paper, 256 p., $18.95
This book is an updated third edition of a clear, concise and comprehensive how-to guide for everything home growers need to know to grow just the right grapes and process them into wine. Topics include selecting grape varieties, choosing site and soil preparation, planting, training to trellis, pruning, harvesting, crushing, fermenting, aging, bottling and blending grapes. Many line drawings, a glossary and sources for supplies accompany the text. Cox maintains that the most important elements in a great wine are the grape, climate, soil and skill of the winemaker. If you can fulfill the first three elements, you can learn the last From Vines to Wines.
For those that might think that the Chicago area is not suitable for wine grapes, in 1861 Peter Sweet of Peoria won first prize and $10 at a fair in what is now the Bridgeport area of Chicago for homemade wine in the category of "wine made from grapes other than Catawba or Isabella."
— Adele Kleine