From Vines to Wines, 5th Edition: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine

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From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine is covered in this classic guide. Fully illustrated instructions clearly show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build effective trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, age, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. This revised and updated second edition features all-new ...

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Overview

From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine is covered in this classic guide. Fully illustrated instructions clearly show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build effective trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, age, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. This revised and updated second edition features all-new information on creating your own sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and dessert wines.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 03/01/2015
Now in its fifth edition, this work continues to be an indispensable resource for anyone interested in small-scale winemaking in North America. Equally divided between descriptions of growing grapes and making wine, the book is packed with details, strategies, and tips. Growing information includes site selection and preparation, choosing grape varieties, planting, training, pest control, and harvesting. Among the making-related topics are grape processing, sanitation, preparing containers, fermentation, racking, bottling, storing, and serving. The multiple appendixes offer sources for wine equipment and information, supplies, and grapevines, as well as information on grape pests and diseases. There are also many useful tables: e.g., recommendations for wine grapes by region, pruning guidelines, soil types, and trellising options. Updates to this edition consist of new techniques and varieties for growers in colder regions. Note that this book does not cover wines made from fruits other than grapes. With clear prose that is frequently entertaining, Cox (The Essential Book of Fermentation) makes wine making look easy, but he's up front about the amount of work involved. VERDICT A must-have for anyone interested in making their own wine.—Devon Thomas, Chelsea, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612124384
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/10/2015
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 211,126
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Cox is the author of 17 books on food, wine, and gardening, including From Vines to Wines and Cellaring Wine. He is a contributing editor to The Art of Eating and The Wine News and is a frequent contributor to Decanter. He has been the host of two television series, Your Organic Garden on PBS and Grow It! on HGTV. Cox lives in Kenwood, California.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Foreword by Tim Mondavi
Preface

Introduction: Making Wine

Part 1: Selecting the Vines
The Secrets of Good Wine
The Origin of Classic Wine Grapes
A Self-Education in Wine
Vinifera in the United States

Part 2: Growing the Grapes
Parts of the Grapevine
How Much Wine to Make
Finding a Favorable Site
Grape Trellises
Constructing a Trellis
Ordering and Planting Grapestock
Managing Vineyard Rows and Aisles
Irrigation
Pruning in the First Two Years
Establishing a Training System
Pruning Mature Vines
Cluster Thinning
Training Systems Illustrated
Pest Control Strategies
Fertilization
Tending Grape Crops
Determining Ripeness
Harvesting

Part 3: Making the Wine
Crush Immediately after Picking
Decisions of the First Few Days
The Primary Fermentation
The Secondary Fermentation
The First Racking
Cold Stabilization
Using Barrels
Further Racking and Aging
Wine Disorders
Filtering
Fining
Blending
Final Measurements before Bottling
Bottling
Corking
Labeling
Making Sparkling Wine
Cellaring the Wine
Wine Accoutrements
Sensory Evaluation of Wine

Appendix 1. The Home Winemaker's Record Book
Appendix 2. For More Information
Appendix 3. Sources of Supplies
Appendix 4. Sources of Grapevines
Appendix 5. Grape Pests and Diseases
Index

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