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The New York City Big Book Award is a significant achievement because Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France was up against the big established publishing houses in New York. Winning against Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, etc. is a major accomplishment that makes us very proud and appreciative.

The competition was judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry: publishers, writers, editors, book designers and professional copywriters. Selected award winners and distinguished favorites were based on overall excellence.

Award Announcement        2020 Winners


American Book Fest announces its 17th Annual “Best Book” Award honoring Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France with the top spot as GOLD WINNER, the Best Travel Guide of 2020.

We are in the best of company as the “Best Book” team has awarded some of the biggest names: Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Brad Thor, Clive Barker, Kitty Kelley, Anne Geddes, Julie Andrews, Jude Deveraux and many other. Awarded books have included: Oprah, The Secret, The First Commandment, Guerrilla Marketing, Someone to Love, Merlin Saga (Disney film), Stitches, and Saving Fish from Drowning.

Award Announcement        2020 Winners

Exploring Wine Regions wins THE GOLD – Best Travel Book in 2017

IBPA Announces Gold Winners in the 29th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards for Excellence in Book Publishing

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) chose what they considered to be the best 1,400 books published during the year and gave these books to 150 industry professionals to judge over a six-month period of time.  The results, one gold winner was named in each of fifty-five categories, awarding Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina the GOLD MEDAL of TRAVEL BOOKS in this year’s esteemed indie book award program recognizing excellence in books published.

IBPA Press Announcement        Franklin Award Certificate

Best Travel and Wine Book of 2016
Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

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Michael C. Higgins, PhD Awarded (CWAS) California Wine Appellation Specialist

Through a rigorous curriculum designed by Master Sommelier David Glancy at the San Francisco Wine School, studies include each of the California wine appellations, their grapes and unique terroir. Our Michael Higgins successfully completed the course, passed with honors, recognized for his mastery of California Wines.

Michael’s Blog     CWAS Award Certificate

Wine Tasting at The PWQA Virtual Convention

Michael Higgins (Author/Photographer of Exploring Wine Regions) and Peter Dills (Radio Talk Show Host of Dining with Dills) for an hour of entertainment as they discuss wine tasting and wine regions around the world. After days of technical and legislative classes, the members of the Pacific Water Quality Association’s Annual Convention took a break to enjoy wine tasting fun with Peter and Michael in this stand-up hour of fun and knowledge of enjoying wine and travels to wine regions.

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WINE TASTING (2017) – A Feature Film

Wine Tasting presents the damage that high-pressure careers cause in the lives of four men. John, Mateo, Franco and Ed are good friends and professional wine tasters. They sacrifice considerable sums of money and time in order to pass the sommelier exam. Their relationship is tested when one out of the four guys doesn’t pass – leading to a series of scandalous repercussions. Directed by Josh Mitchell. Written by Justin Samuels


Exploring Wine Regions is the textbook used in the film by the guys studying to pass the sommelier exam, along with Michael C. Higgins, PhD, the book’s author, as their Wine Educator teaching and inspiring them to pass this extremely difficult exam.


Terroirs+Travels in Argentina – Malbec Wine Aroma Class

Train your senses on the Aromas & Tastes of Malbec Wines

Enjoy an interactive experience with Malbec Expert and Author/Photojournalist Michael C. Higgins, PhD and Sommelier and Wine Educator Jean-Baptiste Dhalluin for a fun and educational hands-on afternoon thinking outside the glass in Argentina.


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Manhattan Media Event

A Taste of Argentina, November 2016, New York City
An interactive wine tasting experience for journalist of the top Travel, Wine and Culinary magazines of New York

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New York Book Signings, Wine Tastings, EWR Presentations

Author attended wine tastings in book stores and wine shops
Interactive experience of sipping wine, learning about Argentina and getting books autographed

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Making Its Debut

BEA – BookExpo America, May 11-15, 2016, Chicago, IL

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Live Interviews & Radio/TV Appearances

“Dining With Dills – with Peter Dills on Go Country 105FM

Peter Dills is L.A.’s “King of Cuisine” and talks about restaurants, chefs, food, wine, and in this episode, talks with Michael C. Higgins about the release of his new book Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France. Dining With Dills is a Weekly Show aired live on Facebook on Wednesday, Sundays on Go Country 105FM, and archived on the Dining With Dills Podcast.

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BookExpo Live Filmed Interview – by IBPA CEO Angela Bole (Independent Book Publishers Association)

Angela Bole Interviews Author/Photographer Michael C. Higgins, PhD at BookExpo about the debut of his new book: Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina. BookExpo brings together over 1,000 companies from over 25 countries in a three-day conference of 17,000 book publishing professionals. (7 min length)

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On Show Live – Rudy Maxa’s World (America’s #1 travel radio show)

Radio interview with EWR’s Author/Photographer Michael C. Higgins, PhD by Travel Journalist Rudy Maxa on Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys, America’s #1 Travel Radio Show, with a weekly audience of 1.4 million upscale leisure and business travelers via 260+ primarily news/talk radio stations. (8 min length)

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Straight Off The Menu – with Peter Dills & Mike Bingley (Weekly TV Food Show)

I have never heard of anything like this. This is so cool. ‘Exploring Wine Regions’ He has brought books back to popularity, that’s for sure. I love it. I love it. I love it. Michael Higgins, good job. This is really exciting. I can use Exploring Wine Regions as a guide. We are going to bring this with us, and go – I want to go there.” This Weekly TV Food Show, is aired live on Facebook every Monday, AT&T & Time Warner on Fridays on channels 32 & 39, and Spectrum on Saturdays and Sundays.

FULL EPISODE (28 minutes)      EDITED – HIGGINS ONLY (13 minutes).

A Kind Voice on Books, by Host Erin Rae Daniels

Radio interview with EWR’s Author/Photographer Michael C. Higgins, PhD by Host Erin Rae Daniels on A Kind Voice on Books, where they bring together like-minded bibliophiles to discuss their passion for books and writing. (52 min length)

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On The Air with The Wine Guy

Talk Show Guest on The Good Life Show, with Host, Mike Wreyford (The Wine Guy)
A weekly live radio talk show covering topics on food, wine, travel, and lifestyle. (29 min length)

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Featured Guest on The Donna Seebo Show

On BBS Radio, broadcasted worldwide, listen to Dr. Higgins share entertaining and informative stories about Argentina and Malbec wines with Donna Seebo. This daily live talk radio show is celebrating 15 years of positive and informative programming with authors and experts from around the world who have shared their insights. (31 min length)

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Print Publications & Social Media Blogs

“Calling all wine lovers. There’s a new book coming out this month that promises a healthy dose of escapism. Packed with 950 spectacular photographs, “Exploring Wine Regions: Bordeaux” is part coffee-table book, part wine guide and part travel guide to the region of Bordeaux from wine writer and expert Michael C. Higgins.

You’ll enjoy entertaining stories on an educational journey exploring the top wine regions of Médoc (Margaux, Pauillac, etc.), Graves (Pessac-Léognon and Sauternes), Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac. You’ll even take a side trip to Cognac to visit a cooperage.”

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– France Today Editors, In Wine & Spirits

The world’s leading travel and lifestyle magazine about France

“This slick softcover has the look of a well-organized travel guide, with short, focused text entries and scores of glossy photographs. It offers a great overview not only of world-famous Mendoza, but also lesser-known growing areas all the way down to Rio Negro, the world’s southernmost wine region. As a bonus, the book offers culinary and cultural insights, plus travel tips. It is the first in a series, with future books planned for Italy, Spain, France, Chile and Australia, among other countries.”

Printed Paper      Online

– Michael Austin, Wine Columnist

Chicago Tribune – 384,962 print circulation – 18.8 million online monthly readers

“Listed: Six New Travel Books You’ll Want to Have. A must for any oenophile, Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina ($35) follows the 13-week trip of Michael C. Higgins, Ph.D. as he explores 58 wineries and tastes almost 600 bottles of wine.”

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– Bryan Van Gorder, Out Traveler Magazine

Out Traveler is an LGBT travel magazine supplement
to Out Magazine, the highest circulation LGBT publication in the USA

“A retired publisher turned photographer and world-traveler – and now author – literally wrote the book on wine and travel in Argentina. The culmination of his travels is a comprehensive list of not only the wineries and vineyards he visited and their offerings, but also sightseeing options and delicious restaurants.”

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– Kirsten Niper, Assistant Editor, The High End

Unique Homes Luxury Media’s magazine for affluent individuals interested in high-end real estate
paid readership in all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide of 66,000 monthly readers

“Wine books can be a thoughtful gift for the wine drinker and I’m a big fan of gifting a book plus a wine that relates to the book. One of the best new books to come out this year is on Argentina, a country that really needed one to tell travelers where to go, what to taste and where to stay. Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina by Michael C. Higgins ($35) is half guide book, half coffee table book, with information gathered through extensive time spent with top industry insiders. The book focuses on Mendoza, Salta and Patagonia and everything is vetted by the author.”

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– Anthony Gismondi, Wine Columnist, Vancouver Sun

The daily newspaper of Vancouver, Canada with 1.5 million monthly readers

“Between the covers of the 11-book series, author Michael C. Higgins, Ph.D., offers a rich, insider compendium designed to lead readers and travelers on an informed journey through the most stunning wine regions on the planet.”

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– Debra Bokur, Travel Editor, Global Traveler

Business & lifestyle magazine for an exclusive difficult-to-reach executive business traveler

“Exploring Wine Regions produces two types of author-led trips. One is where we work with wine shops, whereby they market our author-led trips to their customers and get a profit for their success. And come with us! The other author-lead trips we produce are for our direct relationships with readers. Over time, we have built a good database and an excellent reputation with wine lovers who can’t wait to go on the next trip with us. We share their passion. We offer them unique trips they could never buy. That’s what makes us so desirable. They are not just going on a trip with an author; they are going in the back door to meet the people at the forefront of food, wine and hospitality.”

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– Michael C. Higgins, PhD, Author, Photojournalist & Publisher

Wine, Travel & Culinary Adventures

La Vanguardia Sur – Periodista estadounidense recorre la Ruta del Vino Patagonica
Host News: Digital Tourism Business Journal
Tourism Patagonia (American journalist travels the Ruta del Vino)

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Indie Titles for Your Consideration Show
A New Insiders Travel Guide Series

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PW – Publishers Weekly, since 1872 (Book Reviews, Bestselling Books & Publishing)
Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina presented on the Front Cover

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Online Magazines, Social Media & Blogs

“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. For many wine lovers, Bordeaux is the go-to destination for all things vino and the new book is undoubtedly the latest way for wine lovers to taste their favorite spot. Plan your own journey with the help of Higgin’s thoughtful and thorough new book.”

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– Jordi Lippe-McGraw, Writer, Art & Culture
DEPARTURES Magazine – The Lifestyle Magazine of American Express

“The book is incredibly useful for sightseeing travelers as well as serious students of wine: amazingly comprehensive in its presentation of tourism and wine education, at all levels. If you are looking for a template to plan a tour, you can’t go wrong in following his recommendations for wineries, hotels, spas and restaurants. In addition, I would highly recommend reading his description and historical notes, to feel the centuries of events, traditions and people you will be immersed in.”

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– Becky Sue Epson, Editor: Food, Wine & Travel
Palate Press – A Modern Online Wine Magazine

“It is 494 pages of everything you could ever want to know about this amazing region. Definitely, you are going to want to get your hands on this book.”

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– GrapeChic, Wine Blogger & Influencer
Posted on Instagram Story

“AUTHOR INTERVIEW – Travel Awaits interviews author and photographer in front of the new release of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France.”

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– Richard Nahem, Expert Contributor, Paris France
TRAVEL AWAITS – Travel website with 313,894 monthly visitors

“If there is one book that impressed me the most this year, by its sheer scope and ambition, it is this one (Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina). Michael C. Higgins has crafted something truly comprehensive in this consultative collection of the people and places of Argentinian winemaking. Higgins personally visited each and every place mentioned in the book, conducting interviews and taking photographs. This is a truly generous book, crafted from passion and experience.”

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– Jill Barth of L’Occasion
2016 Wine Blog Award Winner – Best Writing & Best Overall Wine Blog

“If you haven’t been to Argentina, you probably know it for the alleged steak dinner/bottle of wine/tango lesson that guy you know who went there on study abroad for like $2.99. And that’s precisely why Michael Higgins is trying to help you. The result is Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina. And in addition to being the most thorough guide to Argentine wine tourism, it also includes contact info for everyone profiled, so you too can have the insider’s experience he did. Higgins shared some of his favorite photos and experiences from his journey. And if after getting through them all you don’t feel the urge to start searching for flights to Mendoza, you’ll at least have a serious craving for Malbec.”

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– Matt Meltzer, Staff Writer, THRILLIST
THRILLIST is a daily online magazine for doers, about food, drink, travel and fun, with over 5 million monthly readers.

“Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina is a book praising the great wines and culture of the land. Author and Malbec enthusiast Michael Higgins guides readers with an in-depth exploration of Argentina, visually transporting them with beautiful images, maps and information on the wine, the people and the unique Argentinian terrain.”

“Important queries travelers would have such as what are the better wine pairings, traditional recipes for the region, how wine is created, where to stay, where to eat, etc. are all answered on a personal note by Higgins. This is what sets this book apart from the traditional travel or wine book, it is an individual adventure from someone who simply loves wine and travel.”

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– Alyssa Holder, HONEST COOKING
Honest Cooking is an international online culinary magazine which covers cooking and baking, recipes, food news, culinary travel, and culinary culture in general, with over 150,000 monthly readers.

“When I first opened Michael Higgins’ Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina, I was struck by the sheer beauty of the photography. Each page is filled with gorgeous photos of vineyards, landscapes, cellars, wineries and their rich viticultural tradition. With each flip of the page, I found myself drawn into their culture, their land— their art of wine making. I was immediately transported to Argentina.”

Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina is a beautifully written, insider’s guide to the wine regions of Argentina. Whether you’re a wine professional looking to expand your knowledge, an avid Malbec enthusiast planning a trip to Argentina, or simply a fan of breathtaking photography looking for a new addition to your coffee table, this book is worth checking out.”

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– Alexis Chabert, Sommelier, El Che Bar
El Che Bar El Che Bar is an Argentinian-inspired bar and restaurant
Alexis Chabert is a sommelier who specializes in Argentinian wine knowledge

“Exploring Wine Regions, a travel lifestyle brand showcasing the world’s top wine regions, has launched with the publication of its first book, Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina. Michael Higgins is the brand creator and book author providing an extensive guide to the world’s top wine countries. Within each country, Higgins breaks down and uncovers the best wine regions, culinary landscape, and travel offerings. His first stop is Argentina.”
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– Luxury Travel Advisor
Luxury Travel Advisor provides travel agents complete web resources worldwide

Real People, Real Readers

“Michael Higgins is my favorite wine writer. I always think of Michael as Wine 101. He is not going to bore you. He is going to entertain you, and help you travel as if you are actually with him. His books are thick with beautiful photographs and a positive spin on everything.”

– Peter Dills, Radio Talk Show Host, L.A.’s “King of Cuisine”

“This book is more than finely detailed narratives and fantastic photographic eye-candy for wine and food enthusiasts, it is also an easy-to-read travel guide, complete with detailed maps of and insights about tourism hot spots. History lovers, travel writers, and travel experts will find this text on par with the likes of works by Rick Steves and Lonely Planet.”

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– Nicole Yurcaba, Book Reviewer, The US Review of Books
Professional Book Reviews for 18,000 Subscribers

“Come on people. Order your book TODAY and 5 more as gifts. It is seriously a gorgeous book! Can’t wait for the next one!”

– Mike Gabelman, Reader, Posted on facebook page
Captain at Ameriflight and Founder of Mission Flight

“The tour of Bordeaux is just magical. The breathtaking landscapes, delectable food, magnificent castles, and warm and inviting people will lure any traveler to visit the place and experience its magic. The author captivates readers with the history of Bordeaux, its topography and the evolution of its landscape. The book begins from the center of the region, and the charm of this medieval city will enthrall readers to go there in person and experience its youthful and energetic vibe. The book is informative with lot of details about wine and tourism, how they created a highly respected winemaking phenomenon, and beautiful properties where tourists can stay while visiting the region. It is also a visual treat with fabulous pictures of its castles and cellars that make it palpable for readers to enjoy Bordeaux to the fullest.”

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– Mamta Madhavan, Reviewer, London England
Reader’s Favorite – Book Reviews

“Critique: Impressively informed and informative, “Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina” is exceptionally well written, organized and presented, making in an ideal introduction to Argentina’s ‘wine country’. Perfect for the armchair traveler and ideal for planning Argentinian travel itineraries, “Exploring Wine Regions: Argentina” is enthusiastically recommended for personal, community, and academic library Travel Guide collections in general, and Argentinian Cultural supplemental studies reading lists in particular.”

– John Taylor, Reviewer
Midwest Book Review – Bookwatch

“Despite the fact that I’ve yet to journey to Argentina in real life, thanks to Higgins’ compelling encyclopedia that doubles as a travel guide, I’ve gained a more thorough knowledge and appreciation of this enticing country and its wines…and am inspired. Higgins’ engaging narrative and breathtaking photographs are the virtual ticket!”

“When traveling to a new destination, wine lovers like me crave to discover unique characteristics of that country, those that make an appreciation of its wines more rich. Whether you’re visiting Argentina in real life or in the comfort of your own space, pour yourself a glass of wine from Argentina and consider Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina by Michael C. Higgins, PhD. your guide…and inspiration. “

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– Cindy Rynning
Grape Experience – (55,941 Monthly Readers)
featuring reviews on various wines and winery adventures

“After reading your new book, I went to Amazon books and ordered 4 more copies. Your awesome books are on their way to me and I can share them with family and friends. Thank you for all you did to produce this wonderful book. I know my sisters and other friends will be grateful also, and maybe even go to Argentina to experience it all first hand.”

– James Ullery

“Some people dabble in their interests; others, like the author, completely immerse themselves in them. Higgins is passionate about wine, an amateur in the original French sense of the word in that he is a lover of his subject matter. Much of what makes this book stand out is the professional experience the author brings to his project. This background is evident in his overall design of the book which rivals the best travel guides on the market. He combines his own high-quality photographs with short, engaging articles which offer just the right amount of information to satisfy the reader’s interest in a particular topic without belaboring the point.”

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– John E. Roper, Book Reviewer, The US Review of Books

An online book review publication in the “Top-25 Google Search” for book reviews

“I like your expression of never having meet a Malbec that you didn’t like…I could (almost) say the same for all wines…well at least quality wines…I like Malbec and Torrontes wines too but I have to be honest and say that I did not know that there were so many different sub-regions within Mendoza…or that they grew so many different grapes…or that there were so many wineries producing Reserva and Gran Reserva wines…I have already looked through every page (great photos) and I have made it up to about page 60 reading (it came late yesterday)…it is certainly opening my eyes to so much that I did not know about Argentina!!!”

“If you are a wine lover and (like me) to learn about grapes and wine and culture from all around the world then you will really enjoy this book…it is very worthwhile!!!”

– Mark Norman
President, World Wine Marketing, New Milford, CT

“If you have never been inside a winery, this book shows you how big lots of crushed grapes raw are received, and how they are processed, refined, made into wine, and stored in barrels and other containers for later bottling and shipping. This is a sensuous book: one can not only take in the wine culture of Argentina, but as also see the different kinds of wine, smell their aromas and taste their rich flavors.”

“If you are a wine lover and (like me) to learn about grapes and wine and culture from all around the world then you will really enjoy this book…it is very worthwhile!!!”

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– Laxmi Chaandi, Book Reviewer, BIZ INDIA Online News
Online News For One Million Asian Households Living in the United States

“This is the most amazing book on wines that I have ever seen.  And looking forward to many more Wine Regions of the World!”

– Michel Pensivy
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

“Mucha suerte Michael…!!! Gracias por interpretar la pasion por lo que hacemos y transmitirlo al Mundo. Abrazo.”

– Leonardo Puppato
Enologo, Lujan, Mendoza, Argentina

Blogging Exploring Wine Regions on Twitter & Facebook
“Am so impressed with Exploring Wine Regions Argentina. Incredible book!”
“I read in the book about leaf-thinning practices on the Achaval Ferrer Estate. Interesting stuff.

– Jill Barth of L’Occasion