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The Way to Make Wine: How to Craft Superb Table Wines at Home Paperback – April 1, 2010
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"This book is a terrific resource. Warrick clearly knows his stuff and conveys the sometimes technical information in a truly palatable manner."Lynn Alley, frequent contributor to Wine Spectator and author of Lost Arts: A Celebration of Culinary Tradition
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Warrick explains things so simply that I found myself taking notes on subjects I have trouble explaining so well. He gets to the essence of it, and that is what the reader needs. The anecdotal asides all have a point to convey and do so well. Numerous sidebars contain both useful facts and interesting teaching points. His chapters flow from one to another seamlessly in an organized, logical fashion, making it a very readable and useful book. I was able to thumb back through it several times most easily to find something I wanted to re-read, using only the book's organization as the measure of where to look -- it has a useful index, but I didn't need it.
The book is organized into two parts. The first is a beginner's guide to winemaking, but loaded with a wealth of knowledge and explanation. The second part is about the refining techniques that help you master the business of making good wine great. In a phrase, this means knowing what is going on and that means testing, testing, and more testing. Too many winemaking books say to test this and test that, but don't explain how to do it. Warrick does. His section on malolactic fermentation, for example, is as fine and useful a treatment of the subject as I have read, and it includes the best step-by-step tutorial on paper chromatography I have in my sizable library. Indeed, all of his treatments of testing are well-done. And this, in my estimation, is reason enough to invest in this book.
I've read them all and found them mostly to be poorly written, padded out with recipes for obscure wines, and even one book directly contradicting another book's instructions. This one is reader friendly, logically organized, well written, accurate and totally comprehensive without bringing in extraneous material.
If you want to make red or white wine at home, buy this book and look no further.
Then winemakers learned ways to better control the process, and that allowed them to make wines of more repeatable quality. When the international wine market reached the masses, local producers had to improve or perish, and winemaking moved more into the realm of science.
I knew that many modern wineries have sophisticated laboratories. But I hadn't realized that home winemakers are now "expected" to perform such an array of tests and control so many factors. From adding sugar or water and acid to get the right conditions for fermentation, to choosing the right yeast, to forcing (or preventing) malolactic fermentation, it can become a complex process. But I guess if you are going to go to the trouble of making your own wine, you really want it to come out better than what you can buy in a jug at the grocery store. The bar is high nowadays.
I first saw this book in the tasting room of my favorite winery, and figured they wouldn't sell a book that got it wrong. So I later ordered a copy, and it really is a good introduction to the subject. It covers all the steps--and options--clearly but succinctly. The author neither talks down to the reader nor assumes you have a degree in chemistry. (Wet chemistry was not my favorite subject in school.) And as complex as it all reads, I suspect that doing it over the course of a few weeks is actually easier than reading it through in a couple of days makes it sound.
If you have an interest in making wine, by all means read this book. Even if it convinces you that it's more trouble than you want to go to, at least you'll better appreciated what went into the bottle from the market.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Easy read. Very informative. I feel like I could make my own wine now and avoid so many of the pitfalls!!Published 11 days ago by Kim P
This book is great. For the novice winemaker you will fined no better book IMO, but i did not rate it 5 stars because the book bounces you around from chapter to chapter, such as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by nb8702
For me this book is essential to my small library. It is very good on details and explanations. I read one reviewer stated it's far too basic but that's not a bad thing for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gene
Great information for new winemakers. Not to technical, but more informative than other books I have read on wine making.Published 6 months ago by Bonnie Serrett
Step by step guide to making wine for beginners. Charts. Lists. PERFECT! Thanks!Published 7 months ago by Beans
I reccomend two books to people all the time , this one and Daniel Pambianachis teqniques in home winemaking . Read morePublished 8 months ago by Zac Brown
Interesting and well written book. Doesn't get too heavy with technical jargon and gives clear step by step instructions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Carbin