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If you can follow a simple recipe, you can create delectable table wines in your own home. It's fun, it's easy - and the results will delightfully complement your favorite meals and provide unparalleled pleasure by the glass when friends come calling. You don't have to re-create Bordeaux in your basement to be a successful home vintner - you can make raisin wine and drink it like sherry, or use it to accent your Chinese cooking. Raspberry or apricot wine lend themselves to delicious desserts. And if you are interested in more exotic concoctions, rhubarb champagne is the ultimate treat. The Joy of Home Winemaking is your comprehensive guide to the most up-to-date techniques and equipment; readily available and affordable ingredients and materials; and aging, bottling, racking, blending, and experimenting. The Joy of Home Winemaking also provides dozens of original recipes for great-tasting fruit wines, spice wines, herb wines, sparkling wines, sherries, liqueurs... even homemade soda pop; a sparkling brief history of winemaking; helpful illustrations and glossary; and an extensive mail-order resource section. Whether you prefer your wine dry or slightly sweet, The Joy of Home Winemaking has all the information you need to go from casual connoisseur to expert home vintner in no time.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380782278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380782277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I just bottled my first batch of Potatoe, Rasberry and Spiced Apple wines. To my surprise, it was really easy to make and turned out delicious even though it still isn't fully aged. Garey was right, IT JUST TAKES PATIENCE!
The book is written with the beginner in mind (myself included), with a great sense of humor and includes really good tips and many recipes to choose from. I only wish that I made more than one gallon of the Rasberry Wine, however. I feel more adventurous and willing to experiment now that my first batch turned out after nearly 6 months. In short, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to start wine making as an enjoyable hobby without breaking the bank.
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This is a great book. I started making wine about 5 years ago and this book has all the instruction I needed. Garey takes the mystery out of wine making. I have bought several books since, but find myself returning again and again to this one. Everything you need to know to get started is here and there are enough recipes to keep you going for a long time. If you are a beginning wine maker, this is the book for you.
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While the techniques in the book are mainly for the beginner, her recipies will give even advanced winemakers some new things to try.
Not written as a dry text, but full of her amusing experiences making many of the recipies in the book.
A great place to start, but once you get going, you may want to refer to other books that go into additional detail about yeast selection, using yeast starters and champagne production
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I have 18 gallons of wine fermenting away in the kitchen, as I write this. I took a gamble and trusted the author, and six of those gallons are carrot wine. In two years, we shall see if that trust was well spent.

Why take a risk and spend an afternoon boiling up 25 pounds of sliced carrots? Because everything else I've made has turned out fantastic.

She pooh-poohs strawberry wine, but it turned out great- it tastes like a chardonnay with hints of strawberry. Maybe not what you would expect in a strawberry wine, but a pleasant surprise if you take it on its own terms.

I have dozens of bottles down in my basement that I've made from recipes out of this book, and all o them have turned out fantastic.

This book would serve as a good introduction for any new brewer, but has enough unique recipes for the more experienced home brewer.

I docked it one star for some inconsistencies that bothered me as a more experienced brewer, but they are such that the the newbie won't even notice them and the more experienced will automatically correct for them.
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Terry Garey takes a very casual, fun approach to making wine with various fruits. Her recipes are tried and true. (I won a gold medal with her strawberry wine recipe) The book is easy to read and informative. Best of all, it is easy to understand and follow for the person new to winemaking. Wine purist probably won't care for the book due to the casual and varied approach to making excellent wines from many different sources.
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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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