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From Vines to Wines, 4E

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978 1 58017 105 2
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Being a home winemaker is a lot like being an amateur opera singer. Both activities entertain friends. When done badly, reaction can range from disgust to token tolerance. When done competently, reaction ranges from enjoyment to admiration for the performer. When done with excellence, the audience will stare in disbelief, rise to applaud, and demand more.

The purpose of From Vines to Wines is to bring the reader swiftly and surely to the goal of excellence.  Digest the information you find here and proceed as you see fit.  Handling a living being such as a grapevine calls for skill and attention to detail.  So does making wine. Both, to achieve excellence, must be done artfully.  As all artists know, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for  another.  Same materials, same physical laws, but different creations.  There is no way to teach the art: that comes from within.  If you are determined to do your very best, you can succeed with this delicate task of home winemaking.

Contents:  The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making your own Wine:  Foreword by Tim Mondavi, Introduction, Making wine, 

Part 1. Selecting the Vines: The context of winemaking, The origin of classic wine grapes, A self-education in wine, Climate & geography affect choice of wines, Identifying wine-growing areas,

Part 2. Growing the Grapes: Parts of the grapevine, Choosing a vineyard size & site, Finding a favorable site, Vineyard soil & grape quality, Other site considerations, Grape trellises, Hardware for constructing a trellis, Construction directions, Ordering & planting grapestock, Managing vineyard rows & aisles, How to prune grapes, Grapevine pruning illustrated, Cluster thinning, Trellis systems illustrated, Pest control strategies, Fertilization, Tending grape crops, Determining ripeness, Harvesting botrytized grapes, Weather as a harvest factor, Harvesting,

Part 3. Making the Wine: Making consistently fine wine, The primary fermentation, The secondary fermentation, Further racking & aging, Wine disorders, Filtering, Fining, Blending, Final measurements before bottling, Bottling, Corking, Labeling, Cellaring the wine, Wine accoutrements, Sensory evaluation of wine,

5 appendices:  1. The home winemaker's record book, 2. For more information, 3. Sources of supplies, 4. Sources of grapevines, 5. Grape pests and their control, Index.

Jeff Cox, 1999, 4E, 235 p, illustrated, soft.  $18.95

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