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on 23 September 2002
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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on 11 March 2017
A good book to start you off in home wine making,funny at times .Lots of recipes not too technical. "Cheers"
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on 8 August 1997
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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on 3 July 1997
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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on 18 June 1998
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. He explains flavor extraction better than most, which spices produce which qualities, which fruits and vegetables complement each other when combined in the crock, which herbs and flowers work and which don't, and so on. The result is not merely education, but firm understanding, and that is requisite to ex! perimentation and invention. It is this that he does better than Berry, and for that alone he should be read and reread by every winemaking hobbiest.
I still highly recommend C.J.J. Berry's "First Steps in Winemaking" for the beginner, but I also highly recommend "The Joy of Home Winemaking" for the beginner and experienced alike. If you can only buy one, flip a coin. Better still, buy them both. The first is the classic. The second is destined to be.
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on 3 August 2010
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. If this is not your bag, I can still guarantee that the information on the process of winemaking will be extremely useful to you, even if you never make any of the recipes. But here is the funny thing, having read what Terry has to say on the subject I can't wait to get a demijohn of carrot wine on the go, oh & apple, & pineapple & maybe even mint! She has me hooked.

This book is a valuable addition to any home winemaker's shelves.
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on 10 March 2011
i was bought this for Christmas and read it cover to cover! I had never made wine before and didn't even have an inkling of what to do. This book took you through the absolute basics, so you could make a wine from fruit juice (I have just tasted my first batch of apple wine courtesy of this recipe!)
Then it steps up the pace, introducing more equipment and using whole fruit instead of juice.
It progresses to vegetable, flower and herb wines, and then liqueurs!

The book is written informally, and makes the whole wine-making process seem much eaier than you'd imagine. The recipes included in the book are very good and I've learnt a lot about tasting wine too (It wouldn't be good practice not to taste your own wine after all :o) )

The downside is that the recipes are all in US imperial measures, but there is a conversion chart at the back of the book, in the glossary.

I found this book much more welcoming to beginners than other books that I have since purchased and it guides you by the hand with simple everyday language. The stress is not on buying expensive equipment, but how you can make wine with basic utensils - with sections showing what you can purchase if you start to get into the wine-making craze and are feeling a bit flush one month!

I am writing this after bottling 3 batched of home made wine, and with another 5 in the fermentation process - all because I was bought this book as a gift.
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on 5 December 2011
Terry Jones'`The Joy of Home Winemaking' is a wonderfully informative yet quirky guide to making wines at home. From the detailed sections on equipment and basic ingredients to the huge variety of wines one can make, this is a must for any budding vintner.

Terry begins with a short history of wine making dating back to long before the Romans and how it spread across the world and developed due to advances in technology. He then leads you into basic wine making from ingredients to equipment. The information he gives is detailed yet simple to understand with easy to follow instructions and he also gives various alternatives to the processes and tips to overcome any problems encountered.

Then follows the more advance Intermediate Winemaking section which contains more guidance on ingredients and equipment with several subsections of recipes from fresh fruit wines, canned and dried fruit wines, vegetable wines and even wines made from herbs, flowers, seeds and grains. Who could resist the temptation to try `cheerful cranberry wine' or Grandma's gooseberry wine'? Or what about `Magician turnip wine' hmmmmm...? Perhaps lavender, honeysuckle, tangerine or vanilla is more your thing. There are also some wonderful sounding combination wines for the more advanced wine maker - `Tutti Frutti' with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches and more, or `Liquid Sunshine' with carrot and apricot. Terry's guide will make sure you grasp the basic skills and techniques so that you can then create whatever flavour combination takes your fancy. The options are endless. There is also a chapter on fortified and sparkling wines and homemade liqueurs should you feel ambitious. A glossary of wine related terms provides some useful back up whilst the comprehensive recipe index at the back means you will always know how to make wine from pretty much anything - `golden parsnip sherry' anyone.....?
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on 31 March 2010
This book will suit beginners and more advanced home wine brewers alike.
Although it is by an American author and all the measures are in imperial units, it covers all the basics and gives conversions for us in the UK where thought necessary. I'm on my second brew at the moment (maize)and was very pleased with the first (rice) which is now bottled and ageing on the rack.
Don't be put-off by the light hearted way the author gives you all the info, it is afterall a fun pastime to spend time indoors on rainy days.
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on 23 June 2015
One of my favourite winemaking books.

I've made a few batches of homemade wine over the years, but never really bothered to take it to the next level. Garey is clearly obsessed with winemaking (or, specifically, country wines); she knows what she's doing, she's done a lot of it, and she's good at explaining how it's done. Rather than just present endless recipes (although there are plenty of those) she takes pains to point out that becoming an expert is like anything else: practice and make mistakes until you understand the principles.

She deliberately avoids discussing grape wines or kits - at least not in extensive detail. This is a sensible decision: as she explains, if you want those, go out and buy them. Country wines are a whole different experience that you won't be able to buy anywhere.

Far too many books on this topic are written by strange beardy types who just aren't good at writing. I would recommend this book both for beginners and for those who are more experienced.
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