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The wild vine : a forgotten grape and the untold story of American wine

Author: Todd Kliman
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This volume focuses on the Norton grape, an American grape hybrid, named after its early 19th-century creator, Dr. Daniel Norborne Norton. Going back to the early efforts of American grape growing and winemaking, the author tells the story of the bereaved doctor and amateur horticulturalist whose Jeffersonian devotion to a native American grape and wine eventually led to the birth of a new variety. Despite
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Named Person: Daniel Norborne Norton; Daniel Norborne Norton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Todd Kliman
ISBN: 9780307409362 0307409368
OCLC Number: 434744530
Description: 280 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Todd Kliman.
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This volume focuses on the Norton grape, an American grape hybrid, named after its early 19th-century creator, Dr. Daniel Norborne Norton. Going back to the early efforts of American grape growing and winemaking, the author tells the story of the bereaved doctor and amateur horticulturalist whose Jeffersonian devotion to a native American grape and wine eventually led to the birth of a new variety. Despite viticultural progress and recognition, however muted, and his efforts to draw the former president's interest, Norton died without achieving viticultural success and was lost to history. This work discloses the hidden story of the Norton's nurturing over the decades in the Midwest and the role of German-Americans and other immigrants in its survival. Through means and methods like homemade winemaking, the hardy fruit endured blight and Prohibition, and was eventually restored to its native Virginia soil. Today, United States wineries along the east coast and throughout the Midwest are re-cultivating and producing wines from Norton grapes.

This rich romp through untold American history is peppered with fantastic characters involved with the Norton grape, America's singular claim to fine-wine fame. Created in the mid-1800s, the grape enjoyed a brief popularity and was later kept alive by bootleggers during Prohibition.

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