Bookseller and BooksandTea podcast co-host Cori recommends Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker (as do many of us wine lovers at the shop).
"I have loved wine and been fascinated by the world of wine tastings and sommeliers ever since I lived in N. California and spent lots of time exploring wine country. This is classic immersive journalism. Bosker decides that she wants to learn all there is to know about tasting and selling wine culminating with her taking a very tough exam to become a sommelier... in a year... A process that takes many, many years... With her inside sharing of the world of fine dining and wine mixed with her research and interactions with specialists in psychology, neuroscience, chemistry, and marketing, she takes you on an educational adventure. " - Cori
From the back cover:
Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine—until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. 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.”
With boundless curiosity, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California 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? What she learns will change the way you drink wine—and, perhaps, the way you live—forever.
Interested in learning more about that wine you've been thinking about all week? Pick up a copy of Cork Dork in store today!