Corkscrew: The highly improbable, but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine buyer by Peter Stafford-Bow is a screamingly funny and indeed high improbable story. While you may not pick up any tips on how to improve your tasting technique or learn the difference between Old World and New World Cabernet you will both cringe and laugh out loud at the highjinks Stafford-Bow’s protagonist gets up to.
When I started Corkscrew I was not quite sure where it was going or if I were going to like the journey. However I was quickly sucked into the madcap adventure.
Stafford-Bow’s protagonist stumbles into the wine buying profession after getting kicked out of school and is soon embroiled in a series of hilarious misadventures. From shady wine deals, running afoul of several criminal organizations, and almost getting eaten on safari; just when you think he can’t get himself into a more ridiculous situation he manages to do it.
Whether you are a wine professional, a budding oenophile, you just like a tipple now and then, or none of the above Corkscrew is a highly enjoyable read.