From Vines to Wines, 5th Edition: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine

Paperback | March 10, 2015

byJeff CoxForeword byTim Mondavi

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From planting vines to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox covers every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine. Fully illustrated instructions show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. With information on making sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and more, this comprehensive guide is an essential resource for every winemaker. 

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From planting vines to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox covers every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine. Fully illustrated instructions show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, an...

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Take It from Grape to Glass In this classic guide to winemaking, Jeff Cox walks you through the entire process, from selecting the vines and growing the grapes to fermenting and bottling -- and finally, tasting -- your wine. The fifth edition includes profiles of successful home winemakers, as well as sections on ice wines, port-style ...

Jeff Cox is the author of 17 books on food, wine, and gardening, including From Vines to Wines and Cellaring Wine. He is a contributing editor to The Art of Eating and The Wine News and is a frequent contributor to Decanter. He has been the host of two television series, Your Organic Garden on PBS and Grow It! on HGTV. Cox lives in Ken...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:March 10, 2015Publisher:Storey Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1612124380

ISBN - 13:9781612124384

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Foreword by Tim Mondavi
Preface

Introduction: Making Wine

Part 1: Selecting the Vines
The Secrets of Good Wine
The Origin of Classic Wine Grapes
A Self-Education in Wine
Vinifera in the United States

Part 2: Growing the Grapes
Parts of the Grapevine
How Much Wine to Make
Finding a Favorable Site
Grape Trellises
Constructing a Trellis
Ordering and Planting Grapestock
Managing Vineyard Rows and Aisles
Irrigation
Pruning in the First Two Years
Establishing a Training System
Pruning Mature Vines
Cluster Thinning
Training Systems Illustrated
Pest Control Strategies
Fertilization
Tending Grape Crops
Determining Ripeness
Harvesting

Part 3: Making the Wine
Crush Immediately after Picking
Decisions of the First Few Days
The Primary Fermentation
The Secondary Fermentation
The First Racking
Cold Stabilization
Using Barrels
Further Racking and Aging
Wine Disorders
Filtering
Fining
Blending
Final Measurements before Bottling
Bottling
Corking
Labeling
Making Sparkling Wine
Cellaring the Wine
Wine Accoutrements
Sensory Evaluation of Wine

Appendix 1. The Home Winemaker's Record Book
Appendix 2. For More Information
Appendix 3. Sources of Supplies
Appendix 4. Sources of Grapevines
Appendix 5. Grape Pests and Diseases
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Cox has a lively prose style that keeps this guide for grape growers and home vintners from ever becoming dull or pompous. Whether you plan to grow or make your own wine or just want to understand what you're seeing when you visit a winery of vineyard, this book will prove invaluable." - San Francisco Examiner   "Read a book or two on the basics of home winemaking - Jeff Cox's From Vines to Wines is a good one." - Wine Spectator   "This book takes the reader from grape to glass  . . . easy-to-use lists, tables and drawings will inspire confidence in readers who are interested in making their own wines." - Orlando Sentinel   " 'Complete' aptly describes the tables, glossary, illustrations, and readable text. " - Country Journal   "an intelligent handbook on how to make good wine. Without getting into the details of hard science, it teaches, informs and excites." - Beverage Business