Making wine from kits is a simple process but many people want to make wine from fruits, flowers and vegetables. This subject is well covered in this range of books.
130 New Winemaking Recipes£5.95
This is the 3rd updated edition of a book which has already sold over 500,000 copies. In addition to many well known favourites, it contains over 130 tried recipes many of which cannot be found in other publications.
130 New Winemaking Recipes supplements the best selling First Steps in Winemaking by the same author and the two books together present a comprehensive collection of recipes.
Paperback Third Edition Reprinted 2006 123 Pages.
Art of Making Wine and Liqueurs£12.99
I admit that I am biased. This is my favourite book on Home Winemaking. Having visited her home, toured her 9 acre vineyard, grown vines supplied from her at my home and tasted her wines, I know that Betty Samson has a wealth of practical knowledge, a huge expertise, an enormous enthusiasm and a superb palate for wine. Betty did not just read the manual on winemaking, she wrote it, and this is it!
It is the essential book on Home Winemaking for the beginner and expert alike. Betty clearly describes the basic principles of winemaking and the skill of mastering liqueurs, illustrated throughout with both helpful diagrams and beautiful line drawings by her friend Rosanne Saunders. Once wine and liqueurs have been mastered, Betty provides ideas for expanding into making cocktails, punches and mulled wines.
In the section on wine the author explains the equipment used; the basic principles and ingredients involved; how to prepare and mature your wine; potential problems and how to overcome them; plus a host of recipes covering everything from the traditional grape-based wine to flower, fruit, vegetable, sparkling and dessert wines. The subject of growing, care and use of grapes is included for those who wish to cultivate their own vineyard. Even the issue of going organic is covered!
For those who wish to experiment with liqueurs, the author gives a fantastic range of recipes with star ratings for their merits, teaching you how to make sloe gin, cherry brandy and blackberry whisky, to name but a few. Over 100 well-tried recipes are provided.
If you only ever buy one book on Home Winemaking, it must be this one!
Paperback 154 Pages, Revised Edition August 2002.
Award Winning Wines£6.95
Bill Smith, a keen amateur winemaker, is a member of both the Booker Wine Circle in High Wycombe and of the Chilterns Masters Circle. Bill is also a member of the National Guild of Wine & Beer Judges. As both a competitor and as a judge he is involved in Wine Shows all the way from the local wine circles, village and county shows up to the annual show of the National Association of Wine & Beermakers.
This book is suitable for winemakers at all levels. It gives Bill's own views on methods that will improve on standard winemaking techniques. All aspects of winemaking are discussed and the book concludes with a selection of over 50 recipes from Bill and his winemaking friends.
Paperback, Published August 2000,117 Pages
First Steps in Winemaking£5.95
This is the 9th revised edition of a book first published in 1960, and with over 3 million copies sold it must by now be on most winemakers' bookshelves. The first half details the basic principles of Home Winemaking, and the second half contains 150 recipes simply arranged by month, with each recipe using the ingredients currently available.
First Steps in Winemaking can be supplemented with the best selling 130 New Winemaking Recipes by the same author and the two books together present a comprehensive collection of recipes.
Any of you who like wine on the dry side may like to reduce the sugar in these recipes to a maximum of one kilogram for each gallon of wine.
Paperback 1996 237 Pages.
Gervin Recipe Book£3.00
This booklet provides good sound recipes, all of which have been tried by the author, which can be relied upon to produce very drinkable wines.
The recipes include white and red dry table wines, medium roses, socials, and aperitifs through to the rich, powerful desert wines.
Growing Vines To Make Wines£5.95
By 1994 the vineyard established by Nick Poulter and his partner at Cranmore, on the Isle of Wight, was producing between 15,000 and 20,000 bottles of wine each year. This book is a fully updated amalgamation of two previously published popular titles by the author, 'Growing Vines' and 'Wines From Your Vines'. It is based on his vineyard experience and sets out all that the author would like to have known when he himself began.
It is concise, yet detailed, and covers all aspects from planting the vines, through cropping and vinification to enjoying the final product! The quality of English Wine is constantly improving and this book will help the amateur to produce high-quality wine from home-grown grapes, providing that the right varieties are used and the simple rules followed.
Paperback 184 pages This Edition 1998
Home Distillation Handbook£11.00
Whatever you do don't consider the home distillation of alcohol in the UK without a licence as it is totally illegal!
However in some parts of the world, such as New Zealand, it is now completely legal.
This book describes in detail the technical aspects of home distillation (the equipment, ingredients and the method) as is practised in those countries where it is allowed.
This book will also be of interest to many who, whilst they may not be able to be involved practically, find the whole subject fascinating.
Published 2003 in Malmo, Sweden 96 Pages.
This practicle book will inspire you to take up this admirable craft.
It includes chapters on honey selection, mead making techniques, and 42 recipes for mead, melomel (using honey mixed with fruit juice), pyment (honey mixed with grapes), hippocras (honey mixed with grapes and herbs), metheglin (spiced medicinal mead), cyser (honey mixed with apples) and other honey drinks.
2012 Edition 61 pages
Making Sparkling Wines£5.50
Sparkling wines, or champagnes, have a charm and attraction all their own: they are synonymous with celebration and happiness and are the natural choice for any kind of festivity.
For a wine maker to produce his or her own sparkling wine is one-upmanship to the nth degree.
Yet it is perfectly possible. If you follow the methods and principles in this revised, updated edition, you too can produce impressive sparkling wines, which will be the envy of your winemaking friends.
John Restall and Don Hebbs have spent decades exploring the techniques of sparkling wine production and in discovering the secrets of producing champagne-like wine of superb quality.
You will find this book contains all the information necessary for you to make your own delicious sparkling wines.
Paperback 122 pages New Edition 1995
Making Wines Like Those You Buy£4.95
In recent years there has been a rapid growth in the popularity of wines of all sorts. This book shows you how to make your favourite wines. Bordeaux, Champagne, Chianti, Claret, Hock, Port, Sherry, Liqueurs and Aperitifs - all these can be made at home from easily available ingredients.
Paperback 151 pages Third Edition 1981