For many wine lovers, Bordeaux is the go-to destination for all things vino. Sadly, trips to the region are on hold for some travelers, but that doesn't mean you still can't be inspired by the French hot spot. A new book is being released this October, Exploring Wine Regions: Bordeaux, and it promises to be part coffee table book, part wine geek guide, and mostly a travel guide.
"It is the only coffee table book that I know of dedicated exclusively to Bordeaux's extraordinary wine region," author Michael C. Higgins told Departures. "It is an insider's travel guide to the region, packed not only with technical details about its legendary wines and quality classifications, but also the nitty-gritty on how to navigate the extraordinary tourism experiences of the area, from its centuries-old castles to its best restaurants to the vineyards where you can spend the night."
While the new book is undoubtedly the latest way for wine lovers to taste their favorite spot, it's not the only one. Wine travel specialists Wine Paths also developed a virtual wine road trip that takes wine enthusiasts to the châteaus of Bordeaux, following the company's on-ground itineraries.
Of course, once you're ready to hit the road again, the same company offers a Wine and Design Tour, which takes travelers on a trip around Bordeaux while highlighting vineyards and architectural treasures of the region. You could also plan your own journey with the help of Higgin's thoughtful and thorough new book.
"My aim with this book was ultimate to 'uncomplicate' Bordeaux, which is an incredibly complex wine region, and to make it more accessible in some ways to all manner of wine lovers," added Higgins. "And until Americans can travel to Bordeaux again (which hopefully will be very soon), it's a great way for wine lovers to take a photographic tour of the region and gain inspiration for their next trip!"