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Joy of Home Winemaking’ is a wonderfully informative yet quirky guide to
making wines at home. From the detailed
sections on equipment and basic ingredients to the huge variety of wines one
can make, this is a must for any budding vintner.
begins with a short history of wine making dating back to long before the
Romans and how it spread across the world and developed due to advances in
technology. He then leads you into basic
wine making from ingredients to equipment. The information he gives is detailed yet simple
to understand with easy to follow instructions and he also gives various
alternatives to the processes and tips to overcome any problems encountered.
follows the more advance Intermediate Winemaking section which contains more
guidance on ingredients and equipment with several subsections of recipes from
fresh fruit wines, canned and dried fruit wines, vegetable wines and even wines
made from herbs, flowers, seeds and grains.
Who could resist the temptation to try ‘cheerful cranberry wine’ or
Grandma’s gooseberry wine’? Or what
about ‘Magician turnip wine’ hmmmmm…? Perhaps
lavender, honeysuckle, tangerine or vanilla is more your thing. There are also some wonderful sounding
combination wines for the more advanced wine maker – ‘Tutti Frutti’ with
strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches and more, or ‘Liquid Sunshine’
with carrot and apricot. Terry’s guide
will make sure you grasp the basic skills and techniques so that you can then create
whatever flavour combination takes your fancy.
The options are endless. There is
also a chapter on fortified and sparkling wines and homemade liqueurs should
you feel ambitious. A glossary
of wine related terms provides some useful back up whilst the comprehensive
recipe index at the back means you will always know how to make wine from
pretty much anything – ‘golden parsnip sherry’ anyone…..?