Here is a practical, comprehensive guide to winemaking, wines,
and wine appreciation, written by an expert uniquely qualified by
many years of experience in the field. Looking at winemaking as a
craft as well as an art, Philip Jackisch augments a wealth of
information and theory with many detailed examples. "It is now
possible for anyone with access to grapes or other ingredients of
decent quality to make consistently palatable or even excellent
wines," he writes.
In clear language aimed at the amateur winemaker, Jackisch
explains the science behind wine and its application to winemaking.
At the same time, he includes important material for commercial
winemakers. Jackisch covers each step in the process of winemaking,
from growing or purchasing grapes; choosing equipment; fermenting,
aging, and storing the wine; to keeping records. By exploring in
detail the various factors that affect wine quality, he shows which
elements in wine production can be controlled to achieve certain
Among the other subjects he discusses arc specific types of
wine, ways of evaluating wine, common problems in cellar operations
and how to prevent or correct them, and wine competitions. Five
appendixes supply additional technical information. Since 1985,
Modem Winemaking has proven invaluable for winemakers, both
commercial and amateur, for wine educators and students, and
indeed, for anyone who wants to know more about wine.