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Book review: A great country winemaking book for under a fiver

Discovering Country Winewmaking by Daphne MoreI found this book Discovering Country Winemaking by Daphne More on the church fete bookstall a couple of years ago. A snitch at 30p. It’s pocket size disguises it’s value. In fact, it was several months before I flopped beside the fire and gave it the attention that it deserves.

Daphne More, a well known journalist, has written a number of books focussing on country interests. I wasn’t surprised to see recently that this one is still in print after 27 years.

Her gentle and yet authoritative style would appeal to all country winemakers, from the novice to the experienced. I caught Gilbert, an experienced country winemaker, taking several sneaky looks at it during a rather dull party!

This book might be diminutive but it’s packed with information. Her easy, readable style draws one in. She covers all the basics, from equipment to methods. The wide range of recipes are clearly her own.

Perhaps the most attractive element is that she tries to use the minimum of chemicals in her brews, which results in good, tasty, rounded wine. A great investment for £3.95.

Tips and tricks:

  • If you are thinking of trying country wine making this year it would be wise to get the books and equipment that you need now so that everything is in place when the season begins in the spring. We have already reviewed the two other wine making books that we use . We were also drawn to eBay when we saw the exorbitant cost of the equipment and have had so much pleasure from our “eBay lot from Somerton” .

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