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

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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.

Coming to theaters in 2017, please check back later for direct link.

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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

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)

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).

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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)

Print Publications & Social Media Blogs

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“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.”

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– Michael Austin, Wine Columnist

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

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“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

HighEnd

“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

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“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

GlobalTraveler

“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

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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

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“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

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“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.

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“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
ALYSSA IS PASSIONATE ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DEVOTE THEIR TIME TO FILL OUR STOMACHS AND EXPLORING
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.

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“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

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“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

“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

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“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

“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

“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
2016 Wine Blog Award Winner – Best Writing & Best Overall Wine Blog