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Meet Kathryn Borel, absurd bon vivant and daughter of duty. Now meet her father, Philippe, former chef, eccentric genius, and wine aficionado extraordinaire. Kathryn is like her father in every way but one: she doesn't get it when it comes to wine. And although Philippe has devoted untold parenting hours to delivering impassioned, oenological orations, she has managed to remain unenlightened. But after an accident and a death, Kathryn realizes that by shutting herself off to her father's greatest passion, she will never really know him. So, she proposes a drunken father-daughter road trip. As they drive through the country, meeting with vintners, touring vineyards, laughing, screaming, panicking and fighting, they watch the birth, development and maturation of a very special part of their relationship: the ability to connect over wine. This is the uncensored account of their tour through the great wine regions of France. Kathryn's tale is uniquely told in her fervent and personal voice, and her stories are passionate and unpredictable, shocking and very funny. By turns uproarious, poignant, and filled with cunning little details about wine, CORKED is a book for any reader who has sought a connection with a complex family member or wanted to overcome the paralyzing terror of being faced with a restaurant wine list.
Corked was featured as one of the best books of 2009 in Quill & Quire, the National Post, Eye Weekly, and The Mark.ca and was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.
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Praise for Corked
“With biting humour, unparalleled narcissism and tremendous heart, Kathryn
Borel visits French wine country with her eccentric father, Philippe, to learn
more about his unbridled passion. Among the revelations of their two-week
sojourn are a personal tragedy and her father’s deepest, darkest secret. Corked is
Canada’s funniest debut of the year; Borel is non-fiction’s new, boozy superstar.”
“This totally lovely and laugh-out-loud hilarious book marks the arrival of an
auspicious new comic voice.”
“Kathryn Borel has written a funny, quirky, bittersweet memoir full of wry
wisdom on the subjects of wine, grief, memory, France and family.”
“The end result, not unlike drinking good wine, is entertaining and just a bit
“Some readers may shy away from Borel’s openness, but this book is unique
precisely because it is Borel.”
—Globe and Mail
“A fast-paced read with nuggets of wine trivia that will appeal to anyone who
has struggled to understand their parents.”
Kathryn Borel Jr. was born in 1979 in Toronto, the daughter of a hotelier. After several years she became the older sister to Nico, who was named after the family cat. She spent her early years living in hotels in Paris, Bermuda, Dallas and New Jersey, finally settling in Quebec City.
In 2002 she moved to Toronto to follow a man. The relationship ended.
She continues to live in Toronto with her extensive robot collection. In her decadelong journalism career, she has written and broadcast for many local and national top-rated programs on CBC Radio One, including Metro Morning, GO! and As It Happens. She was one of the founding producers of Q, where she holds the official title of "Producer" and the less official title of "Mayor of Awesometown." She has a popular wine column on Ontario's weekend morning show, Fresh Air. Corked is her first book.
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