From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes by Jeff Cox

By Jeff Cox

Create you personal yard winery!

From breaking floor to savoring the completed product, Jeff Cox's From Vines to Wines is the main entire and up to date advisor to turning out to be perfect grapes and making amazing wine.

Wine connoisseurs, gardeners, and residential winemakers will locate the newest strategies during this absolutely revised and up-to-date variation. With thorough, illustrated directions, you are going to the right way to:

-- select and get ready a winery site

-- build strong and powerful trellising systems

-- Plant, prune, and harvest the proper grapes in your climate

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

-- pass judgement on wine for readability, colour, aroma, physique, and taste

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THE ORIGIN OF CLASSIC WINE GRAPES In order to find the perfect variety for you, it’s valuable to look for a moment at the original home of Vitis vinifera, the classic wine grape, to see what its habits and needs are and evaluate its potential for your place. V. vinifera varieties have the potential to make the greatest wines. In areas where they don’t ripen well or are otherwise hard to grow, hybrids of vinifera and American grapes (French-American hybrids) are often grown. American wine grape varieties by themselves can also be used.

Bouquet The smells in wine that develop in the bottle and are especially detectable when a wine is well aged. Brix A measure of the percentage of sugar in the grape juice or must. Calcareous A soil with a lot of calcium compounds in it, such as limestone or chalk soils. Preferred in Europe for fine wine grapes. Calyptra The covering of the emerging grape flower. Cane One-year-old grape wood. Cap Residue of skins and grape particles that float on the must during primary fermentation. Capsule A foil covering for the top of a wine bottle.

The process is under the control of the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (three all-time favorite American amusements). ” Its regulations became mandatory on January 1, 1983. No wine label can now carry the designation “estate bottled” unless the winery is in an official area. And no label can carry a geographical designation unless that designation is a government-approved viticultural area. For instance, if you live in Polk Valley, California, you can’t use that name on your commercial label until you get the BATF to designate Polk Valley an official area.

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