INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Thrilling . . . [told] with gonzo élan . . . 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.” —Jennifer Senior, The New York Times
"Think: Eat, Pray, Love meets Somm." —theSkimm
“As informative as it is, well, intoxicating.” —Fortune
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.
-Named one of 10 New Nonfiction Food Books to Read this Spring and Summer by Bon Appetit
-Named one of The 4 Books You Should Read This Spring by Fortune
-Named one of 12 Nonfiction Books You Need to Read in March by Harper’s Bazaar
-Named one of the 20 Best Nonfiction Books Coming in March 2017 by Bustle
-Named one of The Best Drink Books of Spring and Summer 2017 by Punch
-Named one of the Best Books of Early 2017 by Brightly
#FirstLine ~ Perfume was the first to go, but I'd expected that.
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.