Cork Dork is billed as “a wine-fueled adventure among the obsessive sommeliers, big bottle hunters and rogue scientists who taught me to live for taste.” “Amateur drinker” Bianca Bosker set out to understand the obsession and fervor behind people who live for the taste. Bosker turns herself over to the rarified 18 months training for the Certified Court of Master Sommelier. It’s a life submerged in the process, removing obstacles that interfere with the taste buds and studying all aspects of flavor. She willingly endures afternoon hangovers and licking stones to improve her palate while building a fascinating case for living in the moment and enjoying life’s pleasures fully.
In Vino Duplicitas is the tale of perhaps the most extraordinary wine forger in history. Rudy Kurniawan burst onto the ultrafine wine scene in 2002. With a discerning palate and a knack for tracking down impossible-to-get bottles, Rudy transformed himself from an unknown, illegal immigrant to the highly sought-after king of wine society. The world’s wealthiest wine collectors spent tens of millions of dollars on the rare finds in Rudy’s cellars. Then in 2008, things start to fall apart. Crates of a rare red burgundy dating back as far as 1945 are abruptly pulled from an auction and the fraud revealed.
Rudy was meticulous. He researched and provided bottles, labels and corks that the foremost specialists in the field could not detect as fakes. The intricacies of the fraud he perpetrated and the range of people conned are stunning in scope. [I haven’t seen this book yet, but based on interviews with the author I will be first in line to read it!]