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Making Wild Wines & Meads: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More [Paperback]

Rich Gulling , Pattie Vargas
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Jan. 8 1999
Make extraordinary homemade wines from everything BUT grapes! Exotic wines, honey meads, spicy metheglins, and fruity melomels -- there's no end to the list of delicious elixirs you can make using ingredients from your local market and even your own backyard. In Making Wild Wines & Meads, you'll find easy, step-by-step winemaking instructions plus unforgettable recipes, including Apricot Wine, Dry Mead, Marigold Wine, Almond Wine, Cherry Melomel, Cranberry Claret, Pea Pod Wine, Lemon-Thyme Metheglin, Strawberry Wine, and Rose Hip Melomel. 

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Go Wild!

Make Extraordinary Homemade Wines from Everything but Grapes!

Elegant, exotic wines, honey meads, spicy metheglins, and fruity melomels -- there's no end to great-tasting elixirs you can make using ingredients from your local market and even your own backyard!

You'll find easy, step-by-step winemaking instructions plus memorable recipes, including:

-- Apricot Wine

-- Dry Mead

-- Marigold Wine

-- Almond Wine

-- Cherry Melomel

-- Cranberry Claret

-- Peapod Wine

-- Lemon-Thyme Metheglin

--Strawberry Wine

-- Rose Hip Melomel

About the Author

Richard Gulling is co-author of Cordials from Your Kitchen and Making Wild Wines & Meads. He lives in Ohio.



Pattie Vargas is an avid home winemaker and the co-author of several books, including Cordials from Your Kitchen and Making Wild Wines & Meads. She lives in Ohio.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
From the novice vinter to a more experienced hand, this book is one of the better ones I have seen. At the start, the author describes and explains the homewine-making process, the equiptment necessary, the "lingo", and gives a desent time-line for completion. The recipies are usually simple and are for one-gallon batches. Some are a little weird, but it does say "unusual" in the title. A definate recommendation for anyone who is avidly homebrewing wine or mead.
Wassail!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A creative take on wine and mead! Jan. 11 2010
By Mnara
Format:Paperback
When my partner and I bought this book, we were starting our first batch of wine from the fruit trees on our new property. We hoped that this book would help us explore our options beyond just the grape. And that it did! This book has a wonderful selection of recipes from fruit, veggies, and even herbs. We learned about what meads and melomels were, and we were certainly inspired by the unique combinations offered in the book. My personal favorites:
-strawberry rubarb wine
-rosehip wine
-spiced beet wine
-parsnip wine
-pea pod wine
-tomato wine
-potato wine
-lemon-thyme metheglin
-sack mead

However, I would not recommend this book to a beginner. While the pages are laid our clear and simple, the instructions were not detailed enough for my partner and I. With the help of another book we were able to use recipes in this book to have success in wine making, but I found this book was not instructional enough for all our needs and questions.

Another strange aspect of the book was that all the recipes are for 3.8 L "jugs" rather than the typical 19 to 57 L carboy. We ended up doing a lot of math with this book, because we had to convert all the measurements to the standard wine making equipment we had purchased.

While I think this book will be a great tool for the future as we learn more about wine making, I would not suggest it for beginners. BUT, if you're experienced and eager to experiment, this book is for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding recipe resource May 13 2004
By James
Format:Paperback
Very Very little in this boon on the how-to of wine making but if you're an experienced wine maker and you're looking for a recipe book for mead and wine this is the one to get. Tons of stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book April 20 2013
By Joe
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book with lots of helpful tips on how to make wines/meads, made me more confident in trying for the first time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making Wild Wines & Meads: 125 Unusual Recipies Using Herbs, April 18 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
From the novice vinter to a more experienced hand, this book is one of the better ones I have seen. At the start, the author describes and explains the homewine-making process, the equiptment necessary, the "lingo", and gives a desent time-line for completion. The recipies are usually simple and are for one-gallon batches. Some are a little weird, but it does say "unusual" in the title. A definate recommendation for anyone who is avidly homebrewing wine or mead.
Wassail!
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Nov. 4 2004
By John Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Many years ago when I started making my own wine, I had receipes for fruit wines including Pineapple, Strawberry and even a Strawberry/Vanilla wine. I lost that small book and went without for many years. If you have any interest in making fruit and herb wines (They Make Great Gifts!) then try this book. It will keep you busy for quite some time.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very wild Aug. 26 2010
By countrydreamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The title suggest "wild recipes" and I thought that recipes would be presented which you can make mainly with wild or backyard ingredients, maybe even using wild yeasts. Instead it is a pretty usual wine making book. Nearly all recipes ask for fruit juice concentrate, even for very unusual concentrates. I have no idea where to get these concentrates, certainly not in the next supermarket.
For this reason, I think that the title is very misleading as it suggests real "back to the basic" recipes.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring but some details are missing Dec 14 2004
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I got this book for my first winemaking book, and used one of

the blackberry wine recipes for my first batch. The recipes

are just recipes, without the minute detail, and it was hard

to turn back and forth from the recipes to the 'how to' intro

to get the general detailed steps, and there were a couple of

steps that I wasn't sure exactly what to do. Also, there are

tips I could have used, for example the siphoning; the book

makes it sound simple but it was very frustrating, and there

are tools available to start the siphon that I hope will be

very useful.

The book is very inspiring and the recipes are diverse and

interesting, I expect to use it again.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding recipe resource May 13 2004
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very Very little in this boon on the how-to of wine making but if you're an experienced wine maker and you're looking for a recipe book for mead and wine this is the one to get. Tons of stuff.
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