Title: Corked: A Memoir
Author: Kathryn Borel
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 16, 2010
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN: 9780446409506
Genre: Biography/Autobiography


Meet Kathryn Borel, bon vivant and undutiful daughter. Now meet her father, Philippe, former chef, eccentric genius, and wine aficionado extraordinaire. Kathryn is like her father in every way but one: she’s totally ignorant 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.


Before starting the book, I thought it would be all about France and wine…but it’s not..it is a hilarious true account of the author’s trip with her father. As they travel through some of France’s richest wine territory, Kathryn hopes to strenghten her bond with her French-born wine aficionado father.

The book is an engaging memoir with a great father/daughter story at the core. We donot see this angle very often..  The author tells us about her embarrassing adventures on a wine trip with her father and  some of her past mistakes. At times I felt myself cheering along side her father, encouraging the author to get over it and move on.

Borel is artistic in her writing.  This memoir was honest, very real, and at times I didn’t adore Kathryn but that’s what made it real. The book is a very personal and quirky and the personal accounts are sometimes so disgusting that you donot want to know any more !!!! yet she forces us to move on with hilarity and heartbreak through the various backroads of France’s wine region..

If you really want to read a bio that is true enough go for it, I would recommend..

Thanks Anna Balasi and Hachett for the opportunity to read and review this book.


Kathryn Borel 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 where she works at the Canadian Broadcasting Company. She has written food and wine reviews for radio and print. Her journalism includes a column which ran in the National Post under the title “Indignities.” Corked is her first book.


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