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Home Winemaking For Dummies® [Kindle Edition]

Tim Patterson
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Book Description

An informative, fun guide to making your own wine

It's estimated that one million North Americans make their ownwine. Relatively inexpensive to make (a homemade bottle costs from$2 to $4), a bottle with your own label (and grapes) is a fantasyeven someone with modest aspirations can fulfill. Author TimPatterson, an award-winning home winemaker, shows how it's possiblefor anyone to create a great wine. In Home Winemaking ForDummies, he discusses the art of winemaking from grape tobottle, including how to get the best grapes (and figure out howmany you need); determine what equipment is required; select theright yeast and figure out if any other additives are needed; andstore, age, and test wine. With detailed tips on creating manyvarieties -- from bold reds and demure whites to enchantingrosés and delightful sparkling wines -- this guide is yourultimate winemaking resource.

Editorial Reviews


"Tim Patterson is one of the best contemporary writers on wine in the United States. His easy-to-read, engaging prose transforms even the most complicated aspect of making wine and makes it comfortable and understandable. Reading Home Winemaking For Dummies -- like having Patterson by your side as a personal mentor-is the absolute best way to tackle the very satisfying process of making your own wine."
—Karen MacNeil, Author, The Wine Bible 

"A thorough, practical, and entertaining guide, this text takes tips from the pros and brings common sense and approachability to the art of winemaking. Mr. Patterson's vast experience and contagious passion for the subject make Home Winemaking For Dummies an enjoyable read while the format makes it an excellent reference and allows the reader to delve as deep into the subject matter as he or she wishes. Whether problem-solving or pursuing stylistic ideals Mr. Patterson holds the reader's hand when needed but still encourages creativity within safe boundaries. From sourcing fruit to healthy fermentation habits straight through aging, bottling, and even enjoying home-made wine this guide has you covered at every step - I even learned a few things myself! This book would be a welcome addition to any wine enthusiast's library and is equally accessible to novice and connoisseur."
—Ondine Chattan, Winemaker, Geyser Peak Winery

"As a 20-year amateur winemaker with an addiction to winemaking books, I now have a new ‘go-to' book for my first reference! After the excellently accurate coverage of basic winemaking, Tim's tome takes the wonderful turn of emphasizing the subtle, and not-so subtle, differences that make the distinctions between the popular varietals - all in one place! Home Winemaking For Dummies is now prominently on my shelf in front of all the textbooks!"
—Dave Lustig, President, Cellarmasters Home Wine Club Los Angeles

"Tim Patterson is able to express his knowledge and passion of winemaking in a vey understandable, humorous, and practical way. If you follow the advice in this book, you will be able to produce wine that will likely be better than inexpensive commercial wine, and could be as good as any wine ever made. I applaud Tim's effort and wish this book was around when I started making wine."
—Kent Rosenblum, Consultant Winemaker, Rosenblum Cellars, and former home winemaker

From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Master every step of the winemaking process
  • Select the perfect grapes for your wines
  • Craft a delicious range of red and white varietals
  • Create sparkling, rosé, and dessert wines

Enjoy making (and drinking) your own first-class wines

Making high-quality wines is fun and easy. This must-have guide gives you easy-to-follow instructions in everything from selecting the right grapes and the proper equipment, to the crush and fermentation, to aging and bottling your wine. Award-winning home winemaker Tim Patterson provides tips on how to make every style of wine — red, white, dry, sweet, and bubbly. Soon, your family and friends will be toasting your delectable creations!

  • Equip yourself — get the tools you need and design a functional winery, no matter how small your space
  • Choose great grapes — explore your options, from fresh to frozen, and figure out the quantity you need
  • Make reds that impress — learn proven techniques for red wines, including bold Bordeaux and ravishing Rhône wines
  • Create delicious whites — make Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs like the professionals, thanks to expert advice
  • Explore other styles of wine — think pink with refreshing rosé wines and indulge your sweet tooth with delicious dessert wines
  • Age your wine to perfection — weigh the merits of storing your wine in glass or barrels, and calculate the ideal aging time

Open the book and find:

  • Winemaking hints and secrets from professional vintners
  • Affordable grape varieties that make tasty wine
  • How to test and tweak your juice before fermentation
  • The yeast strain that's right for your wine
  • Mistakes to avoid and trouble-shooting tips
  • Minor wines with major appeal
  • Whether to use American or French oak — or any oak at all

"Tim Patterson is one of the best contemporary writers on wine in the United States. Reading Home Winemaking For Dummies is the absolute best way to tackle the very satisfying process of making your own wine."
Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible

Product Details

  • File Size: 3972 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 047067895X
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A14TY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good September 3, 2014
I just published Creating World Class Red Wine. It's a top down study of how the finest red wines are made--hands on winemaking and grape growing. Ignore the ugly cover of this book, and the demeaning title--its really quite good, and the author covers a lot of ground. Like mine, his focus is on making wine from fresh grapes, not concentrates. Many home winemakers start out with concentrates, and then realize that if they want really good wine they must graduate to using the real thing. The quality of the grapes is paramount in making a fine wine. I do not necessarily agree with everything written still has an amateurish twang to it, but that's not important. No two winemakers can possibly agree on everything. I like how Tim covers the intricacies of extracting the best you can out of a Merlot, and uses the same theme for Rhone varietals. It's true, handling Grenache is quite different from working with Cabernet Franc, while dealing with Pinot must follow the proper protocols for entertaining royalty!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for a seasoned Winemaker November 6, 2014
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I really want to give this a better review but alas, I cannot. I enjoyed the book, but the breakdowns were overly complex. If you are just getting started this is going to be a hard read for you with all of the scientifical information flying at you at once. I was hoping for a dumbed down (literally, for dummies) version of every single winemakers guide I picked but instead got another techosavvy one full of mystery and confusion like the rest. My head spun with the extravagant setups and procedures.

If you know and understand the principals of what you are doing it's a great book. If you have done it before and want MORE out of what you are doing it's great as well. If you are a beginner and want a step by step guide on how to make wine? Ask a friend who makes it. That has been the only clear cut answer I have ever gotten. This is more like a science book vs. an instruction manual (for dummies).
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5.0 out of 5 stars An immediate classic October 31, 2014
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I owned one of the first copies of this book and have nothing but respect for the great (and now, sadly, late) Tim Patterson.

Tim made fine wines – mostly forceful reds, never merlot, plenty of zinfandels, pinot noir only when the grapes were at their peak, and an occasional rose, chenin blanc, or sparkling white – from 1997 to 2013. After the first few years, every bottle of his wine was spoken for by the time it was bottled, and I certainly bought three or four cases a year. The wine was sometimes startling but never disappointing.

I have read this book from cover to cover and am convinced that it will tell the serious amateur winemaker everything s/he needs to know. If you are considering producing your own wine, whether for home consumption or sale, this book should be your first investment.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource September 1, 2011
This is better and easier to read than the other winemaking books available. It's thorough and explains every major topic of making wine at home... from grapes. If you're making wine from a kit, this isn't ideal for you - unless you want to understand more about the whole process, or may want to start with grapes in the future. I read the book once cover-to-cover, and then used it as a reference throughout the winemaking process. Great resource.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting reference point August 13, 2012
By Jim
Format:Kindle Edition
While not perfectly written to cover every aspect of grapes throughout history, let's keep in mind that this book is a "...for Dummies" book. That said, it's a very good starting point for someone who's never made wine. I read the book once, dog-eared the important pages, and then spent much more time picking the brains of people I know that make wine, and the local grape distributor about the finer points and questions that I had that aren't covered in the book. You'll quickly find that the world of wine-making is enormous, and it takes years to get it all down pat. But at it's very core, this book will give you a good background and base of knowledge to have an intelligent conversation with your more-experienced colleagues, which is where the real "how-to" comes from.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for dummies May 30, 2013
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I think this book should have started out simple an then offered more information. I did not wish to read the whole book to find the principles. The book is very enlightening but would have liked to have gotten the basic down first. I got the impression that the book was trying to discourage the dummy from trying.
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book is okay --not exactly what i expected--bought it for wife who has just started wine making and her comment is its either too complicated or too simple depending on your need for info--its not all written from a rank beginners point of view--there are better intro to wine books available
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love the Dummies books. December 24, 2012
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I have been making my own wine for several years, but decided to purchase this book anyways. I am surprised how much I still have to learn. I highly recommend this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars but if you want a challenge it's very good.
Too much information for me!! One needs a degree to follow the complicated directions, but if you want a challenge it's very good.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret P. Travell
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but...
informative ,but a little general on info and recipes.
Published 1 month ago by joseph bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this to learn about winemaking and get started. ...
Bought this to learn about winemaking and get started. It works well as a reference and to understand the theory behind winemaking.
Published 3 months ago by Runesage
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Published 4 months ago by Nan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book a lot of good info
Good book a lot of good info...didn't like the last part of the book where they bash beer drinkers. Not really a home brew book.
Published 6 months ago by troy eli borrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well presented
Published 6 months ago by B.W. Gries
2.0 out of 5 stars the worst "Dummies" book I have read
the worst "Dummies" book I have read, not too much that is helpful to the beginner wine maker. buy something else if your just starting out.
Published 7 months ago by Kelly Neibert
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Was not what I expected. I was looking for more step by step instructions.
Published 10 months ago by thead0213
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Resource
Tim Patterson's Home Winemaking for Dummies, Kindle Edition, is a good read from cover to cover; however, that's probably not the way that most people will use it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JPfromOH
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