A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
Bianca Bosker is a journalist and author and with this book she hits a home run, winning the 2018 M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, making the New York times Best Seller List, one of the New York times Critics' Top Books of 2017, named Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Fortune, Smithsonian, Bustle, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Booklist, finalist for the 2018 Gourmand Book Award for Wine Writing, and finalist for the 2018 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (Non-Fiction). Bosker spins a very entertaining tale of her journey to become a wine sommelier. She quits her job as a journalist, begins attending wine events, samples wine at home, lands grunt level jobs in New York restaurants retrieving wines out of cellars, and slowly weasles her way into higher positions and edges into the wine elite. As a journalist she also elbows her way into the labs of major scientists of taste and smell. Her chutzpah is one of the book's major selling points. She lands into the company of wine geeks cramming for the certified sommelier and master sommelier exams and their obsessive pursuitof their goals is fascinating. This also opens the doors to industry wine tastings and the world of big bottle hunters who seek out wines that cost more per bottle than a major appliance. The book is a fascinating glimpse into the world of wine that will appeal to wine lovers but it also opens a door into groups of people with huge obsessive passions that will appeal to a broader audience. I have studdied for various beer exams and I am impressed with the obsessive effort Bosker and her fellow travellers put into the goal of becoming a certified and master sommelier. This is an entertaining and engaging book and I highly recommend it. This is a must read for anyone studying for any kind of certification.
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