Wine Confidential: An Insider Look at the Wine World with Bianca Bosker

Introduction

Bianca Bosker is an award-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste, which has been hailed as the “Kitchen Confidential of wine.” Bianca has written about food, wine, architecture, and technology for The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The New Republic, among other publications.

 

Highlights

  • How did Bianca stumble into wine while writing about tech at the Huffington Post?
  • Why was Bianca’s book was described as the Kitchen Confidential of the wine world?
  • What insider lingo do high-end restaurants use to identify their patrons, especially the big spenders?
  • Is there a real benefit to the unusual training and tasting practices of ultra-competitive sommeliers?
  • Can you learn to pull meaning from your senses, particularly smell?
  • What’s the significance behind Bianca’s love for Riesling?
  • What was it like to work with Paul Grieco at Terroir?
  • How did Bianca discover the wine orgy for the rich: the most extravagant gathering of wine collectors on the planet, La Paulée?
  • What is the role of the sommelier beyond serving wine?
  • Which wines does Bianca recommend from Oregon and Lebanon?
  • What inspired Bianca to create a blind-smelling Chervil test to put master sommeliers to the test?
  • What’s the best wine advice Bianca’s ever received?

 

Resources

You can also watch the video interview with Bianca that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

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