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Dominic is involved in the wine industry as an award winning commercial winemaker. He is passionate about wines, especially of the "non-grape" variety. With over 18 years experience in the wine industry, Dominic has been in wine in some fashion since the age of 17 when he started making wine from local fruits and grapes. After becoming a qualified sommelier, he studied winemaking and oenologyc completed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification and is now studying towards the prestigious Master of Wine accreditation. He is a founding director of the Fruit Wines of Canada Association, which was involved in promoting wines and its industry throughout Canada. Dominic has won hundreds of awards and medals in national and international wine competitions. This has included the best desert wine in Canada in 2007 and best Canadian Fruit wine in 2010 as well as various best of show awards in fruit wine and desert wine categories. Over the last decade and a half, Dominic has been busy running numerous wine production and exportation projects for wineries in Canada, USA, the UK, Italy, Spain, Chile, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Korea, Japan as well as China. He has been a speaker on the subject of winemaking and wine marketing at various symposiums throughout the world. He is very excited about the developments in the fruit wine industry and its great potential on a global basis. More info at: www.fruitwineguide.com Introduction and sample chapters: http://www.scribd.com/doc/10116352/Ultimate-Fruit-Winemakers-Guide-Intro
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Product Details

  • Series: Bacchus Enterprises Winemakers
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (February 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441450920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441450920
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of the "Ultimate Fruit Winemaker's Guide", this blog and involved in the wine industry as an award winning commercial winemaker. Passionate about wines, especially of the "non-grape" variety.

Dominic Rivard was born in the province of Quebec, Canada and comes from a rich heritage of farmers and entrepreneurs whose ancestry can be traced to the cider making regions of North Western France.

With over 16 years experience in the wine industry, Dominic has been passionately interested in wine since the age of 17 when he started making wine from local fruits and grapes in Canada.

After becoming a qualified sommelier, he studied winemaking and oenology as well as undertook and passed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma with distinctions and is now studying towards the prestigious Master of Wine accreditation.

He is a founding director of the Fruit Wines of Canada Association, which was involved in promoting wines and its industry throughout Canada.

Dominic has won hundreds of awards and medals in national and international wine competitions. This has included the best desert wine in Canada in 2007, best wine in B.C. in 2008 and various best of show awards in fruit wine and desert wine categories. In 2010, three of the wines he produced in Canada were placed in the top 5 best fruit wines in Canada.

Over the last decade, Dominic has been busy running numerous wine production and exportation projects with wineries and wine importers/distributors in Canada, USA, Italy, Spain, Chile, Taiwan, Korea, Japan as well as China. He has been a speaker on the subject of winemaking and wine marketing at various symposiums throughout the world.

In Canada, Dominic has been engaged in R&D projects for the government of Alberta and New Brunswick and has perfected numerous dessert wine production techniques including iced fruit wine cryo-extration. He specialises in fruit wine, dessert wine and ice wine production and is known in wine industry circles as an authority in fruit wine making.

Dominic has been very active in the burgeoning Chinese wine industry as consultant winemaker, wine judge with the China Fruit Wine Association as well as Chief Winemaker and R&D Manager for Tonghua Winery, the fourth largest winery in Asia, situated in North East China.

Dominic has also been involved in running the wine production of a high quality tropical fruit winery in Thailand and the research and development of wines and other alcoholic beverages using tropical fruits and herbs.

Presently, Dominic is based out of Nova Scotia, Canada and has taken up sustainable and organic fruit growing and continuing to assist many wineries in their wine production on a consultant basis.

He is enthusiastic about the developments in the fruit wine industry and its great potential not only locally but on a global basis.

Dominic likes reading and writing, traveling, cycling and photography. He is passionate about wine, food and the people he loves...

He can be contacted directly at dominic@dailyfruitwine.com

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I'm a home winemaker. I bought this book hoping information on home wine making. It is more aimed at the commercial winemaker. Interesting reading, but I would not recommend it for the causal winemaker.
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This book appears to be an unfinished draft that was rushed to print without proper editorial overview. It fails to live up to it's own title. As a "Complete Reference" manual it doesn't include apples as one of the major fruits for making wine/cider even though it does describe how important hard apple cider is in the history of fruit wines, nor is there even a recipe for hard apple cider. Speaking of recipes, the ones given are all in metric - not great for the US market. Although there is a chapter on organic and kosher wines, there is precious little information on how to make them. Throughout the book, but especially towards the end, references are made to photos that are missing, or text that wasn't included. Did an editor even read the drafts before printing? It's far from complete.
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I keep coming across pages on the internet with the same text as this book. I can only assume that the entire book was assembled by cutting and pasting text from the internet. It has that feel - like it's been thrown together from lots of sources. Sometimes the font even changes for no reason between two sections. If you buy it as an ebook, Rivard even throws in all the articles he stole from to create the book. It's got some value for being assembled all in one place, but it still feels like internet research: some good information, but never getting into any depth on any subject. His plagerism gives ebooks/self-published books a bad name.
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This book is definitely not for the beginner or casual hobby winemaker. Most disappointing was the lack of more "basic" information about actual winemaking itself. Most details are at such a high level, they are impractical for the average hobbyist. Only a half dozen or so recipes (for 220 gallons!) are in the book and if you don't have aronia berries, most of those are of no use. A true begginner would be totally lost and would probably not be able to produce anything with this as his only reference guide. The author is certainly quite knowledgeable about the subject but the text is written at such a high technical level, it quickly loses the average hobbyist. The book is primarily devoted to setting up a business and advice for professionals. So if you think you are a hobby wine expert and/or are considering starting a business, this book is for you and the rating deserves to be a 4 or 5 but I based my rating on the other 90% of people who may actually consider buying it. If you are a beginner or casual hobbyist, stick with the popular blog sites. They are much more helpful and free. This book is not a "complete guide for all" as the title suggests.
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This book contains a wealth of information about fruit winemaking from a commercial perspective. This is not a book of recipes, or a beginner winemakers' book. Instead, it is a deep look at perfecting fruit wines as a commercial product, scaling production, and bringing the product to market. A great resource!
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As other reviewers have said, this is not a book for hobbyist, but for start up fruit wineries. Editing mistake #1: the title. Once you get to reading it, it is a bit painful to read as there are rouge periods, paragraphs that got split up mid sentence, and issue with capitalizing letters. Editing mistake #2: letting the word processor be the editor.

Now, I actually probably am the target audience for this book wanting to take my wine making to the next level, so it does have some interesting facts and figures to get me pondering. I think the equipment chapter is nicely done, and the appendix has some good contact info, but when it comes to his recipes, I'm not sure I trust them (too much SO2 for EU regulations, addition of water), and so I find myself suspicious of the book a lot.
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