• Cork Dork

  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-28-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (757 ratings)
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready

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Publisher's Summary

Amateur drinker and professional tech reporter Bianca Bosker didn't know much about wine - until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world of master sommeliers who 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, they 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 listener 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 listenable, and hilarious, Cork Dork illuminates how tasting better can help us live better - and will change the way you drink wine forever.
©2017 Bianca Bosker (P)2017 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The Kitchen Confidential of wine." (Madeline Puckette, Wine Folly)
"Bianca Bosker is an enthusiast. Her passion for wine expertise makes this fun and fact-filled audiobook an extraordinary listening experience. She narrates her text with joy, and her pursuit of the special knowledge and wisdom possessed by sommeliers comes through in every syllable of her journey from oenology novice to working cork dork.... She narrates her audiobook with verve and self-deprecating humor." ( AudioFile)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Blake Brasher on 10-14-17

Interesting but not educational

If you are looking to learn about wine, this is not the book for you. If you want to hear the story of a 20 something journalist trying to insert herself into the world of high wine, this book is great!

I found it to be entertaining but I really did not learn very much about wine aside from the general consensus that the best and most expensive stuff comes from Burgundy and that if you don’t want to spend more than a couple dozen dollars per bottle, maybe finely tuning your wine tasting apparatus is not such a good idea.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Toma Dursina on 04-04-17


A vivid lively highly engrossing account of the wine. A lovely story that will make you love wine if you don't already or take you further on your wine journey. Beautifully written !

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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