101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home: A Step-By-Step Guide to Using Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers

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Wild wines around the world have been created since the dawn of time, with nearly every civilization and culture on earth developing their own means of fermenting and distilling various fruits and grains into aromatic, strong spirited drinks that have graced the tables of kings and peasants alike.

Making your own wild wines, using some of the most popular recipes in the world can be a fun, highly rewarding project that allows you to take full control of the taste and body of ...

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101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers

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Overview

Wild wines around the world have been created since the dawn of time, with nearly every civilization and culture on earth developing their own means of fermenting and distilling various fruits and grains into aromatic, strong spirited drinks that have graced the tables of kings and peasants alike.

Making your own wild wines, using some of the most popular recipes in the world can be a fun, highly rewarding project that allows you to take full control of the taste and body of your favorite dinner side drink. This book will show you more than 100 recipes for wild wines, using the best herbs, fruits, and flowers to create some of the most beloved drinks in the world for you and your friends and family.

The basics of wild wine recipes are laid out here in great detail, providing you with everything you need to know to both understand and start making your own wines in no time. You will be shown the basic information or dozens of varieties of herbs, fruits and flowers, including how they are best used in wine recipes, what you need to do to them to prepare them, and how they will taste, feel, look, and smell in a finished product. You will learn what you can do to promote the integrity of your wine and how many different ways there are to vary the aspects of both white and red wild wines without sacrificing taste.

After learning the basics of wild wine making, you will be shown through the process of making each of 101 different recipes that have been received well around the world. Expert interviews have been conducted and included to provide you with insight into special tips and tricks you can utilize to perfect your wines and to ensure the best possible wine is produced every time. For every aspiring amateur wine maker out there, this book is an absolute must.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781601383594
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,056,356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction to Winemaking 11

Is Winemaking Legal? 13

A Brief History of Winemaking 14

Chapter 1 Winemaking Basics 17

Water 20

Sugar 24

Yeast 30

Winemaking Equipment 31

Chapter 2 Grape Wines 69

Back to the Basics 70

Grape Varietals 71

Red Wine Recipe 72

Cabernet Sauvignon 74

More Tips on Aging 82

White Wines 83

Blending Wines 84

Chapter 3 Other Fruit Wines 89

Berry Wines 90

Stone Fruit Wines 116

Seeded Fruits 128

Citrus Fruits 136

Tropical Fruits 140

Apple Cider 146

Chapter 4 Vegetable Wines 151

Chapter 5 Grain Wines 177

Chapter 6 Herbal Wines 185

Roots 186

Leaf and Stem 191

Flowers 194

Chapter 7 Meads 209

Melomels 212

Methleglin 242

Sweet Meads 250

Chapter 8 Wild Wine Drinks 255

Chapter 9 Ten Common Winemaking Problems 263

Last Call 268

Appendix A Wine Yeast Strains 269

Appendix B Tales from the Vineyard 275

Glossary of Terms 277

Bibliography 279

Resources

Websites 281

Books 282

Author Biography 283

Index 285

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    highly recommended!

    This was a gift for my son.He has been using it since the day I gave it to him!!We will be tasting a lot of different wines this year.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    WINE TIME

    Have you ever had the fantasy of owning your very own winery with a centuries old Chateau estate and all? Well, if you have no one in the family that you could possibly inherit this from, don't despair. John Peragine is here to help you with his book "101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home". All you need is a working kitchen, an extra closet for your "cellar" and a good Farmer's Market or corner grocery store.
    In the first chapter, Peragine teaches you wine making 101 to get you started. Then the fun begins with recipes from grapes, fruit, herbs and even vegetables. Oh and the recipe names are a hoot such as "Light Me on Fire", "Take Me with You" and "Crazy Monkey Wine". Did you know that you can make wine from onions?! The recipe is appropriately titled "Cry Baby Wine". Along with the recipes, there are plenty of case studies. This book is not only informative but a fun read as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2010

    A toast to wine making!

    Being a wine lover, I just had to read this book and I wasn't disappointed. Packed full of interesting stories and advice from amateur wine makers, it answered just about any question I had (or didn't even know I had) about winemaking. The book carefully guides the reader through the winemaking process from the equipment you need (and why you need it) to 10 troubleshooting tips in case things go awry ("my wine smells like dirt or "my white wine is turning red").
    After reading this book, the most surprising point to me is that you really don't need a ton of equipment or huge barrels in your basement to make a good bottle of wine. You can even use buckets (just make sure they are sanitized).
    Selecting the ingredients is where the fun begins. The author, John Peragine, provides recipes using everything from frozen concentrate grape juice and sugar to rice and raisins. Just as the title eludes to, there are some wild wines to be created -- made from fruits, vegetables, grains and even flowers. Some of the recipes are surprisingly easy and others are more complex, but they all give you precise step-by-step instructions.
    I feel like I've become friends with Peragine and if I knew his phone number, I wouldn't even hesitate to call him for advice in the middle of the process! But, I probably wouldn't need to, because I'm sure the answer is in this book.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Save money WITHOUT giving up the little things!

    In times of economic distress, we look for simpler ways to live our lives. 101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide is a great way to further one's wine enthusiasm for a fraction of the cost. Blissfully light on drier topics, such as history, the book dives right into working with the basic ingredients.

    Without getting too complex, the basic, working knowledge of the ingredients is detailed, one at a time. The author's personal experiences provide a wealth of inside tips and tricks to ease the reader's own attempts at wine-making. The basic knowledge is then expanded upon, for the reader who wants to take the next step, or the novice who can't get enough knowledge about their new craft.

    The real juice (no pun intended) of this book is the recipes. Starting with the most basic, the author provides quite the springboard to jump from, gathering confidence as you go through punches, meads, ciders, vegetable wines, grain wines, and herbal wines. The variety of recipes should prove to inspire the reader to create their own wines.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Great Book for Wine Lovers

    This book takes adventurous wine-makers through an extensive number of wine recipes. With a great deal of background information on winemaking, including a history and identification of components, it is a comprehensive guide for anyone wanting to make their own wine. And at the book's statement of the average bottle costing $2 to make, it surely offers a great deal of fun and value to the experience.

    Peragine's guide offers an impressive blend of practical advice, helpful warnings, and precise directions to bring amateurs and hobbyists through the winemaking process. The book covers all types of wines, from grape, vegetable, grain, herbal, and fruit wines to meads and wild wine drinks. There are also sections on common problems, a glossary, further references, and even entertainment value in the book. Peragine's guide truly is a masterpiece for all things winemaking and a perfect value for the amateur and hobbyist winemaker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2009

    Easy Read

    This book is an easy read that starts with a simplistic and brief description of the equipment required and the history of winemaking. This is a great book for beginner wine-makers and those who know quite a bit. It gives basic, but helpful information on each important ingredient for the wine-making process. I would recommend this book to those who want to begin making wine, and those who think they know something about the process but would like to gain a little more knowledge, and some important tips (i.e. how to remove labels from used wine bottles).

    I was able to try a couple of the wine recipes, and the directions were extremely simple to follow even down to what should be done each day after the initial instructions. I am currently waiting on them to mature, but hopefully they will be fit for the next occasion my family has planned.

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