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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Create you own backyard winery!

From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox''s From Vines to Wines is the most complete and up-to-date guide to growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine.

Wine connoisseurs, gardeners, and home winemakers will find the latest techniques in this fully revised and updated edition. With thorough, illustrated instructions, you''ll learn how to:

-- Choose and prepare a vineyard site

-- Construct sturdy and effective trellising systems

-- Plant, prune, and harvest the perfect grapes for your climate

-- Press, ferment, age and bottle your own wine

-- Judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, body, and taste

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Create you own backyard winery! From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox's From Vines to Wines is the most complete and up-to-date guide to growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine. Wine connoisseurs, gardeners, and home winemakers will find the latest techniques in this fully revised and updated edition. With thorough, illustrated instructions, you'll learn h...

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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 wines, late-harvest or dessert wines, cold-hardy grapes for nor...

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 Kenwood, California.No Bio

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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

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Making Wine

Part 1: Selecting the Vines

The Context of Winemaking

The Origin of Classic Wine Grapes

A Self-Education in Wine

Climate and Geography Affect Choice of Wines

Identifying Wine-Growing Areas

Part 2: Growing the Grapes

Parts of the Grapevine

Choosing a Vineyard Size and Site

Finding a Favorable Site

Vineyard Soil and Grape Quality

Other Site Considerations

Grape Trellises

Hardware for Constructing a Trellis

Construction Directions

Ordering and Planting Grapestock

Managing Vineyard Rows and Aisles

How to Prune Grapes

Grapevine Pruning Illustrated

Cluster Thinning

Trellis Systems Illustrated

Pest Control Strategies

Fertilization

Tending Grape Crops

Determining Ripeness

Harvesting Botrytized Grapes

Weather as a Harvest Factor

Harvesting

Part 3: Making the Wine

Making Consistently Fine Wine

The Primary Fermentation

The Secondary Fermentation

Further Racking and Aging

Wine Disorders

Filtering

Fining

Blending

Final Measurements Before Bottling

Bottling

Corking

Labeling

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 for Grapevines

Appendix 5. Grape Pests and Their Controls

Index