A List Of Summer Wine Reads

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If you're doing more of a staycation than a vacation this summer, you can at least transport yourself in mind and spirit with a great wine read. Here's a list of a few books, both new and old, that will take you to some great wine regions or at least compel you with some fascinating wine tales.

So, pull up your beach chair, slather up, pour a glass of something, and crack a book open.

The Vineyard at the End of the World by Ian Mount

This book takes a look at Argentina's malbec and how Argentina emerged as a premier region after years of producing undrinkable wine.

Bordeaux by Oz Clarke

If France is on your virtual travel agenda, a detailed look at the fabled wine region of Bordeaux might be required reading.

Napa: The Story of an American Eden by James Conaway

You don't have to leave the country to find a great wine tale. This book chronicles Napa Valley, the fortunes made there, and the wine dynasties that have emerged from it.

The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

A page-turner made for a lazy summer day, this mystery is the true story of a 1787 Ch√Ęteau Lafite Rothschild (Bordeaux) said to be owned by Thomas Jefferson.

Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times by Don Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup

This book takes a look at the history of champagne and its story as the world's favorite wine.

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

This classic and widely read book (and movie) still holds up as a romantic read if Tuscany, Italy, is on your horizon.

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