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

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Bosker slowly improved her blind tasting abilities, but something about the whole wine tasting process nagged her. But capturing the life of a sommelier and capturing the beauty and joy of wine are not the same thing.

It has a past and it expresses the personality and character of a people and a region, especially in the Old World, Asimov explained. Funny, counterintuitive and compulsively readable, Cork Dork does for drinking what Kitchen Confidential did for dining out, ensuring you'll never reach blindly for the second cheapest bottle on the menu again.But is chronicling an arduous journey to achieve a kind of knowledge the same as demystifying that knowledge for others? She has a WSET Level 2 certification in wine, along with a degree in environmental engineering and an MBA. 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. But the refrain of "I was a big-wig journalist and gave it up to try this wine thing out because how hard can it be even when people dedicate their lives to it and I just want to drink" is infuriating.

Bosker was trained by Grieco to serve as a sommelier in this fashion, and it’s how she operated on the floor of Terroir. Despite the populism of the op-ed, Cork Dork’s focus on the most elite sommeliers and their rituals might just make wine more intimidating than ever. With boundless curiosity, humour and a healthy dose of scepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, mass-market wine factories and even a neuroscientist's fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what's the big deal about wine? Duncan Hines, a traveling salesman who jotted down notes on clean, good restaurants around the US to send to family and friends, was the OG self-made restaurant critic. Along the way, she also meets up with smell scientists, participates in competitions, and delves into the many nuances of flavor.bringing] readers on her year-plus adventure of learning about everything from production to consumption. 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. While the little birds perform an task analogous to your semi-annual (if you can afford it) trip to the dental hygienist, sommeliers often have the similarly useful function of separating the silly rich from their ill-gotten gains and funnelling it back into the economy of real things, where it can bounce around from pocket to pocket of people who actually need it (starting with restaurant staff) until it is inevitably re-captured by the undeserving. The 2014 Silverado Vineyards Petit Verdot Mount George Vineyard uses one of five common Bordeaux varietals.

I'd love to know how many friends she lost after this book came out, because she sounds like the worst.She loves exploring local farmer’s markets, haunting her favorite wine bar, and discovering new restaurants. In the heart of Eastern Europe, nestled beneath the picturesque landscapes of Moldova, lies a hidden gem that captivates wine enthusiasts from around the globe—the Mileștii Mici winery. What she really wants is for all of us to notice the things we're experiencing, be they tastes or smells, sights or sounds.

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