Back in the town centre, try one of the many wine bars in downtown Bordeaux - but do start with CIVB which offers Bordeaux wines at cost price, in stunning surroundings, right in the heart of town.
The food’s stylish, the advice is friendly and the wine’s good. It’s very busy in the summer and at weekends; get there early to grab a table.
The next door wine school offers courses for everyone, from starter sessions over a couple of hours to intensive wine instruction.
The tourist office is the place to go to find out what’s going on wine-wise in Bordeaux. This year the town is hosting the fete du vin on the quayside in June (tickets and details available online or at the tourist office). The unmissable Cité du Vin opens its doors to the public in June. Do have a look at the tourist office boutique for some wine related shopping. Their bottle stoppers make great presents.
The area around the tourist office, around the Grand Theatre and Grand Hotel is a good place to look for wine glasses, great bottles of wine and terraces to sit with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.
If you are into good wine, try a meal at L’Univerre. Described as the wine lover’s bar and restaurant, this is the place to come for seriously good wines at reasonable prices. There are 1300 wines on the list - curiosities, rare wines and outstanding wines, all chosen by the sommelier owner, with dishes to match.
For that final glass of wine before you leave town, check in to Hall B at the airport and check out the Ostrea oyster bar. It’s where to have that last glass, with half a dozen local oysters or a light salad, and say bye-bye to Bordeaux in style…