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. From Vines to Wines : The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine
Jeff Cox

Format: Paperback, 256pp.
ISBN: 1580171052
Publisher: Storey Books
Pub. Date: March 1999 - 3rd Edition

Dimensions (in inches): 0.62 x 9.02 x 6.01
Item No: 1580171052

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From The Publisher: 
Create you own backyard winery!

From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox's From Vines to Wines is the most complete and up-to-date guide to growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine.

Wine connoisseurs, gardeners, and home winemakers will find the latest techniques in this fully revised and updated edition. With thorough, illustrated instructions, you'll learn how to:
  • Choose and prepare a vineyard site
  • Construct sturdy and effective trellising systems
  • Plant, prune, and harvest the perfect grapes for your climate
  • Press, ferment, age and bottle your own wine
  • Judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, body, and taste

"I would recommend this to home winemakers, new vineyardists, and anyone with an appreciation for wine."

—Hermann Wiemer, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Inc.


About the Author
Freelance author and journalist Jeff Cox is a contributing editor to Organic Gardening magazine, The Wine News, and is the host of "Grow It!" on the Home & Garden Television Network. He has written 13 gardening books, including the Storey title, From Vines to Wines, as well as Seasonal Celebrations, The Perennial Garden (with his wife, Marilyn Cox), The Spirit of Gardening, and Flowers For All Seasons. Jeff is a member of the Author's Guild of America, Garden Writers' Association of America, and the San Francisco Professional Food Society. He lives in Kenwood, California.


Table of Contents
Making Wine

Part 1: Selecting the Vines
The Context of Winemaking
The Origin of Classic Wine Grapes
A Self-Education in Wine
Climate and Geography Affect Choice of Wines
Identifying Wine-Growing Areas

Part 2: Growing the Grapes
Parts of the Grapevine
Choosing a Vineyard Size and Site
Finding a Favorable Site
Vineyard Soil and Grape Quality
Other Site Considerations
Grape Trellises
Hardware for Constructing a Trellis
Construction Directions
Ordering and Planting Grapestock
Managing Vineyard Rows and Aisles
How to Prune Grapes
Grapevine Pruning Illustrated
Cluster Thinning
Trellis Systems Illustrated
Pest Control Strategies
Tending Grape Crops
Determining Ripeness
Harvesting Botrytized Grapes
Weather as a Harvest Factor

Part 3: Making the Wine
Making Consistently Fine Wine
The Primary Fermentation
The Secondary Fermentation
Further Racking and Aging
Wine Disorders
Final Measurements Before Bottling
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 for Grapevines
Appendix 5. Grape Pests and Their Controls

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