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From vines to wines : the complete guide to growing grapes and making your own wine
Cox, Jeff, 1940-
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Pownal, Vt. : Storey Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xx, 235 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library SB389 .C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Hamburg Library SB389 .C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library SB389 .C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library SB389 .C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library SB389 .C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From planting vines to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox covers every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine. Fully illustrated instructions show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, and bottle wi≠ and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. With information on making sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and more, this comprehensive guide is an essential resource for every winemaker.

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Booklist Review

Home winemaking is on the rise, and oenological options in general are frequently honed or increased, so updated winemaking information is in demand. And what a thorough and concisely written third edition this is. From matching vine type to climate, all the way down to label information, every important aspect of winemaking is engagingly addressed. (A diagram sequence on pruning and training vines will have readers tromping outside in search of any overgrown plant.) Controversial aspects, such as pesticides and the use of sulfur dioxide to kill microorganisms in unfermented juice, are given even-handed treatment. Appended information includes a winemaking log, suggested readings, sources for supplies (including vines), and a full section on pest control. So clear and condensed is this book that users will undoubtedly photocopy and paste up many of its charts and diagrams. Winemaking has spread nationwide, so expect demand, especially in areas and states with vineyard regions. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)1580171052Dane Carr

Table of Contents

Introduction 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
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 and Aging Wine Disorders
Filtering Fining Blending Final Measurements Before Bottling
Bottling Corking
Labeling 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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