Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France
Honored with ELEVEN BOOK AWARDS
Five Gold Medals. Five Silver Medals. And An Honorable Mention.
Winner: BEST TRAVEL BOOK OF 2020
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.
Winner: GOLD MEDALIST – Best Travel Guidebook of 2021
The Independent Publisher Book Awards announced its 25th Annual IPPY Awards honoring Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France with the top spot as the Best Travel Book of 2021. This is a huge recognition as the IPPY Awards is largest book awards contest in the world with over 70,000 entries geared to reward those independent publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.
Since 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards has identified a reading list of progressive, thought-provoking books, the kind that can touch lives, advance careers, and stretch our imaginations. Recognizing excellence in independent publishing, the IPPY Awards showcase these books in the first unaffiliated awards program exclusively for independent, university and self-published titles.
Winner: GOLD MEDALIST – Best Regional Book of 2021
The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) announces its 15th annual Next Generation Indie Book Awards winners. Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France wins the Gold Medal for the Best Regional Book of 2021 for its exceptional representation of a geographic region in a non-fiction book.
IBPPG is an organization aimed to promote professional standards in independent book publishing, and co-sponsors the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest non-profit book awards program in the world, to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books of the year in more than 70 categories.
Exploring Wine Regions wins SILVER MEDAL as Best Travel Book in 2021
The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Announces Winners in the 33rd Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards for Excellence in Book Publishing. Out of more than 1,700 books considered, Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France won the silver medal of the Best Travel Books published in this year’s very competitive and esteemed indie book award program recognizing excellence in books published.
Runner Up: Best Travel Guidebook of 2021
American BookFest announces its 12th Annual International Book Awards honoring Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France with the silver medal as the Best Travel Guide of 2021 in the world. This is a huge recognition as many of the winning books were published by the large mainstream publishing companies, such as Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette Books, etc. To be second in the world against these mainstream established publishing houses is a real honor.
Runner-Up: BEST WINE BOOK OF 2021 -and- BEST TRAVEL BOOK OF 2021
The National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) announced its 15th annual finalist recognizing books that demonstrate overall excellence through a synergy of form and content, particularly championing self-publishing and small independent presses for going the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France was honored with two awards, as the runner-up for Best Wine Book of 2021 and Best Travel Book of 2021.
Runner-Up: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK OF 2021
Literary Excellence of Ontario Canada announces the winners of their Book Excellence Awards, honoring Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France as the runner-up of the Best Photography Book of 2021 recognizing excellence in beautiful photography in a book. The Book Excellence Awards is an international awards competition dedicated to providing authors from all genres and backgrounds the opportunity to showcase their work on a global platform in over 100 unique categories.
Winner: BEST WINE AND TRAVEL BOOK OF 2020
The National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) announces its 38th Annual “Pinnacle Book Achievement Award” 2020 Winners honoring the finest books published this year. Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France wins the Best Wine and Travel Book of 2020.
Winner: BEST TRAVEL GUIDE OF 2020
American BookFest 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.
Honorable Mention: Best Travel Book of 2020
Forward Reviews, the esteemed magazine since 1998 for booksellers and librarians to discover great books from indie presses, also presents the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards to showcase the talent of established university and independent press titles. Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France received an Honorable Mention in the Best Travel Book of The Year category. Well aware of the challenges faced by small publishers, Forward’s goal is to highlight deserving books that not only meet our editorial standards, but also blow their minds – to their audience.
Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina
Honored with TWO AWARDS. Both are 1st Place Gold Medal wins.
Exploring Wine Regions wins THE GOLD – Best Travel Book in 2017
The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Announces the Gold Winners in their 29th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards for Excellence in Book Publishing. Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina was honored with the first place gold medal as the Best Travel Book in 2017.
The IBPA chose from what was 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.
Winner: BEST WINE AND TRAVEL BOOK OF 2016
The National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) announces its 34th Annual “Pinnacle Book Achievement Award” 2016 Winners honoring the finest books published this year. Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina wins the Best Travel and Wine Book of 2016.
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.
Fantastic Wine Tours
“Michael C. Higgins from Pasadena, California, has tirelessly pursued the best wine regions in France and worldwide for more than 20 years. His travel expeditions and adventures have made him a world-class wine expert. They have also spawned a series of magazine articles, travel guides, and coffee table books, including his latest one about Bordeaux he also photographed and wrote the text for.
Higgin’s company, Exploring Wine Regions, includes a wine touring division which offers various wine touring options, such as custom-designed itineraries for one- and two-week wine trips, an extensive study abroad program for full college credit, and private, small group tours with Michael.”
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.
Watch The Event
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.
“With a passion for wine and travel, author and photographer Michael C. Higgins delves deep into the history of Bordeaux, which he refers to as the “center of the universe for wine.” Combining wine education, insiders travel guide and his spectacular photography, Higgins continues to dazzle his audience with another informative and beautiful book. Higgins helps readers understand the complexities of Bordeaux wine by presenting each region separately and explaining their nuances. He helps them navigate their own way through this historic wine region by highlighting the chateaux, including the ones where you can stay in their castles, restaurants and experiences with detailed maps and insider tips.”
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.
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
Live Interviews & Radio/TV Appearances
“Atout France” – Bordeaux France Masterclass
Presented by Exploring Wine Regions and Atout France (France’s tourism organization)
Travel with us to the cobbled streets and lush vineyards of Bordeaux. Our host Michael C. Higgins, MBA, PhD, author of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France, takes us through the region, from the city center of Bordeaux to the surrounding wineries of the Médoc, Margaux and Pauillac appellations and Graves, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes appellations, and more, ripped from the pages of his book.
Dr. Higgins has special guest: Luc Planty, proprietor of one of the most beloved wine estates of the Sauternes region: Chateau Guiraud, a First-Growth Premier Grand Cru Classé of 1855. Luc and Michael explore a bit of his domain, which boasts excellent wines and a very interesting property, as well as a wine pairing of how Sauternes wine pairs very well with poultry.
WINE TALKS WITH PAUL KALEMKIARIAN
WINE TALKS is the show that digs a little deeper, goes a little further and scratches the surface a little more… about everything wine. This show reveals behind the scenes in the wine industry. It may seem glamorous and chichi… but wait until you hear what really happens.
This episode reveals exploring the wine regions of the world with Photojournalist Michael C. Higgins in an entertaining conversation between these two wine lovers.
TICKET TO PARIS
Get ready to stamp your passport. The Second Line Show has put together a virtual excursion to the heart of France through “you-need-to-know” talented authors experiences, writing, culture and cuisine!
The Final Stop BORDEAUX!! We have Michael C. Higgins, PhD with us for this Tour and he has taken some of the most beautiful photos of the French wineries for his book: Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France!
“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.
This is a great time to dream and plan to go places. We will be traveling to France and Michael Higgins, author of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France will be our guide. I promise you a great trip so have some paper and pen to make notes.
On BBS Radio, broadcasted worldwide, this daily live talk radio show is celebrating 19 years of positive and informative programming with authors and experts from around the world who have shared their insights. (30 min length)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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
You needn’t be a wine whiz to appreciate Bordeaux or this book. Higgins is eager to show you a variety of experiences. This book is organized with meticulous details, leaving no grape unturned. If sumptuous photography and vivid descriptions of gorgeous scenery, castles, wine and food whet your appetite, then rendezvous with the new Exploring Wine Regions Bordeaux, France by Michael C. Higgins, Ph.D., whose travel and wine expertise impresses.”
“The inside front-cover double-page spread of the holiday issue of Decanter Magazine, entitled The Art of Wine, is photographed by Michael C. Higgins, Exploring Wine Regions’ photographer. This is very exciting because it’s the first thing readers see when they open the magazine.”
“MERLOT, The Queen of Bordeaux
Our author and photographer, Michael C. Higgins, is guest writer for The Good Life France Magazine creating an 8-Page Feature Story exploring Saint-Émilion in Bordeaux and its Right Bank queen – Merlot!”
“A perfect gift for any travel or wine lover. Higgins offers a true insider’s travel guide to the region’s best vineyard, winemakers, charming cities, incredible chateaux, sites, hotels, restaurants, and more.”
“This book is quintessential to read/have as your bible for all things Bordeaux. It is worth it to read this book just on the incredible photography alone — but the information also is extensive, up to date, well-laid out and by all accounts totally complete. This is all you need to review before booking a flight from wherever you are in the world to go to Bordeaux.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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)
“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.”
“With nearly 500 pages of insider info on where to stay, eat, and of course, explore the wines of Bordeaux, this guide offers a comprehensive glimpse into one of the world’s most historic and often intimidating wine regions to visit. Providing insight into the region’s best vineyards, winemakers, towns, hotels, restaurants, and more, author Michael Higgins does his best to make Bordeaux approachable and possible for wine and travel enthusiasts. Readers will gain a basic understanding of the region’s history, cuisine, and culture.”
“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.”
MÉDOC, SOUTHERN FRANCE: DRINK IT ALL IN
Feature Story by our Author/Photographer Michael C. Higgins
This editorial explores the very far north of the Médoc, it’s remote wine region, the port where the Gironde Estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean, and the beautiful beaches along the Médoc Atlantic Ocean. Interesting wineries, delicious cuisine, unique accommodations, and compelling things to do, all an excerpt from Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France.
“Michael, this is a work of art!!! My favorite place on Earth was once that nude beach. Wow, great pictures and a wonderful package.”
“This book hits both of my sweet spots – wine and travel. Studying wine, Bordeaux is literally the first region you learn about and several of the wines on my personal “wine bucket list” hail from Bordeaux. The book is seriously everything Bordeaux – the wine, the food, castles, the Bordelais way of life and more. Dear COVID go away so I can visit Bordeaux!”
“This comprehensive 494-page guide to Bordeaux is Higgins’ second release in his series of coffee-table books on wine and travel, which is a true insider’s guide to the region’s best vineyards, winemakers, charming cities, incredible chateaus, sites, hotels, restaurants and more. The book truly offers a comprehensive guide to one of the world’s most famous wine regions. Furthermore, the book was just awarded with the “BEST TRAVEL BOOK OF 2020” by the New York City Big Book Award.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
Professional Book Reviewers
“This is a book for those who love Bordeaux and its wines, love France and the French way of life, and especially for those who plan to visit Bordeaux. The author’s passion for his topic shines through, and he left no grape unturned in his pursuit of the very best of Bordeaux. You don’t have to be a wine expert to enjoy this book, it’s for everyone. But it will give you an expert’s views of wine and reveal the extraordinary uniqueness of Bordeaux.
I loved the hotel descriptions. There are several that made me think, I would go to Bordeaux just to stay in them. Add in the castles, the picturesque villages, wine and way of life and you have an irresistible urge to go there. This is a book that will fuel your wanderlust for France. Wanderlust guaranteed.”
“The perfect companion for any wine lover or travel enthusiast.
Synopsis: Author and photographer Michael C. Higgins brings a unique approach in educating and inspiring readers about the wine region of Bordeaux France in the form of a kind of profusely illustrated journey that deftly explores the long and fascinating history of wine gastronomy, castles and joie de vivre, the French way of living life.
Critique: Ideal for the armchair traveler and for mapping out excursions for the adventurous on-site traveler, “Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France: Discover Wine, Food, Castles, and The French Way of Life” is an extraordinary, informative, and thoroughly ‘user friendly’ resource that is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Travel Guide and wine enthusiast reference collections.”
“Exploring Wine Regions: Bordeaux and Argentina
Both books are meticulously researched, insider accounts of wineries and vineyards in the regions they cover as well as travel guides to the food, special lodging, sights, and history. Higgins did his own research and photography, and his enthusiasm shows on every page.
Bordeaux is chock-o-block with gorgeous photographs, making it a perfect armchair travel book for any Francophile. It is also indispensable for planning a wine tour of the region. I can’t imagine visiting Bordeaux without Higgins’s book!
Having indulged in the Bordeaux book, I wanted to poke around in the Argentina book to learn something about a wine region I know absolutely nothing about. Wow! Now I want to visit Argentina.”
“Michael Higgins’ new book has plenty of helpful information for Bordeaux novices and experts alike. An author, publisher and photojournalist, he also took the photographs for this book. And — wow — his talent shows. The book is packed with photographs, quite tastefully shot and arranged, with excellent clarity and depth. From classic vineyard views, to winemaking in action, food porn and architecture, Higgins’ hundreds of photos are a real star of the show.
When profiling specific producers, Higgins’ manages to keep them interesting by focusing on a unique hook about each chateau to draw in readers, weaving in the history of a place with its modern approach. You’ll find your favorite chateaux in here, and likely a lot of ones you don’t know. And the information on the all wines they produce is detailed and precise.”
“I was amazed by the contents. I have read many travelogues and photojournals, but this one was not only eye-catching but thoroughly researched. I especially loved the history of evolution of the wine industry. Learning how geography played the most important role in the cultivation of the grapes, leading to different types of wines enriched me. Who thought that the dissimilarities of the land type in two opposite banks could result in such distinctly different wine?
I loved how the author made the book easy to navigate by specifying the route and providing lots of maps. He did indeed love maps! He also painstakingly collected and presented the contact details and methods of reservation for the restaurants and the hotels, attempting multiple times to locate a less well-known one, even!
The photographs were mind-blowing. I am not sure what attracted me the most, the pictures of wine cellars and the winemaking steps, or the scenic beauty. I enjoyed the wine-tasting anecdotes. It was good to know about the trips his team organizes for the wine-enthusiasts. The extra chapters that the author could not incorporate into the book sound as tantalizing as the book’s contents. Wine-lover or not, who wouldn’t want to know how to travel luggage-free? I am looking forward to reading the other books by this author, too.”
“Fascinating. A perfect travel guide to Bordeaux with thorough research and insights on wineries. Bordeaux, a hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. This book helps the readers to discover spectacular wineries, food, castles, landmarks, and the regions in Bordeaux. The author has brought the book to life through impressive photographs.
The author’s exceptional writing style and vast knowledge of the place help to organize the travel based on our preferences. Breathtaking history and how the wine industry launched has been unraveled. His personal experiences, interactions, location maps, suggestions, and honest reviews make you want to visit this amazing place.
A must-read book for those who have an interest in travel and wine.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. “
“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.”
“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!!!”
Real People, Real Readers
“If you go on a wine tour of either Bordeaux, France, or Argentina, you will make a big mistake if don’t take along the respective copy of Michael Higgins’ Exploring Wine Regions. A Ph.D., pilot, and wine devotee having traveled the world to create these two gorgeous coffee table books. And a hoot to talk to.”
“What an amazing travel in the Bordeaux region and through all its “good life” assets. Exploring Wine Regions Bordeaux is an exhaustive exploration of the Bordeaux way of life and good places to experience. From vineyards to restaurants, going to its beaches, the history surrounding the UNESCO Heritage village of Saint-Émilion and city of Bordeaux, you guide as much the Bordeaux connoisseurs as new comers straight to the most relevant places.”
“It is a superb book and will be my bible of Bordeaux.”
“Congratulations, Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France is an exceptional work by the richness of its content. This book will be a valuable reference in wine tourism.”
“Our book arrived today, and it looks like an amazing resource! We are looking forward to reading the book, sipping some wine, and learning to appreciate the terroir even more than we already do. I can tell that you put many hours into research and exploration; thank you for sharing your wisdom and acquired knowledge!”
“My plan to travel in 2020 was put on hold because of the pandemic- which was a blessing. Paris was in my plans but not Bordeaux. At least not until I got hold up of this book. The pictures are breathtaking. The book is more than just about wines. It’s a travel book that gives lots of information about wine and food and places to see. My girls, both avid travelers, bought their own copies. Their trips have always been touch-and-go. This time, our trips will be more focused on the places and things we want to go and see. In the meantime, a sip of this red Bordeaux will be a more intimate experience. I already know its history. Cheers!”
“I have this book and it is brilliant! Stunning photography, full of great ideas of where to go, where to stay and what to do when visiting this beautiful region. A ‘must have’ book when planning your trip or a superb present for all Bordeaux wine lovers. I am not at all surprised it has been awarded Best Travel Book of 2020, well deserved!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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!!!”
“This is the most amazing book on wines that I have ever seen. And looking forward to many more Wine Regions of the World!”
“Mucha suerte Michael…!!! Gracias por interpretar la pasion por lo que hacemos y transmitirlo al Mundo. Abrazo.”