Reading for the Road: Our 5 Favourite Books About Bordeaux
At The Slow Road we answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers.
That’s why we love compiling reading lists that include those books—from novels to memoirs, and everything in between—that have really opened up our favourite regions.
In this post, we’ll round up a few of our favourite books about Bordeaux, one of France’s – and the world’s – most storied wine regions.
Must-Read Books About Bordeaux
By Gregory Curtis
In this tale of art, paleontology and discovery, Curtis introduces the masterworks of cave art in France and Spain, visiting Altamira, Lascaux, Les Trois-Freres, Cosquer, Chauvet and others.
By Ina Caro
Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for travelling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history.
By Michelle Wan
Wan crafts a suspenseful, elegant tale of food, romance and murder out of a search for a long-lost woman in the Dordogne. Rich in lush descriptions of the Dordogne, and laden with savoury details of French cooking, Deadly Slipper is rife with surprising twists and turns.
By Stephen Brook
The wines of Bordeaux are universally recognized as being among the finest in the world and in this fully revised and updated edition of his classic text, renowned wine expert Stephen Brook provides an unrivalled survey of the region and its wines.
By William Echikson
For wine lovers the world over, Bordeaux is the center of the universe. But in the past two decades, revolutionaries have stormed its traditional bastions, making their markand their fortunesmodernizing the production and marketing of wine. William Echikson takes readers inside the center of the French wine business to examine the schism between defenders of the old order and architects of the new.