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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380782278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380782277
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Making wine is fun and easy. This book will show you how.

I tried to write a book which answered all the questions I had as a beginning winemaker and incorporated answers to all the questions people had ever asked me about making wine. The emphasis is on fruit wines, rather than grape wines, and on having fun.

Sure, you can be more serious and scientific about things if you want, but really, if you can follow a cake recipe or make jam, you can make wine.


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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. V. Norwood on 23 Sept. 2002
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Let me use that old cliche, if you only buy one book on home wine-making then buy this one.
I have seven books on making wine. This is the one I always turn to first and the only one I have read cover to cover.
It is very readable, the only winemaking book I have with a sense of humour. It covers almost everything you could want. From the real basics, to really quite advanced stuff. It even has a potted history of winemaking.
But most of all the recipes never cease to turn out top notch wine, from bog-standard apple through unusual ones like kiwi to the use of herbs and spices.
Oh and don't be put off by the fact that it is of American origin. This usual puts me right off this kind of book. Not in this case though.
So what are you waiting for?
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 1997
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This book is terrific for anyone thinking of trying winemaking. The author takes the beginner through the steps for a basic wine recipe, using few pieces of equipment. Then, for the brave who wish to continue, Garvey adds complexity to each successive recipe, leaving champagne-making for the end. Terrific book with great recipes and easy to follow tips. Just enough humor to encourage new winemaker, and plenty of recipes for the gardner with leftover produce -- from rasberries to potatoes.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 1997
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I started making wine with this book. It covers home winemaking very well and even walks you through making the first batch of wine. It has many recipes and covers ciders, champagnes. The tips and tricks that the author gives help the beginner winemaker new ideas and newer tricks to use. I've recommended this to a lot of people I know who want to get into it.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1998
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It has taken over 40 years for someone to write a better winemaking primer that C.J.J. Berry's classic "First Steps in Winemaking," and this is it. If you've never made wine before and would like to try it, this is the book for you. It is well written, rich in anecdotes, and easily understood. If you've made wine for years and think you know what you're doing, I'm willing to bet you that "The Joy of Home Winemaking" will teach you much more than a mere thing or two.
Having been brought up through the ranks, as it were, on Berry's "First Steps..." and having never found it insufficient as an instructional and recipe reference, it is almost painful to admit that someone has bettered the master. But Terry Garey clearly has.
"The Joy..." is thoughtfully divided into three sections -- beginning, intermedient and advanced winemaking. Garey presents the basics, expands upon them, and then he expands some more. Not only is his presentation progressive, it is solidly educational. Best of all, the recipes are largely fresh, varied and inviting!
"The Joy..." is much more than a primer for making wine at home. The beginner invariably expects an identifiable relationship between the color, flavor and bouquet of the raw ingredients and the finished wine. While such a relationship exists, it is not the one that beginning winemakers expect. Garey goes where few have attempted to go before. He wants you to know what you will get, and that requires more than simply adjusting your expectations.
To accomplish this, Garey explains the principles and, to some degree, the chemistry that underlies the processes at work when wine is being made.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Katy L. Thompson on 3 Aug. 2010
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This is an excellent book on home winemaking. To explain where I am coming from in my review, I started wine & beer making over thirty years ago. In 2000 we moved house & all my winemaking stuff got packed away, recently I was able to unpack it all & begin this great hobby all over again. Now, things have moved on a bit since I last did this hobby & searching for a more up to date book than those I bought in the 1990's was not too easy. Having said that this book was first published in 1995 (my edition is 2005), but in the 90's we were still buying books from the 1960's! Everyone owns that old bible, First Steps in Winemaking by C.J.J. Berry, & very good it is too, but dated for younger folks & quite serious in its approach.

This is where The Joy of Home Winemaking by Terry Garey comes in. She has managed to write in a most informative way but with humour, she also instils confidence in the newbie to the subject. I have a background in micro-biology, & the manner in which Terry explains about the care & attention to hygiene & microbe contamination is really excellent, there is no preaching, the whole thing is light hearted & will stick in the mind because of this.

The book is American, nothing wrong with that, but of course there are the few different uses of the same word in American & English, also some of the sizes & measures are unfamiliar to us, although weights are not given in metric they are given in pounds, so conversion calculations are not too onerous.

The book does not attempt to make wines in say, the Burgundy or Zinfandel style, but rather uses fruits, vegetables, herbs & honey to create wines which should be appreciated for themselves.
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