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With wine, it is almost impossible to lose the sense of mythology about the leisurely drink--one persistent myth being that wine is that wine is only made by snobs. In The Comlplete Guide to Making Your Own Wine at Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply, it is now clear to me that you don't have to be a chemist or a horticulturist to become a vintner. In fact, it is quite simple: from getting your kit together, to adding up the "basic three" (water, sugar, and yeast), to sanitizing, to taste-testing, all the steps are explained clearly. Peragine provides down-to-earth advice and anecdotes full of wit and nuance when telling myriad choices of grape or other fruit you wish to use. It even has several mead recipes and tips. Vintners can start from scratch or use a packaged kit, but Peragine is your best guide to keeping you safe from the hundreds of amateur pitfalls.
For the forethinking winemaker, you can look through the wine-food pairings in the last chapter to plan a meal months in advance. Once you've succeeded in making your own brew and you're ready to make that big step into planing your own winery or opening your own business, check out Peragine's tips. This manual is written by one of the finest writers with Atlantic Publishing Company with down-to-earth advice and anecdotes full of wit and nuance. Peragine has written the next wine reference with a sense of history.
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Posted July 7, 2011
As a big fan of "Beavis and Butt-head," I was delighted to see the word "bunghole" defined on page 58 of the "Complete Guide to Making Your Own Wine at Home." This a term Beavis would say frequently in the movie "Beavis and Butt-head Do America" when he said, "tee pee for my bunghole." This is yet one of many examples of the book's delightful and lighthearted approach to this most passionate of hobbies, winemaking. John Peragine takes the reader through a breezy and highly detailed study of how to make wine that covers each and every aspect of the process. The author leaves no stone unturned. We are told in the early part of the book about winemaking and the law. Author Peragine spells out clearly what a person can do to make wine and not get unto legal troubles. On page 24, we are told in a segment entitled, "Is Winemaking Legal," that you can produce 100 gallons of wine per person or 200 gallons per wine per household without a permit. If you'd like to make more, you need at that point to get a permit. Additionally, we are told until 1979 it was not legal to make wine at all without a permit. This book also covers "The History of Winemaking." Would you like to know what Viking Leif Ericson had to do with the history of winemaking? Would you like to know about the relationship of Mount Vesuvius erupting and how many wine bars were buried in this 79 AD event? Would you like to know how much Thomas Jefferson loved wine? Would you like to know if fermented beverages were consumed more than water? All of this and more is well covered in this book to give the reader a full picture of winemaking and the bigger world at large. Author Peragine talks of what kind of water is best used in making wine and why or why not a particular water would not work in this process. The reader is treated to an entertaining look at the technical aspects of winemaking to making wine from a kit to making wine from juice to making wine from grapes. Winemaking mistakes and how to fix them are also examined. The various types of wines are looked at as well as how to open your own winery. The appendix even studies wine with food. A strong part of the book is web site resources as well as a powerful glossary that highlights the terms in a clear way for all to understand.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2010
Many people who drink wine wonder whether they could make their own wine. With this guide you will have everything you need to do so at your fingertips. You will be led through choosing the correct tools and ingredients and the process from start to finish of making your own wine.
Included in this guide are the differences among ingredients used, including fruits and vegetables, yeast and water or juice. You will be guided through the fermentation process and the different grapes to choose for different wine types. Finally, solutions are given to a wide range of problems that could occur when making your own wine. Everything you need to know is included in this book.
I rate this 5 out of 5 stars. It is informative, well written and includes a huge amount of great information that will help the reader make their own wine.
Posted April 16, 2010
I have always wanted to learn to make my own wine. So I had high expectations when reading this book. It did not disappoint. I found the section on the history of wine very interesting, I always like to know the history of new things that I learn and it was nice to learn something new.
In this book they also to a great job of describing the ingredients that are needed and the different types of those ingredients. I found this section very helpful. I knew you had to use yeast, but didn't know that there are different types for making bread and making wine. The other thing I found really helpful was their explanation of all the different types of sugars.
The sections in the book that teach the art of making wine are very explanatory and make it easy to understand. They lay it all out for you so that there should be no surprises when you actually start making wine. The book spends a good amount of time discussing what supplies are absolutely necessary, and some that are nice to have but not essential.
Posted April 15, 2010
The Complete Guide To Making Your Own Wine by John N. Peragine Jr.
Today's economy and high prices have forced many people back into the old fashion way of homemade clothes, food, and drinks. High prices induce feelings of DIY projects. Many people create items at home just for the pride of a job well done. If you are one of those people, then you will enjoy this book!
Have you ever considered a new hobby? Get this book, and you can say, "I made this!" There aren't a lot of people who would be willing to even consider homemade wine, but if you are adventurous, you will want this book!
The author begins each chapter with a witty quote. You'll be eager to read the chapter and you'll be smiling as you read. It's a great way to grab the reader's attention. Mr. Pergine's writing style favors easy, digestible bite sized pieces of information. He uses clear and concise words to help promote your understanding of the entire process. You don't have to be an expert in the wine making field before you read his book. Quite the opposite! You will feel like an expert once you finish this book.
Whether you just want to dabble in basic wine making, or you are interested in a professional business winery, The Complete Guide To Making Your Own Wine will lead you step by in the process. Chapters include basic information, supplies and ingredients, using a kit, problem solving, tips for improving your vineyard, and my favorite, adding a personal, creative touch!
I give this book a 4 star rating.
Review by Talynn P.
Posted April 13, 2010
Wine-lovers will rejoice at this helpful, detailed guide that explains everything a novice needs to know about making wine at home. If you dream of opening your own winery one day, this guide even has plans to get you to that point.
If you've tried and failed to make wine before, this guide will likely explain how to correct one of the dozens of mistakes you make have made. Who knew that soft water will make wine salty and create problems in the fermenting process? There are more than 20 common problems the book trouble-shoots and explanations on how they can be avoided.
There's also an extensive recipe section that has more types of wine than I knew existed. It's a great handbook whether you are curious what is involved in the wine-making process or if you're ready to get started and want to make sure you don't forget a step. An ideal book for beginners.
Posted April 7, 2010
I have always wanted to learn how to make wine. I am one of those who learns better from a teacher than a book even though I love to read; but it's a challenge sometimes to get my friends to drink wine over beer much less find one who knows how to make wine. Many nonfiction authors, while passionate about their topics, are so dry and overly complicated in their delivery I find it difficult to keep focused on what they are trying to tell me. This book kept my attention the whole way.
I found this book easy to understand and follow, and I am very excited to attempt my first batch of wine. Before the author even provides step one, he explains each piece in the wine making process from the ingredients to the supplies necessary. Not only do I understand what I need each piece for, but I understand why I need it and how it will impact my end result. I especially love Chapter 6: Common Winemaking Mistakes and How to Fix Them. The author reiterates throughout the book that all winemakers have made a bad batch at least once in their career, and the reader should expect no different. Chapter 6 however helps to learn from common past mistakes up front.
I love that not only do I understand each piece of the process, but the process options available. There are the different options of making wine from grapes to wine kits; and there are the different types of wine to make including Cranberry and Potato Wine. The author's passion and simplicity of process comes through the book so abundantly I was so glad when I got to the end and saw the chapters dedicated to taking the winemaking to the next levels including competing and turning a home hobby into a business.