynn Siler, author of The House of Mondavi 

“Always perceptive, curious, and entertaining, the author describes her experiences with precision and a wry sense of humor…Readers will certainly come away from the book knowing more about wine and likely eager to explore it further, but even those less inclined to imbibe will be intrigued.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An interesting look at those with an unquenchable thirst for those unique bottles of vinicultural perfection.”

“A page-turning and fascinating memoir.”
Publishers Weekly 

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