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The Backyard Vintner: An Enthusiast's Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Wine at Home Hardcover – March 23, 2011

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About the Author

Jim Lay is the award-winning, small-batch vintner and owner of Linden Vineyards in Linden, Virginia. He also writes, lectures, and teaches classes on wine making.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crestline Books (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785828265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785828266
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is divided into two parts: The first explains how to grow grapes while the second part focuses on how to make the wine. Very beautiful pictures are presented along the book and make it very enjoyable for reading. However, the amount of information is rather limited. For instance, the explanations about diseases in grapes or the pruning procedure are rather telegraphic, and unsatisfactory. Much better explanations may be found in "The Grape Grower" by Rombough or "From Vines to Wines" by Cox. I find the second part of the book somewhat better. I especially liked the "homework assignments" which supposedly help to develop the organoleptic senses.
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This book provides usefull and pertinent information all the way from the grape planting process to the wine making process. He walks you through every step carefully, but does not suggest a robotic structure for making wine, he leaves open oppertunies to show your own creativity.
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I've purchased several "how to" wine books and this one is good, but not great. I would not rely on it as my only reference. Rather, it makes a very good companion for "From Vines to Wines."
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This book is impressive from the moment you open it. Beautiful big full color photos and multiple illustration and diagrams. Written by professionals with many insightful details, examples and enthusiastic step by step instructions. After reading the first half- (The grape growing half) I believe I have enough information to select plants and grow a wonderful vineyard specific for my land and produce tons of fruit. The second half I may read later but I'm not very interested in producing wine. I'm sure it is just as detailed and informative . I believe this book is the one you must have if you are beginning or need to up grade you vineyard It appears to have plenty of information in a clear and easy to read format that would benefit the experienced farmers as well.
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this is an excellent book for anyone starting a vinyard, (or taking one over)and is intended for the serious
home winemaker who's goal is to make a 'professional' style of wine. it has been a good reference for me every step of the way from designing the vinyard (my little half acre) growing the grapes, when to pick (in detail!) and how to make the wine, to aging and bottling.
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I have a three year old jumble of vines that I just could not figure out how to prune correctly. This book does a great job of explaining pruning. Plenty of diagrams and explanations to assist the reader in making the needed cuts on precious vines. In this book the author, Jim Law, encourages the reader to allow the wine to develop as it will without chemical interference from the human. If you are looking for a recipe book, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for a book that will encourage and guide you in your long quest to become a comfortable vintner, then this is your book.
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An easy to understand guidebook with sufficient explanation, good examples and colorful pictures. Giving practical advises instead of theoritical explanations & formulas.
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By Tim on November 23, 2012
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Just what I wanted and highly reccomended. Covered all phases of the vineyard as the name says. Looking forward to spring planting
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