A SYBARITIC LIFE

Audio-book Review
By Chet Yarbrough

(Blog:awalkingdelight)
Website: chetyarbrough.com

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

Written by: Bianka Bosker

Narrated by: Bianka Boska

BIANCA BOSKER (AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, Bianka Boska’s image and voice live up to one’s expectation of the sybaritic life of a sommelier.)

Bianka Boska’s image and voice live up to one’s expectation of the sybaritic life of a sommelier.  Young, attractive, and purpose driven, Boska is a writer worth listening to.  “Cork Dork” tells the story of what it means to be a sommelier.  It reveals the details of an education for the taste and smell of wine.  The best sommeliers are characterized as wine connoisseurs who can sell Brooklyn to a monkey.  Like most consumers of “nectar of the vine”, wine drinkers have an unschooled (often ignorant) appreciation of what, when, and how to create and consume a beverage from a process that dates to prehistoric times.

An adult male caucasian sommelier poring red wine in a glass while standing in a underground wine cellar.The best sommeliers are characterized as wine connoisseurs who can sell Brooklyn to a monkey.

Boska sprightly explains her decision to journey into the world of wine.  With youth, energy, and commitment, Boska writes with journalistic integrity.  Her journey begins with an intent to become a sommelier in one year when the average time commitment is three.  As a judicious journalist, Boska meticulously pursues the details of wine content, tasting, and service.  She experiences each detail during a year of wine-elements research, tasting, and restaurant service.  Each discipline shows Boska to be a determined, intelligent, hedonistic and committed oenophile.

FEMALE MASTER SOMMELIER, LAURA MANIEC (In some respects, the author’s journey exposes the falseness of a profession intent on running up restaurant bills by selling over-priced wines to an ignorant public.)

In some respects, the author’s journey exposes the falseness of a profession intent on running up restaurant bills by selling over-priced wines to an ignorant public.  On the other hand, Boska acknowledges an extraordinary sensory experience that may come from a subjective appreciation of the smell and taste of a fine wine.

A listener’s surprising revelation from Boska’s story is in becoming a sommelier, wine tasting begins early in the day to leave many with a headache in the morning.  Every week becomes a cycle of drinking and recovering.  Becoming a sommelier is no profession for anyone subject to addiction.

24 HOUR JOB AS A SOMMELIER  (Every week becomes a cycle of drinking and recovering.  Becoming a sommelier is no profession for anyone subject to addiction.)
BRAIN SCAN ( Boska seems to prove the utility of the experience by having a brain scan.  Parts of Boska’s brain show stimulation from her sense of smell that are not common among non-sommelier subjects.)

Both experimentation and science are noted in Boska’s explanation of sommelier education.  Training requires improving the aspiring sommelier’s senses; particularly smell and taste.

Boska purchases a variety of spices to experience smells that provide elemental categorization; leading to a descriptive vocabulary for describing wine characteristics.  Boska seems to prove the utility of the experience by having a brain scan.  Parts of Boska’s brain show stimulation from her sense of smell that are not common among non-sommelier subjects.

BEING A GOOD SMELLER  (What one draws from her detailed story is that wine appreciation is a subjective experience but a good sommelier can guide a “good-smeller” to an extraordinary out-of-body experience.)

Boska succeeds in becoming an accredited sommelier within a year.  What one draws from her detailed story is that wine appreciation is a subjective experience but a good sommelier can guide a “good-smeller” to an extraordinary out-of-body experience.  There is a price to be paid for the journey, but for the right consumer Boska implies a wine tasting is priceless.

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