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Making wine at home just got more fun, and easier, with Richard Bender’s experiments. Whether you’re new to winemaking or a seasoned pro, you’ll find this innovative manual accessible, thanks to its focus on small batches that require minimal equipment and use an unexpected range of readily available fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The ingredient list is irresistibly curious. How about banana wine or dark chocolate peach? Plum champagne or sweet potato saké? Chamomile, sweet basil, blood orange Thai dragon, kumquat cayenne, and even cannabis rhubarb wines have earned a place in Bender’s flavor collection. Go ahead, give it a try.
About the Author
Richard W. Bender has been making wine for more than 30 years with homegrown, foraged, and store-bought fruits and vegetables. A former nurseryman, he is the author of Wild Winemaking and Bountiful Bonsai and has written for Horticulture, Field & Stream, and The Herbal Companion. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“Finally! Easy-to-follow home winemaking recipes that combine common sense and fun.” — Laurie Neverman, of Common Sense Homesteading
“A beautiful ode to the magical meeting of the harvest and friendly microbes. If you have tried your hand at fermentation and love fruit and flowers, you must try the wines in this book!” — Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory, best-selling authors of The Big Book of Kombucha and founders of KombuchaKamp.com