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C.J.J. Berry (deceased) was one of Britain's leading winemakers. Co-founder of the first Winemakers' Circle, founder Chairman of the National Association and former Editor-Publisher of the monthly magazine, the Amateur Winemaker, he had written several other books on winemaking and home brewing; upon which he was an acknowledged expert, had frequently appeared on television, and was always in demand as a lecturer and wine judge.
With Berry's easy instructions, making wine from a great variety ofherbs and fruits becomes as easy as it really is. He explains how to make dandelion, ginger, lavender, and clary sage wines, but then turns to the less common with chamomile and rosemary, and even kohlrabi! Even more unusual are wines taken from the pages of history and modernized, such as goat's beard (Tragopogon pratensis) and elecampane (Inula helenium). Different methods of preparing rosehip and elderberry wines are given. Reading this book, you will have to endure corny wine comics, but worth it. C.J.J. Berry was a leading winemaker who co-founded the first Winemakers' Circle, the National Association, and Amateur Winemaker. This book starts out with a beautiful colorful cover. We begin with a welcome to wine making, how it is increasing in popularity, that it is easier than most think, and a list of items you will need. We proceed with "What Wine Is" with a thorough description. The author then gives us a great "do's and don'ts" list. Then my favorite part...the recipes! Here are some of them: Apple Wine, sounds yummy! Barley and other grain wines...great for the farmers. Blackberry wine, sounds wonderful! More fruit wines too. Wines made from flowers and/or herbs. Coffee wine for coffee lovers. The author also includes some Christmas drink recipes and some Beer and Stout recipes. There is a wonderful index in the back of the book which lists all the different recipes to help find them easily, along with the how to's and where to find them. Another thing I love about this book is the wine related cartoons interspersed throughout the book.