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101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers (Back to Basics Cooking) Paperback – November 11, 2009
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After reading this book, the most surprising point to me is that you really don't need a ton of equipment or huge barrels in your basement to make a good bottle of wine. You can even use buckets (just make sure they are sanitized).
Selecting the ingredients is where the fun begins. The author, John Peragine, provides recipes using everything from frozen concentrate grape juice and sugar to rice and raisins. Just as the title eludes to, there are some wild wines to be created -- made from fruits, vegetables, grains and even flowers. Some of the recipes are surprisingly easy and others are more complex, but they all give you precise step-by-step instructions.
I feel like I've become friends with Peragine and if I knew his phone number, I wouldn't even hesitate to call him for advice in the middle of the process! But, I probably wouldn't need to, because I'm sure the answer is in this book.
Without getting too complex, the basic, working knowledge of the ingredients is detailed, one at a time. The author's personal experiences provide a wealth of inside tips and tricks to ease the reader's own attempts at wine-making. The basic knowledge is then expanded upon, for the reader who wants to take the next step, or the novice who can't get enough knowledge about their new craft.
The real juice (no pun intended) of this book is the recipes. Starting with the most basic, the author provides quite the springboard to jump from, gathering confidence as you go through punches, meads, ciders, vegetable wines, grain wines, and herbal wines. The variety of recipes should prove to inspire the reader to create their own wines.
In the first chapter, Peragine teaches you wine making 101 to get you started. Then the fun begins with recipes from grapes, fruit, herbs and even vegetables. Oh and the recipe names are a hoot such as "Light Me on Fire", "Take Me with You" and "Crazy Monkey Wine". Did you know that you can make wine from onions?! The recipe is appropriately titled "Cry Baby Wine". Along with the recipes, there are plenty of case studies. This book is not only informative but a fun read as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a wealth of information for the aspiring vintner. John Peragine has brewed up a great read and includes different recipes for wine that are easy enough for a... Read morePublished 25 days ago by VAVAVintner
Terrible Typos -- Do NOT buy this book! Recipes have missing ingredients, instructions have missing words or steps. Totally untrustworthy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane LaChapelle
The names are odd and the index is poor. However, the recipes are interesting and the ones I have tried work well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book covers everything about making wine. For a first timer it helps.Published 13 months ago by Harebare
excellent book with numerous recipes. recommend it to first time wine makers.Published 14 months ago by John W. Moon Jr.