While this title is appealing to many of us after a long week at work, THE CORK DORK by Bianca Bosker is getting some attention, especially from libraries. It is being compared to chef Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, and debuted on he New York Times non-fiction list at #5.

THE CORK DORK: A WINE-FULED ADVENTURE AMONG THE OBSESSIVE SOMMELIERS, BIG BOTTLE HUNTERS, AND ROGUE SCIENTISTS WHO TAUGHT ME TO LIVE FOR TASTE, is a no-holds-barred account of the real lives of sommeliers who take their jobs super seriously, from licking stones so that they know how slate tastes, to avoiding brushing their teeth in the morning so as not to spoil their work. (Honestly, it sounds like these people Bosker writes about are not the most hygienic. If you’re thinking about taking this up full time, you might want to reconsider.)

Bosker is making the rounds now doing podcasts and interviews, so if you have a wine-lover in your midst, you might want to pick this up, hopefully signed, to give as a gift in the near future. Pair it with a bottle of wine, and you have a winner!


Read the Books, Drink the Wine

If you’re a fan of E.L. James’ FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, you can now enjoy some wine while you ponder the pages. She’s launched a line of wines inspired by her trilogy! The website can be found here and you can read more about the wines there.


With names like Grey While Silk and Grey Red Satin, you’re bound to find something you’ll like. (Did you get that reference?  Ha ha…a little literary humour.) The website also sells her books, so if you haven’t read them and want to sip along to the pages, you can pick up both and have them delivered straight to your door.

It’s an interesting idea, branching out like this. I must admit I’m a little worried about what else might show up in the store. Handcuffs, anyone?